Title: Pucked Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Pucked #2
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Published: October 25th 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“There are no refunds and no exchanges with love. It comes with flaws and imperfections. It’s raw, unfiltered, and sometimes it isn’t easy. But I’ve found the best things in this life are the ones I’ve had to work hardest for.”
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.
Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.
What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.
4 of 5 stars to Pucked Up by Helena Hunting
Sports romance series usually follow a pretty similar format in story arcs but Pucked Up still changed the game by having a male MC and a groveling heroine instead. I know, it’s not a majorly unique approach but at least it deviated from the norm.
Romance wise, Buck and Sunny are cute together but the chemistry wasn’t as sizzling as Violet’s and Alex. However, I still enjoyed their story and I appreciate how different their courting stage was. I got annoyed by Sunny’s constant doubts over Buck’s intentions probably because I jumped right into this one after Pucked where Violet is just as worse towards Alex so I may have had enough of the trust issues. In any case, this book is definitely a light and easy read, perfect for a bedtime read.