My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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
I've never read anything by Sophia Henry, this was my first. It was an arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked Sophia's writing style, liked how she wrote the broken English when needed. Now keeping in mind our characters age, their relationship felt rushed to me. They had minimal contact before falling in love. They do have monumental losses and insecurities that bonded them, I still felt a disconnect when it came to them.
The storyline and flow, I liked. I loved our secondary characters and storylines too. I kinda of wish more was addressed as far as what Pavlov did, but... That's just my need for justice.
I was left with a few unanswered questions. Why did that chick smirk at her? How does the title match to the storyline? Why did he say Charlotte to the crowd?
All in all I liked the book. Liked the characters and story, just needed more of a connection between them. I gave this 3.5 stars
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