#BlogTour “Pucked Off” by Helena Hunting

Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE

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Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance


 My musings…

5 HEARTBREAKING CROWNS

OMG!!! Pucked Off is completely and totally AMAZING! Helena Hunting has outdone herself with the newest edition to the Pucked series. It is heartbreaking yet still contains a message of healing and hope, angsty yet still contains the humor readers love from the series, and romantic yet sexy. It is the complete and total package, and, to be honest, I expected nothing less from Lance Romero and Helena Hunting!

Lance is one of the main reasons I love this book so much. My infatuation with this character began with his appearance in Forever Pucked, and I lost my mind when I found out Lance would be the hero of the next book in the series. My fangirling is completely warranted, as Lance is so incredibly complex and tragic, yet still shows incredible strength and grit. My heart lies in pieces over this man. The self-loathing, knowingly emotionally harming himself with a toxic relationship, broke my heart into tiny little pieces throughout this book. I had an actual ache permeate throughout my heart. I just wanted to hold him and tell him that he is worthy of love from himself and others. Even though he has this self-hatred and low self-worth, he still is incredibly caring and sweet. Watching him with his heroine and his friends as the novel progresses, only showcases how worthy he is of all the greatest things this world has to offer, but more than anything he is worthy of real love Watching him learn this lesson is so hard, but it is worth it. When he evolves throughout the novel and finally gets that HEA, my heart was so full with love for him and his lady.

The heroine of this story is also incredibly wonderful. She is so caring and gentle, yet she takes great lengths to protect herself. She doesn’t, though, shut him out in order to guard her heart. She is also completely intuitive, picking up on things that make him tense, angry, or cause him to shut down, and instead of using it to her advantage it, she uses to help him heal and to show him he is worthy of love. She also shows him the importance of self-love and self-preservation as she is unwilling to roll over during the conflict of the novel. I would have adored this character on her own, but the fact that she helped one of my favorite characters evolve and heal and become a better version of himself only makes me love her that much more.

This story is a little different from the previous books in the Pucked series, which is to be expected, as Lance is the most damaged. Helena Hunting has crafted a story that shows the long and arduous process of healing from years of hatred and manipulation from others and sometimes self-inflicted. Her development of Lance throughout the story will hurt you with each memory that is told, and readers will completely empathize with his character. They root for him! They want him to see his value as they do! They want him to find love with his lady! Ms. Hunting does an amazing job at blending his story of redemption with the romance with his heroine. The way she weaves these two plot lines together has them being supports for the others. His evolution as character coincides with their evolution as a couple. What I love most about this story line is that while the conflict revolved around who I thought it would, it didn’t play out the way I thought it would, which only exemplifies how much Lance has changed and grown from his healthy and loving relationship with his lady. The ending of the story is also the stuff of dreams, providing the reader the happy ending that these two characters desperately deserve.

Helena Hunting is a fantastic author, an automatic one-click writer for me, and she gets better and better with each book. I honestly don’t know how she continues to do it, but I hope it never ends, as her stories have heart, humor, and heat, which is everything a phenomenal romance should have. Pucked Off is all of this and more. It is true angsty romance perfection.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


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Synopsis:

***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***

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.

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Excerpt:

Armed with my clipboard, I walk down the hall to the waiting room. Lance is impossible to miss. Despite the fact that he’s wearing a sweatshirt and the hood is covering half of his face, he’s more than six feet of broad, hockey-playing man.

He’s so wide his shoulders encroach on the chairs on either side, which would explain why no one is sitting next to him. He’s slouched down so his head rests on the back of the chair, and his hands are clasped in his lap, a baseball cap hanging off one knee. His lips, plush and soft—I know since I’ve had them on mine; it might have been a decade ago, but I remember it clearly—are parted. He looks like he’s asleep.

I clear my throat. “Lance Romero?”

He doesn’t move.

Bernadette, the receptionist, gives me a meaningful look.

I clear my throat again and call his name a second time. He jolts awake and the hood falls back, exposing his face. It’s not in good shape. He has a black eye and bruises on his left cheek. There’s a fly bandage across one eyebrow.

Sadly, he’s still hot.

He blinks a few times, yawns, and smacks his lips, his tongue touching the split in the bottom one. His gaze sweeps the room and finally lands on me. Heat explodes in my cheeks and courses through my limbs, warming me from the inside out as he starts at my sneaker-clad feet and roams up over my yoga pants to my company-issued T-shirt before stopping at my face. I can’t look directly at him for more than a couple of seconds. I sincerely hope he doesn’t remember me. I cannot go there and also be professional.

I’m sure the smile he gives me has melted many a panty off a slutty bunny. Mine stay right where they’re supposed to, wedged up my ass.

I force a polite, professional veneer. “I’m ready for you now.”


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helenahuntingpicNYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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