The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.
Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.
Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.
I was excited by the fun and fresh premise of the story but unfortunately, it dragged a little at times and had a lot of predictable moments. Even though I could see some problems there, the first half of the book was entertaining – but I had trouble to finish it.
Pasha wasn’t a good hero in my opinion, I really wanted to like him but couldn’t. Kristen was nice, it was easy to relate to her insecurities and fears. Dialogue felt forced at times, they had a certain confession and moral vibe to it, coming from both of them. Also, it was unusual and quite weird how most of the time the sex scenes had a very abrupt end, like they had to be cut.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct had a good beginning, a rough development and a questionable ending.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.