The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.
Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.
Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.
Praise for Unsportsmanlike Conduct
“Recommended for anyone who loves a feel-good romance and wants to get lost in a story.”—Blogs and Coffee
“A charming romance.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
“You don’t have to have read the previous three books to get the best out of this one, but they are such good reads that I can wholeheartedly recommend them.”—Angel Net Reviews
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is definitely an entertaining read, delightful and dreamy. I mean, hunky hockey player with a stunning Greek girl? Sign. Me. Up!”—Sweetheart Reads
“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.”—Ms. C’s Diversions
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is well written and fun . . . a stand-alone book that has me looking forward to more from Ms. Henry.”—Cocktails & Books
“A beautiful story . . . The writing and plot are superb and you can't help but fall in love with all of the characters . . . even Spiros! I give Unsportsmanlike Conduct five stars!”—Cara’s Book Boudoir
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a story about living life to the fullest and leaving no stone unturned. . . . I would highly recommend it.”—The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf
“I really liked the writing and the pacing of this one. I liked the plot and the timing, and this one made me want to read the previous books in this series.”—My Tiny Obsessions
“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.”—Diane’s Book Blog
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct was the fast-paced romance that I was looking for.”—Go Read A Book
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Second Chance Romance
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.
Amazing love story!
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.
An Engaging Romance
My only knowledge of this book before starting 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.