Pucked Off by Helena Hunting – Jenn’s Review


WHY I READ IT

I’ve been a fan of the Pucked series since it’s inception, and I have been really looking forward to Lance’s story.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

JENN’S REVIEW

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell your heart not to want someone, even if all they do is hurt you.”

Before I even attempt to put my thoughts about Pucked Off into words, let me start out by saying that Lance’s story is Hunting’s best book thus far. Nothing else compares. I felt sucker punched by all this emotion I was not expecting. I knew there had to be more to Lance’s wild ways, but I never in a million years thought he ran so deep and was so vulnerable. Pucked Off had a tendency to lean towards the dark side, but Hunting balanced it with enough humor that we had all the best parts of the Pucked gang.

Mostly what we know of Lance is, he likes to throw wild parties, and he had an affair with the team trainer which resulted in her termination. There is so much more we don’t know that makes up Lance’s story. Lance is like an onion, full of layers and deeply complex. I was invested in his story from the first page. It was like my happiness was contingent on Lance’s.  On the outside, this guy has it all. But inside, he’s falling apart. Enter the girl who will change his world. He just doesn’t realize that it isn’t the first time she’s been in his life. I LOVED Poppy. She was the perfect balance for Lance. Strong when she needed to be, and she never let go of who she was to slot Lance into her life. Independence was key for Poppy, and I loved that in her. In fact, I loved everything about Lance and Poppy. Honestly, I couldn’t find a single flaw in this book. I never found myself skimming passages or seeing how much time was left. I was absorbed from the start and you will be too. Lance is everything you wanted, but never knew you needed. Be prepared to have your heart and your head worked over. You’ll love every minute of it.

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