Book Review: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting


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.”


Sometimes you patiently wait for a character’s story and the anticipation almost kills you.  You build up the possible story in your mind to the point that the author may not be able to fulfill your wants and needs.  I was worried…just a bit when I started Lance’s story in Pucked Off.  I love this entire series with its screwball comedy and hot hockey couples but what we have seen of Lance led me to believe that his story would require a lot more emotion and angst.  The little nuggets that Helena gave us of Lance made you think he was not only broken but maybe absolutely impossible to repair.  As a reader, you visualize what possible woman could heal Lance and Helen gave us the perfect heroine: Poppy.

These two lived up to every bit of hype I created in mind, read about in our groups and Helena provided in excerpts and teasers.  I couldn’t get enough.  Lance was just as broken as I imagined and I just wanted to reach through the pages and hug him.  This man has no idea what real love looks like.  He is a tortured soul with a terrible past and can’t seem to break the cycle.  He and Poppy have a history that he can’t remember and their relationship starts out a bit rocky.  I don’t want to ruin any part of this story for a potential reader but I will tell you it is gut wrenching to read and you just want Lance to truly find some happiness, safety and most importantly, you want him to understand and embrace real love.  Poppy is the right person for the job.

Lance Romero and his story will not leave my mind or my heart for a long time to come.  I love that Helena Hunting wasn’t afraid to give us a little angst and torture in an otherwise laugh out loud series.  She is a talented writer and I look forward to what she has in store for us next.


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NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.


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