Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review of Just a Little Kiss (Crush #3) by Renita Pizzitola

"I'm happy you're finally in like with me because I've been in like with you for a while." - Mason Hayes

Just a Little Kiss
Series: Crush # 3
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Publisher: Loveswept Flirt
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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In the sizzling new novel of Renita Pizzitola’s Crush series, Felicity knows that “Summer Boys” are only good for one thing. But what if hooking up with the right guy could lead to a fresh start?

Like most of the residents of her dead-end beach town, Felicity Daniels doesn’t know what she wants from her future. Instead of college, she’s waiting tables at the local grille where she’s more likely to run into the guy who was the love of her life—until one decision changed everything. Now as this year’s tourist season kicks in to high gear, Felicity realizes that whatever she wants isn’t going to be found here.

Mason Hayes is the quintessential Summer Boy: hot, impulsive, and born without strings attached. While in town helping with the family fishing charter, he plans to have a little fun—and hopefully get over a certain girl. He’s never had a long-term relationship, but when he meets Felicity, he wonders if he’s found the girl who could change that.

With her heart still in repair, Felicity’s happy to have a distraction like Mason, but her best friend thinks he could also be her ticket out of this town. What’s the harm in using him to escape more than just her boredom? After all, he is just a Summer Boy, and they never stick around. But after one kiss, Felicity wonders if only one summer with Mason will ever really be enough.


Confession time... One of the things I love best about a book series is getting to know the characters over a larger period of time, especially when authors introduce characters early in a series and we get to watch them grow over multiple books. I've loved the previous books in Renita Pizzitola's Crush series, but I was most looking forward to reading Just a Little Kiss because I loved Mason's transformation from the first book. For me, he started off as an immature jerk that pouted and flipped when things weren't going his way. As the series moved along, he grew up to the man before us in Just a Little Kiss. Renita, I have to say... The last scene made me swoon. Other heroes need to take notes for when they have to throw themselves at the mercy of their heroine. This was one of the many, many things I loved about Just a Little Kiss. Renita's writing is nothing short of fun and flirty with just enough sexiness to get her character's sizzling. Her characters are fabulous. Not just Mason... Felicity was strong, yet wounded. She's scared to put herself in the position to love again. I loved how Mason stood by her, slowly helping Felicity blossom and flourish. In return, she shows Mason that he's ready to grow up and fall in love. I loved watching them joke together, especially about their future. Then, of course, we have Mason's cousins. I've got my fingers crossed that they get their own books either in this series or a spin-off. Please?

I loved Just a Little Kiss so much that I endured another case of "one more chapter." Not that I'm complaining, but I'm starting to wish these books came with Starbucks because man, I'm starting to scare people the next morning. *wink*



Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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Release Blast for Bold Seduction (The Hornsby Brothers #1) by Karyn Gerrard


BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Releasing Sept 1st, 2015
Lyrical Press


No offer is more daring…

BOLD SEDUCTION

An Intriguing Proposition

Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

A Dangerous Game

Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .


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Finally, he asked, “And who are you, her replacement?” 
Her? A housekeeper? Should she pretend to be a servant? Bugger that. “Hardly. I believe the old hag had plans to leave anyway as her bag was packed and at the ready. I’m here at the invitation of two of your acquaintances. Mr. Jacob Williamson and Mr. Clive Christopher.” 
The professor frowned. At least she thought he did. It was hard to read his expression under the wiry thatch of hair surrounding his mouth. He rifled through a pile of unopened correspondence. “Oh? I do not recall any recent note from those gentlemen.” 
“I believe I am to be a surprise present for your birthday tomorrow.” 
His owl eyes blinked rapidly as if he could not process what she said. “I do not require a maid, though you tell me Mrs. Brickell has departed. It appears I could use a housekeeper…” 
He had absolutely no idea why she came to him. His mind did not even consider the fact it could be for carnal reasons. What a sheltered life he must lead. “I’m no servant, though you need tidying up as much as your home does. You bear a striking resemblance to a painting of a French Canadian trapper I saw in a book once. All wild and shaggy—all that is missing is the plaid coat and the beaver pelts.” She gave him a sweet, smug smile. 
With his lips pressed into a straight line, he sat back and regarded her. “Oh? You read a book once?” His elegant voice dripped with self-righteous sarcasm. 
“Touché, Professor. Well aimed. A direct hit.” Phil pointed to the dogs who still stared at her. Their unblinking attention followed her every minute move. “Should I be afeared for my life? Your animals are intimidating.” 
“Justinian. Theodora. Easy.” The hounds relaxed at his command, laying their heads on their paws. “They are Irish Wolfhounds. ‘Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.’” 
Phil placed a hand on her hip. “Does that saying apply to you as well, Professor Hornsby?” 
Did he smile slightly? Again, hard to tell under the facial hair. Phil pulled a chair toward the desk and placed it a few feet away. She raised one leg to the chair. 
“Now, I don’t claim to be a blue-stocking, but I am able to read.” Phil grasped the hem of her green striped gown, and with a slow, deliberate movement, raised it past her ankle boots. She glanced at the beast behind the desk. His gaze remained steady as it slid down to where she continued to raise her petticoats to reveal one of her shapely legs. At least she’d been told they were shapely. No matter. Running her hand over the sheer white stocking, she lingered near her silk garter. “I do not think they are blue. You better come closer and inspect the shade of my stockings for yourself…Professor.” 
He coughed and looked away. She made him uncomfortable, and she would wager to guess--a little aroused. No sound could be heard in the room except a whimper from one of the dogs and the huge clock in the corner ticking away the awkward minutes. 
Hornsby faced her. “Who are you, madam, and why are you here?” 
She continued to fondle and caress her leg, and having the unkempt man watch her caused a slow roll of heat to travel through her. Again, his voice. Like molten gold or a cello played by a master that vibrated with life, power, and resonance. 
“My name is Philomena McGrattan. I am indeed a madam and hired to relieve you of your virginity.” 
There was no further reaction from the professor whatsoever. This did not bode well.

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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries are her favorite.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Release Blitz for Rule (Corruption #3) by CD Reiss

Antonio and Theresa live or die together in this epic, full-length conclusion to the Songs of Corruption series! 


Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE! 

Theresa and Antonio.

They've been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They're devoted and strong, ready for anything.... 

A Love Tested To The Limit 

And then, someone from Antonio's past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core. 

#livetogether
#dietogether

In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.






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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Spotlight & Excerpt from Code of Honor (Spontagio Family #1) by Missy Johnson

Code of Honor
Spontagio Family #1
Missy Johnson
August 25, 2015
Loveswept

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In a series debut for fans of Tracy Wolff and Sylvia Day, New York Timesbestselling author Missy Johnson asks a burning question: What happens when love is undeniable—and taboo?

Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.

Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucy Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her.

Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.


It’s been nine days since my world collapsed. Exactly 214 hours since I lost everything. I remember every tiny detail about that day. I remember leaving the house that morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. My mother was already up and preparing a feast for supper that night. We were going to be celebrating, but they wouldn’t tell me what, and, as it turned out, I’d never know. 
I remember joking with my father along the way to school about how I’d soon be old enough to do more in the family business. I remember arriving home just like every other day, only this time I was fifteen minutes later than usual after stopping off to buy a comic. 
It turns out that fifteen minutes probably saved my life. 
As I walked toward my house, I noticed a strange car parked in our driveway. Then I heard the shouting. Right away, I knew something wasn’t right. My mother’s voice rang out, terrified. I’ll never forget that sound as long as I live. Thinking fast, I’d crept up the side of the house to peer through the window, and what I saw will haunt me forever. 
The sound of the bullet firing through the air ripped through my soul. I watched helplessly as my mother fell to the ground in a heap, blood pooling around her lifeless body. Her head was twisted, her eyes staring at me; only I could see it was too late.  
She was gone. 
I’d screamed, and for a split second, the killer’s steely brown eyes met mine before he ran out the front door and sped away in his car. I panicked and ran inside, where I found my father surrounded by blood in the hallway. 
“Pietro?” 
My attention snaps back to Giovanni, his voice pulling me out of my memories. My heart pounds as I try to focus on where we are. We’re parked in front of a sprawling mansion, bigger than any home I’ve seen before. I fixate on his kind gray eyes, trying to will myself to be strong, because men don’t cry. I’m fifteen now. I’m a man. And all I can think about is how disappointed my father would be if he saw me crying. 
“This is where you live?” I mumble, pretending to care. 
“This is where we live,” Giovanni corrects me. He sighs and reaches for his seatbelt, unclasping it. “Right now it may not feel like it, but you’re not alone, Pietro. I told your father many years ago that I would take care of you and I meant it. This is your home now. My family is your family.” 
“Thank you. I appreciate it,” I say, the words sticking in my throat. I stare down at my hands in my lap, wishing I didn’t have to put on this front. I want to yell and scream, show the world how angry I am, but instead I hold it all in. 
“Your father was a good man,” he adds, his expression solemn. 
I find that hard to believe. 
I knew little of what my father did, only that he had many enemies and many of his ventures were illegal in one way or another. Just like all the men in my family he’d been strongly involved with the Italian Mafia. I was too young to fully understand what that meant, only that it nearly always ended in death. What did that mean for me? Was I expected to try to carry on the Gustovi name? To imprint myself in my father’s world? I glance back at Giovanni. Can he tell how afraid of my future I am? 
We get out of the car and I follow him inside, glancing around the huge entrance. Beautiful high ceilings and expensive décor catch my attention. It reminds me of a museum I visited the previous year for school. I shuffle my feet, almost scared to move, in case I mess something up. 
My eyes dart toward a huge spiral staircase when I hear a feminine voice sing out. A young girl, maybe a year or two younger than me, floats down the stairs, her long dark hair hanging in waves behind her. She’s beautiful. Her flawless, silky skin radiates warmth and highlights her beaming smile. 
“Daddy, I missed you,” she says, wrapping her arms around Giovanni. He laughs and lifts her up, planting a kiss on each of her cheeks. I find myself smiling at them, but inside I’m jealous of how close they are. I used to be close like that with my parents. 
“And you must be Pietro,” she gushes, her bright eyes smiling. I’m taken aback by her warmth. She steps closer and throws her arms around my neck. I step back, both surprised by her attention and embarrassed at how my body reacts to her close proximity. I’m a fifteen-year-old boy and she’s beautiful. How could my body not react? 
“Pietro, this is my daughter, Lucia.” Giovanni beams, and I realize he has the same wide smile as his daughter. He leans over and touches her face. “She’s been looking forward to meeting you.” 
“I have,” she admits, her eyes lighting up. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I find myself smiling back. “Father doesn’t approve of most of my friends, so as you can probably tell, I’m very bored.” 
“Lucia, we talked about this,” Giovanni mumbles. “When you can show me your friends are responsible enough not to go out all night drinking and taking drugs I’m more than happy to let you see them.” 
“One time, Father. They were caught drinking one time!” I grin as she throws her hands up in frustration like a true Italian. I’m drawn to her fire and her passion. “Besides, I have seen some of your friends knock back a few drinks,” she grumbles. 
“Last time I checked, my friends are not underage,” he fires back. He raises his eyebrows, suggesting that is the end of the conversation. Lucia shuts her mouth, her eyes narrowing as she shakes her head dramatically. Giovanni turns to me and pats me on the back. “Let me show you to your room, Pietro. I’m sure you must be tired after your long flight.” 
“That would be good,” I say, throwing another glance at Lucia. “I could probably do with a nap.” 
He takes my suitcase and starts up the stairs. I hurry to follow him, not wanting to make him wait. It’s like a light switch has been flicked in my head and I’m beginning to realize how lucky I am. Fifteen minutes earlier that horrible day and things could’ve turned out so differently. I wouldn’t be standing here, with a second chance at living my life. 
But none of this changes the fact that someone took my parents from me. They’re gone and nobody other than me seems to care about finding who did this, not even the police. I thought of all people, Giovanni would be someone I could count on. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. 
Someone will be held responsible. 
I don’t care how long it takes me, I will find out who did this.  
And when I do, I’ll make them pay.

Missy Johnson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog . . . you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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Cover Reveal for Keeping What's His (Porter Brothers Trilogy #1) by Jamie Begley

Hide Your Daughters,
The Porter's are Coming...


KEEPING WHAT'S HIS
Porter Brothers Trilogy #1
Jamie Begley
Releasing Fall 2015
Young Ink Press


The Porter Brother's were raised to live and die by Three Rules 
One, a Porter stands his ground 
Two, a Porter leaves no enemy standing
Three...

Sutton Creech was a cheat and a liar. Tate Porter had found that out when he was eighteen, and he had no intention of letting her make a fool out of him again. He didn’t care how much pain he saw in her eyes or how old memories tugged at his unforgiving heart until, the night a hidden secret is revealed and everything Tate had believed about their past is shattered, proving he had let the woman he loved get away.

Between trying to protect his family and running their pot growing business, Tate doesn't have time to play the "Nice Guy". He'd just have to remember the most important rule his father had given them: A Porter always keeps what's his.



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"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

"I'm a lawyer. Asking questions turns me on. Having them answered is pretty hot too." - Jake Becker

Sustained
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will get you off. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, and defend her…and the kids.

And that—that, I know how to do.


Oh, my word. How have I not read one of Emma Chase's books before? I've seen her first series on Goodreads and Amazon many times. I've even added Overruled, the first book in The Legal Briefs series, to my TBR list when it came out a couple months ago. Now that I've read Sustained, I freaking loved it so much that I bumped up all of Emma's books to my must read as soon as possible list. Sustained was such a fun and entertaining book, I finished it in just a few hours. I should know by now that it is never a good idea to start a new book after a certain time, If I am really into it, I will be up for hours because I can't put it down. That happened with Sustained. I started it at around 11:30 Monday night and I was reading up until 3am. Then I spent the most of the following day with the "one more chapter" syndrome until I finished it. To say I was a book zombie for most of Tuesday would be an understatement. I loved everything about Sustained. Emma's writing is flipping hysterical. The characters were fabulous. I loved that it was entirely in Jake's POV. As much as he claims to be free of shackles, he sure does fall hard and fast for Chelsea and the six little rugrats she calls her nieces and nephews. He's sucked under their spell from the moment he meets all seven of them. For a twenty-six year old, Chelsea is thrown into the deep end when her brother and his wife are killed. She is incredibly strong to become their guardian, although she does feel as if she's drowning more than once. Together, she and Jake make a great team. Absolute perfection!

Now that I've fallen under Emma's spell, I'm hooked. Everything about Sustained rocked my Kindle. And can I just say that I want Rory and Raymond to have their own books in a few years. Those two were hilarious and I loved them. I'm actually excited that this was my first Emma Case book. Now I have her other books to keep me company until Brent's book comes out next January. Woot! 


By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review of Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey #1) by Sophia Henry

"What can I say? I've always had a thing for Russians." - Auden Berezin

Delayed Penalty
Series: Pilots Hockey # 1
Author: Sophia Henry
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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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.


Confession time... If you've seen my about me page, then you'll have figured out that I am a big hockey fan. What I don't say on that page was that my favorite hockey player was Russian. His accent... Swoon! In fact, when I met him in early 2000, he said something in Russian to a fellow player and I just about melted. So when Delayed Penalty came up on Netgalley, it immediately snatched my attention for two reasons... The first was, of course, hockey romance! The second reason? The hockey hero is Russian. Cue all my fangirl moments because this book was pretty much my fantasy for many years. The book itself left me a little conflicted, so once again, I'll be using bullet points.
  •  Aleksandr Varenkov - Oh, my gosh... Sophia, THANK YOU! Mad props for stepping out of the box and giving us a Russian hockey hero. As much as I love American and Canadian hockey players, Aleksandr brought me back to the years when I loved watching my beloved Oleg Tverdovsky skating on the ice. Although, I have to admit that I did take Aleksandr's traits and used Oleg was my image. It was inevitable. I adored Aleksandr. He was the total package... Sweet, funny, loving, patient, jealous... He stole the show for me.
  • Auden Berezin - I hope this doesn't sound too weird, but I saw a lot of myself in Auden. Well, minus the fact that she is a Detroit Red Wings fan. That is all I'm saying about that... The funniest part of Auden is that I have the same pet peeve as she does in the book - players interviewed on the bench during games. If she was a real person, I would have given her a high 5 for that one. Preach on, girlfriend! I liked Auden as a character. The loss of her mother left her extremely wounded and sheltered. I liked watching her grow as a woman learning how to let her hair down and open her heart. 
  • Romance - Initially, I was a little disappointed about the romance between Auden and Aleksandr. This is a new adult hockey romance with a Russian hockey player. I was hoping for some sizzling scenes with words in Russian being shouted in the throes of passion. That was what I was looking forward to when I started the book. However, as it progressed, I loved the sweetness of the relationship. I loved that they took their time before jumping into bed. I loved that Aleksandr helped Auden come out of her shell as they in love. They were truly there for each other. By simply being there and listening, both characters were able to grow into who they become at the end of the book. 
  • Plot - This was where I was the most hesitant with the book. In all honestly, it felt as if there was too much going on and I got lost along the way. I wish there was more moments of Auden translating for Aleksandr. I loved those playful scenes at the beginning of the book. There were parts that I liked (Auden's friendship with Kristen, budding relationship with Aleksandr) and there were parts that I wish had been fleshed out more (Auden's friendship with Drew and Jason). 
As I read Delayed Penalty, I quite enjoyed it. Sure, there were things that I would have changed, but there were so many aspects that I loved. It grabbed my attention from the moment I saw it (that cover) and held me captive while I read it. I loved the fact that Sophia went outside of the box (or rink, if you will) with a Russian hockey hero. Thank you for that! Fantastic debut book for Sophia and I am excited to see how she develops the rest of her Pilots series.



Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

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