Series: Pucked #1
Published by Helena Hunting on May 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Narrator: Nathan Everett, Muffy Newtown
Length: 11 Hours and 10 Mins
Source: Audible Romance Package
10 hrs 48 mins
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn't interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet's misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.
Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant - and quirky - gifts. Suddenly he's too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible 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.
Pucked by Helena Hunting is the first book in her Pucked series. I will be honest, even with my love of Hockey, I haven’t read too many hockey romances. After listening to an author interview on a podcast, I really wanted to read a Helena Hunting and I thought I would start with Pucked, one of the more established books from her that is highly popular. I found this book in the Audible Romance Package and I am so glad that I took a chance on this author because even though this book isn’t perfect….it was a fantastic book that I devoured. If you are new to Helena Hunting, I highly recommend this book.
Pucked begins with our heroine, Violet Hall. Her step brother has signed with a new NHL team based in Chicago. Thanks to her step brother, she knows the reality of what hockey players really are and what players they are especially when there are any puck bunnies involved. While going to the first game to see her step brother in action, she catches the eye of one stunning hockey player…the team captain and the star of the game…Alex Water. She is caught by his beautiful eyes and while at the after party with her family, she finds herself being thoroughly kissed by Alex who isn’t afraid of her weird nervous antics or her love of literature. But she knows what hockey players are like and she doesn’t want to be played by Alex. But Alex slowly works down her barriers and before even realizing she is jumping head first into a relationship with Alex. But she wonders if she will be enough for Alex or is his career more important…
What a great book this turned out to be and man I loved both of these character. Both Alex and Violet are wonderful characters that worm their way into your heart. Now at first, I was curious to see how the author would handle the hockey sport angle. Some authors when writing sport themed romances don’t always give enough focus on the sport and yeah Helena Hunting knows her hockey and I really liked seeing it implemented in this book so very seamlessly. It makes you want to watch the sport, that is how well it is done in this book. I would like to point out that its not overdone though, the focus of the book is, of course, the romance.
Alex isn’t your typical hockey player and isn’t the playboy that everyone thinks that he is. He is pretty down to earth surprisingly. Yes he has this big rumor about him and yes he was a bit of one when he first was signed on his team, but he has matured here and we see the way that he is a good leader on his team even if his temper sometimes gets the better of him on the ice. I love his relationship with his family, especially his sister. He is a sweet talker though and knows how to talk to Violet and he can be so thoughtful and a bit foolish too. He is a man and a bit of an idiot at times especially toward the end…but boy he knows how to grovel so WELL!! And he definitely redeems himself fully.
Violet, is smart and sassy but socially awkward in certain situations and sexual innuendoes tend to pop out of her mouth at random times. She is quirky and a bit of a nerd but is sweet natured. She is slow to trust, hasn’t had the best luck in relationships and doesn’t look at hockey players very highly thanks to her playboy of a step brother. We see how she battles within herself to open herself to Alex. She wants to believe that he is sincere, but just doesn’t know what to believe. Violet is a heroine that you can admire though. She is just getting settled with her career as an accountant, wears glasses and loves to read and is not ashamed to be sexually aware.
The romance that develops between Violet and Alex are full of ups and down but boy I loved seeing them get the ending that they both deserve in the end. On the first look at this pairing, you don’t think that they would fit like they do. They are a bit different from each other, however, they really balance each other out and boy the sex is HOT yet silly and fun at times too.
I can’t wait to have my mouth on you again. I’m gonna eat you like I’m on death row and you’re my last goddamned meal.
There is such unique dynamics that come into play in their relationships and misunderstandings that happen from time to time. But you see how much they are into each other, and are making a go of their relationship and not caring what others think. It has a bit of a forbidden feel, but not super strong, but Violet’s step brother doesn’t want them together and Violet….she is badass when it comes to handling her brother because he is a bit of a hypocrite. Both Alex and Violet are smart and intellectuals though so it adds some depth to the relationship….more than you see from most sport themed romances.
And yes we have a big HUGE scenario that happens at the end….because its a romance and something has to happen right? Especially in a contemporary romance. However, I really fan girl over Alex and the way he makes amends with Violet. He definitely does it in the best way that makes Violet see the real Alex and that he makes mistakes but he never falters in his love to her and I just adored seeing his devotion to Violet and never giving up on her.
Overall Pucked is a sensational romance that is packed with sexy times, fun and flirty moments that leaves you with a smile and such character depth to keep you wanting more….a love story to leave you giddy and wanting your own pucked type of love!! SUPERB!