Series: Pucked #5
Published by Ink & Cupcakes Inc on February 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Adult
***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.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This has been the story I’ve been waiting for ever since book two of the Pucked series and I am so, so, sooo effing thrilled to say it didn’t disappoint! I mean, Helena can never disappoint, because her words are magic, but this book is on another level of her writing. She really outdid herself with Lance’s story.
To say Lance has a reputation on and off the ice is an understatement, but there is always some lies and exaggeration among the truth. And truth is, Lance is way more than he lets people see. He’s a very reserved guy, never letting his feelings show–aside from anger. Anger he can handle. It’s the other feelings he struggles with. Lance has a dark and emotional past. He’s overcome a lot but he’s no where near being okay. But Lance is tired of the life he’s living. All of his friends on the team, his best friends, are in committed relationships. They have love and attachments and other priorities than what goes on while on the ice.
So when Lance comes face to face with a girl who won’t give him the time of day and has the magic touch (she’s a massage therapist, y’all. Get your heads out of the gutter), he can’t stop thinking about her. And not just because she’s stunning. But when Lance finds out they share a past, a past he can’t remember, he will do anything to get her to give him a second chance. To prove that he can do better, be better. The more time these two spend together, the more Lance realizes he isn’t good enough for her, but he wants to deserve her.
If you’re expecting the next hilarious edition to the Pucked series, you might want to change your mindset a little before jumping into this book. While it’s still funny, because Helena is so good with her humor, this isn’t like the other books in the series. It’s more raw, more emotional, just more. This book opens your eyes and has you on the verge of tears within in the first 10%.
Pucked Off is also more romantic than the others. Lance wants to derseve Poppy, the main heroine (who made a cameo in book two–the girl I’ve been rooting for since then for Lance to fall in love with), and he’s stopping at nothing. He wants to make up for forgetting her. Not once but twice, but the more time they spend together, the more he remembers. Poppy has a special connection to Lance. One not any other girl has, but she has her reservations about getting into anything with him. And as Lance pursues her, courts her, he will leave you swooning!!
Honestly, I fell so hard for Lance in this book. So hard! Do you ever get a feeling about loving a book before you even pick it up and that the hero will turn into one your top book boyfriends? That’s the feeling I had with Lance and Pucked Off! With each page I fell harder and harder for Lance, especially when he realized he deserves love and happiness despite the bad that he’s been through.
Truth time. I stayed up way to late reading this book when the ARC landed on my kindle and even I finished it took me an extra thirty minutes to an hour to fall asleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about the beautiful and emotional journey I went on. After like four or five hours of sleep, I woke up thinking of this book. For a whole two days after I couldn’t think about anything but this book. Lance occupied my every thought. I. AM. OBSESSED! I am in love. It’s only February but I know Pucked Off is a definite favorite of 2017!!!
Helena Hunting blew me away with this book. Lance is the man that I’ve been waiting for. This story and this journey you will go on is not one to be missed.