Series: Pucked #4
on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?
In addition to being an amazing hockey player, heÔÇÖs an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.
So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall canÔÇÖt wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.
ItÔÇÖs so romantic.
Violet is totally stoked to set a date.
Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.
We caught┬á#Pucked fever again. How better to celebrate than with the whole gang involving hip thrusting, Super MC, drooly beavers, a yeti, and the ever-mythical beard? We missed all of the hijinks, innuendos, and idiosyncrasies we’ve come to know and love. Plus, Helena gave us a few more to hold dear to our hearts. And we thought we┬ácouldn’t┬álove this gang┬áany more…so great to be proven wrong. We’re #ForeverPucked in the best way possible!
1. How has being in a relationship, and the upcoming wedding, changed Vi?
Loredana: Well, the wedding certainly ramped up the neurotic aspects of Vi’s personality.┬á Being with Alex seemed to relax her a bit, though.┬á Quite paradoxical, right?┬á She seemed more secure in herself and her relationship with Alex.┬á However,┬áthe pressure to plan the wedding seemed to derail some of her progress.
Cyndi: Vi does seem changed to me. Calmer maybe? Certainly her thoughts are much more┬áabout the logistics of living with Alex (sex) &┬áhaving time with Alex (sex) *snicker*. She’s a spitfire for sure. Her work focus and her determination to be independent is one of my favorite qualities.┬á Wedding planning…well she’s still facing that demon. I was so relieved to finally get the story on why that causes her to break out in hives. ┬áShe really should have had some therapy back then.
Anja: I agree with both of you, she did seem different, especially in the beginning. Reading both Miller and Randy’s story, we saw a very neurotic, freaked, and terrified Vi, which changed somewhat in this book. Alex, and probably people backing off of the wedding plans, helped calm her down. I loved how Alex was able to calm her down. And seeing them this secure in their relationship was fantasticÔÇöone of those couples you just know belong together and will make it.
2. How has Alex evolved over the course of the series? Did you see any difference in him in this book?
Loredana: In the first book, we fell in love the hot, nerdy, and wonderfully awkward hockey stud. While he is still all of these things, he seems so much more of a man now. We started to see his growth in Pucked Up and Pucked Over. He comes across much less awkward. His love for Violet and all Violet-related craziness has not abated in the least. If anything, his depth of feeling and devotion has grown.┬á I guess you can say, Alex is grown up into a fine man for our Violet.
Cyndi: You are so spot on LoredanaÔÇöHe seemed so much more centered and less impulsive. Boy oh boy, he is the epitome of a man devoted to his woman.
Anja: I agree with both of you, Alex has definitely grown up over the course of this series. He’s still the man we fell in love with, but he also isn’t listening to other people anymore. It’s amazing to see how he puts Vi first, all the time. The one thing that kept pissing me off though, was whenever he pressure Vi to give up her independence. The fact that he couldn’t seem to understandÔÇöin the beginningÔÇöthat she needed to still┬á be her own person pissed me off, and was in contrast to him putting Vi first at any other time. But I loved that we also saw him growÔÇömatureÔÇöinto seeing the issue from her perspective and understand it. (Love seeing a beloved character grow like this.)
3. Sunny and Miller surprise us. ┬áDid you see THAT coming?
Loredana:┬á Well…kinda yes. It made perfect sense and I’m happy about it.┬á I don’t want to risk any spoilers so I won’t say much more than that.
Cyndi: Totally surprised me. ┬áBut it’s perfect for them as a coupleÔÇöa way to progress their relationship without derailing the rest of the story line too much.
Anja: Nope, that was quite the shockÔÇöone I loved. It worked perfectly for both Sunny and Miller, and due to the situation we see another side to Alex, making all Helena’s characters even more multi-layered, which is one of the many things I love about her books. As you read, you keep peeling back layer after layer of their personalityÔÇönever becoming bored.
4. Alex is facing some rather harsh hurdles in this book. How does what happened to him change him?
Loredana: I think his situation caused him to grow up. Of course, there was some serious surliness (to be expected). Yet, it was quite the catalyst for Alex to fully transform into a man as I mentioned above.
Cyndi:┬áLoredana – I love the word choice surliness – what a great word!
Anyway, I think it was a great way for Helena to advance some change in Alex. I’ve never thought of him as too cocky (well except for the MC standing), but it’s easy to believe one is indestructible. Alex has never really had any major issuesÔÇönothing but himself that would hold him back. So, it’s a good reality check.
Anja: I agree with both of you. It was a great way for him to grow and maybe rearrange his priorities as well. Plus, his surliness was adorable. It was further a great way to make sure the man we love wasn’t going to lose his humbleness, but is kept on his toes and see what is really important in lifeÔÇöhealth, family, love, friends.
5. Did we like where the story led us? Did you see it coming?
Loredana: F*CK YES!┬á I wasn’t sure it would go down that rabbit hole, but I certainly hoped. Helena couldn’t have written it any better. Hey AnjaÔÇöwe were right in our guesses of how this could go. The story was perfect for who the characters are and who they have become.┬á I’m really, really happy!
Cyndi: YESSSSS – So glad it went the way it did. I think Violet overthinks things and Helena came up with a perfect solution.
Anja: YES! I was praying for it to go down this way. And I’m giving you a virtual high-five right now, Loredana, for calling this. (We’re good!) But really, I feel like this was the perfect solution and in total accordance to the characters. It didn’t feel forced or clich├®d. It was beautiful and showed us that ultimately all that matters is that you have your friends and family by your side to witness and be part of each milestone in your life.
6. Seeing everyone again in this book was amazing. Who were you most excited about coming back? Or is there someone you would like to now read more about?
Loredana: Man, I was so excited to jump back into Alex’s head. I felt like I lost him in Pucked Up and Pucked Over for a bit.┬á It was great spending time with him again. Violet felt a bit lost to me in the beginning of the book, but I’m going to attribute that to wedding jitters. She came back and seeing Beave & Super MC back together in all their glory was great.┬á Who do I want more of? LANCE. LANCE. LANCE. He was a total wild card. PLEASE┬á GIVE HIM A BOOK!
Cyndi:┬á┬áI thought this was going to be a novella, therefore much shorter then it is, therefore I didn’t think we’d get so much time with them and I LOVED IT. I LOVED getting back to Alex and Violets story. They’ve grown (matured)┬áa lot in the year and really seem to be the King and Queen of the┬ácircle – center of the PUCKED universe. They really have great chemistry and lots of respect for each other.
I would like to see how Alex and Randy evolveÔÇöif they ever move beyond a teammate to friends status. I think of them growing into an epic hockey┬áduoÔÇöthey are my literary┬áSakic/Forsberg┬áOR Kariya/Selane line-mates. THAT could be a novella…
Anja: Well, I think we all have our favorites of the series and I was definitely excited to read more about Vi and Alex, I missed them. I especially missed Vi’s craziness. However, my favorite is Randy, so I was extremely happy to see more of him and Lily and their sexcapades.
And YES Loredana. LANCE! I NEED MORE LANCE, NOW!!! He is such a mystery. A puzzle I would love to solveÔÇöI have this feeling that beneath the player and man-whore facade is this very complex person we have not even caught a glimpse of yet. I need to see the real Lance.
And another one I was surprise about was Darren. We got hints about him and his relationship with Charlene, hints that make me want to read a lot more about him. Maybe there’s a chance for a Darren&Charlene novella? I bet they would be an interesting couple to read about. He definitely spiked my curiosity though!
7. Favorite moments/phrases from this book?
“I want to have an outtie instead of an innie today so I can relax like the boys.” ~ Violet
“The Super MC and my beave are soulmates, so logically that means the rest of our bodies are soulmates, too.” ~ Violet
“You do realize you’re bathing in your own jizz, right?” ~ Violet
“Maybe I should vagazzle more often.” ~Violet
“The motherpucking wedding.” ~ Violet
“He loves hard.” And for once I don’t mean it in a pervy way ~ Violet
Love when Alex discovers how to express himself via text with alternate symbols!