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23 February 2017

❤❤PUCKED OFF by Helena Hunting Review + Excerpt Tour ❤❤


Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance."
I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.
Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.
I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.
At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.
I shouldn’t want her.
But I do.
I should leave her alone.
But I won’t.


Armed with my clipboard, I walk down the hall to the waiting room. Lance is impossible to miss. Despite the fact that he’s wearing a sweatshirt and the hood is covering half of his face, he’s more than six feet of broad, hockey-playing man. He’s so wide his shoulders encroach on the chairs on either side, which would explain why no one is sitting next to him. He’s slouched down so his head rests on the back of the chair, and his hands are clasped in his lap, a baseball cap hanging off one knee. His lips, plush and soft—I know since I’ve had them on mine; it might have been a decade ago, but I remember it clearly—are parted. He looks like he’s asleep. I clear my throat. “Lance Romero?” He doesn’t move. Bernadette, the receptionist, gives me a meaningful look. I clear my throat again and call his name a second time. He jolts awake and the hood falls back, exposing his face. It’s not in good shape. He has a black eye and bruises on his left cheek. There’s a fly bandage across one eyebrow. Sadly, he’s still hot. He blinks a few times, yawns, and smacks his lips, his tongue touching the split in the bottom one. His gaze sweeps the room and finally lands on me. Heat explodes in my cheeks and courses through my limbs, warming me from the inside out as he starts at my sneaker-clad feet and roams up over my yoga pants to my company-issued T-shirt before stopping at my face. I can’t look directly at him for more than a couple of seconds. I sincerely hope he doesn’t remember me. I cannot go there and also be professional. I’m sure the smile he gives me has melted many a panty off a slutty bunny. Mine stay right where they’re supposed to, wedged up my ass. I force a polite, professional veneer. “I’m ready for you now.”

*arc provided for an honest and unbiased review*
pucked off didn't have that jovial feeling like the other books. the laugh out loud moments happening so frequently. I think this may be the most serious and emotional book of the series. not gonna lie, I loved it. it was sexy, lord was it sexy, but the emotions, the turmoil... it was so good. 

Lance Lance, Romance. I mean we knew something happened between him and Tash. but we didn't know it was like that. Lance was always the one partying , drinking excessively, bunnying it up left and right. so to see this side of him, to see the total opposite end of the spectrum, and to have such a huge reason why he needs Poppy like he does, it was kind of heartbreaking. I kind of feel like don't judge a book by it's cover applies to Lance, but it kind of doesn't, because his teammates saw the cover for so damn long. or mostly. . . either way, he never brought them super close and opened up, for them to know the real him. to me, that was the one thing I felt was missing. that was never really fixed. we didn't get to see him break down that barrier with the guys and really open up to them. I really wanted to see that since he did that with Poppy, and he told her how much they meant to him. 

Poppy. what a hidden little gem. I loved their original meeting and how much she cherished that memory for so long. I loved no matter what Lance asked of her, she didn't fail to give it to him, because it was what he needed. I also loved want vs need. with that being said, I needed something from her. I needed her to stand up against Tash and her antics in some way. I know Lance did what he did, but I needed something from her. I don't know what, but just something. I felt like he was getting attacked all the time and she stood idly by letting him try to handle it. I know, it doesn't make sense, it's just something I felt like I needed. I don't feel like she ever stood up for them or him. not to bunnies, social media, tash, Lance handled it all. sometimes I just need that extra effort from her, ya know? I mean, he's a superstar, show me you've got what it takes to stand by his side. 

I dunno. I'm weird. anywhoodle. Pucked Off was one of those books that had some moments of funny, can we say blindsiding girls? but I feel like if Helena would have tried to make this one funny, like say Alex's book, that it would have completely missed the mark. there was too much going on emotionally to make this a funny read and I think Helena delivered it beautifully. Lance's history, from childhood and recently, is so sad. I know I used this word already, but it's heartbreaking. there's no other word for it. from the get go, you're pull into a different side of Lance , and the pucked series. and I ate up every word. every time I had to stop reading, I got frustrated. I didn't want to put it down. I didn't want to go back to the real world. and I think that speaks volumes itself of Helena's writing.

I gave this 4.5 stars!

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