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Book Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting


Self proclaimed smut is awkwardly steamy with plenty of laughs thrown in from beginning to end.


Pucked by Helena Hunting

24504274With 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.


3 Pucking Kitties!


Pucked was on my TBR for June and funny story about why. So, Christina at Doodles by Christina was running a contest on her Facebook page last month for a new doodle. Anyone could nominate a book to be in the running for her new doodle and people could vote on which one they wanted. Pucked was nominated for this and was in the lead for several days until the PLNs were informed that one of Tarryn Fisher’s books F*ck Love was nominated. Now, if you don’t know Tarryn’s PLNs, let me just tell you, we are fierce and passionate… hints the name, Passionate Little Nutcase. The PLNs swooped in and shot F*ck Love to the top spot. Some feelings got hurt from different reader groups and finally Tarryn wanted to nominate someone who didn’t have a doodle. Amy Harmon’s Making Faces was nominated and took the win after 2 more rounds. If you are an Amy Harmon fan, be on the lookout for her new doodle! Anyway, I didn’t realize Pucked was so popular, so I decided to give it a shot and wasn’t disappointed.

Also, if you haven’t heard, Christina has a coloring book that will be available in November.

Love Between the Lines

Fall in love all over again with this adult coloring book featuring 45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers Colleen Hoover, Anna Todd, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Jodi Ellen Malpas and more. Sit back, grab your pens and markers, and get ready to explore LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES.

In the pages of this book you will find:
· Designs to help you relax and reduce stress
· Hidden images and book quotes
· Each design printed on a separate page
· Elaborate drawings s as well as quickie pages for when you just have a few minutes to color

Illustrations inspired by the works of:

Anna Todd, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Tiffany King, R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J. Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde, Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, and K. A. Tucker

♥ Preorder on AMAZON ♥


Alright, back to Pucked… although I could talk about reading groups all day.

Violet is a great leading lady. She is so charmingly awkward. The situations she gets put in are pure gold. I felt my face heating up at some things that happen. Her internal thought process is hilarity. She is a character that is pretty over the top, but not in an ‘eye roll’ way, but a ‘I want this girl to be my friend’ way. Hunting sets Violet up so the over the top parts of her personality are taken in stride. I loved reading her parts in the book.

Alex is not how I expected him to be. I guess Violet and I were both surprised. You expect him to be  He is kind of nerdy and shy almost. Alex is Canadian and the captain of the team in Chicago. He is totally taken with Violet and her awkwardness and he isn’t a stranger to awkward moments either.

Together, Violet and Alex make a great love story. I have mentioned the raunchy humor many times, but I also need to add there are plenty of sexy times in this book. It’s super smutty and sometimes you just need a good smut book.

Helena Hunting is a good author. The story progresses pretty smoothly. The overuse of some words were annoying at times, but I got over it when I got used to the language. I think Beaver was probably the one that annoyed me most, but it was lost after a while and I accepted the use. Hunting is good with characters and smut.

All in all, it was just really Pucking good. (I couldn’t resist using that)

Besides my little ancedote about the doodles, another reason I decided to pick this up was because The Deal by Elle Kennedy was so surprisingly good. It also centers around hot hockey players and it is seriously my favorite sports romance so I needed more hockey in my life. For the record, I do not watch hockey or know anything about it what-so-ever. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t watch it though, but I live in Arkansas and it is like a foreign language around here. After reading Pucked it makes me want to catch a game. When is hockey season?

Do y’all enjoy the occasional smut book? (Please tell me I’m not the only one)

Do you like hockey? Or are you a hockey know-nothing like me?


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