Delayed Penalty

The Dartmouth Cobras, #5

Delayed Penalty is the fifth book in The Dartmouth Cobras series by Bianca Sommerland. This book is best read in order.

Cortland Nash left Darmouth to avoid being arrested for a murder, but when his best friend Ford is in danger he returns. He meets Akira Hayashi who is afraid of most men after a traumatic rape years ago. Sparks fly between them.

Ford is attracted to Akira but his “Dad” is making his life hard to have a relationship. That is until he finds that Cortland is dating her. Ford is in love with Akira. Somehow they need to make their relationship work.

Akira is a strong woman to be able to overcome being raped. She has also embraced being a submissive as well as the captain of the Dartmouth Cobras Ice Girls. She comes across as a sweet and nice person. Akira fights an internal battle because while she is in love with Cort she has unresolved feelings for Ford.

Cort is a strong and sexy man who has not had the easiest life. He made hard choices and those choices have led him to spend two years in prison for something Ford did. After meeting Akira, Cort seems to want to live a better life for her. He falls head over heels for Akira. It seems he wants to be a better person if not for himself but for her.

Ford Delgado has had an unusual life. He was raised by a father, Kingsley, who has a criminal empire. He now is associated with his biological father and his two sisters. Ford is trying rather desperately to reform his life and try to stay away from Kingsley. Ford’s motives for the first time were not always clear to him.

The chemistry between Cort, Akira, and Ford is scorching hot. I loved that Cort is training to be Akira’s Dom. He reads and learns what he needs to do as well as ask questions. The sex scenes were blistering hot as well as inventive.

Overall, this was a hot and steamy novel and a wonderful addition to the series. I found this story very well written. I had a hard time putting this book down and I finished reading it in one sitting. I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for Delayed Penalty

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.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2013 4.50