Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel

Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel

by Sophia Henry

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Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel by Sophia Henry

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 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.

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Praise for Breakaway

“Breakaway is a steamy sports romance written by Sophia Henry. I was captivated from the very first line until the end!”—Books & Boys Book Blog

“A sexy and emotional page-turning hockey romance that gave me all the feels. Loved, loved, loved it.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of I Need You Tonight

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101968543
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Pilots Hockey Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 94,496
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, 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 an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

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Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Bree & Luke's story is a great easy read, with some heat. Both with have issues with family and hockey. But can the sassy outgoing girl and ex-hockey player get over those to find a happy ending. This is a lovely light read with plenty of hot romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although there were a few tears along the way. The ending was a bit abrupt and could have been longer and more in-depth but I'll definitely be putting Sophia Henry on my to read list.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Breakaway wasn't exactly what I was expecting (I don't think I read the blurb too closely--or maybe at all? I just saw "Pilots Hockey, #5" and got grabby hands)--there wasn't too much hockey here, though both MCs have had some connection to it their whole lives--but I still ended up liking it a whole lot. Neither Bree nor Luke are looking for a relationship, and in fact they spend a good half the book as f*uck buddies and are more than okay with that, but of course that eventually morphs into something else--this time for him before it does for her, which was a refreshing change. I really liked Bree and Luke together and was rooting for them from the first page (not to mention from the cover, though I don't know who that guy is, because you sure as heck couldn't put that hair into a ponytail...) though it did feel a bit at the end like things were resolved a bit too easily, especially with the family issues they both had. Still, the actual ending was very sweet. Previous series characters make brief appearances in the book--mostly in the beginning--which was fun for those who have read their books but shouldn't cause a problem at all for those who haven't. Now all we have to do is wait for book #6... :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I did not want to stop reading this story. Luke's past and how it affected him then and now touched my heart. Bree's openness, honesty, and generosity had me cheering for this couple. There were times when I had tears in my eyes, when a giggle escaped unguarded, and when I held my breath that it would be too much. These two are meant to be together, and I cheered for them. I highly recommend this book as well as the series, and I look forward to more from this author. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
lisareads More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Net Galley for providing a copy of this book. Ms. Henry's voice in this story shows a strong understanding of the human experience as it relates to family and personal demons. I thought the way Bree finally stood up to her parents and goes after something she wants is just like what should and does happen in real life when people grow up. Luke chasing his past and his demons was definitely the stuff that makes up real life. That being said, these two finding each other at just the right time and fighting against making something more of the fun time relationship while moving toward an HEA made me fall in love with them all the more. Great writing. Quite an enjoyable read with just the right amount of real life.
LorelaiMom More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! Breakaway is book #5 in Sophia Henry's Pilots Hockey series. Meet the Heroine & Hero: Brianna Collins is a pediatric nurse in California who is looking to escape from the pressures of her family. Luke Daniels is a pro hockey player working in the executive offices while rehabbing an injury he received a year prior. The Story: Brianna needs to get out of California. She's tired of all the pressure put on her by her parents to "fix" her brother who received a career ending concussion to his fledgling hockey career. There is no fixing her brother when he has no motivation to better himself. He's wallowing in self pity, living off their parents & she's done. She decides to take a position as a traveling nurse & her first gig is in a Charlotte, NC hospital in the pediatrics department. Luke received a very serious injury a year prior while playing in an NHL game. He has been working in the executive offices of his NHL team while rehabbing it. Luke is in major denial about the seriousness of his spinal injury & the fact that he won't be able to play anymore & needs to retire. Brianna & Luke "officially" meet for the first time at the hospital, where he volunteers in the pediatric ward of the hospital she works at. They realize that they recently had a crazy, hot one night stand after a drunken day/night. I don't want to give away too many details, but suffice it to say that it was HOT & fun! Brianna isn't looking for anything serious as she is only going to be in Charlotte for a short period of time, but she is ok with continuing to hook up as long as it's kept casual. The only problem is that the more Luke sees of her, the more he wants to be with her as more than just friends with benefits. After some convincing Brianna decides to give officially dating a try & seeing where it leads. Both characters have a lot of baggage & pressures from their lives & start to confide in each other as they start to fall for each other. Luke meets Brianna's brother when Mason shows up for an unexpected visit & realizes that they have a history from when they were both in the WHL, which sends Luke into a downward spiral of old bad habits. Will Brianna be able to help the man she is falling for & will he be able to shake off his issues to live a whole life? The Verdict: This was a great read, I was hooked from the very beginning! This was my first Sophia Henry book & I enjoyed her writing style. The story kept a good pace throughout & had a good balance of serious & fun. Sophia sure knows how to write a HOT love scene, WooWee! The twist at the end may have been a little predictable, but I loved how Mason & Luke were what each other needed to get shook out of their funk & realize that there is indeed life after hockey. I thought Brianna & Luke were so sweet together once they started dating & really revealing themselves & all their layers to each other. I would definitely recommend this book & author to others! *ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Brianna Collins finally feels like she can be herself without being smother by her family's needs. Finding herself in North Carolina is like a breath of fresh air. She's living life fully and then she meets him. She doesn't want anything long term but she can't fight her growing feelings for him. Luke Daniels thought his life was hockey. Now that it's taken a different direction and he's accepted his fate, he's consumed by the feisty nurse he can't seem to get enough of. He can't help himself where she's concerned. Just like the other books in this series, I loved this one. The characters are well fleshed out and the story line and plot are rich. I was quickly immersed in this story and was saddened by it's end-only because there wasn't more of it. I loved Bri's honesty and forthrightness as well as her independence. I loved Luke's intense need to take care of everyone and make the best of bad situations. I am eagerly looking forward to more of this author's works and would definitely recommend her to others.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! There is so much going on for both Bree and Luke. Their pasts and their futures are on an intersecting path and Luke struggles. Bree is such a grounding force for him and she can’t help herself from falling for this sweet, sensitive man. Luke is everything she has wanted but she keeps her hand up guarding her heart reminding Luke this is only a temporary assignment for her. Bree is only in Charlotte for six months and isn’t looking for a long-term romance. She just wants to hook up with no strings attached. She is a very upfront woman and she knows what she wants. She blows Luke away with her openness both sexually and emotionally. She works as a pediatric nurse working with cancer patients. Her job is both rewarding and heart wrenching and she grows to really like her temporary assignment in Charlotte. She has also gotten attached to Luke. Luke is a volunteer at the hospital and he is invested as there is a very special patient there. And a special nurse that he has fallen for. Luke is at a crossroad in his life and he has to come to grips with accepting his fate with his career threatening injury. Luke and Bree both lean on each other and feelings intensify. Their chemistry is off the charts and they can’t deny that what they feel is special, but can they figure out what their future holds? You will have to read the book to find out. This is such a fun, sexy and heart wrenching love story. I highly recommend it!
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read Breakaway. I had reviewed and liked Unsportsmanlike Conduct so I was expecting Breakaway to be just as good. So saying that I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. The plot of the book was good. Hockey star gets injured, forced to retire and meets a girl who compliments him in every way while trying to adjust to life, not on the ice. I loved it and I loved that the book’s location….Charlotte, NC. I live an hour west of Charlotte and I really enjoyed reading about the different areas. I also was thrilled that the author made mention of The Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain. I have been to The Blowing Rock and fell in love with the legend. So when Luke was explaining it to Bree, I had a huge smile on my face. I like his explanation better than the actual legend. What made me disappointed in the book was how Luke was. I totally could understand his anger and disappointment when he was told that he would never be able to play hockey. But everything after that, he came across as a man-brat. His temper tantrums when it came to being told that he wasn’t able to play rivaled my three-year-old when I tell her she can’t have another cookie. He was also self-centered. Everything revolved around him and it drove me nuts. But, he did have some redeeming qualities. He truly liked Bree and some of their interchanges were hilarious (the one at the U.S. National Whitewater Center where they were discussing instalove and instalust made me laugh my butt off). He also volunteered at the hospital in the pediatric oncology wing, where Bree was a nurse. The issues he had with his mother ran deep and I felt awful when he was in Vancouver visiting her. Bree was hilarious and oh boy, did she know what she wanted. What she wanted was a f*ck buddy and Luke was more than willing to accommodate her. I was rolling at her and Luke’s interactions. She also wasn’t afraid of her sexuality and she liked experimenting with different toys/fantasies. Her wearing a vibrator and giving it to Luke to play with was awesome. As was the reactions of Pavel and Kristin when Bree told them that she was wearing one. But, with all her funnies aside, she also had baggage and she was afraid to settle down because of it. Honestly, I didn’t know what she saw in Luke because he was a man-brat with her too. The sex scenes between Bree and Luke really didn’t do it for me. I just couldn’t move past Luke’s attitude. If I had to describe it, lukewarm would be the best way. Which is disappointing because I love totally hot sex scenes. Also, Luke liked to receive and not give, which made me feel bad for Bree because she seemed to always be on her knees. Bree’s fascination with experimenting almost made the sex to a warm rating but fell a tad bit short. I did like the end of the book and I liked how Bree gave Mason the kick in the butt that he needed. I loved the epilogue was awesome and I wasn’t expecting what was revealed there!! **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! It's heartwarming, fun, and sexy. A great read for a little escape and entertainment. Brianna Collins and Luke Daniels are great characters and their chemistry jumps from the pages. Brianna is trying to get out from under the pressure of her family. On a temporary nursing assignment in Charlotte. She meets Luke Daniels and their attraction is immediate. He seems like the perfect short term stress reliever! Charlotte just might be Luke's perfect woman. No strings with a time limit - perfect!! A great distraction while he tries to get back on the ice. Definitely a book I recommend to everyone.
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Score I absolutely loved this book by Sophia Henry. This is a great series, but you don't have to read all of the books to before to follow along but it is nice to. Bree is a nurse that wants to get away from her troubles at home so she takes a job in North Carolina. Luke Daniels is a player for the NHL team the aviators and he was injured and has been rehabbing and hoping to get back in the ice but he learns that it is a career ending injury. These two are great together and seeing how they make each other grow and learn to move on. This is one of my foavirites of this series.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** It's no secret to anyone that I love hockey and romance novels. Put them together and I'm always a happy camper. Throw in the city where I've lived for going on a decade and that makes it even better! In this fifth book in the Pilots Hockey series, Sophia Henry takes us on a wonderful journey of loss, finding yourself and figuring out how to put one foot in front of the other when things get tough. Luke Daniels has lived and breathed hockey for as long as he can remember. It was always his goal to play in the NHL and to make that his career. He accomplished that, but a clean hit not only injured him, but ultimately ended his career. As he struggled to figure out how to live his life as a former player, he looked to the other things in his life to help fill the void, including volunteering at the Charlotte Children's Hospital. Brianna (Bree) Collins needed a change of scenery. She needed out of California and away from her parents and brother. Most of all, she needed to be her own person for once in her life. Because of this, she applied to be a traveling nurse and ended up selecting Charlotte, NC as her destination. While working her shift at the children's hospital, Bree encounters the man who she thought was her one night stand, but there seems to be more of a connection between them than that even if she wasn't looking for any kind of relationship. As Bree and Luke start spending more and more time together, it becomes apparent that they are both good for one another. It's a case of coming into one another's life at just the right time and both having life experience that is helpful for the other. Will they be able to navigate the fact that Bree both will be leaving and isn't crazy about being in a committed relationship and will Luke be able to put his past behind him and realize that family helps to shape you, but it doesn't mean you'll make the same mistakes? I adored this book, just like I have this entire series. This one was exceptionally fun for me because I am so familiar with so many of the local haunts that Sophia showcased throughout this book. Not only did it help to enhance the story, but hopefully it painted an awesome picture of a really great city in the state of North Carolina! I would highly recommend you pick up this book!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
So, my bad, I saw the cover and requested the book based on it and the blurb without checking whether I had read anything by Sophia Henry before. I have, I DNF'd it. The good news is that I didn't DNF this book but I got steadily more irritated as I continued to read. First, the blurb that sold this book to me is totally misleading. On the assumption that it gets changed, can I just say that the second paragraph of the blurb references something that I as a reader didn't get told until well over halfway through the book. In fact, the blurb I read basically tells you the entire plot of the book, including all the "twists". Luke Daniels is a pro-hockey player whose career was cut short prematurely after a tackle left him with a compressed disc in his neck. He has been in denial for the past twelve months, believing that if he obeys everything his doctors and physiotherapists tell him to do he will make it back. Without hockey he feels lost. Brianna Collins is a paediatric oncology nurse, she has moved to Charlotte on a nursing rotation for a few months. On a St Patrick's Day city pub crawl with one of her new colleagues she joins her colleague's friends which include a certain hockey player who is described as looking like Jon Snow (from GoT) or Leonardo di Caprio. What follows is standard smexy novella territory. Bree and Luke decide to become f$ck buddies and they proceed to have sex for what felt like a third of the book. At this point I was disappointed because I actually liked the plot and wanted more of that ... big mistake! Of course Luke volunteers at the hospital where Bree works, in fact on the ward where she is stationed. The reason being that one of his team-mates has a son with terminal cancer who is on the ward. I try not to be mean when I review books, I am conscious that I have been gifted a review copy but sometimes I can't hold back. I felt that this book just hit every cliche known to romance. Luke has a terrible childhood, Bree is the less-favoured sibling of millionaire parents. There's a cute moppet with cancer. Luke flirts with addictions. Heck, he wallows in self-pity for two days and he's suddenly an alcoholic. He gets prescribed pain killers by the doctor following his surgery and then he needs help to wean himself off them. It felt as though there was no development of the characters, there was no evidence that Luke was depressed until we were told he was; he vacillated from happier than he'd ever been to depressed and looking to narcotics to dull the pain. He went from a naturally confident and cocky athlete, with millions in the bank and puck bunnies falling on the floor with their legs open to a self-pitying whiner who talks as though he's on the brink of food stamps. With absolutely no reasoning, not even an attempt to imply that his first person POV was him lying to himself. The characters changed direction so many times I got whiplash and the plot was so tired and cliched (and spoiled in the blurb) that I read on in disbelief. I'm sure this book would appeal to others, heck its the fifth book in the series so lots of people must love them but definitely not for me. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.