Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance
***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***
I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.”
I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.
Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.
I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.
At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.
I shouldn’t want her.
But I do.
I should leave her alone.
But I won’t.
Armed with my clipboard, I walk down the hall to the waiting room. Lance is impossible to miss. Despite the fact that he’s wearing a sweatshirt and the hood is covering half of his face, he’s more than six feet of broad, hockey-playing man.
He’s so wide his shoulders encroach on the chairs on either side, which would explain why no one is sitting next to him. He’s slouched down so his head rests on the back of the chair, and his hands are clasped in his lap, a baseball cap hanging off one knee. His lips, plush and soft—I know since I’ve had them on mine; it might have been a decade ago, but I remember it clearly—are parted. He looks like he’s asleep.
I clear my throat. “Lance Romero?”
He doesn’t move.
Bernadette, the receptionist, gives me a meaningful look.
I clear my throat again and call his name a second time. He jolts awake and the hood falls back, exposing his face. It’s not in good shape. He has a black eye and bruises on his left cheek. There’s a fly bandage across one eyebrow.
Sadly, he’s still hot.
He blinks a few times, yawns, and smacks his lips, his tongue touching the split in the bottom one. His gaze sweeps the room and finally lands on me. Heat explodes in my cheeks and courses through my limbs, warming me from the inside out as he starts at my sneaker-clad feet and roams up over my yoga pants to my company-issued T-shirt before stopping at my face. I can’t look directly at him for more than a couple of seconds. I sincerely hope he doesn’t remember me. I cannot go there and also be professional.
I’m sure the smile he gives me has melted many a panty off a slutty bunny. Mine stay right where they’re supposed to, wedged up my ass.
I force a polite, professional veneer. “I’m ready for you now.”
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Disclaimers: This is the first book of this series I’ve read. (I have book one on my TBR and own the book, just haven’t read it yet.) While this is an absolute standalone I wish I had read the other so I had the characters’ history while reading and hadn’t somewhat ruined the outcome of the other books by knowing what happens. This series came highly recommended to me as I am a huge hockey fan and I’m told it’s a really funny series. I was expecting this book to be a romantic comedy…it’s not. While there are a couple of entertaining moments, this book is heavy.
With all that out of the way, I will say I did really like this book. The jury is still out on a couple of characters but I’m guessing if I go back and read their books I’ll like them more.
Poppy is as sweet, shy and endearing. She doesn’t have baggage, she doesn’t manipulate people and she’s a really genuine person. I like her alot and think she is the perfect balance for Lance.
Lance is an absolute mess and I did not like him at first. The opening scene with Tash and his responses to it completely turned me off. As the story unfolds and we get to see the real man behind his façade and the hurt he’s buried himself under, I really like him. He has a sweet, shy side that Poppy brings out in him.
The angst is predictable as is what happens to break the angsty cycle but it didn’t make me like the story less. And the epilogue was awesome.
I definitely recommend this book but if the other books are romantic comedies be forewarned that this is not.
About the Author:
NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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