Blog Tour & Giveaway: Delayed Penalty: Bianca Sommerland
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All choices have consequences, only sometimes they’re . . . delayed.
Cortland Nash fled Dartmouth to avoid being arrested for murder, but his best friend, Ford Delgado, is in danger. Cort returns, prepared to keep his head down, and do whatever it takes to keep Ford breathing, but when he finds a beautiful young woman out in the snow, frozen in fear, his plans change. He needs to make sure she’s safe—even if the greatest danger is him.
Akira Hayashi never thought she’d overcome her fear of men, but the care of an experienced Dom helped her achieve so much more. She’s embraced her submissive side, and found her strength as the captain of the Dartmouth Cobras’ Ice Girls. There’s nothing she can’t do—except function when she’s mugged in a parking lot. The intimidating stranger who rescues her makes her feel things she never thought possible. The only problem is his connection with Ford, a man she’ll hate forever because she refuses to feel anything else.
With the constant threats from the crime lord he once called “Dad,” Ford Delgado has no room in his life for love. Unfortunately, Akira already has his heart—which is split in two when he discovers Cort is dating her. The betrayal has him lashing out, trying to move on, to grow as a Dom, and free himself from Kingsley’s criminal empire. He tries to forget what Akira means to him, but one look into her eyes shows him the last thing she needs is for him to let her go.
This e-book contains material not suitable for readers under 18. There are situations involving sex and violence and extreme emotions as a result. It also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM and other rather enjoyable practices. As the characters are prone to exploring their sexuality, it is advised that readers be prepared to see some lines blurred. Or erased….
Author takes no responsibility for nonexistent lines. ;)
Author’s Note: The Cobras series has a continuing arc about the franchise, players, and previous relationships. Some plots continue through the series and may involve more than the main ménage. The series is best read in order.
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Delayed Penalty Copyright 2013, Bianca Sommerland
Ford squared his shoulders and placed his hands on his hips, looking her over, his lips slanted in amusement. “You don’t really expect me to chase you around the cabin, do you?”
“How else are you going to catch me?” She skittered sideways in the opposite direction as he took a step around the table. His dark look had her shaking even harder and her cheeks heated as her panties became uncomfortably damp. She jumped as he strode toward her, scrambling to keep away, even though her body screamed for her to throw herself at him. Her tone was sharper than she meant it to be. “You’re not very good at this game.”
“Because I’m still trying to figure out how far you want this to go. What happens when I catch you, shorty?”
“You win.” She swallowed and braced to make a run for it. Maybe she was thinking too much. The limits would come in time. In this moment, all that should matter was one of her needs was being met. She didn’t have to give in. Ford would make her.
His next step had her tripping sideways, swiftly plotting her escape, but then his sharp tone made her freeze. “Stop.”
Trembling, she fisted her hands by her sides as he came to her. She yelped as he picked her up and dropped her on the sofa, the landing causing the air to whoosh out of her lungs. Before she could gather her wits and spring back up, he had her trapped.
“Cheater!” She laughed and slapped his chest, then bit her bottom lip, not sure if she’d gone too far.
He shackled her wrists with his hands and pulled them over her head, laughing softly as she squirmed beneath him. “I can’t cheat at a game neither of us wants me to lose.” Holding her wrists in one hand, he brought the other down to her throat with a light pressure that had her holding completely still. “One day, during the summer, I’ll bring you out into the woods and let you run as far as you can. And when I catch you, I’ll take you right there in the dirt, no matter how much you struggle.” He spoke against her lips. “But we’re not ready for that yet. I wanted our first time to be somewhere a little softer than the floor.”
And there it was, Ford doing what everyone else did. Telling her she wasn’t ready. She ground her teeth and turned her head. “Softer is good. And you better be really gentle. Otherwise, I could shatter.”
“Gentle?” Ford moved his hand from her throat and reached down to undo his belt. He pulled it from his jeans in one smooth motion, then brought it up to bind her wrists. Then he flipped her over so she was kneeling on the sofa, her bound wrists held firmly over her bowed head. “I never said I’d be gentle.”
First, before I start my review, I have to take a moment to get on my hands and knees and beg Bianca to write a story for Cam. Pretty please Bianca, Cam needs his HEA! I NEED Cam's HEA. I so totally fell in love with him.
Second, I find I am in a horrible writing funk, so I apologize now that this review will not be as detailed as my other two reviews in this series.
OK, time to focus and get back on track...Delayed Penalty rocked my socks; I think it blew the first four books in this series out of the water. So much more intrigue, angst, secrets, deception, and as usual off the charts smokin' hot chemistry and steam! In my opinion, each book just gets better and better. Gah! I fricken love the road Bianca took the characters from my favorite hockey team down.
Cort, Ford, and Akira are hands down my favorite couple of Bianca's to date! These three had one hell of a spark, holy f*** was the chemistry between them intense and heavenly. It goes without saying that I simply adored this trio and the dynamics between them. The author took me by surprise with this love triangle, as I have never been a huge fan of Ford's, not to mention Cort and Akira never really hit my radar, they were just kind of there as secondary characters. However, there is nothing secondary about these three in the least bit. Akira is a sweet and sassy, kick ass heroine who will have you rooting for her the moment you meet her! It's also no secret that I have always been a Sloan Callahan and Scott Demyan fan, however while I still love my Sloan & Scott, I have to say they now have some very stiff competition. Sorry boys, Cort and his bad ass sexiness just snuck up on me and wrapped his self-right around me. And, Ford, wait until you unravel and reveal Ford's many layers. If you don't fall in love with him, well than I don't know what to say. There is a certain beauty to their complex relationship. I don't think there was anything about this trio that didn't totally intoxicated me. Individually and within their intricate relationship they held me captivated from page one.
I really loved being back amongst old friends, but I had a slight issue with Silver's story line. Yes, Dean, Silver, and Landan are back once again, and Bianca has thrown them for a major loop. Lately I seem to have an extreme love/hate relationship with this couple. A lot of this is due to Silver, as I often feel frustrated with her, so much so, I have an overwhelming urge to smack her. I know she has suffered through a lot, but I just can't connect with her, any longer. Her character has undergone a major transformation, and for the most part, I don't understand her reactions to the simplest things. I miss the Silver from book 2.
I know I said this in another review, so I am going to cheat and quote it here as it still holds true for me...
"Bianca's writing style totally just works for me. It is down and dirty, as well as raw and gritty. She creates a fun camaraderie and chemistry between all the characters that allow the secondary characters to also be an essential part of the story. Her hockey team of dominant men captivates me, whether they are on the ice, at the club, or lounging around at home. Once I start, I am turning the pages as quickly as I can, and usually end up staying up most of the night to finish."
With that said, I have to follow up with the fact that Bianca delivered the above quote and more, pure perfection, once again. The story line was well developed with depth and an plethera of strong emotions. One of my favorite things about Bianca's writing is it never fails to play with my mental state. Point in case, the unexpected twists throughout Delayed. Along with throwing Dean, Silver, and the rest of the Cobras for a loop, she took me right along with them. Holy hell, I was not expecting the roller coaster ride that had my heart plummeting to my stomach and staying there, straight through til' the end. I think I broke right along with the team and their loved ones; it will be a while before I feel as though I am totally put back together.
Thank you, Bianca Sommerland, for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Delayed Penalty in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author:
Tell you about me? Hmm, well, there’s not much to say. I love hockey and cars and my kids…not in that order of course! Lol! When I’m not writing—which isn’t often—I’m usually watching a game or a car show while networking. Going out with my kids is my only downtime. I get to clear my head and forget everything.
As for when and why I first started writing, I guess I thought I’d get extra cookies if I was quiet for a while—that’s how young I was. I used to bring my grandmother barely legible pages filled with tales of evil unicorns.
She told me then that I would be a famous author.
I hope one day to prove her right.