My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.
Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.
What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.
I wanted to love this book as much as I loved Pucked, I did. It still has that awesome sense of humor, Puck puns, and sizzling steam. The bad part, I just couldn't connect to Miller and Sunny like I wanted to.
Miller goes from ultimate playboy to monogamous man for Sunny. And when he puts his mind to it, he commits. The circumstances he finds himself in and the pictures that get taken are quite funny. However the way he has to have the same conversation with Sunny over and over, got a little redundant.
Sunny is, well, I don't know that I've read another character like her. Vegan, volunteers, just all around good person. Which is fabulous. Needs a bit of a backbone, but a good girl nonetheless. Especially because she is Waters' sister, who plays on the same team as Miller. So imagine Waters is with Millers sister and now Miller is with Waters' sister. Awkward right? Well, yeah. They are quite a few awkward moments that had me chuckling while reading or laughing out loud.
Though there are plenty characters that Helena leaves you hanging about. randy. Lance. Tasha. Lily. Where or where is she going to take us next?
Pucked up is definitely one of the best RomComs I've read this year. Helena has a wonderful way of writing such humor into a story but yet still upping The steam factor so it's hot as hell. When you least expect the humor is when she'll throw it at you, which makes it even more funny.
This was a 4 star read for me
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