Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel

by Sophia Henry

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ISBN-13: 9781101968536
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Pilots Hockey Series , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 184,582
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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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Although, born with Cystic Fibrosis, Kristen is determined to live her life to the fullest. While on a singles cruise, Kristen meets Pasha. There is an immediate connection between the two. They spend a wonderful week together. But Kristen knows her life expectancy is shorter than most, so she guards her heart. Pasha has his issues as well. He doesn’t think he deserves to be loved. Of course as they spend more time together, the closer they become. This was a good book. The characters are relatable and likeable. They are no-nonsense characters that are real. There was good dialogue back and forth between them. The book is steamy but not overly graphic. This is the 4th book in the series but you don’t have to have read them to enjoy this one. I have read a number of book by this author and she doesn’t disappoint. I look forward to the next one.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
This novel begins on a Greek, Singles cruise. Although its focus is on Greeks meeting other Greeks, it's not required to be Greek to go on this cruise. Enter Pasha, the Russian.... Kristen's parents have sent her on the cruise in hopes of her finding her true love, as long as he's Greek. While trying to avoid an old family friend her parents want her to marry, Kristen runs into Pasha--literally. Pasha feels a protective urge when it comes to Kristen, so he agrees to pretend to be her "new" boyfriend. Kristen and Pasha spend more time together, getting to know each other. Kristen and Pasha both reveal secrets to each other they've never told anyone. They become more comfortable with each other as their feelings begin feeling real, but they both are hiding secrets. Kristen has Cystic Fibrosis and knows she likely won't live as long as others her age. So she never lets anyone too close to her heart because she doesn't want them to suffer when she dies. On the flip side, Pasha doesn't let anyone close to him for fear of becoming his dad and then hurting the one he loves. Pasha also discovers, during his time with Kristen, that she knows him. Kristen has never met Pasha, but knows he tried to break up her best friend and her fiancé. So Pasha lies by omission so he can show Kristen the man he really is, not the man of his past. When Kristen realizes who Pasha really is, will the man Pasha's become be enough? I really enjoyed this novel, but wanted to choke Pasha and Kristen at times! Lol. They truly belonged together, but I wasn't sure they would get past their own stubbornness. With that said, I truly felt for both characters. Kristen wanted her HEA, but not at another's pain 10yrs down the road. Pasha wanted a HEA with Kristen, but didn't feel as though he was good enough for her. Although hockey is Pasha's profession, it wasn't what I would consider a "hockey" story. I received a gifted copy to read and all opinions stated are my own.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining, partly sweet, partly smoking hot, and fun. I lived the sweet connection and camaraderie Kristen and Pasha had. Both of them felt they had known each other longer than the week and it really felt that way as I read. Oh my gosh when Pasha took care of her, that melted my heart. It was the sweetest, most compassionate thing. I enjoyed this book. It had a real-time feeling about it where the couple didn't rush into everything. They learned about each other and showed their real selves, brokenness and all. That made the story more alive for me. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
I was looking to read this book on the pure fact that it mentioned hockey. I am a hockey fan. It was lacking on the hockey play or even hockey references but instead I got a really good love story with engaging characters in Kristen and Pavel aka Pasha and exotic location. There is nothing quite like literally running into the arms of a hunky man and kissing him soon afterwards to start off your vacation right. Oh, except the fact that the guy is willing to pretend to be your boyfriend. The chemistry between Kristen and Pavel was undeniable. There were some sex scenes. However, they were hot but sweet at the same time. I fell in love with both Kristen and Pavel even more when I learned their stories. This time I was on the side of Pavel when his secret was uncovered. Yet, I could not be made at Kristen for the way that she handled the situation. I do have to give a shout out to Kristen's father. The conversation they had left me chuckling a few times. Sophia Henry scores a goal with Unsportsmanlike Conduct!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and it won’t be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and her sense of humor. This is the fourth book in the Pilots Hockey series, it can be read as a standalone and I am glad that I didn’t go in with any preconceived ideas about Pasha/Pavel. Kristen is a fierce heroine and I loved her character. She has Cystic Fibrosis and lives with this life threatening disease and the possibility of a shortened lifespan with a careful regimen to her health and a zest for life. She takes life as it comes and isn’t afraid to wade into adventure. She has hook ups but no long term relationships because she can’t live a normal life or have a normal lifespan. Pasha is on the singles cruise with his teammate and is only interested in finding a beautiful, sexy Greek goddess to have a week-long affair with. He literally runs into one, Kristen. She was running away from her childhood suitor that has been chasing after her since elementary school. Pasha pretends to be her boyfriend to get rid of the pest. Pasha continues to pretend to be her boyfriend and one thing leads to another and they enter into a week-long passionate affair. There are secrets kept on both sides, until Pasha discovers Kristen secret, but Pasha never reveals his. He knows if he does, Kristen will never look at him the same way again. This book is more about the relationship of a hockey player rather than about the game. There are laugh out loud moments and great banter between Kristen and Pasha. This was a fun read, but it was also heartbreaking at times. I really enjoyed it except I felt the end was rushed.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 4 in the Pilots Hockey series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. But, why miss out on such an amazing series if you don't have to? For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order. Kristen & Pavel meet on a singles only cruise. The bad news for Kristen is an old friend is stalking her with her parents permission. The good news is Pavel is there as well. Pavel AKA Pasha, honestly wants to get to know Kristen better. He is just certain his past will come in between them and wipe any happiness out. Little does he know, Kristen has a secret that may do that all on it's own........ What a terrific series this is! This book was stunning and amazing all on its own. The characters pull you in almost immediately. The heat between them is so HOT! I had such a hard time putting this book down. Who needs dinner anyway? A good book is food for my soul. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a good new adult sports romance that deals with some really deep issues. Kristen and friends set off on a singles cruise in a bid to live every day to its fullest. Soon Kristen meets Pasha, a hot guy who shares her sense of adventure. They hook up and share many exciting adventures, until the cruise ends and some huge secrets are exposed. Will Pasha and Kristen be able to work out their differences or fling go up in flames? This book was a little hard to connect with at the beginning, but it soon sucked me in. I liked how the author dealt with some less than attractive character traits. I like this series and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book because it's a hockey romance, but the characters this one are so worth the read. The message in this one is to live your life to the fullest because you never know when you won't have a tomorrow. Pavel and Kristen meet on a singles cruise when they literally run into each other. Something that starts off as pretend develops into something more. Big problem is Pavel doesn't do love and you learn why, but Kristen brings out another side to the big jerk of a hockey player. In return Pavel gives Kristen something she never dreamed possible hope for a HEA. They do have their hurdles to get through especially when Pavel hasn't been truly honest with Kristen. With the connection and chemistry these two have you just can't help, but root for these two.
BookVixen More than 1 year ago
My only knowledge of this book before starting it was that it was a hockey romance. I found that it was an enjoyable book, but light on the hockey side. It takes place almost entirely off the ice—mostly on a singles cruise ship in the Caribbean. I thought that the characters were interesting and likable. Kristen was the type of realistic heroine that you don’t often see in romance novels. Not only did she have Cystic Fibrosis, but she was also strong, sweet, and at the same time had the kind of insecurities that a lot of women face. I found her to be a character I could relate to. Pavel came off as a little cocky in the beginning, but became more appealing as the story progressed and he opened up more and showed his softer side with Kristen. I liked the Caribbean setting and thought that it was fun to read about all of their adventures in Barbados cliff diving, zip lining, and exploring the “glowing water.” The secondary characters were interesting, and I probably would have enjoyed them more if I had read the rest of the series and known all their backstories. Overall, as a hockey fan, I would have liked to have seen more of the sport in the book, but I still found it to be an easy, heartwarming romance, and I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Sophia Henry is another amazing book in the Pilots Hockey series. Kristen Katsaros goes on a singles Caribbean cruise as a gift from her parents in hopes of her finding a Greek husband. Unbeknownst to her, Spiros Loukas, the annoying man whom her parents were hoping she would marry was also on the cruise. Hockey player, Pavel Gribov, comes to her aid by pretending to be her fake boyfriend. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. I like Kristen. My heart broke for her having Cystic Fibrosis. My sister-in-law’s niece has CF, and I kept picturing her throughout this story. They are both beautiful and sweet girls who deserve to be happy. I like Kristen’s live life to the fullest attitude. She is a strong individual. I could understand why she was hesitant to get close to Pavel, after how her prior boyfriend treated her. I’m glad she gave him a chance. I love Pavel’s mindset toward Kristen. I appreciated that he cared about her and not her illness. He didn’t want her to suffer, but he gave her a chance despite having CF. He didn’t run away because of her disorder. I could understand why he kept his identity from her. It was a complicated situation. I like the person he is around her. He is protective, fun, and kind. I thought it was clever how Auden Berezin and Aleksandr Varenkov from book 1, DELAYED PENALTY, tied into the novel: Kristen being Auden’s best friend and Aleksandr being Pavel’s teammate. That created some interesting tension is the story. Sophia Henry does a great job with her characters. They have a lot of depth and are very human. They have issues. They are not perfect. The plot was believable and interesting. Having been on multiple Caribbean cruises, I appreciated the setting. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT was a heartfelt story that I could not put down. It made me experience just about every emotion, and it truly moved me. I look forward to Sophia Henry’s next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. We have Pasha and Kristen who fall in like during a Greek singles cruise. Kristen literally bumps into Pasha and he helps her stave off her childhood friend, who thinks they should be together by pretending to be her fake boyfriend. This encounter starts a whirlwind romance for the two. When Pasha finds out who she really is friends with, Pasha decides not to tell her the total truth of who he really is. This then leads to them having the best time of their lives on the cruise. Even when he finds out about her condition with CF, he falls even more for her. I liked the aspect of this story very much and the title is very appropriate. It was filled with love and living your life each and every day. A positive message throughout and I am glad that once Kristen find out the truth she did not roll over and forgive him. He had to apologize and show her that he really loved her. Great story and an awesome read!
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story tugged at my heart. Kristen was such a strong person, accepting her future. How she sparkled through life was great. Pasha took her honest story to heart, helping her be adventurous, although he played with his truths. Despite his 'dickwaddery', I fell in love with him as well. I recommend this story as well as the rest of the series. This is a standalone but with recurring characters. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley. This is my unsolicited review as I love to give my opinion for others to decide on what to read.
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Kristen Katsaros decides there's no harm accepting her parents' graduation gift of a week-long Greek single's cruise. She is surprised to find the man her parents think is her perfect match on the same cruise. So what's a girl to do other than create a fictitious relationship with the next man she literally runs into? Pavel "Pasha" Gribov eagerly accepted his teammate's invitation to join him on the cruise for Detroit's single Greek community. He quickly finds himself becoming enamored with the girl who is now his "girlfriend". This is the 4th book in the Pilots series. I loved this book! I had to go back and read the first and second books to learn more about Gribov. I loved Kristen's spunk and live-every-day-to-the-fullest attitude. Pasha was more than I expected. He wanted Kristen but didn't want to hurt her knowing he probably would. The book captured my attention right away. I love the author's ability to pull me into a story and keep me interested. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story and was rooting for the characters throughout the book. I will definitely read more by this author.
PerryK517 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. My favorite of the Pilots Series so far!
Abby_SweetheartReads More than 1 year ago
*ARC is obtained through Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review* My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (4 hearts) Unsportsmanlike Conduct is definitely an entertaining read, delightful and dreamy. I mean, hunky hockey player with a stunning Greek girl? SIGN.ME.UP! About the Story: Kristen Katsaros or KK is a stunning Greek girl with cystic fibrosis (CF) who is on a Caribbean cruise trip. She accidentally meets a deliciously-hot beefcake called Pasha and decided to have a fake-but-not-really-fake fling with him on the trip. Apparently, Kristen and Pasha then developed stronger feelings towards each other but decided to parted ways when the trip ends. However, Kristen later bumped into Pasha again only to learned he is actually Pavel Gribov THE hockey player, in which he hided that fact before. Kristen and Pasha later on have to make up their mind on whether they are willing to be with each other and makes their relationship works or separate and be miserable. This book has certainly hooked me from the very first page and I truly enjoyed Kristen and Pasha's journey especially from the getting to know each other part, life-threatening adventures and all the way towards their HEA. In view of this, I have many things that I love from the book and surprisingly, I couldn't find anything that I dislike so in this review I will only make a list of Things that I love about the book and forgo the Things that I dislike about the book. Things that I love about the book: How very sweet and understanding Pasha is about Kristen having CF. Kudos to him for not freaking out or be weird about that. Kristen's determination and strong will in living despite having to go through the vest therapies, taking enzymes before every freaking meals and all the other stuffs because of the CF. I think that makes her so admirable. Those steamy, panty-melting scenes of Pasha and Kristen. I mean, they were thoroughly well-written and made me fanning myself. A LOT. All in all, I think Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a very delicious treat, one that you can enjoy either as up-all-night-bedtime-stories (that will makes you dreaming about it once you sleep) or even during the day which can make you daydream possibly about a Russian hockey player, Adonis and beefcake all combined. I would surely recommend it to contemporary romance lovers who have the affinity towards Russian, Greek and sportsman with well-defined muscles ;)
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
This is book 4 in The Pilots Series and I have to say it's very different to the previous books this time we not only get a hot sexy player we get a young girl with serious health issues. The playboy of the team is taking a one week singles cruise with his teammate who is recently divorced, Kristen is also on this cruise courtesy of her parents who hope to set her up with a good Greek boy but Kristen is having none of that and when she runs into Pavel (Pasha) literally he steps up to be her fake boyfriend. Both only want a holiday romance and some fun but once feelings come into play will they get past the stretching the truth lies that have been told.... This book is written with compassion and although it covers a difficult subject it's written beautifully and there is fun as well as sadness. You do not need to read the other books in the series but I think you would get more from the characters if you read the others first.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! 3.5 Stars! Good story...started out just ok but the more I read the more I liked it. It started to flow better after the initial start. It had a unique story line with the heroine having Cystic Fibrosis. The hero had an abusive past so it wasn't all light and fun but I liked that they brought out the best in each other. This is the 4th in the series but can be read as a standalone. Despite some heavy subjects, it was more on the low end of angst. No cheating or other woman/man drama and I loved the ending. It has a happy for now ending that I assume will resume with the next standalone in the series. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry....This was an amazing book, with great characters, drama, fun, sexy and keeps you turning pages. Sophia Henry has won a new reader, I can't wait to read more by her. This is a must read if you like sport romance and perfect for a weekend. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book given by publisher via NetGalley.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series and without a doubt this is my favorite book from this world. The story was so much heavier than the last books, the characters it felt were a bit darker at times which gave the book an extra edge, but they were also sweet and tender which just made for a fantastic reading experience. Kristen and Pasha both have thing weighing them down, two very different things, one can be solved and the other just has to be lived with and I think together they made the perfect match, I admired Kristen so much and then Pasha at the end just stole my heart. Beautiful story with beautiful settings.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book in the Pilots Hockey series. This is book four but each can be read standalone without any problem. This is Pavel "Pasha" Gribov's story. He's cocky, sexy, gorgeous, and a commitment phobe of the highest order. When he finds himself on a singles cruise, dragged along by his teammate he knows that the woman are looking for "the one" and that wasn't him. So when a beautiful woman named Kristen Katsaros is looking to fend off all the men on board and wants him to be her "fake" boyfriend he simply can't say no. Kristen was given the cruise by her well meaning but pushy parents as a graduation gift. They want her to find a nice Greek boy and settle down. Pasha is neither Greek or looking to settle down so he's perfect in her eyes! Soon things turn steamy between the two and Pasha begins to rethink his no commitment stance. Problem is he and Kristen have a past. She just doesn't know it. What will she say when she finds out who he really is??? Will this thing be over before it really begins? I highly recommend this one!!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher** This is the next installment in Sophia Henry's Pilots hockey series centered around the minor league team in Detroit. This book finds the playboy of the team, Pavel "Pasha" Gribov, on a weeklong singles cruise with his recently divorced teammate. While Pasha is used to having any woman he wants, he isn't prepared for the reaction he has when he decides to help a woman out who is trying to avoid another man's advances by pretending to be her boyfriend. Kristen Katsaros wants to live her life the way she wants to, not the way her family wants her to. They've always treated her with kid gloves, which in some ways may be necessary, but she now is enjoying a bit of freedom on the singles cruise they've paid for in hopes she will finally settle down with the man they long ago "selected" for her. When she encounters Pasha and he pretends to be her boyfriend, she couldn't be happier. Not only is she getting to spend time with someone other than the man her family wishes her with, she is getting to really live and have some of the adventure she so badly craves. As Kristen and Pasha spend more time together, they become more intimate both physically and emotionally. They share some secrets they have not shared readily with others, but are there other secrets being kept by each of them that could derail this newly budding relationship? The chemistry between Kristen and Pasha is off the charts from the first time they meet. Their connection is strong and the way they listen to one another, and really understand what the other is feeling, is refreshing. Sophia Henry did a great job developing these characters and making me care about what happened with them both as individuals and as a couple. I'm looking forward to whatever this author has to offer us next!
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Sophia Henry is yet another new-to-me author that I am so happy I took a chance on. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT is the fourth book in her Pilots Hockey series, however it was easy to read as a standalone without having read the first three books. I think it actually helped that I had not read the first three books because I was able to take Pasha at face value without the bias of his character’s behavior in the previous books. Her main characters, Pasha and Kristen were both very likeable, easy to connect with and root for. I felt the storyline was very well- developed and the author did a good job of taking on a serious health issue with Kristen, but not allowing it to take away from the romance of the story. I liked that they literally ran into one another at the beginning of the story and then how the author realistically develops their attraction considering they only have one week on the cruise ship to get to know one another. Pasha and Kristen might be strangers (and the intense sexual attraction between the two of them is definitely key) however they actually have a lot in common which speeds along the emotional bond they form. They both carry a lot of emotional baggage and are typically unwilling to make theirselves vulnerable enough to give love a chance. They both use a bold no-nonsense attitude as a defense mechanism. On the lighter side, they both have a strong sense of adventure, a dry sense of humor, and a healthy respect for living each day as it comes and to the fullest. Neither is truly carefree, but they bring out the best in each other and had a lot of fun together. It was easy to see how they just worked and why they fell in love in such a short time. This book is definitely very steamy, but also has some great dialogue/banter, and well-developed characters, keeping the story moving along at a steady pace. I read this book in one sitting… I could not put it down until I knew these two had worked things out and were giving their love a chance. 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Review comments are my honest opinions.