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Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting

Pucked - Helena Hunting
Pucked – Helena Hunting
Pucked series book 1

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts. Suddenly, he’s too difficult to ignore, and nearly impossible 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.

I just read Little Lies, which was my first book ever by Helena Hunting. It was a good book, not spectacular, but it’s a spin-off of this series so I decided to give Pucked a chance and by Zeus’ beard, I am in love. You know that feeling when you read a book and you’re just like, where have you been all my life? This was one of those stories. I absolutely loved Violet and Alex’s story and I kind of don’t want to read the rest of the series because I liked Alex and Violet so much, who could possibly follow them?

However, if I’ve learned anything from Siobhan Davis’ Rydeville Elite series and LJ Shen’s All Saints series (Bane is book 5 and is spectacular), it’s that I have to give the others a chance because sometimes they end up being even better than the earlier ones. The supporting characters in this book were all likeable and interesting and the rest of the series starts with them so of course I’m reading them but I don’t think any series has ever had such big shoes to fill because Alex and Violet are one of the greatest book couples ever created.

Violet is awesome in every way. She’s quirky, clumsy, talks dirty and puts her foot in her mouth a lot, all of which make her extraordinarily relatable to me. I love the fact that she refuses to be charmed by Alex’s gorgeous good looks or smooth flirting but she immediately snaps to attention when he starts talking classic literature, proving he’s not just a pretty face. He’s got a playboy reputation and Violet doesn’t want to have anything to do with him but he’s so sweet and so much fun, she can’t help herself. The fact that he’s a fantasy lover also makes the decision particularly difficult and Violet can’t stay away.

Alex is the greatest book boyfriend ever. He’s unseated them all as far as I’m concerned. He’s just insecure enough to be realistic and flawed but also self-aware enough to know when he’s screwing up, even if he can’t stop himself. The pain here is palpable for both of them when things go wrong and I rooted so hard for them.

There are a lot of embarrassing moments, not the least of which is getting caught having sex in the locker room during NHL playoffs but it works because this book is hilarious. I laughed out loud more than once, which never happens with books. There’s a lot of sex scenes in this story too and they’re steamy, like turn it up to eleven hot. We learn early on about Alex’s giant monster cock and I expected those jokes and mentions to get old pretty quick, but they stayed fresh because this book is funny.

This is one of my favorite books ever and reviews for the rest of the series will follow but for Pucked, I can’t recommend it enough. I love this book.

All of the books in the Pucked series can stand alone or be read as a series but of course I have to encourage any interested readers to start with Violet and Alex’s story because it’s just so good. It’s important to note that Forever Pucked is book 4 of the series but it’s the sequel to the first book, so a continuation of Alex and Violet’s story. Squeeeee! That makes me seriously happy. Likewise, book 5 is the sequel to book 3 and there’s a crossover novella with Helena Hunting’s Clipped Wings series called Get Ink, which is available separately but has also been included in Pucks & Penalties.

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