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Review: Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting

Forever Pucked - Helena Hunting
Forever Pucked – Helena Hunting
Pucked series book 4

Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?

In addition to being an amazing hockey player, he’s an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.

So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall can’t wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.

It’s so romantic.

Violet is totally stoked to set a date.

Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.

I was really excited to read this because it’s a sequel to the first book so a continuation of Violet and Alex’s story. Like the original, it’s adorable. These are two of my favorite characters and I couldn’t wait to read more about them. The engagement is dragging on because their moms are driving Violet crazy with the wedding planning. She wants something small with just their closest family and friends because she’s terrified of humiliating herself after what happened at her mom’s wedding.

Violet refuses to discuss what happened so while Alex is sympathetic, he’s also stressed that the wedding planning is going nowhere. But once Miller shows him a video of Skye and Sidney’s wedding, Alex steps in to shield her from Daisy and Skye because it’s obvious why Violet opposes anything extravagant. The moms ignore him but when Alex suffers a severe, potentially career-ending injury, Violet’s shaken. She realizes that putting off the wedding is the last thing she wants because life can change in an instant and she truly can’t wait to be Mrs. Alex Waters.

The immediate aftermath of Alex’s injury is probably as heavy as this series and it’s emotional but also a lovely testament to Violet and Alex’s love. It’s heartwarming to see their friends and family step up to support them and Lance in particular earns a special place in Violet’s heart because he avenges his captain at the cost of a five-game suspension but has no regrets.

They plan a joint bachelor/bachelorette trip to Vegas with all their friends and while there, decide to get married now. Alex flies in their parents for the occasion and the girls have fun dress shopping. There are some hilarious scenes when the ladies get dragged into sex shops by Skye and Daisy. Things are perfect except that Alex is struggling to find a venue that’s not a 24/7 chapel with a connected annulment center. To everyone’s surprise, Lance announces that he was ordained on the internet to do a friend a favor and offers to officiate. Alex finds a church and surprises Violet by making arrangements with her boss to whisk her off for a two-week Hawaiian honeymoon on their wedding night. More hilarity ensues when Violet surprises Alex with costumes for Super MC and the Beaver to have their own wedding ceremony since those two are also soulmates.

Despite Alex’s injuries and the long-term repercussions, it’s a happy story about their devotion to one another, especially with all the love and support they receive from their friends and family. It’s another great story in the Pucked series and I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the others, although I’m sad to be so close to the end. So far, I’ve loved each book as much as or more than the last and am really looking forward to the others, even though I hate that feeling when a series is done and I have to accept that there are no more stories about the characters I’ve come to love.

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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