Published by Helena Hunting on May 3rd 2015
Genres: Alpha Male, Contemporary Romance, Sports
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With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. SheÔÇÖs smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captainÔÇöAlex Waters.
Violet isnÔÇÖt interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates VioletÔÇÖs previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagantÔÇöand quirkyÔÇögifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesnÔÇÖt want to be part of the game.
~ Review by Anja, Cyndi and Loredana
Our little triad indulged in a buddy read of Pucked by Helena Hunting via chat.┬á Like with most buddy reads, a timeline is designated.┬á Everyone reads at their own pace, though some people speed read (nudge, nudge Loredana).┬á┬á This asynchronous environment makes it highly entertaining and sometimes torturous (or motivational, depending on your school of thought).┬á Regardless, itÔÇÖs always fun!
┬áWe are excited to share our thoughts, experiences, and reviews so youÔÇÖll be moved to pick up the book and devour it ÔÇô thereÔÇÖs no other way to take in this book! YouÔÇÖll fall in love just like us ÔÇô Violet, Alex, MC, and even Buck.┬á #GETPUCKED!
Loredana: I just started Pucked. I already love VioletÔÇÖs mom and I’m only at 2%. HYPOTESTICALS. Seriously, this woman is going to be a barrel of laughs.┬á The writing is super promising. ÔÇ£Jill-off.ÔÇØ I’m going to have to use that one
Seriously, this woman writes the way I talk. I LURVE her!!! ┬áAnd Alex. This man is wonderful – a god on ice, cerebral, and he blushes. Even snorts.┬á I SUPER LURVE HIM!
┬áAnja: Man, you’re torturing me here
Loredana: We’ll think of it as motivation
┬áAnja: Eager to read, Cyndi?
┬áCyndi: Hells Yeah –>With Loredana teasing us, taunting us with great quotes and talk of Alex.
Loredana: The book is a riot and I love the dialogue. Alex is just like Violet. He gets tongue-tied and has verbal diarrhea.┬á Plus you get lines like “cover up my misdemeanors”.┬á Gurl [Hunting] has literary prowess. I’m giggling and snorting. A lot. Violet calls her step-brother a slut-bag yeti. Epic insult throwing here!
Wonderfully hilarious tangents occur during a #buddyread.┬á These conversations bring out a new level to the reading.┬á And the visualsÔÇªyouÔÇÖll find yourself snorting and giggling quite a bit!
┬áLoredana: Verdict: Beaverscaping is dangerous.
┬áAnja: Is beaverscraping an actual thing?
Loredana: Ladyscaping…The feminine version of manscaping
Anja: You are talking about shaving your privates right? Haha
┬áCyndi: This is the best damn instant message I’ve ever seen.
And now starts the joint fun!┬á Reliving great moments youÔÇÖve already read and anticipating othersÔÇÖ reactions.┬á SO.WORTH.IT! And, yes, we love to call dibs on Book Boyfriends J
Loredana: I want Alex Waters more than any other book boyfriend at this point. Oh, wait until you meet MC.
Cyndi: I’m so jealous. Loredana basically called Dibs on Alex.┬á We didn’t stand a chance.
Anja: No, I just started L.┬á So Violet and the Mom!!! Violet is so blunt! Shit! I love her already! You’re gonna love this Cyndi!┬á Hypotesticals! OMG!┬á I’m literally lol-ing here.┬á Holy shit! I need to say it: Violet is my new hero! I wanna be her when I grow up… I keep laughing out loud, really loud. I think my cat thinks IÔÇÖve lost it!
Drinking beer and watching porn! Holy hell I love Violet! I love this book!┬á Omg Alex is so cute!!! Loredana, I might have to fight you for him!
ItÔÇÖs really great when you not only find a new Book Boyfriend (BBF), but deeply connect with the characters.
Loredana: Alex is a top BBF!┬á I have same goofy gene as Violet.
Anja: Haha the stuff she spouts is hilarious
Loredana: I would pull and have pulled some of the same stupid stuff as her.┬á She actually said some of the same sh*t that has come out of my mouth.┬á Some of the crazy verbal diarrheaÔÇªWeÔÇÖre kindred.┬á
One of the best perks to a buddy read?┬á You get to commiserate and live in literary agony together! (Share the dismay ÔÇô sans spoilers)
Cyndi: Love it –> Hiding her eyes…not seeing them, they can’t see you<–nice theory.┬á
Anja: Omg!!! He’s such a f*cking idiot!!!! Argh! Ugh!!!
Loredana: I KNOW!!!!! Boom! Blow shit to pieces with 2 words
Cyndi: Wowza.┬á Dick move
Anja: Coward! That’s what he is!!!
Loredana: I really wanted to knee him in the hypotesticals.┬á Get your head out of youÔÇÖre a$$!
Anja: F*cking, fucking idiot, that boy
Hunting does an amazing job giving dimension and hilarity to her characters.┬á And the namesÔÇª
Anja: Awwww Buck! I kinda like you
Loredana: Buck is awesome. A sweet yeti.
Anja: In love with Ms. Bulloock.┬á OMG. Go lady! Haha
Loredana: Randolph Cockburn and Randy Balls
Anja: Buck’s last name wasn’t much better ÔÇô Butterson.
Loredana: She likes cocks, balls and butts┬á:)
Cyndi said it bestÔÇª
Cyndi: I think we all agree we LOVE Alex and Violet. I hope we get to see more of them (wink wink, nudge nudge)
We did get a tiny bit more J In case you missed it, Hunting (@HelenaHunting) posted a deleted scene (with an appearance of Super MC) here: http://t.co/4vUdk6xU3l┬á
Words and phrases we must add to our vocabulary:
“You can’t blackball people out of a book club!” ~ Violet
“I want to have his little hockey babies” ~Charlene
“The prospect of seeing Alex again makes my beaver all drooly.” ~ Violet
“I’m so nervous, like a high schooler with a crush. On a guy with a dick the size of Canada.” ~ Violet
“I like all of your weird quirks” ~Alex
And our final thoughts.┬á ItÔÇÖs safe to say that we totally enjoyed this book.
Anja:┬á I have to agree with Loredana; Alex is awesome in all his awkwardness.┬á And Violet, well, you gotta love someone as weird as her. I still want to be her when I grow up!
What a great and entertaining read!
Cyndi: As comedic reads go, it’s in the top 3.
Loredana: Oh AlexÔÇªI want to pull him from the pages and *mouth f$#k* him (aka kiss).┬á The book goes zero to 60 and keeps going.┬á I think I’m addicted – to the writing and to Alex.┬á Goodness. This awkward hunk is wonderful. This man is something. Something wonderful.┬á He has his super awkward moments just like her.┬á He’s a real guy and the floundering is endearing.┬á I love, love, love Alex.┬á They’re a pair made in awkward heaven, and are imperfectly perfect for each other. Long Live Super MC and his Beaver!
The book ÔÇô writing and characters – stay true to the end.┬á The comedic timing is spot on.┬á The sizzle between the sheets (well, anywhere, actually) stays hot and is never stagnant.┬á You cheer with all of the characters and mourn their bad decisions right alongside them. We laughed, snorted, giggled, and cursed.┬á We couldnÔÇÖt put this book down, and are so happy we picked it up!!
5 PUCKED UP stars!!
┬á(Previously posted on TBE)