OVERALL THOUGHTS: This book was on my list of recommendations from a popular website so I thought I would check it out. I had high hopes, but tension is one of those tricky things in novels that is often times either over or under done. Game Misconduct went above and beyond managing to accomplish both, unfortunately, not that well. Hockey, a main theme in this novel, is an intense game and Sommerland executed the play-by-play on the ice very well; however it was the off-ice scenes that left this reviewer looking for more.
SYNOPSIS: The game has always cast a shadow over Oriana Delgado’s life. She should hate the game. But she doesn’t. The passion and the energy of the sport is part of her. But so is the urge to drop the role of the Dartmouth Cobra owner’s ‘good daughter’ and find a less…conventional one
Playmaker, Max Perron, never expected a woman to accept him and his twisted desires. Oriana came close, but he wasn’t surprised when she walked away. A girl like her needs normal. Which he can’t give her. He’s too much of a team player, and not just on the ice.
But then Oriana’s father goes too far in trying to control her and she decides to use exposure as blackmail. Just the implication of her spending the night with the Cobra’s finest should get her father to back off.
Turns out a team player is exactly what she needs.
This ebook contains material not suitable for readers under 18. In also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM, ménage sex, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, double penetration, voyeurism, edge play, and hockey equipment being used inappropriately.
THE LOWDOWN: Game Misconduct tells the story of a”should be” silver spoon kid Oriana Delgado and her struggle with breaking free from her overbearing life-controlling father who also owns the local hockey team. And although she is the “good” daughter of his two, he keeps her on an extremely tight leash. To combat this, Oriana and the team come up with a plan to remove the handle of her leash from her father’s grip and hand it over to a sexual Dominant in the hopes that this will allow Oriana to submit in private. At first, I found the idea of her having a close relationship with the team more than believable, but once I realized that the team was purposefully comprised of only players that prescribed to the BDSM lifestyle, I started to lose interest.
Oriana and her many, many men devise a plan to get her father and the man her father is forcing her to be with, to back off and let her live her life. BUT that plan gets carried out without a single witness that seems to care. The team then proceeds to show Oriana everything that she has been missing, as an un-dominated sub in some semi-hot scenes. Instead, what I truly wanted to see was Oriana break away, pick a man of her own, do what she wanted to do with her life but, unfortunately for me, it never played out that way. The entire book bounced around with her being dominated in one way or another with the only aspect of change being the man who was doing the dominating.
When I first looked at this book I thought it was going to be about a woman breaking out of the clutches of her overbearing father and using her new found freedom to explore her sexuality. It wasn’t. Yes, Oriana got to discover some things about herself and her desires, but she never gained true freedom on her own. The plan that the team hashed out didn’t even accomplish its intended purpose. Oriana didn’t break free until she discovered that the completely lack-luster man her father was forcing her to be with was found to be a traitor in more than one respect. Basically, it took a man messing up to free her.
The bottom line is that I could have lived with the disappointment in the plot portion of the book if the tensions had been more evenly distributed. Sommerland kept my interest every time the pages turned to the ice. The players were believable and had distinct personalities. Those personalities were what built the tension, the pace of the games and made them all play well together on the ice, just not so much off the ice. The idea that someone would build a hockey team with sexually dominant men is just way too far out. Then once off ice, the boys began bickering and fighting over one female and once that happened, it was no fun for anyone.
THE LOWDOWN: Erotic romance has two main components, plot and sex, they need equal time and attention in order to create a story that is hot and readable. This had too much or too little of each.