Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel

Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel

by Sophia Henry

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ISBN-13: 9781101887196
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Pilots Hockey Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 131,846
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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Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel is a contemporary sports fiction novel written by Sophia Henry. Auden’s working off the hurt of being cut from the women’s soccer team at Central State in the tried and true manner that her best friend has suggested -- a few drinks at a familiar bar where the music rocks. Auden and Kristen had been enjoying the scene at the karaoke bar they frequented when Auden’s attention was riveted on the well-built man with the crazy Mohawk who seemed to be approaching her. He was just a bit too lovely for words, but then he blew any attraction Auden may have been feeling away with a rather crude joke: one at which an onlooker protested, saying she was too hot to be treated that way. Auden was rather taken by surprise at the hotness comment, as she had never thought of herself as particularly hot, or anything other than normal. When she finds out soon after that evening that her grandfather has already arranged a translation job for her winter break, Auden wants to argue but knows it will be useless, and she resigns herself to the situation. It was a new and different type of job from the usual transcription work, however, for her grandfather had set her up to be the translator for a Russian superstar hockey player, who just happened to be the crazy-haired man she knew to stay away from. Sophia Henry’s romantic sports fiction novel, Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel, features two very memorable main characters, Auden and Aleksandr who seem at first destined to be unwilling partners as she is his interpreter, but the plot thickens when Auden realizes that the Russian hockey player is much more comfortable speaking English than he lets on, and is more than just the sports bunny chaser she’s convinced he is. This well-written and superbly plotted story juxtaposes two people who seem at first from very different lifestyles, but soon the similarities and the attraction begin as each learns how to place their trust in another human being. I especially enjoyed the sports that play so large a part in Delayed Penalty, and reading about the Center Clubs that are Auden’s creation and contribution to Detroit. Henry’s Detroit setting is inspired: while we see the destruction and desolation that is present in so much of that once-proud and bustling city, the reader can’t help but be inspired by the youth clubs, the pockets of beauty, and the life that still flourishes despite the urban blight. Delayed Penalty is an absorbing tale that covers a lot of ground, and it does so in a beautifully flowing and very entertaining way. It’s highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an okay read. I loved the characters but they were a bit under devolped. Also it took way to long to get to a sex scene., and when it finally did, it was a total let down. The cold fury series is way more hot and steamy. This book had a good story line, and lots of potential, but fell a little flat in the sexy/ steamy area. Also, it left too many unaswered questions. It never explains how her mother died or why her friend Drew was suddenly so jealous. Actually, her friend Drew was such an under developed character that he was totally unnecessary to the story and could have been left completely out. The relationship between Alexandja and Auden also didn't have enough obsticles to overcome to make it a truly great love story. An easy ready for a lazy sunday, but not one that stir you up emoitionally.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
First off, y'all fans of Toni Aleo or Sawyer Bennett Delayed Penalty is a milder read than those two. So, if you are looking for hot, crazy shenanigans this might not be for you. However, if don't mind a sweet story, this is right up your alley. Okay, we got that taken care now lets dive into the story. All right Delayed Penalty is written in first person, and we spend all the book in Auden's mind. So, we get go through all her feelings and what is happening in her life especially when it comes to Aleksandr. We get to know Aleksandr the way Auden sees him. We watch Auden views on Aleksandr go from douche bag guy to love interest. She has a hard time with Aleksandr, because she doesn't know if he's being genuine. Which takes him a while to tear down the walls she has built up over the years. Truthfully, Delayed Penalty is pretty easy going throughout the story, we don't see a lot of drama. We see some emotional break throughs with Auden, which aren't that easy. However, the drama does escalate towards the end of the story. We need to have a reason for Auden and Aleksandr to have a sweet ending. Overall, Delayed Penalty is a pretty good story. However, I wished we were able to dip into Aleksandr's mind. I think it would been nice to see what he was going on in some areas of the story. This also not so heavy in the romance department. I think a lot of it has to do with Auden not being emotionally ready, and I do like how Aleksandr was patient with her. Yes, Delayed Penalty is a sweet story. Once Auden and Aleksandr got over a few bumps they were cute and sweet together. I do look forward what Sophia will bring to the rest of the series. There is one character I would like to see how she will write (if it happens), and that would be Pavel Gribov cause the few times we see him he's not very nice. We a little better understanding about his hate towards Aleksandr. So, if you are hankering for something sweet and hockey read, Delayed Penalty might be right up your alley. Copy provided by LoveSwept via NetGalley
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
  Delayed Penalty, A Pilots Hockey Novel,  Sophia Henry Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Well, I’m a huge Sawyer Bennet fan ( though of course haven’t loved every book, and I mean huge in the fan sense o not the physical!!) so wanted to read this. I’m not sure the comparison is accurate though....I can’t see much in common other than the romance trope. Still, it was a fun, light read and I enjoyed it. What I hadn’t expected was that both main characters would be only 20. I thought Auden would be around that age, but expected Aleksandr to be a bit older – no reason, but I was surprised to find he’s also only 20. They start off badly, with Auden assuming he’d be a typical jock jerk type when she interacts with him on a night out. Then she’s shocked when she finds out he’s her first client – she likes the earnings she gets translating, needs them now her scholarship is gone, so she has to show her grandfather she can do a good job. Time to pull on the Big Girl knickers and suck it up. Aleksandr is drawn to her, and they seem to keep meeting up and slowly she learns he’s not the person she thought, he’s someone she grows to love. Of course once that happens you just know its not going to go smoothly for them, especially when she’s at school and he could get sent to another team any time. They’ve both got a difficult past, have problems arising from it and find it hard to trust, but in each other they’ve found someone who could be their future if only they can get past their issues. Its tough, and sadly there are barriers and people that could prevent them keeping the love they’ve found. They need to be strong and find that trust to work past them. I enjoyed this read, didn’t love it but it was fun, with real people and actions. I so felt for both of them in their sad backgrounds. There were some things that grated a little, times when they acted strangely ( IMO) and I really didn’t understand why the need to change Jason's role from friendly cop to didn’t add to the story. Maybe its just to link him to the group in a future one? Dunno, but I was waiting for something to develop there that didn’t happen.... Its a “clean” read for those who don’t want graphic sex, there’s nothing more explicit than a couple of intense make-out sessions. that’s important for many people and often hard to find. Personally I like both sorts so long as the story is solid, but some readers get really upset about sex in a story. Stars: Three. a light sweet read.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Loved this debut story by Sophia Henry. Loved the characters, they were well developed and I found them to be likable and I enjoyed their growing connection and Sizzling Chemistry. I enjoyed the story, the wonderful build to their relationship, the push and pull they had on each other and how it was all laid out. Captivating and so Real life. Auduska "Auden" Berezin has just been cut from the Central State University, Women's Soccer team and that also means that her scholarship is also gone. So when she heads home for break her grandfather gets her a job as a translator for a Russian Hockey Player, Aleksander "Alek" Varenkov one of the top players with the Detroit Minor League, The Pilots. Auden is taken back when she shows up to meet her new client and Alek is the same guy who had hit on her the night before when she went out with her roommate, at the bar where she sang karaoke. Although she is totally taken with Alek, now since he is her client he in untouchable and she wants so badly to touch him. Alek is very interested in Auden and the chemistry between them is Sizzling. But she thinks she knows his type and keeps him at a distance. But with all their time together she finds out that maybe Alek isn't what she thought and as they start to get closer, he is called up into the Majors. Since Alek is gone not only is her job over but what about them. Will Alek come back to Auden? Will they get their HEA? You will have to read this to find out. I will definitely be looking for more of Sophia Henry's stories. Loved this romance with a unique twist on a captivating story. Loved it! Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
amarie76 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars As some of you know, I love hockey. I'm kind of obsessed with it, actually. However,when it comes to selecting books that feature hockey players, I'm a little leery. While I understand these books are fiction, I want some sort of reality when it comes to depicting the hockey world. Well, I am happy to report that, Delayed Penalty, did not disappoint! I was drawn in from start to finish. One of the things that intrigued me about the synopsis of this book, is that one of the main characters, Alexandr (Sasha), is a Russian hockey player. I am fascinated and curious about all things Russian- the culture, history, language, and literature, so I gravitate towards books that feature Russian characters. After reading Delayed Penalty, I have to say that I adore Alexandr! Despite what he had gone through, he was still willing to open up his heart. He was so caring and loving, yet he still had this 'matter of fact-ness' about him. He didn't sugar coat things, but told you exactly what he thought. That's not to say he didn't have his own demons. Oh, he did. There are things he still has to deal with, in my opinion. I really liked the Auden, as well. Her character was so refreshing! This story is told in first person, so we are in her head and hearing her thoughts. I found her to be very relatable and honest; she didn't have that pretentiousness that I often see in the book world. She was funny and perky, yet she had this wounded, sensitive, side to her that she tried to hide from everybody. One of the things I especially liked about this character, was that she was willing to listen to the advice of others. That's not to say that she did what everyone told her to do. She didn't. However, she was willing to admit when she was wrong and she learned from her mistakes. Auden really cared about people and how they felt. I am still on the fence about how I feel about her best friend, Kristen. At first I thought she was bossy and selfish, but then there were times I saw kindness, and she would give Auden some heartfelt advice. I am so glad that I read this. I was very surprised to see some of the reviews, but I wouldn't let them keep you from giving this book a go- especially if you like character-driven books. I thought there were a lot of heartfelt moments, especially with Auden's grandparents. I also found Sophia Henry's writing to be very good! I am so excited to read the next book in the series- Power Play! I don't know if it's a continuation of Alexandr and Auden's story or if it will feature other characters from the series. Either way, I will be reading it!
PerryK517 More than 1 year ago
Funny. Sexy. Emotional. Mature YA. Great read.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
Auden is hired to be a translator for a Russian hockey player, Aleksandr. Despite how hot he is and appears to be a player, Auden stays professional and ignores her attraction towards him. Both characters have had great tragedy and lost their parents. I felt the book didn't run smoothly and jumped over exploring the relationship between the characters. The beginning was slow and picked up near the second half of the book. *I was given this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I am such a sucker for a sports romance featuring hockey players. Seriously, just string the words "hockey player" and "new series" together in a blurb and I'm sold before you even go any further. So it was pretty much a given I was going to sign up for this one before the email was even opened up. So glad I did! I'll definitely be looking forward to more from this series. Delayed Penalty was a fun and quirky read that also had a serious side to it. Both Auden and Aleksander dealt with early losses in their lives--Auden's mother was killed in front of her when she was in elementary school, and Aleksander's parents were killed in a car accident when he was a teenager. She was raised by her mother's parents (her father had taken off years earlier) and had decided to go into social work to help other needy children. After the accident, Aleksander left Russia to move the States to play hockey and fulfill his parents' dreams for him. As a result, in some ways they both were a bit more mature than is typical for others their age. Though they're technically both main characters, the story is told from Auden's first person point of view rather than alternating. As a result, there is a bit less of a focus on hockey than we probably would have gotten if we'd heard directly from Aleksander (which was a bit of a bummer, I'll admit) but ultimately I liked the single first-person POV. It worked for this story, and I really enjoyed Auden's snarky voice--in many ways, we are kindred spirits: After my first real-life crush didn't work out, I resumed my infatuation with fictional characters and unattainable men. It was easier knowing that I had zero chance from day one. See? It's like we were separated at birth. ;) There were some tell-tale signs that this is a debut work. A few side plotlines were a big deal for a while and then disappeared, never to be mentioned again or really resolved. Auden's mother's murder, for one--though maybe her cop half-brother will have a story that deals with it? Another is Auden's relationship with her former BFF, Drew--the aforementioned first crush. It's a fairly major focus for a good chunk of the book, and then it just goes away... Auden's antagonistic attitude toward her grandparents isn't adequately explained; at least not in a way that justified it in my mind--this is one way in the book that she actually seemsyounger than her age. I enjoyed liked Ms. Henry's voice, and look forward to reading more from her in the future as her writing matures. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Auden and Aleksandr meet at a bar across the way in Canada. He thinks she is checking him out, she thinks he is a player. Neither one is prepared for the very intense attraction that is happening. When they meet the next time, it is as a professional relationship and now nothing can happen. Auden was attracted instantly and that is why she reacted so strongly. She has issues when it comes to men and she knows she typically goes for the wrong ones. Her instincts must not work, so she doubts how she feels for Aleksandr. Aleksandr has never felt or reacted this way to anyone in many years, if ever. He is not a player. He does not know how to get Auden to trust him except to just prove her wrong over time. He comes to her aid when tragedy strikes and her perception begins to change. This was a book that I can honestly say has something for everyone. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you FEEL. I think this is a book that everyone should have on the shelf. It is a keeper! ***This ARC was given for review purposes only by and its publisher.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Delayed Penalty was a great New Adult novel about two wounded people that overcome a lot of problems to be together. Auden is a college student that has just lost her soccer scholarship and has taken a translating job for her grandfather to earn extra money. She is responsible for translating Russian Hockey star Aleksander after games when he is questioned by the press. They meet and and Auden instantly dislikes Alek. After she gets to know him, they become friends and eventually lovers. Will their relationship be able to last when Auden returns to school in fall? This book was full of angst, missed opportunities, and romance, but it was so well written that I couldn't put it down. I plan on following the series and have added another author to my must read list. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Auden and Aleksandr both know the pain of losing loved ones. They deal with that grief in completely different ways. I loved the banter between the characters, I admit for me the story had just a bit too much going on, Auden seemed to be stretching herself pretty thin with everything she had going on. For me it was ok.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars After being cut from the soccer team a college, something Auden Berezin's life revolved around, she finds herself out with her friends in an attempt to forget everything, at least for the night. What she didn't expect was to meet the hot Russian hockey player who has an effect on her like no other guy ever has, despite her attempts to ignore it. As fate would have it, she ends up being the translator for said hot Russian hockey player, further testing her willpower, I mean he is a player (not just a hockey player)......or is he? Both Auden and Aleksandr know pain, loss, and grief in a way that most people have ever experienced. Their pain bond is something that bonds them together, drawing them close, but the downside to that is that they both have trust issues, which cause some really big problems that threaten to destroy everything. Will Auden's worst fear come to pass and will she lose the one thing she has left she loves, or will love win out in the end? Auden and Aleksandr have a sweet romance that is filled with chemistry and is also intense from the get go. They are both passionate and stubborn. She's afraid of being left, and he runs from his fears, so they have a lot to overcome, trust being the main issue. He is a hot hockey player after all, but he is also very jealous over Auden as well. There is misunderstanding and heartache, but there are also good times, and a really great ending. Contemporary romance fans, especially those who enjoy sports themed romances will want to check out Delayed Penalty.
ali_reads More than 1 year ago
A great debut novel by Sophia Henry! Looking forward to reading more in the series. Both main characters have had to overcome adversary and loss in their young lives. Aleksandr who came across as being a bit of a player (not just a hockey player) ended up being more open and willing to try than Auden. He was very sweet at times. While there was angst and drama with Auden and the twenty something crowd she hung with the story worked for me and I enjoyed watching Auden and Aleksandr work things out. NetGalley ARC
notwest1 More than 1 year ago
While this wasn't a terrible book it sort of fell flat for me. Nothing in particular really ruined it but I felt like the romance side sort of lacked that heat I expect. The hero is a douche in the beginning and shows us theirs more behind his hard hockey body which was fun, if rushed feeling and then the heroine is quite a remarkable young lady. I just had to keep reminding myself that this was a YA romance so I needed to have that age in my mind, all in all its not a bad read although there is nothing truly spectacular about it. This was a complimentary e-copy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
**Received a copy of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an HONEST review** Auden Berezin is a college student who has known loss and what she looks at as abandonment, first her father before she was born and then her mother when she was killed before she was 7. She was raised by her grandparents and her Russian grandfather has a job for her during winter break. She has been translating Russian for years and now she is going to translate for a live person instead of documents. She is set up to translate for a hockey player for the Pilots, a minor league team. Aleksandr Varenkov is a Russian hockey god who is also a douche and really doesn't need a translator but no one knows that. What he does need is a keeper and someone to help rein him in and speak to the media. Oh, and he has suffered loss too, losing his parents who were killed on their way to one of his hockey games in Russia. This story is more than confusing because it is being promoted as a hockey romance and it seems more like a high school drama. There are redeeming parts and I hope that since this is the debut of this author she will keep getting better.
MommyIves More than 1 year ago
Fans of hockey romance, or just good romance in general will fall in love with Delayed Penalty the debut novel by Sophia Henry. I quickly found myself swept into the world of Pilots hockey and Aleksandr and Auden. The relationship between these two starts as a mutual attraction, but quickly grows into much, much more. Our hero and heroine have many things in their past that haunt them, and those things have kept them each from moving forward in one way or the other. As the pair come together they begin to heal each other and the story quickly builds into a steamy romance. The author does a great job of developing her characters and also developing the supporting characters. I loved the Russian banter and cultural aspects that are introduced. It gave the story a special flare that was unique and felt fresh. Our hero and heroine have so much in common, they were a perfect pairing. Auden deals so well with Aleksandr's antics! I smiled a lot, laughed some and even shed a few tears. I love discovering new authors and Sophia Henry has earned her spot on my list of authors to watch. If Delayed Penalty is any indication the Pilot's Hockey series will be AMAZING. I gave Delayed Penalty 5 STARS and have added it to my favorites and sports romance shelves on Goodreads. Note: I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book!
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: DELAYED PENALTY (Pilots Hockey Series) by Sophia Henry Releasing September 1, 2015 Genre: Contemporary/ New Adult Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 3.5 Stars REVIEW Delated Penalty was a quick fun romance. It's a standalone new adult romance with a sexy Russian hockey player and a fun heroine. I enjoyed both characters and their interactions. Their relationship happened quickly but the Loveswept ebooks are generally novella length. Sometimes you want a quick story though. The writing style was easy to read and I enjoyed the plot. I recommend Delated Penalty for new adult romance lovers looking for a sexy and fun story. Plus who doesn't love a hero with a sexy Russian accent? *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
This was nice story, but I didn't have a feeling of a great connection between the two lead characters in the story which was a shame. Alek was a young Russian hockey player who looks HOT, all the bunnies are after him, but he has great morals. Auden is brought in to be his translator and she turns his word up side down. I liked how they shared their language and they did get closer when they spoke about their pasts. But it was a bit cool.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to read this before its release in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting story. It is told entirely in the heroine's POV. Here is a young college student, Auden, struggling with the loss of her mother (17 years earlier), losing her scholarship, and doing well in school. Her grandparents are her guardians and try to protect her. Auden's feelings of abandonment and loss keep her from giving herself to anyone. Then she meets Aleksandr and is expected to work with him. He has also had great loss in his life, more recently than hers. Immediately, Aleksandr wants Auden and pursues her. Together they learn to open up about their feelings and learn how to love each other and those in their lives. They do undergo a separation due his hockey. They know it is temporary but were not ready for how hard it would actually be. Little hurts are overlooked as they realize they were meant to be together.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
1 - ”I am not sure I want this job anymore.” Star. DNF @ 27% I love a good sports romance, and I have to say I did go into Delayed Penalty with expectations of getting at least that. I am sure that this book will work for a lot of readers, but having got to 27% I was expecting more to have happened, and maybe experiencing a modicum of a connection between Auden and Aleksandr, sadly it all felt a little superficial and nothing up to this point had really been given any depth or explanation, apart from constant reference to his hair and muscles. ”I am Russian. Cool head, blazing heart.” My other issue is the fact that once again (view spoiler) Once in a while it would be nice to read of a couple of twenty something characters, who have a regular family, or even a portion of one, waiting at their fictional home for them. Add to that Auden’s abandonment issues, when her grandparents actually seemed to treat her pretty well, and Aleksandr’s reasons for needing a translator turning out to be utter bullpoopie, and I have reached the point that I know that this book isn’t really for me. I know as a Flirt title this book wasn’t meant to be a heavy or emotionally charged read, but I did expect to at least have a little development for the main characters after reading over a quarter of it. Not entirely sure that I would look to read anything else from this series. ARC provided via Netgalley, I am sorry I cannot provide a more positive review on this occasion.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
An entertaining but mostly predictable, average young adult romantic read. The majority of the story centers around the main couple, Auden and Aleksandr, getting to know each other as she works as a translator during his semi-professional hockey media interviews. She, having lost her college soccer scholarship, continues to go to school but works part-time as a waitress and for her Russian, college professor grandfather translating documents. Those who like a rock band theme will be pleased the heroine also becomes the lead singer of a local band. Her interaction with a rather large cast of secondary characters takes up a fair amount of the story, as well. Ms. Henry did a good job of slowly revealing the hero was not the arrogant jerk Auden first thought. In fact, he was the misunderstood, handsome loner who had quite a lot in common with her. Mainly, because both had lost their parents and were in need of a real emotional connection. Yes, there is a misunderstanding/fight that almost ends the couple but gets resolved. In fact, I was surprised the author chose such a minor thing to drive them apart. It certainly made the hero look immature for overreacting. Especially, since he repeatedly said he would never leave her. Looking back, I think it is likely this debut author just needs to season her writing technique with a little more experience. That would explain why the writing felt off a few times, even though she did many things right. Power Play, book 2, will likely be much better. Overall, this book will appeal mostly to 18 – 20 year olds. Not just due to content, but more experienced, older young adult book enthusiasts may feel it isn’t quite up to par to other books they have read in this genre. Title: Delayed Penalty, Series: Pilots Hockey, Book 1, Author: Sophia Henry , Pages: 266, Pub. Date: 9/1/15, stand-alone, no cheating, a few steamy scenes Book 2 – Power Play (2/16/16) (This review is based on ARC ebook generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An exciting NA that had me from the beginning! Loved the writing style, the characters, and the unique setting for this story. Not the typical college campus! After losing her soccer scholarship, Auden Berezin needs cash! To earn enough for her tuition, she takes a job as a translator for a Russian hockey player. Problem is, he speaks English just fine so why does he need her?? Aleksandr Varenkov can't stand dealing with the media. To avoid this he pretends not to speak English hence the need for a translator. Seems like a great plan until attraction and desire come into play. This is one I highly recommend!
Maudmama More than 1 year ago
Copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am all for giving new authors a change and when the email from NetGalley said fans of Hockey books I was hooked. There is not alot of hockey in this book, which is fine by me - it is the story of Aud, a 20 year old girl brought up by her grandparents who get a month long job to be a translator for an up and coming Russian Hockey Star. It is a definite YA book - but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more from Sophia, although I hope it is not Pavel next - I did not like his character at all...
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey #1) by Sophia Henry Auden Berezin gets a job translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player. Too bad the client winds up being, Aleksandr Varenkov, the person that hit on her at a bar the previous night. Delayed Penalty was an enchanting book rich with emotion and real-life issues. Auden is a remarkable character. She has lost many people in her life and rightfully has abandonment issues. Despite that she has a good heart, is a self-starter, creative, talented, and smart. She is studying to be a social worker. She is in the right career path because she goes above-and-beyond to help others. The story is told from her perspective, making her easy to comprehend. I love that she sings in a band. I sing in a band, so I totally related to all of her nervous/stage presence issues. Aleksandr is a pleasant surprise. He initially comes off as a jerk, but we discover his real personality, the more Auden and him get to know each other. He is a talented and protective. He has lost a number of people in his life, thus able to relate to Auden. The two have a lot in common and great chemistry. I liked the interpreter aspect of the story. This is the first time I ever remember reading about an interpreter and really enjoyed the angle. The timing was perfect for me because I was at a baseball game the previous week, and they showed an interview with one of the players that had an interpreter. It struck me that I watch hockey all the time and do not remember ever seeing an interpreter, but it would make sense for a minor-league player to have one while learning the language. Most of the hockey scenes took place in the locker room during interviews. They were believable and well-written. I like that real AHL and NHL teams play the fictitious Pilots and their NHL affiliate the Charlotte Aviators. I also appreciated the discussion of real-life hockey players like Vladislav Tretiak and Gordie Howe. Sophia Henry did a great job depicting the Russian culture. I enjoyed her writing style; it made me feel a lot of emotions. Delayed Penalty is a great start to the Pilots Hockey Series; a series I will most certainly continue to read. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.