Date published: October 25th, 2015Publisher: Helena Hunting
Synopsis: Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.
Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters—who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require.
Miller learns—eventually—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.
What I Thought:
Who would've thought I'd love being in Buck's head this much? I mean in Pucked he comes across as this slightly obtuse hockey player who is as talented with the ladies as he is with his hockey stick, which is very, but he's a bad boy not an a-hole. He might love the puck bunnies, but he's honest and upfront with them with what he wants. Plus the way he is with his step mother and step sister proves he's a good guy at heart. Basically he's the walking wet dream of every hockey loving woman out there. So it was great to get to know him beyond the creative insults his step sister Violet throws at him constantly.
For those who are worried you're going to have to read Pucked before you read Pucked Up, you don't have to, but trust me you'll love it. While certain events from that book are alluded to, they aren't so obscure or specific that you'd be lost if you picked up Pucked Up first. I really loved Buck in this book. I got to see a different side of him. He's really committed to being with Sunny and Sunny alone. He just has a really hard time of convincing her due to a combination of incidents only Buck could find himself embroiled in and just bad luck. It's hard to blame Sunny for being so skeptical when it comes to Buck even when he is trying so hard to prove himself to her. Can I also mention he has a heart of gold? It might seem hard to believe, but he's so kind, giving, and gracious. He doesn't like to talk about all the good he does because he doesn't think people want to know. The man doesn't even humblebrag!
Buck and Sunny are total opposites. While Buck is a meat eater and likes to party, Sunny is vegan and is more likely to do yoga. I really loved how Buck didn't push Sunny for anything. Neither did he ask her to change herself to like what he did, nor did he push her to give him anything she wasn't ready to. His main goal was for her to see that he wasn't playing with her or her feelings and he wanted to be in a serious relationship with her. Even when Buck could've gotten frustrated with Sunny for how she always assumed the worst, he never lost his temper with her or berated her for how she felt. It always seemed he was trying to do things with her in mind. Another thing about Buck that really made me sympathetic to him was his struggle to overcome his dyslexia. It often created trouble for him and seeing how hard he tried to stay on top of it made me realize how much of a struggle it can be for someone dealing with it.
I liked Sunny as well. She's got a good heart, but is worried Buck just wants to get into her pants or maybe mess with her to get revenge on her brother for getting with his stepsister. I did get a little frustrated with her just because she was so worried about what everyone else was thinking and seeing when it came to Buck as opposed to how he was with her. I mean the Yeti did all sorts of things for his lady he never did for anyone else. Plus Buck was a total sweetheart. Even if had entertained getting with Sunny to mess with Alex, the idea probably lasted for a millisecond before Buck gave up on it.
I loved seeing Alex and Violet again. I also enjoyed meeting Lily and Randy, Sunny and Buck's friends. I sense a story there. While I don't think I can ever get enough of Alex and Violet, I'd also love to read more about Buck and Sunny. I hope to see everyone again in Pucked Over, the next book in the unforgettable Pucked series. I'm already counting down the days until I'll be able to read it.
The story is fast paced and Helena Hunting's wit is to be commended. She has some great lines in this book. Some are so sweet and touching while others are a little crude but so funny! Especially for someone like me who often visualizes what she's reading. Take this line for example, "Then reality slapped her in the face like an unwanted dick." I'm giggling just thinking about it. Oh and "motherpucker" is now one of my favorite words. That being said, this book is so much more romantic than I thought it would be. You wouldn't think crude humor and romance would go together, but Helena Hunting makes it work perfectly. I always assumed Buck would make my panties melt, which he did. I never would've thought Buck would make me swoon the way he did. He also made me laugh so hard my sides hurt. So if you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, swoon and fall in love with an unforgettable blond Yeti, this book is for you.
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.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*