Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog Tour/Review: Offside by Bianca Sommerland

Offside by Bianca Sommerland
Dartmouth Cobras #4


A pace ahead of the play can send you back to the start. And put everything you’ve worked for at risk.

Single mother and submissive Rebecca Bower abandoned her career as a sports reporter to become a media consultant with her brother’s hockey team. A failed marriage to a selfish man makes her wary of getting involved with another. Unfortunately, chemistry is hard to deny, and all her hormones are dancing when she gets close to the Cobra’s sniper, Scott Demyan. 

Zachary Pearce ‘came out’ to the world last season to shift attention away from a teammate. And his one night with Scott Demyan had been unsettling. There could be more there, if only Scott was a different person. Instead, a night of sensual BDSM play with Becky leaves him wanting more, but she thinks he’s gay and questions his interest. It’s been a long time since a woman has attracted him both as a man and a Dom, and he’ll do everything in his power to prove she’s the only one he needs. Or wants. His one time with Scott was a mistake.

Scott might have forgotten what happened in his childhood, but the effects linger, and he specializes in drunken one-night stands…until he meets Zach and Becky and sees what he’s missing. But neither one believes Scott can be faithful. Although he’s trying hard to clean up his act to avoid getting kicked off the team, they want more from him. He’s willing to make changes, but the most important one—putting their happiness before his own—means he’ll probably end up alone.


This e-book contains material not suitable for readers under 18. It also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM, ménage sex, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, and one man erroneously labeled as vanilla. Author strongly advises care be taken when using ladders and gym equipment in ways other than originally intended. And sex on cruise ships whenever possible. The author advises that as well.

My Review:

I love the Dartmouth Cobras series by Bianca Sommerland. They are long and delicious reads and I tore through the first three in less than a week. I was so excited to get Offside. Scott, Zach and Becky were all characters that I loved from past books and waited anxiously for their turn.

I haven’t read a story that made me cry, swear, yell and stress so much in a long time. When I started I thought Zach and Becky’s relationship would be easy and that they just needed Scott to come around. I should have known that this wasn’t that simple of a story.  Scott grew so much and revealed so much about himself, that I loved him so much by the end of the book. Zach and Becky need each other, and have a sexy Dom and sub relationship, but I loved that they couldn’t be complete without Scott. They need him just as much as he needed him.

The sex was smoking hot, something I’ve come to expect from Ms. Sommerland. The tenderness between characters and how much they seem to care about each was beautiful. I’m not even talking the core characters; the way the Dartmouth Cobras interact as a hockey team and look out for each other added an extra layer of realism for me. That’s one thing I know I’ll always find with these books, believable characters, which is so nice to find these days.

I liked catching up with characters from other books and getting to know some of the other players of the hockey team. Having read the other books, I was more emotionally invested in the other characters and I think that’s why I’m not going to recommend this as a standalone. It could definitely be read as a standalone but I think it’s more enjoyable as the fourth in an amazing series. I was so immersed in each of these books I was sad to see my time with the characters end, Offside was that same kind of all-consuming story, that I hope to re-read many times.  So, I think everyone should read this series, they are long but they are very good and definitely worth the time! 

4.5 Books

About Bianca:

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 working on promo. Going out with my kids is my only down time. 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 awhile—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.

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  1. Great review :) This was an emotional read for me as well, but Bianca always serves her men up red hot!!!

  2. I love the blurbs and can't wait to dig in to my book.

  3. Half way through Offsides. Good read & as usual not traveling the path I expected at the beginning! Thank you.

  4. Great review....I can't wait to finally read this book and who wouldn't LOVE hockey romances between fights on the ice and Alpha Gods with rock hard bodies whats not to LOVE!!!! Thank you for this awesome giveaway....

  5. I've never read a hockey romance before. Sounds interesting!

  6. I've never read a hockey romance . . . looking forward to something new.

  7. I don't think I have ever read a hockey romance before but I do like sports romances so I would like to try this one. It sounds like a great story.

  8. Love hockey and m/m/f...sounds divine!


  9. Offside sounds like an awesome read. I love a good romance, and I love hockey. Heck, I used to play roller hockey with the guys at work. Thanks for the chance! Bessamys (at) gmail (dot) com.