DELAYED PENALTY                               SOPHIA HENRY

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.

Auden gets a job as a translator for a local hockey team the player being Russian and she being raised by her grandparents and her grandfather was a Russian professor for years at Michigan University. When she first meets Aleksandr it is not at the hockey rink but at a bar. So when they finally meet at the rink after the game and he begins to act like a jerk she puts him in his place. He is actually excited by this and though she does not want to admit it she is attracted to him as well. She has issues with people leaving in her life, father before she was born, mom killed when she was 6, so she does not want to start anything with him because she knows he will be leaving. He is good enough to play in the NHL so that means he will be moving from the town they're in. He has lost his parents as well so now he is working on helping to see that he will not be leaving that they will still be together. He will come back. This is a very good story for the author's’ first book. I liked the characters, the hockey, and I could relate to the overall story of the two characters. A very good book. I got this book from netgalley. I give this 5 stars.

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