Book Review: Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Sophia Henry ****

The latest in the Pilots Hockey series is a little bit different from the usual hockey romance. Kristen Katsaros is on a singles cruise paid for by her parents as a graduation gift. They want her to meet a nice Greek boy and settle down. Kristen, on the other hand, wants to live life a bit and have some adventures before she thinks about anything like that. When she discovers a family friend and potential suitor on the ship she is horrified and actually running away from him when she ends up in the arms of Pavel “Pacha” Gribov.

Unusually the heroine Kristen suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and the regime that she needs to follow to keep it under control is quite challenging but she still manages to lead quite a full and adventurous life. It does influence her long term outlook though and has convinced her that she won’t have a happy ever after with anyone because of her shortened life span.

Pacha has issues with commitment and because of his upbringing in Russia and the death of his parents when he was young he doesn’t think that he’s ever going to meet The One. By the time he realises that Kristen has got under his skin it could be too late for them and possibly farewell to his budding NHL career.

It is a little misleading to describe this book as a Hockey romance as most of the action is set on a Caribbean cruise and there are only the briefest mentions of sport towards the end of the book but it is a great story and does fit in well into the Pilots timeline. You don’t have to have read the previous three books to get the best out of this one but they are such a good read that I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

Supplied by Net Galley and Random House Flirt in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication date: Oct 18 2016. 248 pages.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pilots Hockey Novel

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