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Pilots Hockey #3
Releasing June 7th, 2016
“Sophia Henry tackles real issues that tug at your heartstrings,” raves bestselling author Rachel Harris. Now, in this sweet, sensual Pilots Hockey novel, a young single mom falls for a damaged coach pulling double-duty as a cop.
Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.
When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth . . . or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.
Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.
3.5 Stars - Worth A Reader's Time
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I have to admit to a sigh of relief when I finished this book. I truly enjoyed Ms. Henry's debut novel, but struggled a little bit with her sophomore effort. For me, Interference validated the "I found a new author" excitement I felt after reading Power Play.
Interference centers on Indie, a young single mom working really hard at having a good life. She works 2 jobs, goes to school, and lives at home so that she and her son have a good support system. Our hero is Jason, whom we have met in the prior Pilot's books. He is a local cop and coaches the youth hockey team, but he is dealing with his own emotional issues.
I liked both Indie and Jason. She was funny and snarky, but also vulnerable, especially when it came to caring for her son. He was sweet and considerate and went out of his way to make her feel special. I appreciated the fact that Ms. Henry showed the slow growth and blooming of the romantic relationship between Indie and Jason. The difficulties in dating with a young child are real and they were accurately portrayed.
These two don't have a smooth road. There are outside forces trying to trip them up, especially Indie's ex and his "she used to be mine, I didn't want her, but you can't have her attitude." But, there are also Jason's internal struggles with the fact that he was adopted. The thing I struggled with a little in this book was how Jason seemed to run hot and cold at times. He would go out of his way to be sweet, but then run scared instead of talking to Indie.
Overall, this is a good entry into the Pilot's series. Hockey takes a definite back seat in this story, but we get a few glimpses of the Pilot's we've met before. I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Henry comes up with next.
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Q&A with Sophia Henry:
Favorite part of being an author?Readers. I love knowing that other people like my story. I love knowing they understood it and were moved by it. Thats the reason I write, so that one person may be affected by my words.Scariest part of being an author?Readers. haha. Anyone who creates something and puts it out into the world has fears of their art not being liked. We get over it, or learn to handle it, but it’s still there. I know that it’s impossible for every single person who reads my books to like them, but I still get disappointed in myself if someone doesn’t.Who are your favorites to read?Richelle Mead, Cora Carmack, Jeni Burns,If you could have one super power, what would it be?This is such a hard question for me, because “with great power comes great responsibility,” ya know? I’ll say invisibility, because then I don’t need to be Tomas Tatar’s girlfriend, I’ll just be invisible in the Red Wings locker room for a week. I think more naughty than I write. (Tomas Tatar plays Left Wing for the Detroit Red Wings and is my current muse)Do you get to write full time or do you also have a “day” job?I get to write full time while my kids are at school. I can’t thank my husband enough for providing what our family needs so I can have the career I’ve always wanted.Which of your characters are you most like?Auden from DELAYED PENALTY has a lot more of “me” in it than any other heroine I’ve written, while still being completely fictional. Like Auden, I lost my parents when I was young and was raised by my grandparents. I played soccer and I wanted to be a Russian interpreter for a hockey player. Which is how the idea for book came about.
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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