Series: Pilots Hockey Book 1
Author: Sophia Henry
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*Synopsis*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.
Auden and Aleksandr first meet at a bar when he uses a horrible pick up line to get her attention. But all it does is make her think he's a douche bag not worth her time. When she goes home her grandfather, a Russian translator in his free time, tells her that he has an assignment for her. Excited at the idea of working with an actual person who needs a translator and not just old documents, she jumps on the chance. She just never expected her new assignment to be Aleksandr.
I love hockey romances and this was another win for me. Auden and Aleksandr were a great couple and it was great to see when they finally came together. Auden didn't want to be attracted to the cocky hockey player and just wanted to do her work and make money for school. Aleksandr wasn't going to give up easily though and kept pushing himself in her life. I'm glad he did because they were a cute couple.
It was really refreshing to read about a pro-athlete that wasn't a complete man-whore. Aleksandr was a good character and despite being cocky and, in the beginning, a little douche-y he was sweet with Auden and I loved that. I wish I knew a little more about him, though, because I feel like we didn't get too much of his history. We learned that his parents were killed in a car accident and he was able to relate to Auden, whose mother was killed when she was young, because of that. But we didn't learn much else about him.
A lot of the focus was on Auden, especially at the end when she learned some family secrets. It was interesting, what she had learned, but I wanted more of her and Aleksandr. He wasn't around too much near the end and I kept waiting for him to come back. When he finally did it felt kind of rushed.
Overall, this is a really good sports romance with lots of intrigue and an adorable couple. Any fan of hockey romances should give this a try. It was my first book by Sophia Henry but will not be my last!
ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.