#Review “A Favor for a Favor” by Helena Hunting

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A Favor for a Favor, all-new standalone slow burn romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting, is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Underwear Of The Day Crowns

I love Helena and I know that every time I read one of her stories I’m in for a special treat, and this story was no exception. Helena has created a heartfelt wonderful series that draws you right in and enraptures you until the end. Bishop and Stevie are utter perfection together with their fantastic banter and their chemistry that is off the charts hot.

At the end of the day I grab my bag from my locker, wondering if jerkwad missed out underwear fashion show today.

Stevie is working through some unfortunate heartache and has come to stay at her brother’s penthouse while she figures things out. She’s smart and hardworking and even though she has some feelings of inadequacy due to her brother’s high status as a hockey player. She handles it like a champ with sass and determination. I adored her character and could immediately relate to her and what she was trying to work through. She meet’s Bishop and does not hesitate to give back as good as she got and I loved that. And even though she’s in a vulnerable place she does not let that get her down, her strength keeps her going with a smile on her face.

This is what I get for being nice to someone with a pretty face and the personality of a praying mantis.

Bishop is harsh and abrasive he too is going through some things especially with being on a new team and trying to develop repour with his teammates. But as the story moves forward, we get to see a whole new side to him. The fun little games he plays with Stevie and his unwavering love for his brother will pull at your heartstrings and have you falling in love with this big lug. The chemistry between him and Stevie is palpable, every time they are in the same room you could feel the tension growing and growing until it’s a physical entity that you can almost touch. These two are perfect together, they balance each other, and Bishop helps Stevie work through some of the issues she’s been carrying around with her.

Four more days without Stevie’s hands on me. Four more days of whacking off in the shower. On the upside, I don’t have to constantly remind myself not to ram my tongue in her mouth and dry hump her. Small mercies, I suppose.

I adored this story from start to finish, I was completely captivated with what was going on and read this in one sitting. With Helena’s specific brand of humor and her ability to layer her stories with precision makes this an easy 5 Star read. This series to completely addictive and every new one becomes my favorite. Helena is a master at her craft and has the ability to create these worlds that you can’t help but get lost in. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Sarah’s Musings…

5 PINEAPPLE AND OLIVE CROWNS

This. This book is why I love Helena’s writing. It is comical romantic and filled with unique and interesting characters. I truly enjoyed every character and moment between Stevie and Bishop.

Stevie is a heroine who is totally relatable. The reader understands how hard it would be to live in the shadow of your famous brother and to always question people’s motives. I enjoyed her temperament and her choices, and I loved her as an individual.

Bishop is a bit surly, which is understandable based on his current athletic and life changes. He has a lot riding on his shoulders, and he carries it without complaint. I truly loved the side of him that Stevie brought out, more fun and light hearted. I fell in love with him and he fell in love with her.

Some couples just have it on the page, and Stevie and Bishop do. From the banter to the sexual tension, I was enthralled by the evolution of their relationship. It was a fantastic and entertaining romance that I couldn’t put down.

Helena Hunting has a knack for taking unique and interesting characters and giving them depth, real 3d layers to who they are. Their flaws are relatable, the characters are lovable, and she gives a romance that is applicable to all people. That is why she is a favorite of mine.

ARC REVIEW


A Favor for a Favor, cover

A new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

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Excerpt:

“Say you were taking a woman to a formal work function. Would you get her flowers or something?” I’ve gone on my fair share of dates, had a few relationships, but I’ve never been one for hearts and flowers or any of that bull. I’m thinking I might need to do that with Stevie, though, since she’s been screwed over pretty hard.

“Is this a date or a favor for a friend?”

“I guess she thinks I’m doing her a favor.” At least that was the impression that I got when I offered to go with her.

“Is that actually what you’re doing?”

“Yes and no.”

“Can you give me a little more to go on?”

“Her ex is going to be there and I don’t want her to go alone.”

“You don’t want her to go alone because you’re worried he’ll be a jerk or he’ll try to take advantage of her?”

“Sure, yeah, that’s part of the reason.”

“Instead of me dragging the information out of you, why don’t you lay it down for me?”

“So, Stevie—”

“Hold up, we’re back to Rook’s little sister?”

“Who else would I be talking about?”

“I thought you said there isn’t anything going on between you, and now you’re taking her to some kind of work function? That’s not a favor; that’s a date. Does Rook know?”

“It’s none of his damn business.”

“I’m not sure he’ll see it that way.”

“Well, he doesn’t have control over her or what she does, or what I do.” I’m agitated now. “She’s not going to that thing alone. I don’t trust that ex of hers, and I don’t want her to end up in a situation she doesn’t like.”

Kingston tips his head to the side. “Dang.”

“What?”

“You like her.”

“Well, yeah, I like her.” What’s not to like? She’s gorgeous, and she’s funny and feisty; her body is rockin’; and she’s fun to be around, super chill, and genuinely selfless.

“Like you actually want to date her, though.”

I shrug, because what am I going to say? The answer to that is yes, I want to date her, but the timing needs to be right. “I don’t want the ex thinking he has another chance.“

“You really love complicated situations, don’t you?”

“They just tend to find me, is all.”

“When’s this event you’re supposed to take her to?” King asks.

“Saturday.”

He frowns. “We get back at noon on Saturday.”

“It’s in the evening.”

“You better hope our flight isn’t delayed.”

I hadn’t considered a delay. The only reason that would happen is if the weather isn’t good. “It doesn’t start until five. I should have plenty of time to get home and throw a suit on.”

Kingston nods and taps restlessly on the edge of the pool. “So would you call this your first date?”

“We hang out all the time.”

“‘Hang out’ meaning what?”

“Other than PT sessions, we watch hockey, eat pizza, stuff like that.”

Kingston blinks several times in rapid succession. “That’s it?”

“I pick her up from work a lot.”

“Have you ever bought her flowers before? Brought her any gifts?”

“I brought her over an aloe plant once. But, like I said, it hasn’t been like that.” I don’t get why he’s so hung up on the flowers.

“Again, please try not to take offense, but are you sure you haven’t inadvertently put yourself in the friend zone?”

“How do I know if I’m in the friend zone?” I haven’t had a lot of friends who are girls. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend who’s a girl who isn’t related to me. And I only have two female cousins, whom I see a couple of times a year at family functions. They’re significantly younger than me, so mostly I avoid them.

It’s Kingston’s turn to blow out a long breath. “If you put your arm around her and she gets all snuggly but doesn’t try to take it any further, it could mean you’re in the friend zone.”

I don’t know what my expression must be, but the panic I feel inside quite possibly reaches my face. I feel like it should be obvious that I’m interested. A guy doesn’t spend endless hours with a gorgeous woman who combines weird pizza toppings for shits and giggles. But then again, I haven’t attempted to make a move on her since the almost-kiss. And any conversation I’ve tried to have with her about it has been shut down. In fact, she wants to pretend it didn’t happen. I hadn’t considered that this might be because she actually didn’t want it to happen at all. She seemed just as into it as I was. Or maybe I’ve been misreading the whole thing. “If I’m in the friend zone, how the hell do I get out?” 


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About Helena Hunting

New York Times 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 writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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