Power Play: A Pilots Hockey Novel

Power Play: A Pilots Hockey Novel

by Sophia Henry

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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.

Praise for Power Play
“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”—Kelly Jamieson, author of the Aces Hockey series
“With a strong heroine, a sexy hero, and a refreshing plot, Sophia Henry has scored a hat trick!”—Ashley Suzanne, author of the Fight or Flight series
“Another emotional and engaging novel in the Pilots Hockey series . . . a fresh and original plot in the sports romance arena.”—Smut Book Junkie
“NAtastic romance.”Fresh Fiction
“A cute . . . friends-to-lovers story . . . [Gaby and Landon’s] relationship was fun, unique, and proved to be really positive for both of them. . . . This book is true to reality, written very well, and was an enjoyable fast read. I absolutely recommend the Pilots Hockey series.”—Carlene Inspired
“Sophia Henry scores another win with Power Play.”—Diane’s Book Blog

Praise for Sophia Henry’s Delayed Penalty
Delayed Penalty is such a rush! Everything I love about the New Adult genre is right here: a captivating premise, a fresh new setting, and a scorching hot hero who constantly keeps you guessing. The romance is off the charts and Sophia Henry tackles real issues that tug at your heartstrings.”New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
“Hot Russian hockey player meets feisty tutor? Yes, please! I loved watching Aleksandr and Auden work through their broken pasts together. Delayed Penalty is a unique New Adult romance that packs an emotional punch.”—Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author of Getting Lucky Number Seven

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101887189
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Series: Pilots Hockey Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 170,215
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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Power Play: A Pilot's Hockey Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. Didn't like the scene transitions, not sure if it's the writer's style or the editing...and a big part of the story was left unresolved. Just my opinion....
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Sophia Henry scores another win with Power Play the second book in the Pilots Hockey Series. AHL star defenseman for the Detroit Pilots, Landon Taylor, has had a crush on Gabriella since they were children. After a near tragedy, he gains the confidence to pursue her. However, there is a reason Gabriella Bertucci is skittish around boys, she won’t let him in easily. I really enjoyed Power Play. I love that the two main characters have known each other since they were kids, both had crushes on the other, but never did anything about it until they are older. I love their first kiss when they were kids and found it humorous that Gabriella did not remember it. I like that the family is loyal to Detroit and wants to keep their business located there. The plot had a couple of interesting conflicts that were realistic and heartfelt. I sympathized with Gabriella but understand why her family was so protective of her. There are definitely some assumptions and lack of communication going on throughout this story. Power Play felt well resolved and had a great ending. On a side note, it was fate that I read this book. The Pilots are a fictitious AHL hockey team that plays real AHL hockey teams in this book. So I found it amusing that on Saturday night while I was waiting for my husband and son to get ready, and I decided to get a few pages of Power Play in. I was about twenty percent into the book. The Pilots were in Chicago and going to play the Chicago Wolves. It so happens that we were about to go to a Wolves game that night. But wait, there is more…the next team the Pilots play in the book is the Iowa Wild. Guess who the Wolves played that night. Yup fate. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
I love, love, loved this book. I felt for Gaby and all she had gone through. Her feelings of inadequacy were heart-wrenching. She felt betrayed by her grandfather...and who could blame her?! Landon had it all, from the outside looking in. However, he too had feelings of not being enough. I found both of these characters to be very easy to relate to and identify with, regardless of age. I loved when they found out about each other's feelings, finally...it was so cute. I can't imagine why it took them both so long, but I think as intense as their feelings quickly became, it was for the best. I liked how he listened to her and really made her feel important. I liked how they treated each other. The mints she tossed were a hilarious part of the story. So many little quirky statements had me in stitches. I really enjoyed reading the writing of this book. This is my first book by this author, but it will not be my last. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, in return for an honest review* I loved this book. Gaby, who works in her family store, has long crushed on Pilots hockey player Landon, but she is shocked to discover the feeling is mutual. Gaby and Landon are honest characters who have flaws like real people. There is a feeling of reality to the story including the way one character's past trauma was unfairly swept under the rug by family members. Family dynamics greatly influence the characters in this story. What I liked about Landon and Gaby is the caring that comes through and I really enjoyed their story.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Though it wasn't without its issues, I enjoyed the second book in Ms. Henry's Pilots Hockey series, Power Play, quite a bit. I thought Gaby and Landon were very cute together, and liked that each had been crushing on the other for quite a while (they were friendly but not really friends for many years) before they actually did anything about it. It was adorable that they both went around for so long thinking that the other wasn't at all interested in that way...(though kind of hard to believe that Landon was so surprised that Gaby liked him. I mean, come on, he's a star defenseman. Who doesn't love a super-hot star defenseman? Exactly.) Landon was a really great guy--prime book boyfriend material. He was very understanding of Gaby's issues, gave her space and time when she needed it, and stood up for her when no one else did. Gaby was determined to make her family's new business succeed, even when she felt like no one would listen to her ideas about the store. I liked how Landon helped her to be able to stand up for herself in ways that she wouldn't have dared to before. They were all kinds of cute together. The parts that were less-than? For one, Gaby's family's attitude toward her and the family business bothered me. Especially when there was an issue with one of their distributors and Gaby's mother--her mother, who didn't really have anything to do with any of the family's businesses on any given day--jumped all over her about it, calling her irresponsible and accusing her of trying to sabotage things to make her oldest brother look bad. It made me see red. Totally out of line, and no apology was ever made for it. Grrr. And when the Gaby's family doesn't respect her role in the family business issue was resolved (mostly) in the end, it felt like an easy out. It wasn't quite believable that that was the real explanation. Gaby and Landon's relationship "black moment" seemed more manufactured than genuine. It didn't make sense that they wouldn't have talked more about it right then and there given what their relationship had been like up to that point. Though I did like what it prompted Gaby to do in the end--that was a nice touch. Both Gaby and Landon had a tendency to act a bit more YA than New Adult throughout much of the book. They were supposed to be 19 and 21 (maybe 22?), but they often acted more like high schoolers--a bit too immature to be out in the world on their own. Three words: needed. more. hockey! Though I loved that Landon was a defenseman. Have I mentioned I'm partial to defensemen? ;) Overall there was more I liked here than I didn't, though, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, Interference . Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
booklover0813 More than 1 year ago
A MUST READ!!!! This is my first time reading Sophia Henry and will definitely not be the last. the chemistry between Gaby and Landon was well written from a more real life stand point with just enough love and sex without over doing it. would highly recommend that you read!
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic 5 star read and since I live in Ontario I totally love hockey This is a contemporary. Hero is Landon. Heroine is Gabriella (Gaby ) Gabby is running an artistic store that her father opened up for her Mother . Before I go any further they are a typical Italian family and she is the only girl. Landon plays hockey . He is an all star defenseman for the Detroit Pistons (Red wings junior team ) . Gabby has had a secret Crush on Landon for years . She thinks that Landon doesn't notice her . Landon is feeling kind of sensitive first because he thinks that his parents are overlooking him. And also because he doesn't get called up to the NHL . Landon has noticed her since he was seven years old. Landon is in the store 313 is the name of it when Gabby father has a heart attack . Gabby is frozen by fear and sock. Landon is the one that calls 911. While in the hospital Gabbys father decides that Joey his son , Gabbys brother is going to run the store. Find out why . The brother was in Colorado and doesn't know anything about retail The hear attack brings Gabby and Landon together . They start dating and other things . But both of them are over sensitive. Gabby had somethings happen to her years back . And it's affecting her reaction to men . Will she tell Landon ??? Does Landon make it to the NHL ( the red wings )
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Power Play is the second book in the Pilots Hockey Series and features Landon and Gabriella. They have grown up together and each has had a crush on the other. The story starts when Gabi's father has a heart attack and Landon helps her out. They reconnect and start to date. Both of them have a lot history and each must overcome their own obstacles to be together. This is cute romance with sweetest hockey player! I like both leading characters but became frustrated some of the supporting characters. This is a quick book that is a great read. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
POWER PLAY is the second installment in Sophia Henry’s new adult, contemporary PILOTS HOCKEY romance series focusing on the members of the AHL Hockey team the Detroit Pilots. This is Pilots player Landon Taylor, and Gabriella Bertucci’s story line. POWER PLAY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from first person point of view (Gabriella) POWER PLAY follows the building relationship from friends to lovers of Landon Taylor and Gabriella Bertucci. Landon is a semi-pro hockey player whose star is about to rise; Gabriella is the only daughter of an Italian-American businessman who appears to have misplaced his faith in the wrong member of the family. What ensues is Landon’s attempts to woo the young woman he has loved for most of his life, and Gaby’s attempts get the recognition she deserves from the family she believes doesn’t know she exists. POWER PLAY looks behind the scenes of a successful business family, and their attempts to protect the daughter they believe may be broken beyond repair. Gabriella has worked beside her father since she was a little girl but three years earlier our heroine faced the fight of her life. But to be honest, hockey and any ice time are secondary to the story line. Landon Taylor comes from a well respected, and well to do family but believes he has been pushed aside to make way for the younger heirs. Landon has worked hard to achieve his success in hockey, and is hoping to one day make it to the NHL While his other teams members are called up to the big leagues, Landon bides his time playing one game at a time. POWER PLAY is a sweet story but reads more like a young adult (YA) story line than a new adult romance. Most of the $ex scenes are implied or skim the surface. There are no graphic $ex scenes, or graphic sexual language. The leading characters, although 19 and 21+, act more like younger teens when it comes to their emotions and family interactions; for two people who have loved one another for years, I did not feel the emotional need or connection. The use of ‘hoes’ and ‘buck bunnies’ is reflective of the YA nature of the story-many adults would walk away without a backwards glance. And the heroines continued need to deny her friendship with the leading hero pushed one too many of my buttons. If it were not for the ages of the leading characters ( and one slightly sexual love scene) I would think this series would be more successful in the YA category.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 2 in the Pilots Hockey series. While this book can be read as a standalone, I always recommend to understand series books to read them in order. This is a good series and deserves your complete understanding. Gabriella AKA Gaby has been in love with Landon for as long as she can remember. When he helps her with her father's heart attack, she starts to see maybe he cares for her also. Can they learn to trust and maybe start something for the future? Landon has had the hots for Gaby as long as he can remember. They grew up right near each other and he has been attracted to her the whole time. Every one seems to know it but Gaby. Can he convince her he is serious? As they get to know one another the fires start to have a slow burn. I really like this book and how the characters get a feel for one another before they turn up the heat! Such a sweet and romantic story. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in return for an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is the second in a series. The stories stand alone. Gabriella is a young woman trying to survive the horrors of her past and prove to her father that she is worthy of running the family business. She battles her self image issues until the boy she knew all her life begins to pay attention to her. Landon is a local boy who plays on the AHL hockey team in town. He had kept his feelings for Gaby hidden until the opportunity to presented itself. Together, they learned to be more comfortable in their own lives and understood themselves. Landon cared about Gaby's feelings about most things, listened to her woes, and never once condemned her for what she felt were her bad choices in her past. I loved how they grew in this story into more self-assured adults. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
Power Play is the second book in Sophia Henry's Pilot's Hockey series. Once again it highlights one of the young hockey players in the minor leagues waiting and hoping to be called up to join the NHL. Gabriela (Gaby) Bertucci is a young adult working in her family store in Detroit. While growing up she worked in the family produce market, then store, and is now working in their recently opened art store. She has had a crush on Landon Taylor for years but is sure he has never noticed her. She has followed him on social media and in the press to keep up-to-date on what he is doing. Landon Taylor has been coming to the Bertucci family produce store for years with his parents. Landon recently returned to Detroit to play for the Detroit Pilots minor league hockey team. Landon has also noticed Gaby from afar for years and pays attention to things she has said. He would like to get to know Gaby better if only he could make her believe that. "I pay attention when it comes to you Gaby". Power Play is a sweet love story about first love. We get to see the struggles of Gaby fighting to find a place in her family business when it appears that her father is giving the art store for her oldest brother to run (when he has had nothing to do with the family stores for years). We see the struggle of Landon and the other minor league players fighting to get noticed and called up to an NHL team. Also highlighted is the urban setting of Detroit and how not everyone has abandoned the city in spite of the economic downturn there. Can Gaby and Landon overcome the differences and find happiness and love with each other? While Power Play is part of the Pilot's Hockey series, it can be read as a standalone book. I am looking forward to reading more about other Pilot players in future books. I received an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Gabby and Landon have known each other since they were young. Both of them have had a crush on each other for years but neither one of them has acted on it. Landon is a minor league hockey player trying to make it to the NHL. While he is shopping one day in Gaby’s family store, her father has a heart attack. Landon is quick to help and support Gaby during this crisis. During this time they both finally admit they have feelings for each other. But having been raped three years ago, Gaby is a little apprehensive about starting a relationship. When Landon learns what happened to Gaby, he takes things slow. I did not like the way Gaby was treated by her father. Even though she was more qualified to manage the store while he was incapacitated, he had his son return so he could take over. It was clear he knew nothing about running the store. It was like because she was a female she can’t be in charge. Gaby just did what her family told her to do. She had no backbone where her family was concerned. While this book was ok, there was just something missing. There was the typical ups and downs between the characters but it was a little slow at times and I did not really feel a connection between Gaby and Landon. This feels more like a teenage love, but then again they are only in their 20's. There was no spark. However I would still give this author another try to wow me.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was an okay read for me, I liked the characters and the premise of the story but it could have had a bit more depth and intensity. It was enjoyable and I continue to look forward to more in the series.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Loved this sweet, heart warming, emotional story. Loved learning the history between Landon and Gabriella. I absolutely fell in love with Landon and his determination and effort that he put in to making Gabriella his number one priority. I also loved Gabriella, she has such strength, as she deals with some difficult emotional issues, to move forward in her life and her relationship with Landon. It was such a sweet, and heartwarming journey to their happy. Fantastic writing with great characters. I was captivated by this story right away and could not put it down till the last page. All of the characters were so full of personality and charm that I couldn't get enough. Gabriella's family must also deal with these same difficult emotional issues in order to help Gabriella and it was so beautifully done by the author Sophia Henry. This was such a deeply emotional, heart warming, and sweet story. I loved where this story went and how it all came together. When you combine a romance with such a unique and totally different storyline, stunningly great characters that completely captivate you, you have a must read story. Loved it ! Highly Recommended! Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters of this book, but the writing style was a bit unorthodox. One minute the main character will bring up something that happened, but then it will be forgotten with no explanation when the current dialogue continues. It just felt stilted and I think it could have been developed more. None the less, the concept of the book was interesting, and I don't regret reading it. Gabriella Bertucci has been crushing on Landon Taylor for years, but she didn't think he knew she was alive other than as a sales clerk. When a crisis occurs in the store while Landon is there, he steps in and helps her keep a cool head. He checks back in with her a few days later and lets it be known that he's interested in her. Gaby has had some difficult times in the past, and doesn't know if she can trust that Landon really cares about her, but she decides to give in to temptation and go out with him. Will there be a future between the two of them, or is Landon just playing her until something new comes along? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This book had all the potential for being a great book with the premise but the character development was not there to pull it through. Gaby and Landon having known each other since childhood still seem to be virtual strangers to start but unknown to the other they have been crushing on each other and eventually start a relationship. Typical Italian family dynamics add to the angst of the story but does not help to develop the characters. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a fantastic read, I simply couldn't stop reading it! It kept my attention from start to finish and there was not one moment of boredom or annoyance, and that's saying something, right? Power Play is my first book by this author and despite not reading the previous story in this series, I still felt like I wasn't missing out on anything. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the first book in this series is fantastic and worth your time. I quite enjoyed reading Gabriella and Landon's journey and hope we'll get to see more of them in the next book. I guess, what I loved most about their story is that they knew each other since they were kinds, so their relationship started to evolve faster, and also that there wasn't wasted time on unnnecessary drama. Yes, both made mistakes but what matters most is that they both learned from them and therefore became even more mature and closer as friends and maybe even something more than just friends. Their story is beautiful and unique and we all know that it's always a good thing when you have some funny moments, that allow you to forget the angsty ones. The only thing that I missed was the epilogue. I'd love to know what happens in the next few years or even months. But since this is a series, I do hope we'll get to see how their journey continues in the next books that will follow. Power Play is a wonderful read, with characters that you'll enjoy reading about. So, if you like the blurb, then you should definitely give it a chance. Safety-gang: Safe.
Maudmama More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Pilot series, featuring the players of the Detroit Pilots AHL team. Gabriella and Landon have had crush on each other since before they were teenagers, but neither know. Landon is there when Gabriella needs a friend and seeing their relationship develop was lovely. Gabriella is a strong woman but being the only female child in her Italian family makes it tough for her to prove herself worthy of her father's exacting demands, especially as she is not allowed to forget an incident when she was 16 that hangs over the family. It was nice to see the introductions of some of Landon's team-mates, some of whom will hopefully get their own stories. Looking forward to book number three in the series. Copy provided by Netgalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I loved the incredibly sweet romance that developed slowly throughout the story between Gaby and Landon. I also loved seeing how Gaby morphed from the shy reserved girl to the strong confident woman who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. There are plenty of issues and angst for Gaby and Landon to overcome but none of it overwhelms the story, it simply adds to the understanding of the characters which I thought was fantastic. The Bertucci family could be a bit overwhelming but Gaby came through as a shining star! This is a book I highly recommend for everyone's must read list!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I did find the pacing a bit slow and some interaction between Gabriella and Landon to be flat. Landon was a man. Just to put it in simple terms. He knew what he wanted and who he wanted and went for it. Gabriella seem to have the wishy-washy way of life. I could not connect with her and wanted better for Landon. I found there was possibility within and hopes to be a bit too high, but that has not deterred me from wanting another look at future work from Sophia Henry. **This ARC was provided via N K Author Services in exchange for an honest review.** More @ http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/02/release-dayreview-power-play-pilots.html
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Great read from new to me author Great read. Gaby is a strong woman who is trying to get noticed by her family, that she can run the family business which she has been doing for years. Plus she just happens to find out the Landon who she has known for years and she has had a crush on me have also noticed her. Will it be love or is he just having some fun. Will Things that happened in Gaby's past come between them, will their family come between them or their family issues. This is a new to me author but was a great read and I am looking forward to reading some other books from this author.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I went into this story with an open mind. Power Play was written by an author who centered the story around my home state of Michigan. I loved that because it made me feel like a part of the action when areas I have been and seen were referenced in the story. The bones of this novel were workable. It was obvious Landon cared about Gaby, just not in a romantic way. What I did like is that he was the one person who had her back and did not treat her like a victim. I received an ARC of Power Play in exchange for an honest review.