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Publisher Description

Library Journal raves that readers “looking for heartfelt romance will feel the warmth emanating from this page-turner,” Sophia Henry’s debut featuring the Detroit Pilots, a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.

Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.

Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.

After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

Praise for Delayed Penalty

Delayed Penalty is sexy, fun, and full of angst. Not only does Aleksandr dominate the ice, but he fights for what he wants outside of the rink as well. I will definitely read it again!”New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover

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

“Auden and her hot Russian hockey god, Aleksandr, really heat up the pages in Delayed Penalty—a touching story about growing up, moving forward, and ultimately finding love.”—Renita Pizzitola, author of Just a Little Kiss

“Henry’s debut novel evokes the image of a culture characterized by a stoic exterior, only to reveal deep love as the characters dissolve their emotional walls from the inside out.”Library Journal

“I really, really liked the premise of Delayed Penalty and I thought the characters were fun.”—Heather’s Book Chatter

“This was a fun book to read. In addition to being a hockey fan, I’m a sucker for guys who can speak a foreign language. And Aleksander is hot.”—Pages of Comfort

“Those who love their hockey romances will enjoy Delayed Penalty.”—Making It Happen

“I recommend Delayed 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?”—Reading in Pajamas

“I can’t wait for the next one.”—Book Magic

September 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Astroyic ,

Captivating, Unique Romance!

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.

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I was totally hooked from the sample of this book and read it in a day. Can't wait to read more in this series!!

CSingh84 ,

Great story but too many unanswered questions.

Hockey season is over and while legions of fans wait for it to come back, many readers like me prefer to get our fixes in the pages of a sports romances. Delayed Penalty is the first book in the Pilots Hockey series and it features a sexy Russian and his translator. It's a great way to pass some time.

Auden is home for the summer. She's reeling from being cut from the soccer team and losing her sorts scholarship. Finding out her grandfather has a job lined up for her is a blessing, until she realizes who she's working with. Her initial meeting with Aleksandr didn't really go well. Of course their follow up interactions sort of continue in the same vein and it doesn't help she's attracted to him either.

I liked Auden for the most part. She's not afraid to work hard. She takes her responsibilities seriously. She's trying to find a way to make it in the world, but she's still unsure of herself. I could really relate to that. Aleksandr didn't make the greatest first impression. He eventually grew on me and I came to like him as well. It was very evident the two of them had chemistry. I was a little surprised when they just started making out. It just seemed sudden when before they'd been dancing around each other.

The story is really interesting. I thought it was going to be mainly about Auden and Aleksandr, but then things started happening in the story that sort of shifted my focus away from them. I felt like there was too much going on and as a result the different parts of the story weren't given the development they needed. I had too many questions once I finished reading. I also got frustrated with Auden. She was quick to voice her opinion but slow to act, in particular when it came to things she didn't like. I felt like she brushed too many things under the rug. I'm a champion at avoiding things, but it felt like she could out do even me. There was a lot of potential to the story. I'm hoping the next book in the series will clear up my remaining questions.

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