“You’re all the good things I didn’t know that I was missing.” ~Lance
I simply was NOT ready for the magnificence and splendor of Helena Hunting’s Pucked Off. If you think that you are in for the usual comedic brilliance and lighthearted antics that typically comes along with the Pucked series, think again.
Never in a million years did I think that my love for Violet and Alex from Pucked could be topped, but HOT DAMN if this couple didn’t just steal their throne in a unexpected coup that crippled my heart at the same time that it breathed life into my spirit.
No joke: 2% into this book and I was already emotionally reeled in, caught up in a complicated web of emotion that I was helpless to escape from. 3% in and I was crying, yet I was already addicted, unable to stop turning the pages until my hunger for this book had been totally satisfied.
This is the story of Lance “Romance” Romero, a top-notch NHL hockey player who is notorious for his womanizing ways and hard-core sexual escapades. This quote says it all:
“I’m a legend. I’m the one people whisper about, even though half of the rumors aren’t true. I’m the man women with no inhibitions want. And I fucking hate it. But it’s an expectation.” ~Lance
He meets a licensed massage therapist after he is forced to retain her services when a brawl leaves him injured before a big game. Unbeknownst to Lance, he shares a sweet, charming history with her that serves as a foundation for the remainder of their relationship.
This is my favorite heroine in the Pucked series to date. She is a red-headed firecracker but she is also kind, giving and strong enough to support Lance when he is at his weakest and most vulnerable. This woman gives Lance something that no one else can…I wish I could say more, but I will leave it at that.
And Lance!!!! I LOVE this man!!! *Whore down!!!!* When I saw the cover for this novel I knew that he would own me! HAVE MERCY he did not disappoint!! His sculpted body, Scottish accent and flaming red hair carved a very special place in my heart from the very first chapter. But it is his phenomenal ability to conquer his tragic past that truly warranted a special place in the center of my romance-loving being!!
Lance, Lance, Lance! His name is a melodious song in my head, because his emotional odyssey made me hurt at the same time that it made my spirit sing!
This couple’s story is the epitome of jubilation; it made me feel TRIUMPHANT and it re-invigorated my confidence in the power of love’s ability to help even the most damaged of souls overcome and heal the deepest wounds. This book made me feel so much!!! I felt their pain, but most importantly, I felt their love!!!
“Her touch is like crack. It’s only been a few hours, and I’m already jonesing hard.” ~Him
“My heart is making big plans for this man, even though my head is telling me to slow down.” ~Her
“I want this. You and me. Us.” ~Him
“I don’t need to fix you Lance. I’ll take you as you are. I just want you to be happy.”~Her
“I get it now. This is the way that it’s supposed to be. This feeling is what I have been missing.” ~Him
Helena Hunting took me to church with this one!! Pucked Off hit me bone deep in a way that none of her previous books have ever done before. This novel is a bookworm’s journey to heaven because reading Pucked Off was a religious experience!!
Even though I started and ended this novel with tears, I consider it to be one of my top reads of the last year! Note: I do not mean that it is one of my top reads of 2017, but it is certifiably one of my FAVORITE romance novels of last 12 months PERIOD!!! Make no mistake about it: Pucked Off is a 10 star read!
Should you read it? AYE!!! You better believe it!!!
Do NOT miss out on this spectacular, awe-inspiring love story! It will give you hope and hit your heart right where it counts. I have never said this before, but I will say it now: any romance lover that does not read Pucked Off should be ashamed of themselves.
And that is this Naughty Girl’s final word.
P.S. “Want or let?” has become one of my new favorite sayings! *deep, contented sigh*
Overall: 10 out of five stars!! If I could give more than that I would!
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥!!!!!!! Hockey players have tremendous stamina! 😉
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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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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