Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Review: Breakaway by Sophia Henry

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

Kindle Edition
Published September 5th 2017 by Flirt 
Series: Pilots Hockey #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Breakaway is the fifth book in the Pilots Hockey series but can be read as a stand alone. I did not have the opportunity to read the first four before reading Breakaway.

I will keep my thoughts on this book short and simple. It wasn't for me and there were two very important reasons why...

The relationship between Bree and Luke was sex first and relationship later. I was not a fan. I like a little between the sheets action in my romance novels but I want chemistry, anticipation and a little build up which makes it hotter when it actually does happen. Without the build up it is just sex and if I'm being completely honest it came across as mechanical and boring. So when the two decided that they wanted more and feeling became involved I had a hard time feeling it or even routing for it. It just seemed fake and dull. There was no anticipation on my part which is half the fun.

Secondly, I felt like there were too many sub plots happening at the same time. A loss of career, recovery from an injury, a possible addiction and a less than ideal family life were just a few examples of what Luke was dealing with. Bree was also struggling to carve a path of her own, worrying about her brother and then to find out that it was Luke that ended his career. It was just way too busy and it totally distracted from the romance and made it hard for me to feel any kind of chemistry between the two even though they were in a sexual relationship from pretty much the beginning.

Although I wasn't a fan of this book I think I would still be interested in checking out the rest of the series. I could see great potential, just not with this particular book. I have enjoyed some of this author's other work.

About the Author
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 the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

Sophia spends her days chasing after her two, high-energy sons and writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. In her free time she enjoys watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts.

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