Review: Offside by Bianca Sommerland

Posted April 26, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: Offside by Bianca Sommerland
by Bianca Sommerland

4 Stars


Released: April 26, 2013
Series: The Dartmouth Cobras #4

“OFFSIDE was an extremely sexy but also unexpected in some ways.  I think Ms. Sommerland is doing a great job at keeping me on my toes, not knowing what she has up her sleeve next.  And I can’t wait for more.” ~Under the Covers

I’ve come to have some expectations from the Dartmouth Cobras: extremely hot and emotional BDSM.  And although OFFSIDE delivered on those counts, it was a very different book from the reset in the series.

Rebecca Bower is Landon’s sister (DEFENSIVE ZONE) and who had also been called in and hired to help with the teams PR.  See, the Cobras seem to all have a reputation for being bad boys and there’s always one or two in major need of a revamp.

Zach and Scott had their first encounter in BREAKAWAY, after Scott didn’t think he would be interested in a relationship because it’s just not in him to give.  While Zach does have feelings for Scott and has publicly come out as gay.  But all of that changes when they are both attracted to Rebecca but it’s actually Zach who pursues a relationship with her, as her Dom and her lover.

I liked the fact that Rebecca wasn’t a BDSM virgin, even though her ideas where a bit warped about the lifestyle.  It was then in Zach’s hands to teach her what a real Dom could do for her, until she learned to let go.

Scott has his own set of issues and it’s not surprising how he’s ended up after what he had to go through.  I am not sure he was ready for that quick change and I expect to probably see him struggle, but I think the combination of Becky and Zach is a good one to help him through.

I was a bit disappointed when there was a small hint at maybe Carter being shared and then it never happened….Could it possibly be in a future book?  Please pretty please?  I kept turning the pages expecting to read that scene, and then it never came.

I think where this could’ve been a bit better was that we were trying to follow several storylines and that took away from the main couple just a bit for me.  Not that I didn’t enjoy those other storylines, because I’ve come to care for the older characters.  I’m very intrigued to see what happens with Dominic and I hope that he doesn’t end in another relationship where his woman is in love with another man.  I think he deserves top spot now, and of course his scenes might’ve been the hottest in the book for me.

And then there’s Silver.  She was pregnant, she had the baby, and then what happened?  I was glad to see some good resolution for her towards the end and I’m anxious to see what happens next.

OFFSIDE was an extremely sexy but also unexpected in some ways.  I think Ms. Sommerland is doing a great job at keeping me on my toes, not knowing what she has up her sleeve next.  And I can’t wait for more.

*Review copy provided by author

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About Bianca Sommerland

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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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca.

trish dechant
trish dechant

Francesca, you had me at BDSM 🙂
It looks like I’m gonna have to start with book one? GAH—another series to get! You are officially no longer to book pimp for me. My debit card hates you.


No More Books.

Okay….maybe one more 🙂


I stumbled across this series one day, and read all fve of her books in 9 days. Always held a spot for those testosterone filled hockey players. This was by far my favorite in the series. I loved all three characters in this book. Although, could have knocked Becky on her bum for being such a coward and running. I love bisexual men, and had the pleasure of living in a menage with 2 in college. One was a hockey player. A goalie no less. They bring that focus into the bedroom with them. This brought back some amazing memories.… Read more »