Title :

Delayed Penalty

Author :

Sophia Henry

Series :

Pilots Hockey, #1

Rating :

2 Stars

Blurb :

She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love. Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before. Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice. After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

Review :

I have really big problems in writing a review on Delayed Penalty by Sophia Henry. Because no matter how I look at it – I cannot find an actual storyline.

I tried believing me and checking my other reviews you will see I always try to find a reason or a way. But this one was really an DNF … I came as far as 75 % then I skimmed through which is a rare occasion – so believe me I tried.
Explaining my problems would mean giving away some major spoilers so lets just give some facts.
“Insta” love is one thing – sometimes already hard to swallow and sell to the reader but honestly … “Insta” love based on a Haircut ? Because this is all I could find to explain this “love” our female lead felt.
And than there was her life – it felt like a lineup of facts not like she was actually living it. All this stuff she was supposed to be doing felt “fake” except one soccer match with her friends.
Oh and even further down the storyline “road” – I could not find anything that binds her to Mr. Crazy Hair – all she ever talks about is his looks – sorry that is so frustrating, because the male lead remains like a shadow in this book, except for some short lines and few funny dialogues.
The reader in me was totally unable to build up any kind of relationship with those two charactersI am very sorry – but this book was not for me
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