Date published: May 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Helena Hunting
Synopsis: With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.
What I Thought:
If I had to sum up this book in a handful of words, it'd be hilarious and hot. I'm so glad this book totally lived up to the hype and my high expectations based on the blurb and excerpts floating around on the internet. I've never read anything by Helena Hunting before and now that I have, my goal is to read all of her books. Before I can do that, I need to tell you about how awesome this book is.
Pucked is amazing. It's raunchy and humorous. I loved all the euphemisms Helena used to describe body parts. They were hilarious. I laughed out loud so much while reading this book. I also had to turn up the ac because this book got me so hot and bothered, and the fan wasn't cutting it! It was so easy to fall into this story. I was hooked from the first page and consumed this book as fast as I could.
I loved Violet and Alex. I loved Violet for her total lack of control over what she said. It wasn't verbal diarrhea, but it was witty and sarcastic, a skill I aspire to have. She's also sincere. I like how she didn't tease Alex and was always trying to be herself and independent. I totally understood her fear at getting involved with a professional hockey player after seeing how her stepbrother behaved and her previous experience with a hockey player. However, just like her, smart guys totally turn me on, so the moment Alex made a reference that destroyed Violet's perception of him being a dumb jock, I knew it was totally on! Not only did that shake things up for Violet, but it's the first reason I fell in love with Alex.
The second reason I fell for Alex was how endearing he was. If Violet was prone to saying the wrong things, Alex was worried about over stepping his boundaries. It was totally adorable. I loved seeing this hot, attractive guy concerned about coming on too strong or saying something that might turn Violet off from him. Alex really wooed Violet, and I loved how he did it. It was the perfect way to show Violet he wasn't the player he was thought of, while still maintaining his manly persona. Alex made some mistakes though, and I wanted to shake him for making them, especially since he could've avoided a whole lot of heart ache if he had. I love how persistent he was in trying to fix those mistakes. The two of them had such amazing chemistry. It really came through as I was reading and it really helped that both of them were able to tell their stories through their own points of view.
It's not just Alex and Violet that made me laugh, but her stepbrother Buck and her mother Skye too. I had a like/dislike thing with Buck. I liked how he was defensive and caring when it came to Violet. He truly loved and cared for her. I didn't like how he treated other women though. I wasn't sure if I was upset with him or them, the unknown women, for being part of his harem. Violet's mother was a hoot. That woman had no boundaries and it was so entertaining to watch. Think of a train wreck you can't turn away from, and that's sort of what she's like, although in her defense, she did love her daughter and her intentions were not to cause her untold shame and mortification. I haven't even mentioned Charlene, Violet's best friend who is like the quintessential girlfriend every woman has. I loved how she was totally in Violet's court for whatever she needed.
I love how Helena forever changed the way I'll look at a beaver, among other things like capes. I'm so happy and excited Helena has announced she's writing a sequel of sorts. I can't wait to see who she writes about next. I would love to see a story about Buck or even Darren. This is a much more cerebral review than I thought I was going to write. Honestly this book is one that has to be read to be enjoyed. There's nothing like picking up a book and finding out for yourself whether or not what you've heard about a book is true. In this case I'm so glad I followed my instincts and discovered a new author. Helena Hunting has a new fan in me and I'm so eager to read more!
About the Author
Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.
* I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*