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16 February 2016

❤❤ Power Play by Sophia Henry 4 star review ❤❤

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Sophia Henry's blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family's market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn't afraid of telling Gaby that he's got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It's his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby's tempted to give in; the next, she's getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who's destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now. 

I love Sophia's Pilots Hockey series, and this one surely didn't disappoint. I loved that our little lady in this one was a book nerd, an introvert. It made her extremely relateable. Made her real. Made her seem like someone I would know. Especially when book clubs on facebook was mentioned. How many of us are part of those. But I also really liked Luke, her friend Michelle, and of course, Landon. It really was just like Landon and Gaby just...clicked. Like they were two puzzle pieces that were meant to be brought together because they were meant to be side by side, enhancing the other. 

There was one thing I felt was was the phone call to help their shop on saturday. the call to that "woman", and her mom.. I felt like with everything that happened that day, she addressed it. Gaby address everything with everyone- Landon and her dad. But I felt like the blow up, the things that were said to these two, were never addressed. And they were pretty serious things. I also felt like no one ever stuck up for Gaby in her family. Landon was the only one who seemed to do that.. It was like they all wanted to walk all over her, use her, and I understand what her dad said and why.. but .. it still didn't make it okay. After what happened to her, her family never walked away from the people associate.d. I can't wrap my mind around how they would want to stay associated to them. Yeah I know, he got his dues.. but.. he kept coming around. Why did her parents just take it. I don't understand. Blame... i feel like she got the blame for a lot, from that family, and from hers. And not one person realized they were doing it or put a stop to it. 

But I do love how Logan helped her. I would have loved to see her self confidence grow more. But i liked that she was meek and insecure. again, that's what made her real.

I can't wait to see where Sophia takes us with this series. this is a series i pick up and don't put down until the book is over. It's a one-sitting story .


~~~Other books in the series~~
Delayed Penalty (Pilot's Hockey #1)
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.

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