Series: Pilots Hockey #5
Publisher: Random House: Flirt
Release date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance. Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.
Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.
Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey. Don’t miss any of Sophia Henry’s exhilarating Pilots Hockey novels:DELAYED PENALTY | POWER PLAY | INTERFERENCE | UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT | BREAKAWAY
Praise for Sophia Henry
“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”—USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson
The Faerie Queen’s review
Ice hockey romances are this lady’s crack. (Ok, maybe, in the context of something in this book, I shouldn’t have said that.) Again, I know nothing about ice hockey, nor have I ever seen a game, but hey, not everything in life makes sense.
I really liked the dynamic between Bree and Luke. It felt natural and sexy, as did the non-physical connection as it slowly built. Two things, in particular, made this stand out for me. First, Bree knew what she wanted – especially in the bedroom – and didn’t try to be all coy or embarrassed about it. Second, the attitude to flings on both parts was refreshing. There was no shame to it. And then the girl was the one to be hesitant to make it more serious. Love it.
While there was drama, it wasn’t overpowering like romance novels can be. It was tough, sure, but I actually found a certain scene earlier on was more emotionally draining. I cried!!! The angst was down-to-earth and believable, not the OTT communication-related nonsense that pervades the genre.
One last thing to mention was the heat. I found it a bit strange that the book could be pretty open and graphic right up until the main event. It’s like starting a fire with a bit of kindling and then putting it out right before you can really enjoy it.
However, a great ice hockey romance that’s both grounded and sexy. I definitely recommend!