Series: Pucked, #1
Published by Helena Hunting on April 28th 2015
Genres: Sports, New Adult, Erotica
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
With 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.
Alex: “Egg whites are full of protein.”
Violet: “So is jizz. You don’t see me harvesting yours so I can drink a glass of it.”
And that’s pretty much how the entire book went. Alex and Violet traded snarky humor, throughout the book, and had me laughing hysterically the whole way through. Unlike the typical “meet cute,” Violet runs into Alex at the teams after party, and later realizes that he’s the same dude in the magazine she masturbated to earlier in the day. Having a hockey player brother, and an ex, Violet had no interested in getting tangled up with Alex Waters. Until she realized there was a brain underneath his helmet.
I really enjoyed the writing in the novel, but I do understand why it might not be for everyone. You really need a dirty, snarky humor to get a kick out of the dialogue. Otherwise, it will get old very quickly. Violet cracks wise the entire book, and has a tendency to blurt out inappropriate things at inappropriate times. This character trait may end up being annoying if you can’t empathize with her. Aside from the dialogue, I really enjoyed how the relationship developed.
Violet and Alex may “meet cute,” but this isn’t a case of insta-love. Readers get to watch the ups and downs of this relationship as it moves to a natural conclusion, and feels earned. I always appreciate when writers do this, as it allows me to understand why the couple feels the way that they do about one another. I’ve been on a sports romance kick since last fall, and Pucked was a nice addition to that as it was a bit different from Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series.
If you are looking for a fun romance, with lots of humor, and steamy scenes, then you’ll definitely want to check out Helena Hunting’s Pucked. This novel is the first in a four novel series, but all of the books can be read as stand alone novels. However, the fourth returns to Alex and Violet, so I probably would read this one first before picking that one up.