Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary 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.
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.”
When I first started this book, I will admit I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the fact that Lance was this guy who had no qualms about anybody in his life and just screwed anything that walked.
I am happy to say that the book got crazy better after that.
Lance is a complex guy who has been through a very rough upbringing. He carries guilt with him for something that wasn’t his fault and the women in his life have been let’s just be nice and say not helpful in easing his guilt. Which made it difficult for him to try and form a relationship with Poppy.
They have a history that stretches over 10 years and it’s a history that forms the foundation of their relationship. It is a little confusing at the beginning when Hunting starts to describe how they met but towards the middle she straightens it out so that it makes sense so hang tight for that.
Reading this book all I wanted to do was wrap my arms around Lance and just protect him from the world. He is a small boy at times because he was never taught how to have adult (i.e. Adult physical) relationships. His parents taught him that abuse and neglect is how it should be and like Stephen Chblonsky says in Perks of Being a Wallflower. We accept the love we think we deserve. Which is why he lets Tash do essentially what she wants to him.
Poppy bless her soul has the patience of a saint because she knows that he needs it. She is tender and kind and makes him see that he deserves a whole lot more then he thinks.
I loved this story and loved Lance’s relationship with Poppy. Above all, I love that this book has that ‘rereading’ quality that will have me falling in love with Lance all over again.
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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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