Friday, July 22, 2016

Interference by Sophia Henry

“Sophia Henry tackles real issues that tug at your heartstrings,” raves bestselling author Rachel Harris. Now, in this sweet, sensual Pilots Hockey novel, a young single mom falls for a damaged coach pulling double-duty as a cop.

Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.

When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth...or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.

Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

If you are a fan of romance books staring a single parent, this is the book for you. Linden is a single mum raising her super cute son, Holden, with the help of her mother and brother. She is strong, but not too proud to ask for help when she needs it. Our hero, Jason, is a hockey coach and a cop. We get two lots of hotness in one guy. We also get a hero who is a hard worker, good with kids, and generally a good guy.

There is instant physical attraction between our couple. I enjoyed their banter and the slow build of their dating. This is a good, fun romance with the requisite amount of turmoil to keep the reader hooked. It is also sexy without detailed sex scenes and I honestly didn't miss them. Interference is very good. A solid 4 stars.

This is one of a series, and I would recommend that you read the previous books first, as they are very good – and they introduce some of the characters that we meet this time too. Jason is one of these – and he is a delicious man, other than the chip on his shoulder about being given away by his mother and adopted. His growth to understand that better is a significant undercurrent in this book, and is beautifully done. Whilst there is some sport in it, it is not as significant as in the other books.

Indie is a fun person, with a wonderful turn of phrase, and there are some wonderful moments of humour – as well as times when she, too, accepts some of her strengths and priorities. She is definitely wise beyond her years, and has an amazing support mechanism at home. In fact, it was lovely that they both had families that were supportive, and made their easy relationship seem very believable. She is a sassy woman with a really fun little boy, who falls for a man who had a five-year plan...Jason has some difficult decisions to make.

If you want a sweet and steamy read, this provides exactly that.

After the daunting themes seen in Power Play, I was glad to see that Henry chose to tackle another serious subject, but one that seems to have more “power” in smaller communities than the large city setting of the previous books in the series. As with Power Play, readers expecting a lot of ice time in this sports romance will be disappointed as neither Jason nor Linden play hockey. Rather, Jason is the hockey coach for Indie’s younger brother, as well as being Landon’s brother, so the Pilots Hockey connection is tenuous, but it is there as both Landon and Aleksandr appear in Interference. As for the interference that lends itself to the title, there’s plenty to go around as Jason and Indie have to decide what they want out of life and what’s important enough to warrant rearranging one’s priorities.

Is it wrong to admit that it was the antagonistic banter that takes place between Jason and Indie, right out of the gate, that hooked me into their story? It’s what kept their initial physical attraction from jumping straight into insta-love territory. Both certainly recognized that the other tripped their trigger physically, but personality-wise…nuh-uh, not happening. With the second impression not being any better than the first impression, it made it difficult to see how the author was going to get Jason and Indie headed in the same direction. Yet she pulls it off in a humorous and believable way, and the two embark upon a sweet and sexy courtship – it’s not an easy feat due to Indie’s familial and school obligations, but it works for them. Until outside influences begin to interfere and shove a serious wedge between them that left me irritated as all get out with Jason and heartbroken for Indie. When Jason finally extracts his head from his posterior, will his efforts to make things right with Indie be too little too late, or will Indie finally get the happiness she wants and deserves?

I really enjoyed Interference. As someone who grew up in a small town, I understood the judgment that Indie dealt with on a daily basis regarding her son. But I liked that Indie owned up to her bad decision-making as a teen. The reader wasn’t subjected to pity parties about how her boyfriend ruined her life, that it was all his fault, that his parents should have made him do the right thing, or the myriad of excuses she could have used. Nope, not Indie. She admits she was with Tim for the wrong reasons and that she was just as responsible for what happened as he was. Any regrets on her part are because her son has a deadbeat for a dad who seems intent on disappointing Holden at every turn. I was also impressed with Jason’s attitude toward Holden. It wouldn’t have been too much a stretch to make him hesitant to be with Indie considering her package deal and his past with dozens of foster siblings, but instead of making him resentful of having to share Indie’s attention, he quickly got attached to Holden. Even though I understood his knee jerk reaction when faced being “stuck” in Bridgeland, I was surprised by how he chose to cut ties with Indie. But not nearly surprised at the situation that unfolded that enabled him to come to Indie’s rescue. Yikes! I really enjoyed the resolution that Indie and Jason found and hope to catch up with them in future installments of the Pilots Hockey series.

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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 North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Interference (Pilots Hockey #3) by Sophia Henry to read and review.

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