Pucked by Helena Hunting
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 3, 2015
Format: eARC, 315 pages
How I got it: From the author
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With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult 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’m not entirely sure what I thought I would be getting when I decided to read Helena Hunting’s Pucked, but it wasn’t what I got. Maybe I expected a typical sports romance – which I love. Maybe I thought I’d find the same stereotypical men and women I see in so many books in this genre. I didn’t get that either. This was a totally new experience to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Violet was a great main character. I don’t know that I’ve enjoyed a character’s inner dialogue this much since the first time I read Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger. She’s hilarious. She’s unapologetically sexual, which I love and want to see more of in books. She’s not exactly what you would call ladylike – what with talking about “jilling off” and coming up with interesting nicknames for her lady parts (and Alex’s man parts). She’s a totally different character than what I’m used to reading and I loved that.
Alex was yummy – former nerd (and figure skater) turned hockey pro. What’s not to love about all that? Sure, he has a reputation as quite the manwhore, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. And, not everything you see in the media is exactly true. He was Canadian, eh, so I was totally reading his chapters with an accent, which is always fun. All that said, despite getting a few peeks inside his head, I still don’t feel like I ever got to know him as well as I did Violet, but I’m ok with that.
I really liked Violet and Alex together. They definitely had a ton of chemistry – in and out of the bedroom – and I loved how they could be their goofy, crass selves with each other. Their scenes had me laughing just as much as swooning or blushing. Sure, there were some communication issues that caused bigger problems for them, but I was hopeful they could pull things together. There were more ups than downs, but sometimes it felt like they were dealing with the same issues over and over again. It did get a little frustrating, but only because I really liked the characters and didn’t like to see them having unresolved issues.
Pucked won’t be for everyone. If you can’t handle crass, crude language and lots of references to boy and girl parts – using words like Beaver and Monster Cock – you should probably just go ahead and steer clear of this one. I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading this book. While the storyline in no way reminds me of Emma Chase’s Tangled, Violet’s frank, comedic and crude inner dialogue (and sometimes actual dialogue) reminded me of how Drew looked at life and sex in that book. My only complaint about this book was it felt like it dragged on a little too long at times, but I was so satisfied with how everything wrapped up, I quickly dismissed those feelings.
Pucked isn’t your standard sports romance. Yes, the hero is swoony and sexy. The sexy times are hot (and funny, which is a strange combination). There are enough swoons to go around. It just has a completely different feel from other books I’ve read and I just know it will stand out to me for a long time.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.