In Sophia Henry's blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.
Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family's market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.
Landon isn't afraid of telling Gaby that he's got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It's his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.
One minute Gaby's tempted to give in; the next, she's getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who's destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.
What are the odds of finding out that the boy you have crushed on for years has a crush on you as well. How do you deal with that? Well it takes Gaby a while to come to terms with it. I mean why would an up and coming hockey player who could have anybody he desires. She is just a shy girl who works for her parents and didn’t even go to college.
There is something about Gaby that has caught Landon's interest over the years. When he has the chance to help her when her dad has a heart attack. It is n opening to get to know her better. Slowly he is making his way past her walls, and find out the true reason for her shyness. It doesn't push him away though but he does slow the pace down and lets her take the lead.
Will Landon's help with her advertising plan work out for them both? Will she finally get the recognition from her parents she desires, will Landon get her to open up completely? They are still pretty young but have they found true love?
This was a good addition to the Pilots series. Looking forward to seeing who might get their story next, maybe Luke?
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