I love hockey. I love hockey romances. This is a big week for hockey romance with both Kelly Jamieson and Sophia Henry releasing new books, both heralded authors in the hockey romance subgenre. But, after reading Interference from Henry, the second book of her Pilots Hockey series I’ve read, I just don’t think she’s the hockey romance writer for me.
I could’ve gotten past the fact that the book really has nothing to do with hockey. It starts with a fun scene, at a hockey rink, where the book’s hero, Jason Taylor is coaching a high school team. When he benches one of the players, using some colorful words to do so, the player’s sister, Linden “Indie” Meadows, takes exception. That’s really the last we see of hockey other than Jason and Indie going to a couple of games later in the book. Jason never plays hockey, his coaching of Indie’s brother’s team is forgotten except for Damien, her brother, getting ticked off that Indie is dating his coach.
So, for a good story I could get past this. But, it’s not even about Pilots hockey. The connection between Jason and the minor league Pilots is that his younger brother used to play for them and he hangs out with them in a bar one night in a scene that does nothing to push the plot forward. Again, for a good story, I could get past this.
But, I didn’t like Jason. He’s not a romance hero. He’s a guy that, though sweet and romantic, easily gets run off by a couple of characters who say something he doesn’t want to hear about his relationship with Indie. Indie’s a cool chick. I really liked her. She’s a single mom, working her ass off to support herself and her adorable son, Holden, while going to school. She lives with her mom, whom I loved, and younger brother, whom I also thought was a great character. But, Indie deserves better than Jason, despite their cute flirtations and meaningful conversations .
Henry writes fairly mild love stories. Her heroes are not alphas, the romance is based on realism (boy meets girl, boy and girl date, boy and girl develop feelings), and the conflict isn’t overly emotional or intense. I read to have emotions wrenched out of me and even if I could have gotten past all the other issues I have Interference, it didn’t touch me emotionally.
2 Stars for Interference. Heat level: 2.5 (intimacy behind closed doors).
I received Interference from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Interference was published in June 2016 by Flirt, an imprint of Random House.
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. She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, reading, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband. Sophia’s writes heartfelt and flirty fiction for readers who love the Mature Young Adult and New Adult genres. DELAYED PENALTY, the first book in the Pilots Hockey series released on September 1, 2015, from Random House (Flirt).