Pilots Hockey #4
Pilots Hockey #4
by Sophia Henry
Releasing October 18th 2016
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey, #4) . . .
Singles’ cruise. Hot, sexy, Russian god. Sexy, brainiac female. Put them together and see what they can do with a week-long cruise and their imagination. Deceptions and contradictions. Their chemistry may have been off the charts but the communication skills was lacking. This dual POV was a host of should I or would I or maybe even could I.
Passions, chemistry, past, health, singles cruise, real world, truth, lies all come to a heads in this fourth installment of the Pilots Hockey series. He we get a closer looking at Pasha. An inside view of how he sees things. We also meet new comer Kristen. She was a post grad with CF and her parents wanted to give her something. She wanted nothing, but that chance. That connection. The chemistry.
I admit to some predictability within the reading. But it’s the journey that takes you in. Pasha has things that he needed to deal with in order to move on in life. Kristen has a life that was treated as every moment was going to be the last. She had little time for the drama.
You do not need to have read the other book in this series to fully enjoy this one. Although it would help you with the name references and to have a backstory to place with the names. You can always find time later to go back.
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Pilots Hockey series:Delayed Penalty – Pilots Hockey, #1
Power Play – Pilots Hockey, #2
Interference – Pilots Hockey, #3
Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Pilots Hockey, #4
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.
Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.
Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.
“So, what’s your story?” I asked.
“My story?” He lowered his head and gazed at me over his sunglasses.
My heart flittered fast, waiting for him to tell me to move or ask why I had chosen to sit next to him, given all the open seats surrounding the pool. But he didn’t.
Had I really chosen this spot because these were the only three empty chairs next to each other? I could have dragged another lounger next to two others.
“You’re not Greek. I can tell that by your accent.” Under the ruse of trying to figure him out, I twisted my torso and leaned toward his chair. Subconsciously I relished the opportunity to study his features more closely. “So you can’t be one of the Detroit-area Greek singles I’m supposed to be hanging out with.”
“I am. I came here with a friend.”
“Who’s your friend?” I asked, tucking my hair behind my ears.
I didn’t recognize that name. And after spending the majority of my life around people in the Greek Orthodox community, I pretty much knew anyone close to my age, whether we went to the same church or not.
“How do you know Blake?” I settled back into the lounge chair, flicking back a corner of the towel that had fallen onto my shoulder.
Adonis’s lip curled into a smirk. “Panikos worked with me when I lived in Detroit.”
“Where do you live now?”
“Really?” I sat up. “My best friend just moved to Charlotte.”
“Charlotte. That is where I live.”
“What a small world. She lives downtown, in the Avenue condos.” I paused to correct myself. “Well, I guess you guys call it uptown instead of downtown.”
“Why did she move to Charlotte? Did she get a job there?” Adonis leaned sideways and picked up a plastic cup from the ground next to his chair. He took a sip of his drink.
“No. She moved in with her fiancé. He’s a hockey player.”
Adonis didn’t respond, but he choked on his drink and diverted his eyes toward the pool.
“His name’s Aleksandr Varenkov,” I added. “Do you know him?”
“No,” he answered quickly, and adjusted his aviator sunglasses, which had slid down his nose. “I never heard of him. Maybe if I saw him, I’d know his face.”
“If the Internet worked here, I’d show you a picture on my phone.”
“The ship has Internet,” Adonis corrected me.
“Yeah, but I can’t afford the hundred dollars a minute they charge to access it.” A hundred dollars a minute was only a slight exaggeration—the ship charged enough that I didn’t feel the need to waste my money. I’d wait until we docked somewhere with a restaurant or a bar that offered free Wi-Fi. “So what do you do?”
His gaze veered from my lips to my eyes before he answered. “I am a Pilot.”
“Really? So you’re always traveling, eh? Do you love it?” I reached over and grabbed my water bottle off the tiny table next to my lounge chair.
“I like to fly. To travel. It is, um, a good job for me.” Adonis took another swig from his drink, something clear with a cluster of crushed ice floating in it. “Where do you work?”
I leaned back in the chair and bent my knees slightly—perfect position to soak up the sizzling sunshine. “I’m the assistant to one of the owners of Motor City Bar Management. It’s a company that owns a group of bars around Detroit. I coordinate all the volunteers and employees for events that our bars host or sponsor.” I finished my water and set the empty bottle on the table.
“What kind of events?”
“Concerts. Bar crawls. Promotional events before games,” I said, rattling off a few of the things I’d helped plan recently.
“Wonder if I’ve seen you around,” he said. “I go to a lot of concerts.”
“Probably not,” I said. “I just started two months ago. Before that I was at Central State.”
Adonis’s eyes darted toward something behind me. “You like the party life?”
“Sure. It’s fun right now while I’m young.” I wiggled my toes, watching the pink glitter polish sparkle in the sunlight. “My goal is to learn the ropes of event planning, then turn it into something more professional in a few years when I don’t want to be immersed in the bar scene anymore.”
Suddenly he sat up and swung his legs over the side of the chair, planting them on the ground facing me. Then he leaned close, his face inches from mine.
Was he going to kiss me?
My heart hammered, excited and eager to accept a kiss from this stranger. I licked my lips and closed my eyes. But instead of feeling his mouth on mine, I felt his breath against my face.
“The guy you are trying to avoid is behind you,” he said.
My eyes flickered open. “Huh?”
“The guy you ran from.” Adonis nodded. “He is behind you now.” He leaned back, resuming his original lazy, reclined position. Then he tilted his cup and drained his drink.
How did this guy already have my heart pounding and my mind begging for his lips on mine? I figured the salty ocean air must be permeating my brain and breaking down my common sense.
10 Things You Never Knew You Wanted To Know About Sophia Henry
1. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
A Liger. It’s a mix between a Lion and a Tiger. Does anyone really need to ask why? (Napoleon Dynamite fans might get me on this one)
2. Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I consider her a super hero. Why? Because she’s so unsuspecting at first, then BOOM—she kicks major a$$.
3. Who’s the last person you held hands with?
My sons. Skipper and Chachi
4. What is your favorite movie quote?
“He’s gonna be a soccer player. He is. He iiiiiiiiiissssssss.” ~ Billy Madison **Anything from Billy Madison really.
5. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Genre: Comedy Actress: Sarah Michelle Geller
6. If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
Writing. Or yodeling. Verdict is still out on my talent for either.
7. What store do you shop at most?
Target. How anyone can walk out without having spent at least $100 is beyond me.
8. What advice did you get that was most rewarding?
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I thought it was a Sir Winston Churchill quote, but I just read that there’s no record of him saying it. So props to whoever made this one up because I love it.
9. What word would you add to the dictionary? What would it mean?
Jackweed. It’s such a fun word and *seems* much nice than using swear words. A jackweed is basically a douche. A jerk. A jack wagon. Yo, Webster—get on that!
10. What’s your favorite book?
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Sophia Henry <3
Okay, Okay, this question was a lead in to my new book. :) Here’s a one line (tweetable) description: Sparks fly when a free spirit meets a hockey player on a singles cruise in a story of adventure, forgiveness & love.
If you love this one, I hope you’ll go back and read the other books in my Pilots series (if you haven’t already). BREAKAWAY, a standalone novel which features characters from the Pilots world, will be out in March 2017!
You can get your copy of UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT at any major e-book retailer. :)
She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.