on February 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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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.
Not usually being a fan of YA/NA, I was introduced to the Pilot’s Hockey series because the blurb of book one, Delayed Penalty caught my attention. Not only did I love Auden and Sasha in Delayed Penalty, it made me very curious about Logan. While her characters are young, Sophia Henry gives them a grown up and responsible voice which I really appreciate.
Gabriella’s family owns several produce shops and market stalls as well as a recently opened local artisan shop in Detroit. Logan’s family has gotten their produce from the Bertucci’s since he was in diapers and they’ve casually known each other all their lives. When Gabriella’s father has a heart attack while Logan visits the store, his help and support mean everything to Gabriella. Finally, the two find their way to each other and from that point forward, everything seems to fall into place. But Gabriella’s father is handing over the store to her absentee and irresponsible brother while he recuperates and Gabby has secrets in her past that require deep trust to share.
Sophia Henry sets a great pace in Power Play. The story moves along quickly while still allowing the characters to develop fully. The author delivers a full range of emotions that make this book really shine. From sad, laughing out loud, happy and angry, I experienced everything while reading Power Play. Being a genuinely kind and good-hearted person, it was incredibly easy to fall in love with Logan but his ability to support Gabriella and giving her strength and courage when she needs it, is what I appreciated most about him. While I loved getting a short scene with Auden and being reminded of her and Aleksandr’s wonderful story, this book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.
As a rare NA reader, Sophia Henry’s Pilot’s Hockey series is an absolute exception for me and one I’m thrilled to have found. I highly recommend giving Power Play and Delayed Penalty a try, whether you are a fan of the genre or not, and I can’t wait for Interference to come in June, when Logan’s brother, Jason, gets his own story.