Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting, is LIVE!!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
***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.
An Excerpt from Pucked Off:
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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If you don’t read beyond the first sentence of my review, this is all you need to know: Pucked Off is absolutely the BEST. PUCKED. STORY. YET. Now, if you want to know why, read on….
Lance. Oh…..Lance. I knew his story would be deeper and a bit darker than the others, because every story in the Pucked series is unique and special, a little bit angsty and a whole lot funny. But this tortured hero, and his heartbreaking story, went straight to my heart. There’s lots of humor, and the usual assortment of crazy scenarios that only Helena can concoct…but this story has more depth, more emotion, and more impact than the others. I couldn’t put it down, and I know I’ll read it again.
Oh, the passion. Lance is passionate in a deep, and sometimes a dark way. He’s passionate on the ice, which earns him more time in the penalty box than any other player on the team, if not in the league. He’s passionate about his friends — loyal to the core. And he’s passionate about Tash, his undeserving, unstable ex, whose manipulation adds depth and drama to the story. Ultimately, he’s completely overcome with an entirely different kind of passion for the one woman who shows him what true love can be – his reluctant massage therapist, Poppy. (You might remember Poppy from a previous story, where she was a secondary character. In an unusual twist, she reappears in Pucked Off, making it a sweet, tender, second-chance romance and a deeply sensual, satisfying love story.)
You’ll definitely laugh, you might even cry a little, and perch on the edge of suspense from beginning to end. You can’t help but connect, deeply and immediately, with Lance and Poppy. They’re relatable and real. You’ll want them to find the happy-ever-after they deserve, after all they’ve been through. And you know you can count on Helena Hunting to make it tender, poignant, sexy and satisfying before all is said and done.
One-click Pucked Off. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, I guarantee this story will get you hooked from page one. Highly recommended.
About the Author
NYT 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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