Blog Tour: Breakaway by Sophia Henry (Review & Giveaway!)

Sophia Henry
Published by: Random House: Flirt
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.
Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.
Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

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Praise for Sophia Henry

“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

I may not be able to play sports well...or even truly understand them...but boy do I love a good sports romance novel. Therefore, when Sophia Henry's Breakaway appeared on my radar, I instantly added it to my TBR list...troubled main characters, a career ending energy, and a slightly forbidden romance feel?! What more could you truly ask for?

The result? Flirty and fun, Breakaway was yet another devour-in-one-sitting kind of read. Taking me on a roller coaster of ups and downs, there wasn't a moment in which I wasn't dying to know what would happen next.

Breakaway features the alternating POVs of Bree and Luke.

After a tumultuous break-up and the fall out from her brother's career ending hockey injury, Bree needs to get away - far, far away - which is how she ends up in North Carolina. Over the course of Breakaway, Bree goes on a path of self exploration. Prior to her big move, Bree's always been a rule follower and putting the needs of others - especially those of her family - in front of her own. However, with a new city, comes a new Bree - one who becomes adventurous, daring, and impulsive. I loved seeing this change in Bree occur, and I feel that Sophia Henry did a great job making it feel authentic. Every choice Bree made, no matter how nutty, worked and made sense - it was a girl who was letting loose and finding a happier medium.

Luke, on the other hand, is personally dealing with a career ending injury. He refuses to believe it - he's supposed to be out on that ice, playing his heart out, not moving papers around in an office. It doesn't help either that he's still reeling from the loss of one of his teammates. When we're first introduced to Luke, he's depressed and angry and rightfully so. I could easily understand as well as feel his frustrations on his sudden career change, and the details revolving his teammate's death broke my heart. In Breakaway, Luke also deals with the fear of becoming like his mother - addicted to drugs - and I feel like Sophia did a good job of diving into those feelings as well; however, part of me does wish there was more to it then that one scene in Toronto.  

The plot in Breakaway mainly revolves around Luke and Bree's developing romance as well as Luke and Bree finding themselves again after a series of bad events. The romance in this was hot, hot, hot. I liked how it started off as a no-strings-attached fling, because not only did it give a spontaneous, fun feel to this book at first but it also evoked some good old drama. The drama surrounded the fact that Luke was all for a relationship and getting to know Bree and Bree being solidly against that, instead wanting to live in the moment. This differing of thinking was always slightly humorous, especially in the first part of the book. As to Luke and Bree finding themselves - I also enjoyed that part of the plot as well. It brought a more emotional, serious tone to the story, and allowed for some more character and relationship development to occur. I loved how Luke and Bree continually helped to lift the other one up over the course of the book - calling each other out when they knew the other was being ridiculous.

My only problem with Breakaway is that I felt that it could've benefited from some more development, especially regarding Luke and Bree's respective families.

Regardless, Breakaway is still an enjoyable read, perfect for sports romance fanatics.

Grade: B 

Source: eARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours

Author Bio:
Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who 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, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.



  1. I'm the same way - not into sports whatsoever, but sports books really hit it off with me. I love the atmosphere and lifestyle it gives off. Great review, Lauren! :)

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing BREAKAWAY! I really enjoyed reading your perspective on the characters, their personal arcs and their relationship. Thank you for "getting it." I truly appreciate you featuring BREAKAWAY on your blog! ~ Sophia

  3. I was never athletic, I took ballet so I was totally opposite. :) But I sure wouldn't mind reading this one. It sounds like a good one, and I think I would like Bree and Luke. Great review.

  4. This sounds really good. I don't don't watch a lot of hockey but I love a good hockey romance for some reason. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I know very little about hockey. Happy to learn.


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