New Release, Review & Giveaway – Pucked Off by Helena Hunting


Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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***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.


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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My Review

First, let me say that this was my first Helena Hunting book. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and I’m so glad that I did! She is a phenomenal writer and storyteller. She can draw you into her characters’ life and emotions and make you plead for them to let go and find happiness. Poppy and Lance were among some of my favorite characters. They had so much depth and strength. I was routing for them from the start.

Second, I’m a huge fan of second chance romances. While Poppy and Lance didn’t have a prior relationship, they had history and missed opportunities. I loved watching them find each other and relive those shared moments. Their journey was truly special yet heartbreaking. Everything about this story broke me. Lance’s history and his healing journey were devastating, as were Poppy’s remembrance of their past and what might have been.

I loved everything about Lance. He was a beautiful, tortured soul. He wanted so much more out of life than what he felt he deserved. Lance let everyone, including his friends and teammates, believe that he was this crazy playboy when in reality he was trying to find that one woman who would love him for him and want only what he could offer. That was not what he was getting from Tash, however, so it was time for him to let her go. But it wasn’t that easy. Now I’m not a violent person, but I wanted to punch Tash in the face! She had me seething with hatred for everything she had done and continued to do to Lance. He needed something to snap him out of his destructive cycle and keep him out of that toxic relationship. Otherwise, he was going to keep going back for more. Then his salvation walked in. Lance quickly realized Poppy was everything that was good in the world, and she may just be the person to make him see that he deserved more than what he ever thought possible.



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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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