Series: Pucked #2
Genres: Sports Romance
Also in this series: Pucked Over, Forever Pucked
Also by this author: Pucked Over, Forever Pucked, The Good Luck Charm, Handle With Care, A Lie for a Lie, A Favor for a Favor, A Secret for a Secret, When Sparks Fly, A Love Catastrophe
****The 2nd standalone novel in The PUCKED Series****
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.
Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters—who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require.
Miller learns—eventually—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he's going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.
Pucked Up was everything I didn’t know I wanted and then some!!! Buck was NOT a character I was dying to get to know after reading Pucked. In fact, I almost passed on this book because it was about him and Sunny and frankly, I didn’t care about them at all. Buck was a major manwhore and Sunny just didn’t seem that likable to me. But, I loved Pucked and decided to give it a go. Pucked Up is more than just a book about hockey and sex. Miller/Buck becomes one of the most likable characters I have read in a book. He struggles with dyslexia and has never been good at school or other things that involve reading (texting, reading emails, etc). You really get to see how much he struggled and how he tried to cope with his disability throughout his life. I am a special education teacher so all the things Buck struggled with I truly understood! You can’t help but want to hug the Yeti! Sunny wasn’t my favorite character. She grew on me as the book went on, but even by the end I didn’t totally love her. I liked her more than I did originally but she paled in comparison to Buck.
And all of this made me realize I want another Alex/Vi story!! I found myself desperate to know what was going on with them. I am excited about book three. I think it will be Randy and Lily’s book.
POV: 1st person (Buck/Miller)
Trope: manwhore, miscommunication
Tears: No (unless you count tears from laughing, then yes, there will be tears!)
The Deal and The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, The Cold Fury Hockey Series by Sawyer Bennett, The Assassins Series by Toni Aleo ….then you will probably enjoy Pucked Up!
Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.