Mar 1, 2017

*Review* Pucked Off (A Pucked Standalone) by Helena Hunting

***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.

Pucked Off consumed me completely and I have no doubt that it will end up on my top ten book list for 2017. This beautiful second chance romance is full of range of emotions - shame, sorrow, patience, joy, love, devotion.

Lance 'Romance' Romero has been a regular in the Pucked series and everything I thought I knew about the character turned out to be part of a carefully crafted facade built to hide a damaged, hurting soul. I never thought I would find anyone to top my love for Alex Waters but Lance did just that.

The healing dance between Lance and his past as well as the romantic dance with his lovely Poppy, were portrayed in such an amazingly human way that it brought tears to my eyes. This is no insta-love story, the characters truly grow and build to a rewarding happily ever after that will stay with me for some time.

Helena Hunting has an amazing ability to craft unique POV's for her lead characters. Lance and Poppy has such distinct voices that I felt like I was hearing them tell me about their lives directly. Their journey from pain to happiness touched my heart and I have no doubt I will be revisiting these characters many times in the future.

Favorite Quotes:

"I've never wanted anyone the way I want her. I don't want to claim, fuck, devour. I want to be worthy, and I'm afraid I never will be."

"I did things I'm not proud of, and right now I feel like I need to atone for every single sin so I can have this gorgeous woman and deserve her."

"For the first time in my entire life, I understand what it means to be with someone who will give and not just take."

"Nothing good is easy; otherwise we wouldn't appreciate the effort it takes to make it work."

Pucked Off is a standalone so those new to the Pucked world can jump in with no problem. Established fans will love this beauty as much as I did.

Happy reading.

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