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.
Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.
When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth . . . or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.
Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.
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.
Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with a BS in English from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.
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.
A thank you first to Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.
I have to say that you can read each and every one of these books individually and not miss anything. I didn’t get to read the first book in the series but have completely enjoyed these three following books. I do have to say that with Gaby and Landon’s book I thought her brothers and father were so old fashioned in the way they did things but was happy to see towards the end of the book what the thought process really was and how it wasn’t so much about male chauvinism as much as it was having the confidence Gaby to know what to do and not needing to be handled with care. Landon is super cute and his way of acting around Gaby was funny. I was happy to see that things worked out wonderfully for him. The next book is Jason and Linden’s and I love how mature Linden is and how she is set to do what she needs to do for her son. She grew up too young but accepted the responsibility that comes along with her actions as a teen. Jason’s story was a bit sad for me because he didn’t see how much of a benefit he had with growing up with the family that he did grow up with. Also when I read this book I wondered how this book could be part of the Pilots series, but I do see how it can be part of the series. I will say this of the three books this one was probably my least favorite, but I still did love the characters. My absolute favorite book of all of them is the last one. Kristen has such a strong woman and has a great positive outlook on life for the most part. Its natural that she does have her low moments but for a young person going through everything she deals with is amazing. I also love how Pasha redeems himself from his actions in the past. Yes he gets down on himself an awful lot but its the guilt he carries that makes him feel that way. This book was so much fun and most definitely one I loved. I am looking forward to what Sophia Henry has for us with the next of the Pilots.
I give these books a combined 4.33 high sticking kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri