Romance Books

Book Review – Pucked by Helena Hunting

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s 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 extravagant—and quirky—gifts, 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 doesn’t want to be part of the game.


4 out of 5 stars

A book about a hockey player from Chicago?  Right up my alley.  I’m a HUGE hockey fan, so I knew this book would be for me.  And for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

Pucked is the story of Violet and Alex.  Violet is the step-sister of Buck Butterson (sounds more like a porn star name), who is recently traded to Chicago after getting caught being in a shady situation (off ice).  Violet attends a game and her eyes meet Alex, and she’s instantly intrigued.  She meets him at the bar afterward, and thus begins the story of Alex and Violet.

The banter between Alex and Violet is truly comical.  Violet refers to Alex’s penis as its a person – MC (monster cock) and refers to her vagina as her beaver.  Alex is in love with Violet’s boobs and refers to them like actual people.  It’s hilarious. 

At one point, Alex takes Violet to meet his family.  I HATED Alex’s mom.  She was a total bitch.  I’m a boy mom.  I wouldn’t immediately be skeptical of any girl who came home with my son and treat her like shit.  Violet has been burned by a hockey player, and she makes it clear from the beginning that she is not with Alex for his money – in fact, she refuses his help on many occasions.  It also pissed me off that initially, Alex didn’t stand up to his mom.  I would hope my son would call me on being a bitch.

Alex is very sweet and loving, and does really sweet stuff for Violet, like sending her flowers and gifts.  He gives her boobs a large gift card to Victoria’s Secret.  He wants to fly her to Toronto for the weekend.  Then at about 75%, he does something completely out of character (won’t spoil) – and it pisses me off.  I get that Alex is a 25 year old guy, but this was still a dick move and dumb.  He redeemed himself nicely though.  There was also something left unfinished for me.  Alex gets in trouble for beating the shit out of a player on the ice…and we NEVER find out why.  I suspect it was Violet’s ex-boyfriend saying something, but it’s never clarified.  Would have been nice if we knew why that happened.

This book was a little longer than it needed to be, but I loved that it was told in the first person/alternate POV’s (though it was more 80/20 Violet).  I think this is a stand-alone, but I hope there are more books coming.  Sunny/Buck, Charlene/Darren, we could make some players up…

Overall, this was a fun read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fun, contemporary romance.

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