Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance
***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***
I’m NHL defense man 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.
Melanie’s 5-Star Review:
I’ve had a long standing relationship with Helena Hunting’s Pucked series. Pucked was the ultimate love at first read and like all relationships, there was a bit of a struggle with Miller and Sunny’s story but I stuck with it, knowing full well that things could only start getting better again and Ms. Hunting didn’t disappoint. The flame that dimmed was once again lit with Randy and Lily’s story. So when the official blurb and release date were released for Lance Romero aka Romeo’s story I was as always, fully on board! What I didn’t expect was for Pucked Off to shatter all my preconceived notions about this series in general. Lance and Poppy’s story was stirringly different from what you’d expect from the usually crass and laugh out loud style. Pucked Off is definitively the most heartwarming and sweetest of all. It’s the sort of book that will have you clenching your e-readers or paperbacks against your chest, staring into space and sighing when it’s all said and done.
If you’ve followed this entire series like I have, you will be thrilled to know that Lance’s story goes far beyond what you’ve been accustomed to from the other books. He is nothing at all like what we have been led to believe. He is broken and vulnerable with a past that hurts to even just read about. Unwilling to believe that he’s worthy of deserving genuine happiness in life, he succumbs to the rumors and to the betrayal that have been thrown his way. My goodness did I just want to envelop him in a tight hug during so many times in this book. This need to protect him and to shelter him from anymore hurt was strong
It isn’t until Poppy reappears in his life, that he is forced to face the demons he’s allowed to decay every surface of his mind and his heart. Poppy unbeknownst to Lance is actually a blast from the past and if you’ve read the previous books in the series, you’d know exactly where to place her but again the history between them is so, so much more than first thought. It’s the rediscovery and the epiphany that comes alongside it that will just have your heart squeezing overtime. I’d find my breath coming faster and faster, my eyes going wider and wider each time they began to know more and more of one another. There was something so natural about the two of them, like they’ve been waiting to crash unto one another to become this one, harmonious unit. Like, they just made sense.
There was a desperateness to Lance’s need for Poppy. Like he would move mountains just to get to her and wouldn’t allow anything to harm her in any way. Quite frankly, it weakened my knees. I loved how Lance treated their relationship with such fragility because of how much he treasured Poppy. The sense of disbelief that someone as precious as her could love him much less for him to actually deserve her, both broke and filled my heart. I was bursting from the seams at their every touch, in each kiss, and in every look.
Pucked Off blew me away. Everything about it was completely unexpected and just absolutely wonderful. It made my heart pitter patter and my insides melt. Lance Romero’s struggles only made the good that much greater because it once again makes us realize that without the bad we cannot fully comprehend the true meaning of what is genuinely good for us. It is our struggles and our challenges that helps us identify the difference between what we think we deserve to what we essentially deserve. Lance’s and Poppy’s story is the perfect reminder that timing is everything and that the very best things come to those who wait. This has my bookshelf worthy stamp of approval and one I cannot wait to re-read.
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.”
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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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