Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Hot As Puck by Lili Valente

The NHL’s biggest bad boy is about to fall for the virgin next door…

I am the world’s biggest dating failure. We’re talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure.

But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans–my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL superstar forward, Justin Cruise.

Justin owes me favors dating back to seventh grade, long before he became a hotshot with a world famous…stick. So in return for my undying platonic loyalty, all I want is an easy-peasy crash course on how to be a sex goddess.

How hard can it be?


I have never been so hard in my life.

The things I want to do to my sweet, kindergarten-teaching, mitten-crocheting best friend Libby Collins are ten different kinds of wrong. Maybe twenty.

But I’m a firm believer in teaching by example, and by the end of our first lesson, we’ve graduated to a hands on approach to her education: my hands all over her, her hands all over me, and her hot mouth melting beneath mine as I prove to her there isn’t a damned thing wrong with the way she kisses.

Give me a month, and I’ll transform Libby from wall flower to wall banger, and ensure she’s confident enough to seduce any guy she wants.

Problem is… the only guy I want her seducing is me.

This is a kind of predictable friends-to-lovers about a regular girl and her hot af NHL player friend, but it’s done very well. I liked starting the story from Justin’s POV and getting a look into his head first because a lot of stories start with her POV and it takes a while to figure out exactly what’s going on with him, so this was a nice change. Justin was immediately likeable and it was fun watching him struggle with the sudden realization that he was attracted to Libby. She’d always been like a little sister to him so he’d never even considered any other type of relationship but Libby showing off her curves in a sexy outfit and prowling for a date is more than he can handle.

When she asks him to help her overcome her crippling anxieties with the opposite sex, he agrees but they agree it’s just physical and they’re only friends. Justin quickly realizes that they’ve been ignoring their special connection for years and eventually comes to terms with the fact that he’s in love. Libby fears rejection and worries about losing her friend so she’s afraid to admit to her feelings but Justin has to take his shot and makes a grand gesture in an attempt to win her heart. This is a light-hearted and fun story with a HEA and I’m glad I picked it up. This is the first in a series but can be read as a standalone.

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