Title: Pucked Off (Pucked #5)
Author: Helena Hunting
Release Date: February 21, 2017
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.
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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.”
Lance’s story is so far apart from the first in the Pucked series. But that’s what happens isn’t it? A series evolves, it grows. It latches itself into your mind and heart, and doesn’t let go. I fell in love with Violet and Alex, it grew with the introduction of Buck and Sunny, Randy and Lily and now with Lance and…..?
Before I started, I’d have said Lance and Tash. But that’s the wonder of Helena Hunting’s words; you shouldn’t expect the “normal” with her.
A blast from the past that he doesn’t quite remember yet has a sense of deja vu around her. But she does. Lance’s new mystery girl remembers every encounter she’s ever had with the famous and HOT hockey player.
Their story of reconnecting, of reminiscing of their combined past, of dredging up secrets from childhood made me fall deeper in love with this series. Lance is the PERFECT combination of angsty, dark, deep and SWOOOOOONworthy.
Helena has written something with deep issues and yet provided some well-timed comedy while doing so. Seeing our favourite Pucked series characters and seeing how their lives are progressing while learning and loving Lance “Romance” Romero’s story and meeting his new leading lady. I was hooked from the first page.
While it is a part of a series, Pucked Off can be read as a standalone but I urge you all to read the first four full-length novels and the one connected novella. The whole series is one of warmth, funny moments, pure love and hot hot scenes.
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.