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Losing my soccer scholarship left me scrambling to find a way to afford my college tuition. Thankfully, I landed a gig as a translator for a minor-league Russian hockey player. Sadly, the initial enthusiasm was short lived. One glance and I immediately recognized my new client as the same arrogant jerk who came on to me at the bar the night before. Sure, Aleksandr Varenkov Losing my soccer scholarship left me scrambling to find a way to afford my college tuition. Thankfully, I landed a gig as a translator for a minor-league Russian hockey player. Sadly, the initial enthusiasm was short lived. One glance and I immediately recognized my new client as the same arrogant jerk who came on to me at the bar the night before. Sure, Aleksandr Varenkov was sexy--with his chiseled muscles and alluring grin. That didn’t change the fact that he’s a notorious womanizer. While our working relationship started as friendly as a hard check on the ice, I soon saw a softer side to Aleksandr that left me entertaining thoughts of a trip for two to the penalty box. After all I’ve been through, I can’t risk letting my guard down for a hot-headed player with a bad reputation. Still... how can I resist an attraction hot enough to melt the ice? This is a New Edition of a previously published book. There is exclusive, NEW content.


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Losing my soccer scholarship left me scrambling to find a way to afford my college tuition. Thankfully, I landed a gig as a translator for a minor-league Russian hockey player. Sadly, the initial enthusiasm was short lived. One glance and I immediately recognized my new client as the same arrogant jerk who came on to me at the bar the night before. Sure, Aleksandr Varenkov Losing my soccer scholarship left me scrambling to find a way to afford my college tuition. Thankfully, I landed a gig as a translator for a minor-league Russian hockey player. Sadly, the initial enthusiasm was short lived. One glance and I immediately recognized my new client as the same arrogant jerk who came on to me at the bar the night before. Sure, Aleksandr Varenkov was sexy--with his chiseled muscles and alluring grin. That didn’t change the fact that he’s a notorious womanizer. While our working relationship started as friendly as a hard check on the ice, I soon saw a softer side to Aleksandr that left me entertaining thoughts of a trip for two to the penalty box. After all I’ve been through, I can’t risk letting my guard down for a hot-headed player with a bad reputation. Still... how can I resist an attraction hot enough to melt the ice? This is a New Edition of a previously published book. There is exclusive, NEW content.

30 review for Delayed Penalty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    This was basically me while reading this book. It had a decent premise but the lack of conflict and the lack of chemistry between the two main characters became a huge problem for me. I was just bored out of my mind. So DNF @57% This was basically me while reading this book. It had a decent premise but the lack of conflict and the lack of chemistry between the two main characters became a huge problem for me. I was just bored out of my mind. So DNF @57%

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrycja

    Title: Delayed Penalty Series: Pilots Hockey #1 Author: Sophia Henry Release Date: September 1st, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Cliffhanger:. no HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes (hide spoiler)] In nutshell, Delayed Penalty is a story about Auden, college student who was raised by her Russian grandparents and Alexandr - a Russian hockey player. When Alexandr comes to play for one of the Canadian's hockey teams, Auden gets a job as his translator. I've been trying to write my review for Delayed Penalty for a very long Title: Delayed Penalty Series: Pilots Hockey #1 Author: Sophia Henry Release Date: September 1st, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Cliffhanger:. no HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes (hide spoiler)] In nutshell, Delayed Penalty is a story about Auden, college student who was raised by her Russian grandparents and Alexandr - a Russian hockey player. When Alexandr comes to play for one of the Canadian's hockey teams, Auden gets a job as his translator. I've been trying to write my review for Delayed Penalty for a very long time. Every time I sat down and started writing I couldn't get into it. I stared at a blank page and nothing worth sharing was coming to my mind. I guess Sophia Henry's book is one of those 'meh' 'forget-all-about-it-in-ten-seconds-flat' reads for me. It was not bad! Nope. There were few parts that I definitely did enjoy, but it just didn't leave a permanent mark on me. I've been reading it without feeling connected to the story or the characters. And that what was really disappointing, because the premise of the story was solid and it had a potential to become stellar new adult sports romance. Mostly, I missed the chemistry between the main characters. It was more of a slow burn and I hoped for something more intense and blazing. I am not even talking about sex, as I know that it is possible to write intense, sexy story without it, but about the 'spark' that was nonexistent there. Auden and Alexandr didn't have the strength to pull me in. Their relationship lacked of depth and sometimes it felt rushed. Overall, it was a three stars read for me. Not bad, yet not good enough to make me love it. However, even though it missed the mark for me, I am certain that Sophia Henry's debut novel will appeal to other readers and I really hope that her next addition to Pilots Hockey series will be more developed. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Liz ✰

    ★ 3.75 STARS ★ "What's that old saying? It's better to have loved and had your heart raked across hot coals and stomped on than never to have loved at all? That's the route I'd decided to take, because saying no never even crossed my mind."-Auden Delayed Penalty is an NA Hockey Romance. This is Sophia Henry's debut novel. Auden is a college student that has recently lost her soccer scholarship. To drown away her sorrows she and her best friend decide to "party it up". While out, they meet some ★ 3.75 STARS ★ "What's that old saying? It's better to have loved and had your heart raked across hot coals and stomped on than never to have loved at all? That's the route I'd decided to take, because saying no never even crossed my mind."-Auden Delayed Penalty is an NA Hockey Romance. This is Sophia Henry's debut novel. Auden is a college student that has recently lost her soccer scholarship. To drown away her sorrows she and her best friend decide to "party it up". While out, they meet some super sexy hockey players. With the holiday break looming, Auden is in no hurry to go home with anyone! Raised by her grandparents, Auden returns to her childhood home for the holiday break. Auden's Grandfather manages a Russian translating company and immediately puts her to work as a translator for a Russian Hockey player named Sasha. Imagine her surprise when her new client is non other than the "hottest" of the hockey players she met in the bar. "Having been abandoned by both parents before age seven, the last person I needed to get involved with was a professional athlete whose job required him to leave."-Auden Sasha is a gifted athlete and is enthusiastic about having Auden as his translator. The two are destined to connect. With the combination of their Russian roots, passion for hockey, and physical attraction between the two it doesn’t take long for these two to connect. They start as friends and they spend a great deal of time "getting to know" one another before any substantial physical connection begins between the two. "Aleksandr was an untouchable man I wanted to touch so badly."-Auden "How many times had I wanted someone to stop talking and just hold me?"-Auden Told in Auden's POV, Delayed Penalty was overall an entertaining read. I enjoyed the complex characterization of both of the main characters. Auden and Sasha had a unique back story which I enjoyed reading. The Russian element was also a unique twist to this hockey romance. What was problematic in this read is simply.... there was too much going on! Auden sings in a band, she likes to play soccer, she speaks Russian, and she works as a waitress. All of that coupled with a mini drama of an "old flame" left my head spinning at times. I felt like overall there needed to be more cohesion with the plot and some streamlining with the secondary plot (and characters) as well. Still, I really liked both of the main characters so in the end, I was glad that I picked up this read. "It's very hard to get a Russian man to back down once he finds his true love."-Auden Overall, Delayed Penalty left a smile on my face. If you are looking for a light hockey romance (and you can overlook the "extra business" in the plot), then I highly recommend picking it up. I will certainly keep my eye on this series and would definitely read another Sophia Henry book in the future. ***Pilots Hockey Series*** For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  4. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***Actually 3,5 hot Russians stars*** Well, that book wasn't bad at all!!! It was having the prospectives to become a great book, but something was a little bit off for me... I don't know where exactly started to bother me, but it did... When i started reading it, i was thrilled... The first 1/3 of the book was very promising and actually was very funny and emotional, but then something was missing in the chemistry between the two main characters... The heat between them wasn't around and that bo ***Actually 3,5 hot Russians stars*** Well, that book wasn't bad at all!!! It was having the prospectives to become a great book, but something was a little bit off for me... I don't know where exactly started to bother me, but it did... When i started reading it, i was thrilled... The first 1/3 of the book was very promising and actually was very funny and emotional, but then something was missing in the chemistry between the two main characters... The heat between them wasn't around and that bothered me very much!!! How can you have a romance book without romance??? No steamy and intense moments, no sparkle... And i don't mean sex... You could have intensity and hot scenes without sex, but no... here we weren't having that... Except that, everything was moving forward so quickly from nowhere!!! I didn't like the transitions between them... They were fast and a little bit emotionless... But except the above things, the plot was really good.... First of all, we were having a hot, sexy, steamy Russian hockey player... At the beginning he seemed cocky, arrogant, too much confident... Personal, i like that kind of guys!!! He was very funny and of course that yummy man had an accent. A Russian accent... Isn't it great??? But as the story was developing, we saw a different side of this man... He was kind, caring and very funny. If i liked something very mush in that book was Aleksandr (Sasha). As for the main heroine, Auden... I didn't connect with her very much, even though that the whole book was from her POV. Don't get me wrong, she was also good and kind but she was a little bit afraid of everything, too much insecure maybe and her attitude didn't persuade me... much! But let me say to you some things about the story... Auden was returning in her grandparents house for her winter break for a month and she is a little bit frustrated because she lost her scholarship in football, so she needs money from her next semester. Her grandfather arranged a job for her as a Russian translator. You see, her family is from Russia and she knows the language excellent. She used to help her grandfather in translations but never got her own job with a real person... The biggest surprise of all is that Auden had to be the translator of a Russian hockey player, but not any player... Aleksandr was the one man that got her attention in a club two days before and that caught her out of guard. Aleksandr was very cocky, very arrogant and very sure of himself... How could she handle him??? From that moment, it started a game that Aleksandr was pushing her and Auden was stepping back... Sasha from the first moment he is trying to get under her skin, but Auden pushed him away from fear... After the loss of her mother, she had built a wall around her and she doesn't allow to anybody got near her. But Sasha is insisted and he doesn't give up so easily!!! I liked Sasha very much as i say above... I liked the fact that he did small lovely things that cracked Auden's walls... but i was disappointed from the fact that Auden didn't make anything in return... I really liked her best friend KK and i disliked Pasha. And i think that i had some missing informations about her friend, Drew. After all those things, i think that we needed some closure between him and Auden since we saw him many times and since Aleksandr claimed that Drew had a crush on her, but then nothing. It was like he vanished in thin air... and i needed something there also. So, that was a good book that was having the potentials to become a great book. To be fair, near to the end the story became more intrigue... So that was a good effort for first book and i would like to read the second book. ***ARC kindly provided via NetGally for the exchange of an honest...***

  5. 5 out of 5

    S.M. West

    3.75 SASHA STARS I really enjoyed this book. I love sports romances and hockey is right up there as a fave. This story is about Auden Berezin, a young woman raised by her grandparents and Aleksandr Varenkov (Sasha), a Russian hottie who is a minor league hockey star for the Detroit Pilots (one step below NHL). Auden is hired over the winter break to be Aleksandr's translator even though he doesn't really need one. Auden needs the job because she's just been let go from the soccer team and with th 3.75 SASHA STARS I really enjoyed this book. I love sports romances and hockey is right up there as a fave. This story is about Auden Berezin, a young woman raised by her grandparents and Aleksandr Varenkov (Sasha), a Russian hottie who is a minor league hockey star for the Detroit Pilots (one step below NHL). Auden is hired over the winter break to be Aleksandr's translator even though he doesn't really need one. Auden needs the job because she's just been let go from the soccer team and with that goes her scholarship. Aleksandr wants a translator because he hates talking to the media. It's obvious these two have a mutual attraction but Auden refuses to cross that line and have her heart ripped to shreds by a player like Aleksandr. What was so refreshing was she couldn't have been more wrong about him! Yes, he was sex-on-a-stick. Yes, he was cocky and confident. Yes, he was a flirt. But he was the furtherest thing from being a man-whore. Auden and Sasha quickly learn that they've both experienced the tragedy and pain of loss. Auden's father abandoned her before she was even born and her mother was murdered when she was only six. Likewise, Sasha lost both his parents to a car crash. Auden deals with this fear of loss and abandonment by erecting walls and leaving relationships, situations or friends at the first sign of risk or trouble. Whereas, Sasha's tried really hard to live life without fear of what you may lose. These two develop a relationship and the story unfolds as they learn to navigate the obstacles of fear, trust, distance and the intrusion of other people. I really thought Ms. Henry did a great job of conveying Auden's struggles with this and her development in confidence and in Aleksandr. I liked Ms. Henry's writing style and she had me daydreaming of my own cocky, confident and sweet Sasha. So why not 4 stars or higher? Aleksandr and Auden spend a lot of time apart and while the separation serves a purpose and adds to Auden's growth, I wanted more of these two. When they were together, they were great. I got those flutters in my stomach at the unexpected and sweet things Sasha would do and I was deeply invested in having their relationship flourish. Also, there wasn't a lot of hockey although I loved the Canadian hockey references! And finally, I really would have loved having Aleksandr's POV or for me to have had a deep dive into his thoughts, which could have been explored more had there been more interactions with Auden. Needless to say, I really liked this book and I'm excited to see where this series goes and which Pilots hockey player's story is next! **ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** For more reviews and blog posts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lyndy Ann ♫

    This is a debut novel by Sophia Henry I enjoyed her writing style the story is told from the female POV. I enjoyed Delayed Penalty and I liked the characters but I would of liked more time spent on A & A's relationship there were no steamy moments and I felt that a lot of it was skimmed over to much blanks for me and I would have like more development between Auden and Jason. After 63% I must admit I started to skim the pages so I could get to the ending to find out what happens. Also the characte This is a debut novel by Sophia Henry I enjoyed her writing style the story is told from the female POV. I enjoyed Delayed Penalty and I liked the characters but I would of liked more time spent on A & A's relationship there were no steamy moments and I felt that a lot of it was skimmed over to much blanks for me and I would have like more development between Auden and Jason. After 63% I must admit I started to skim the pages so I could get to the ending to find out what happens. Also the characters are twenty years old and I very rarely read YA so this is my problem as I found some of the situations a bit childish. Again this is my opinion, if the blurb catches your eye please read and make your own decision. ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review If you know me, you know NA is not my favorite sub-genre of romance. And this is a debut novel for Ms. Henry. She knocked it out of the park. She got me when the hero is Russian. I love Russia, been there multiple times. My parents were even missionaries there after the wall fell. Yes, there was a bunch of twenty-something angst, but there was a great romance, a loyal bunch of friends, and a smoking hot hockey player. I loved it and can't wait to read more of this series.. ARC received for review If you know me, you know NA is not my favorite sub-genre of romance. And this is a debut novel for Ms. Henry. She knocked it out of the park. She got me when the hero is Russian. I love Russia, been there multiple times. My parents were even missionaries there after the wall fell. Yes, there was a bunch of twenty-something angst, but there was a great romance, a loyal bunch of friends, and a smoking hot hockey player. I loved it and can't wait to read more of this series...but not Pasha. He can go back to the motherland.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    It's LIVE! *Amazon US*Amazon UK*Barnes & Noble 3.5 Stars 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 he It's LIVE! *Amazon US*Amazon UK*Barnes & Noble 3.5 Stars 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    So I’ll start my review by telling you that I got an uncorrected proof so things might change by the time it is released for everyone. I’ll try not to go into too much detail so I don’t spoil anything though. This is a good book for you if you’re looking for some Russian goodness. Or some hot hockey players. And I love me a hot Russian accent so there were lots of elements of this book that I really enjoyed. However it didn’t draw me into the story like I was hoping it would. Auden and Aleksandr So I’ll start my review by telling you that I got an uncorrected proof so things might change by the time it is released for everyone. I’ll try not to go into too much detail so I don’t spoil anything though. This is a good book for you if you’re looking for some Russian goodness. Or some hot hockey players. And I love me a hot Russian accent so there were lots of elements of this book that I really enjoyed. However it didn’t draw me into the story like I was hoping it would. Auden and Aleksandr were a cute couple but I felt like their relationship wasn’t as flushed out and developed as it could have been. They really didn’t spend that much time together in the book so it was hard to really believe their intense feelings for each other. They spend maybe a few weeks together in total, if that, and they’re then completely in love. Then he’s gone for months and only comes back once and they fight and don’t talk for like 3 months, then of course they make up. But if you really take a look how much time they actually spent together as a couple it makes it really hard as a reader to truly believe their relationship and become invested in it. Overall I think it was an ok read, I’ll probably read the next in the series because I think that the author has a good idea here, she just needs some better story development. ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivy Deluca

    The Good : This book had me at hockey romance. Add in that it would be a Russian player and his translator and I was intrigued. While there is alot going on, one of the best parts are Auden’s friendships and the unexpected relationships that turn up during her investigation of her mother’s life, who was killed when she was six. The other highlight was Auden and Aleksandr getting a chance to connect via their memories, hers of her her mother, his parents, all of whom died tragically. It gives The Good : This book had me at hockey romance. Add in that it would be a Russian player and his translator and I was intrigued. While there is alot going on, one of the best parts are Auden’s friendships and the unexpected relationships that turn up during her investigation of her mother’s life, who was killed when she was six. The other highlight was Auden and Aleksandr getting a chance to connect via their memories, hers of her her mother, his parents, all of whom died tragically. It gives them a bond that is believable and I would have loved to delve into their relationship more through those conversations. The Bad : This is first person POV and it’s a bad sign when you struggle to connect with the character whose head you’re in. Auden is almost textbook Mary Sue - stunning, athletic, blond hair/blue eyed virgin (but of course completely oblivious to her charms even though all the guys want her). She's a soccer player, translator, singer, hip hop fitness class instructor, studying for her social work degree while waitressing, and she creates an afterschool program in two cities? All while psychoanalyzing herself and telling the reader exactly why she’s struggling to fall in love because of her abandonment issues just made her irksome, not relatable. She has moments when I sympathized with her, especially in her scenes with her grandparents. I just wish overall I had liked her more. Everything in Between : I could probably get past that, because I have liked Mary Sue type characters on occasion. As a romance junkie, I need The Big Three Firsts (first meet, kiss and love scene) to knock my socks off. Do that and I can forgive ALOT. Here, the first meet made Aleks seem douchey like he was hooking up with another (no es bueno), the first kiss wasn’t very memorable and the first time had a blink and you miss it vibe to it. Also, it’s a slow burn, which added to my frustration. The scenes where they connect over their families were good but the transition from Aleksandr being douchey to dreamy too quickly didn’t help. There’s not alot of heat between them until late in the game and even then, it’s fairly tame, considering how fast Aleksandr’s declaring undying love. When it came to the romance, I wasn’t drawn in. Much like Auden, this book tries to be all things to all people, and while there are scenes I enjoyed, most of it felt extraneous to the romance, which is what brought me in the door, so to speak. While marketed as a hockey romance, it’s not quite that, since the hockey and romance seems almost secondary to the rest of Auden’s life. It was ok. There are good moments, but ultimately suffered from a lack of focus on the romance, so it didn’t really work for me. **ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Auden was raised by her Russian grandparents after the loss of her mother. Her grandfather gets her a translating job with a Russian hockey player. Auden is a big hockey fan so this should be a cake job. Alexandr, known as a ladies man, is the hockey player Auden is assigned to help. Alexandr fakes not understanding English to avoid speaking with the press and intentionally puts Auden on the spot. Its a rocky romance with personal past life experiences coming into play. Of course the couple has s Auden was raised by her Russian grandparents after the loss of her mother. Her grandfather gets her a translating job with a Russian hockey player. Auden is a big hockey fan so this should be a cake job. Alexandr, known as a ladies man, is the hockey player Auden is assigned to help. Alexandr fakes not understanding English to avoid speaking with the press and intentionally puts Auden on the spot. Its a rocky romance with personal past life experiences coming into play. Of course the couple has shared nationality, but the romance was a bit awkward. All around I found the story to be a sweet and easy romance. No huge passionate fire, no intense conflict just a completely slow growing relationship. 3.5 stars. I received this ARC copy of Delayed Penalty from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept - Flirt in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 1, 2015. My Ratings: 3.5 Stars Written by: Sophia Henry Print Length: 252 pages Publisher: Flirt Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Sold by: Random House LLC Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    1 - ”I am not sure I want this job anymore.” Star. DNF @ 27% I love a good sports romance, and I have to say I did go into Delayed Penalty with expectations of getting at least that. I am sure that this book will work for a lot of readers, but having got to 27% I was expecting more to have happened, and maybe experiencing a modicum of a connection between Auden and Aleksandr, sadly it all felt a little superficial and nothing up to this point had really been given any depth or explanation, apart f 1 - ”I am not sure I want this job anymore.” Star. DNF @ 27% I love a good sports romance, and I have to say I did go into Delayed Penalty with expectations of getting at least that. I am sure that this book will work for a lot of readers, but having got to 27% I was expecting more to have happened, and maybe experiencing a modicum of a connection between Auden and Aleksandr, sadly it all felt a little superficial and nothing up to this point had really been given any depth or explanation, apart from constant reference to his hair and muscles. ”I am Russian. Cool head, blazing heart.” My other issue is the fact that once again (view spoiler)[ the ’my parents were killed’ and/or ’I never knew my father/mother’ trope is used for both of them. (hide spoiler)] Once in a while it would be nice to read of a couple of twenty something characters, who have a regular family, or even a portion of one, waiting at their fictional home for them. Add to that Auden’s abandonment issues, when her grandparents actually seemed to treat her pretty well, and Aleksandr’s reasons for needing a translator turning out to be utter bullpoopie, and I have reached the point that I know that this book isn’t really for me. I know as a Flirt title this book wasn’t meant to be a heavy or emotionally charged read, but I did expect to at least have a little development for the main characters after reading over a quarter of it. Not entirely sure that I would look to read anything else from this series. ARC provided via Netgalley, I am sorry I cannot provide a more positive review on this occasion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Auden Berezin is at a crossroads in life, she has been let go from her soccer team meaning she loses the soccer scholarship and she has a month break to figure out what to do next. When her grandfather gives her a job as a Russian translator to a hockey player, she figures it will help with paying her tuition. She did not expect to have the player be Aleksandr Varenkov who she briefly met and knew he was a player. Aleksandr has no limits and it includes teasing Auden. He likes her but Auden is no Auden Berezin is at a crossroads in life, she has been let go from her soccer team meaning she loses the soccer scholarship and she has a month break to figure out what to do next. When her grandfather gives her a job as a Russian translator to a hockey player, she figures it will help with paying her tuition. She did not expect to have the player be Aleksandr Varenkov who she briefly met and knew he was a player. Aleksandr has no limits and it includes teasing Auden. He likes her but Auden is not like the ski bunny's he ordinarily meets. The more he gets to know the more he wants to build something special. With distance on their side will they be able to handle the intensity of their feelings? Auden feels like everyone leaves and so will Aleksandr. Aleksandr wants Auden to trust in what they have, can she let go of her past to have a future? Very good. The banter and chemistry between Auden and Aleksandr is off the charts. Delayed Penalty had romance, humor, sports, and conflict. Perfect for when you want to sink into a book for the day and lose yourself. Looking up more from this talented author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    Auden has been cut from the soccer team which means she has lost her soccer scholarship and needs to find a summer job quick. She goes back home to her russian grandparents, who raised her, and her grandfather assigns her a job - to be a translator for a russian hockey player. This excites Auden greatly - she loves hockey and although this isn't for the professional Detroit Red Wings team, it's for the minor league team and that's just fine by her. But her job is going to be complicated. Aleksand Auden has been cut from the soccer team which means she has lost her soccer scholarship and needs to find a summer job quick. She goes back home to her russian grandparents, who raised her, and her grandfather assigns her a job - to be a translator for a russian hockey player. This excites Auden greatly - she loves hockey and although this isn't for the professional Detroit Red Wings team, it's for the minor league team and that's just fine by her. But her job is going to be complicated. Aleksandr Varenkov can actually speak English, he just doesn't like to be bothered to be interviewed. When Auden shows up, he decides to initiate her by giving her ridiculous answers to interview questions for her to interpret. Although he gives her a hard time, he grows to like her, fast. There are many reasons why this book didn't work for me. First, I love hockey romance. Love. But in this book, hockey is not prominent. If Aleksandr does have a game or practice, those hockey scenes are glossed over quickly. So we miss out on the hockey atmosphere. Aleksandr starts off kind of douchey as he tries to pick up Auden in a bar and then acts like a jerk on her first day at work. I like a jerky hero who turns it around, but he turns it around too fast. He goes from jerk to big, goofy guy like he has a complete personality change. There isn't a lot of build up or sexual tension in their romance and they declare love pretty early. The physical romance scenes also were not memorable. And there is an odd scene where Auden gets drugged at a bar and she ends up blacking out. In the middle of the night, she wakes up (in her own bed) and Aleksandr has climbed through her window completely drunk to make sure she is okay. Auden doesn't even seem to care that someone drugged her drink. It's mentioned that Aleksandr punched the guy who did it, but - it's just a really weird scene. I feel like the gravity of what happened is just tossed to the side. This story just didn't come together for me. Auden, by herself, I enjoyed. She is a feisty heroine. I like that she got cut from the soccer team and has to reevaluate her college career. I just didn't like Aleksandr or how the story plays out. Grade: D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ara Grigorian

    Body Check! No penalties in this debut novel by Sophia Henry. This book is a fun, fantastic read! I have a soft spot for sports fiction. But I’m often hesitant because sometimes the sport aspect takes center stage — that becomes the plot of the story and not the relationship. No need to worry about that with Delayed Penalty. In fact, don’t worry if you don’t know much about hockey, because the focus of this story is on two flawed, but very redeemable people who you want to see make it. Auden is a Body Check! No penalties in this debut novel by Sophia Henry. This book is a fun, fantastic read! I have a soft spot for sports fiction. But I’m often hesitant because sometimes the sport aspect takes center stage — that becomes the plot of the story and not the relationship. No need to worry about that with Delayed Penalty. In fact, don’t worry if you don’t know much about hockey, because the focus of this story is on two flawed, but very redeemable people who you want to see make it. Auden is a college student whose just trying to make it in life. Enter Aleksandr, the Russian hockey player that is the stereotypical alpha male… only that he is not. He comes across that way initially, which is why Auden could care less for him. She is his translator…and that’s it. Until he becomes more than that. As she gets to know him, the dynamic chemistry between them unveils a relationship that i both sweet and searing. Sophia Henry renders her characters with a sculptor’s touch. She gives just enough detail, allowing the reader to fill in the rest—making the characters that much more relatable. Their budding romance is refreshing. The story isn’t about the intimacy — it’s not about a play by play — it’s about learning something about human nature and how people who are damaged—flawed--can find completion from the most improbable partner. As a side note, I loved the little details of the Russian culture. I learned things and in some cases recognized them as traditions that were assimilated into my culture. The authenticity of these details added color to the world Henry created. Highly recommended. Looking forward to more from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    ARC received from Loveswept/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book didn't work for me unfortunately. I found it hard to invest in the characters. Perhaps because it read like a NA and lacked any real steam and felt disjointed. Was the story sweet? Sure. Did it hold my interest? Not really. ARC received from Loveswept/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book didn't work for me unfortunately. I found it hard to invest in the characters. Perhaps because it read like a NA and lacked any real steam and felt disjointed. Was the story sweet? Sure. Did it hold my interest? Not really.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    DNF. No chemistry. Moving on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Auden (love that name) finds herself the translator for Russian minor league hockey star, Aleksandr (we’ll just call him Alek) upon her return home from college break. Beyond the love of hockey and the Russian language, these two share something else in common. Loss. Alek is all kinds of cocky and Auden tries to avoid his charms for as long as she can until she just can’t help but give in. But what I loved was that Alek wasn’t really what he seemed, but didn’t falter and showed Auden exactly wha Auden (love that name) finds herself the translator for Russian minor league hockey star, Aleksandr (we’ll just call him Alek) upon her return home from college break. Beyond the love of hockey and the Russian language, these two share something else in common. Loss. Alek is all kinds of cocky and Auden tries to avoid his charms for as long as she can until she just can’t help but give in. But what I loved was that Alek wasn’t really what he seemed, but didn’t falter and showed Auden exactly what he was all about pretty easy. For a girl like Auden who isn’t one to easily trust, he was perfect for her. Auden’s character struggles through most of this book to find herself. Her past has left this empty place inside of her. As she struggles to learn just who she is she begins to piece together where she came from. There were times when she was overly annoying, but I really think her story held enough to make you feel for her. So she got a pass on a lot of it. For Alek, I liked him right from the start. I loved him cocky and I loved him sweet. His past was just as jaded as Auden’s but that past shaped him differently. The one thing that I had trouble with was the lack of time we get of these two together. I felt like I connected with both of them, but separately. I really wanted more time of just them to make that connection solid. Overall a good read. A good love story and I liked both of these characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rhea Dsouza

    DNF @ 27% UGH. UGH. UGH. UGH. I don’t even know, you guys. This book was supposed to be perfection. After the shitty month I’ve had, I promised myself I’d accept nothing less than perfect from a debut author's book which had the most promising blurb. And good God, I couldn’t even read past the 27% mark without wanting to swallow my Kindle and choke on it. Auden was a shallow pool of self-pity and this: “As a lifelong hockey-player appreciator, my brief encounters with a semi-dressed Aleksandr alre DNF @ 27% UGH. UGH. UGH. UGH. I don’t even know, you guys. This book was supposed to be perfection. After the shitty month I’ve had, I promised myself I’d accept nothing less than perfect from a debut author's book which had the most promising blurb. And good God, I couldn’t even read past the 27% mark without wanting to swallow my Kindle and choke on it. Auden was a shallow pool of self-pity and this: “As a lifelong hockey-player appreciator, my brief encounters with a semi-dressed Aleksandr already had my below-the-bell-button areas buzzing like bees on speed. Thinking about him showering could push me over the edge. Or into his arms.” - (ARC, location 543) How…charming. And of course, sexy Russian Aleksandr, whom I didn’t read too much of because 27% yo, but from what I did read, he was an arrogant asshole. There was this part where he almost publicly humiliated Auden on her first day of work. Fucking unbelievable. And his excuse? “It was a joke. A prank. Hockey players do that to rookies.(…) You’re gonna quit over a stupid joke?” - (ARC, location 607) Good Lord, give me strength. Not comparable to the work of Sawyer Bennett AT ALL. Go home, children. Nothing of interest to see here.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kassiah

    2 stars. This review is also posted on Pretty Sassy Cool. Auden is hired to translate for Russian hockey player Aleksander Varenkov. (Metaphorical) sparks fly and the two find themselves in a not-so-professional relationship. But they both have pasts that could keep them from being all-in. Ever since reading Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus Series and Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey Series, I've become somewhat obsessed with reading hot hockey player stories. I mean, really. *fans self* But unfortunately 2 stars. This review is also posted on Pretty Sassy Cool. Auden is hired to translate for Russian hockey player Aleksander Varenkov. (Metaphorical) sparks fly and the two find themselves in a not-so-professional relationship. But they both have pasts that could keep them from being all-in. Ever since reading Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus Series and Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey Series, I've become somewhat obsessed with reading hot hockey player stories. I mean, really. *fans self* But unfortunately, I just could not get into this story. I don't know what the issue was, but I didn't connect with the characters, and I didn't really like the storyline very much. There wasn't much chemistry, and I could take or leave the romance. I couldn't even keep up with who the characters were and I'm pretty sure I won't read the rest of the books in this series. With lack of chemistry and forgettable characters, Delayed Penalty is a book you can delay reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was classic New Adult style reading with drama, uncertainty, and fast love. I have to say that I did like the story and loved Aleksandr. He was clever, tender, darling, and passionate. I even liked the Auden. The two together were funny and sweet because they worked but argued and teased. I'm keeping the short and sweet. I simply liked the story and didn't find myself struggling to read it or finish it. Delayed Penalty receives a content 4 stars from me. This was classic New Adult style reading with drama, uncertainty, and fast love. I have to say that I did like the story and loved Aleksandr. He was clever, tender, darling, and passionate. I even liked the Auden. The two together were funny and sweet because they worked but argued and teased. I'm keeping the short and sweet. I simply liked the story and didn't find myself struggling to read it or finish it. Delayed Penalty receives a content 4 stars from me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    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 NA romance that packs an emotional punch.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁

    Hello hot sexy Russian hockey player! Auden's grandpa sets her up with a job during the winter break as a Russian translator. She gets assigned to the sexy Aleksandr. She has a crush for him but doesn't want to get attached because she knows 'nothing is forever.' Aleksandr has a reputation for being a playboy and a jerk. He plays the jerk part well in the beginning. But then he does the sweetest things for Auden as he slowly gets more interested in her. He is amazed by her heart, mind, and soul. Hello hot sexy Russian hockey player! Auden's grandpa sets her up with a job during the winter break as a Russian translator. She gets assigned to the sexy Aleksandr. She has a crush for him but doesn't want to get attached because she knows 'nothing is forever.' Aleksandr has a reputation for being a playboy and a jerk. He plays the jerk part well in the beginning. But then he does the sweetest things for Auden as he slowly gets more interested in her. He is amazed by her heart, mind, and soul. Aleksandr and Auden are two damaged souls. They both have similar pasts and understand each other's pain. The chemistry between them was very touching. Overall, I loved Delayed Penalty. The drama wasn't annoying, and I loved the characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    I was so excited to start a new hockey series. I am a huge fan since my husband has played for a long time, so hockey books are one of my weaknesses. This one was raw, real, and at times, intense. Auden has suffered a huge loss at a young age that has shaped her into the person she is today. She is closed off, hides her emotions, and tries to make everyone happy. She is also afraid to love. “A normal girl would snuggle into his strong warm arms and let him hold her, but I wasn’t a normal girl. I I was so excited to start a new hockey series. I am a huge fan since my husband has played for a long time, so hockey books are one of my weaknesses. This one was raw, real, and at times, intense. Auden has suffered a huge loss at a young age that has shaped her into the person she is today. She is closed off, hides her emotions, and tries to make everyone happy. She is also afraid to love. “A normal girl would snuggle into his strong warm arms and let him hold her, but I wasn’t a normal girl. I was completely messed up. So messed up that I spilled my life story to a guy I liked but wouldn’t allow myself to get close to.” Aleksandr is a Russian hockey player. He is playing for a team in Detroit and needs a translator. Since Auden fluently speaks Russian, she is hired for the job. Of course, first impressions leave a lasting impression and appearances can be deceiving. Auden is physically attracted to Aleksandr, but refuses to let him know how he affects her. “Confessing that I thought he looked hot every minute of every hour of every moment I spent with him might give him the wrong impression.” When the two finally give in to their attraction, it is hot and sexy. “I’m not going to fuck you in the bathroom of a bar, Audushka.” “Why not?” I asked, breathless and confused. He leaned in, his lips brushing my ear, and whispered, “When I fuck you, it’ll be special.” At times, I wanted to shake Auden. She could be so dense and clueless and even selfish. But as we got to know her, I was able to connect more and more with her. I loved Aleksandr! He was such a hot hockey hunk, yet so kind and protective. I also liked the band as well as Kristen, Auden’s best friend and Jason. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next in the series! ~ Tiffany, 4 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    I cannot believe this is a debut for Sophia Henry. So good. I was so sad to look down at my progress and see I was at 97%. I wanted more of this couple! I loved them. The situations were life like, but not overly dramatic. They had both had really rough times, but they were working through them. Hockey isn't overly focused on in this story if you don't like sports books. Yes, it's there, but it's not the point once you get into the book. I guess it's what brings them together. Auden is to tutor I cannot believe this is a debut for Sophia Henry. So good. I was so sad to look down at my progress and see I was at 97%. I wanted more of this couple! I loved them. The situations were life like, but not overly dramatic. They had both had really rough times, but they were working through them. Hockey isn't overly focused on in this story if you don't like sports books. Yes, it's there, but it's not the point once you get into the book. I guess it's what brings them together. Auden is to tutor Aleksandr so he can speak and answer interview questions after hockey games. I thought at first the Russian part of the story would throw me off, but the author wrote it well where you didn't get confused. There are bumps and problems. And you find yourself wondering what's going to happen with who. I'm happy with the ending. I would've loved a little more epilogue, further down the road, but it was still a great ending. Also, I hope all these characters make appearances in the next book(s). I need more info on them!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    **copy received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review from http://www.twounrulygirls.com ~ Thank you ** In all honesty I clicked this one because it said "if you love Sawyer Bennett you will enjoy this story" and truth is I DID. This had all the elements that work for me. An "asshole" type athlete, hotter than should be legal, a "man-whore", but when he connects with the right girl, all of that vanishes and all he can see is her. I loved the connection between them, the sh **copy received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review from http://www.twounrulygirls.com ~ Thank you ** In all honesty I clicked this one because it said "if you love Sawyer Bennett you will enjoy this story" and truth is I DID. This had all the elements that work for me. An "asshole" type athlete, hotter than should be legal, a "man-whore", but when he connects with the right girl, all of that vanishes and all he can see is her. I loved the connection between them, the shared language that connects them on a personal level. All of it. I see some people viewed it as YA, that may be true, but a love story for me is all in the connection, not swapping of bodily fluids..lol First time reading this author, won't be the last. Really enjoyed it! Thanks for allowing me to read it early!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    2 stars Makes me sad to say this but I struggled with Delayed Penalty. I failed to connect with Auden and the storyline just didn't click with me. When I read the summary I was really looking forward to Delayed Penalty but unfortunately it wasn't for me. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. 2 stars Makes me sad to say this but I struggled with Delayed Penalty. I failed to connect with Auden and the storyline just didn't click with me. When I read the summary I was really looking forward to Delayed Penalty but unfortunately it wasn't for me. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Finkle

    DNF @ 35%. I just couldn't get into this book. It was promoted on Netgalley as being similar to the works of Sawyer Bennett. Not even close IMO. DNF @ 35%. I just couldn't get into this book. It was promoted on Netgalley as being similar to the works of Sawyer Bennett. Not even close IMO.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Three things: hockey player hero, heroine still needing to heal from her past, and home town setting all from a home town author. Okay that's four things, but whose counting because it was also new to me author and series. Had to read it! It's New Adult (NA) and it checks off most of the hallmarks of NA including first person POV, angsty and horny characters with broken pasts, drinking enough for alcohol poisoning, night clubs, besties, college, and of course the BIG misunderstanding. Normally th Three things: hockey player hero, heroine still needing to heal from her past, and home town setting all from a home town author. Okay that's four things, but whose counting because it was also new to me author and series. Had to read it! It's New Adult (NA) and it checks off most of the hallmarks of NA including first person POV, angsty and horny characters with broken pasts, drinking enough for alcohol poisoning, night clubs, besties, college, and of course the BIG misunderstanding. Normally this makes me cringe and run and I admit to having one toe out the door, but the author reeled me in with something in her writing. I kept reading and was oh so glad I did. I ended up really cheering for the heroine to get her mess together and adoring the hero who made this book for me. Aleksandr is a minor league hockey player who needs a Russian Translator now that people are noticing his superb playing. He comes across as arrogant, cocky, and a real jerk the first few times Auden encounters him. He takes one look at Auden and wants her and wants to be with her, but he bungles it. He then sets out to change her mind and get her to give him a chance even while he is working hard to make it to the NHL. Auden's grandfather got her the temp job of translating for Aleksandr to help make up for the loss of her soccer scholarship. She plans to keep Aleksandr at arms' length and keep it professional. Not that this is much different than the way she treats most people. Auden either does the leaving or she never lets people get close with the exception of a few childhood friends that way she can never feel abandoned again. But the true man behind the front that is Aleksandr opens up to her and shows her a guy that understands as no one else does and he wants a chance with her. She should resist and she does, but he sticks with it and wears away at her emotional walls. Aleksandr and Auden were a good pair and, for a debut story, I thought the author did a bang up job making them and their romance really work. The New Adult (NA) quirks were a tough sell for me particularly with Auden the Maudlin telling the story. At first, I wasn't very patient with her anger that she held onto from childhood that made her lash out at her grandparents and have a short fuse with Aleksandr. However, the author gave her other traits that endeared her to me enough to wait until Auden got her epiphany and straightened out. I should say that she had a very real and sad reason for being messed up so I definitely felt badly for her even though I wanted her to move on and not dwell in the past. Her dad took off before she was born and her mom died when she was a child leaving her with grandparents who were struggling with grief and not knowing how to deal with a young child's grief. The shining spot in all this was Aleksandr. And I'm not just talking about his hottie Hockey hardbody though there is that droolworthy fact, too. He had as much reason as Auden to act damaged and keep himself back from engaging with folks and mistrusting 'forever' relationships, but he didn't. He plunged into life with agosto. He courageously chose a woman that gave him no reason to think he would get through to her let alone get her to give him back what he generously gave of himself to her. He was a beautiful guy inside and out. <"Take yourself out of it, Audushka. I need to leave for my job, and yes, that means leaving you, but I'm not leaving because of you. You understand the difference, yes?" Loc 2452 Aleksander from Delayed Penalty <"What are you doing here?" "You needed me. I came." It was that simple for him. "When do you have to go back?" I couldn't believe he'd hopped on a plane just to visit me... "Tomorrow morning." I nodded...puddles that had been accumulating in the rims of my eyes spilled out. "Please don't do that." He took my face in his hands, pushing my hair back, and wiping the skin under my eyes with his thumbs. "I thought you would be happy, Audushka." "I am...You didn't have to come here. You've got more important things to think about." "When will you understand how much I love you?" He tilted my face until my eyes met his. "Nothing is more important than you." And just like that, Aleksandr Varenkov turned my world upside down again. Loc 2886 Aleksandr and Auden of Delayed Penalty The romance is on the sweeter end because Auden is inexperienced and she needs Aleksandr to take things slow. Plus he's really an old fashioned guy who holds doors, respects her grandparents, and treats Auden special. In fact, this one is refreshingly not one of those where they jump into bed practically the second they meet. The love scene is late in the story and it took into account that she was young and a virgin. She wasn't ignorant, but there was just enough lack of knowledge to make it authentic. I had to chuckle when she started drinking the night she had decided to give herself to Aleksandr. I get that she felt she needed liquid courage, but we all know what a few G&Ts and some vodka shots in just a little time will get you and it isn't the best night of your life. Ha! The themes of abandonment, child grief and anger, adoption, self-esteem, trust, and learning to accept and express love are all there in this story. It had depth and heart as a result of Auden's personal journey of healing. "I don't know how to fix things, KK. I just know how to run away." Loc 3384 Auden from Delayed Penalty As to the sports' aspect, its more of a backdrop for the story since the narration is all from Auden's perspective and no actual ice time with Aleksandr. If you know squat about hockey, you would still do fine just as hockey fans will get a kick out of the references and setting. Speaking of setting, I've called the Detroit Metro area home for the last few decades so I had an absolute blast seeing references to places, names, activities, and overall local flavor that were totally familiar. Detroit is known as Hockey Town and so to choose it for the setting of a Hockey romance made it feel like it was another well-developed character in the story. So, all in all, I was glad I got to read this one and most definitely want to keep going with the series (Please let Landon be next). I hope to see more of Aleksandr and Auden. I would recommend this one for those who enjoy New Adult Contemporary romance with sports settings, slow to build slightly spicy yet sweet romance and characters who slowly heal and grow. My thanks to Entangled Flirt for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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