Pucked Over by Helena Hunting — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Sports romance is a favorite sub-genre of mine and I’ve been loving this series!

WHAT I RATED IT

4 stars

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

leaf dividerJENN’S REVIEW

As Miller and Sunny’s best friends, we were introduced to Randy and Lily in Pucked Up, and that is where their story begins. Randy is the typical hockey star stud; different girls in different cities. He might not be as bad as Miller was pre-Sunny, but he is no saint. Lily spent seven years with the same guy; a guy who spent those seven years dropping subtle hints that she wasn’t good enough and never would be. It shaped who Lily is today, and Randy wants nothing more than to help Lilly feel good about herself, feel sexy again, and be her rebound guy. Sex with no strings? We all know how that is going to go.

Pucked Over is told from a dual POV and I was grateful for that. Unless a character is going to be open and upfront about everything, it helps to get inside their head and see what is driving their decisions. This was necessary to the storyline and I was glad Hunting went that route. We also meet back up with Alex and Vi, and Miller and Sunny. I love seeing their stories progress throughout each book. The ensemble makes for some really great scenes and a lot of laugh out loud moments. Pucked Over isn’t just about hockey and jokes, though. Both Randy and Lily have troubled pasts with absent parents and not a lot of support. Working through that, provided a lot of tender moments between them.

It was a lot of fun watching Randy be blindsided by his feelings for Lily. He was just looking to have some fun, and with the relationships surrounding them, it was important to be careful with how they progressed. Watching them navigate through that minefield was entertaining and the heart of the story. Lily was a fantastic character. She was strong when she needed to be and allowed herself to be vulnerable. She could have become caught up in all that was Randy’s NHL status, but she stayed true to herself, making her likable and relatable.

Pucked Over was an engaging read! I really hope we get Lance’s story next!

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