Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Pucked Off

Pucked Off Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

6 “Past Fused with Present” Stars
“Your body is a gift I want to earn the right to enjoy.”

Lance “Romance” Romero, number 21 for the Chicago hockey team, has intrigued me from the moment I heard he was Scottish. Yep, I have a thing for accents and sometimes Lance’s makes an appearance. Usually when he’s upset or emotional. And Lance is emotional. You wouldn’t get that from his appearances in the previous books, but he is an emotional wreck--and he keeps it buried beneath his playboy ways.

I hate that she makes me weak, and I hate that she knows it.

Lance has had an interesting run when it comes to the ladies. Tash being his attempt at something real, he eventually learns she may not be the settling down type. But what does that lesson cost him? Can he survive this attempt at normalcy or will he fall back into the bunnies and continue to live one game--one girl--at a time? What happens when he meets someone who surpasses everything he could ever imagine?

"She’s like...all this goodness wrapped up in one person. I want to have that. I want to deserve to have that.”

If you’re expecting the ridiculousness that happens in the first few Pucked books, then I recommend you turn away right now. THIS IS NOT THAT. Yes, there is a bit of laughter and ridiculousness, there has to be where Violet is concerned, but the overall theme of this book? Angst. So. Much. Angst. And we all know Helena can write angst, but I didn’t expect it from Lance. Despite this, I absolutely love this book and this couple. Lance is everything I could want in a man (well, almost, because Randy is my main guy). He’s broken and battered and hurt. And he’s lived with this since he was a child.

“I’m messed up. I think there are parts of me that can’t be fixed.”

This is the most beautiful relationship in the Pucked series. And that’s saying a lot considering I am always, always Team Ballistic. He’s my guy and he does incredible things for Lily. But Lance. *le sigh* Lance. He’s everything.

“And I’m still not sorry the way I should’ve been.”
“For taking something that didn’t belong to me. I wasn’t sorry then. I’m still not sorry now.”

I cried. I can honestly say I cried during at least two moments in this book. Like I said, Lance broke me. He has completely broken me. I want more of this love story. I want to see where this relationship goes. I’m greedy though. I’m never happy with an epilogue. I want novellas and books and spin-offs. I want it all.
She’s given someone else her other firsts, but that kiss--that still belongs to me.

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