Pucked Off by Helena Hunting (Pucked #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Sports/Contemporary romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

*A Standalone novel*

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.

I have to start by saying that I was just not expecting these type of emotions in Pucked Off. Most of the Pucked Series is light hearted, sassy, fun loving with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure. But this…THIS…ALL THE FEELS!

Lance Romero is one HELL of a damaged soul. Family issues, guilt over a death, and a beyond crazy ex-girlfriend are enough to send anyone over the edge. It messes with you and at a very deep level. The first chapter alone, HOLY HELL! It broke me. TEARS people, honest to goodness tears for Lance and the damaged man he had become. He literally trapped me and I just was sucked into the world of Lance. His distorted view on things and the destruction that is coming his way just make you completely feel for him.

Poppy is a blast from Lance’s past. Working as a massage therapist who takes Lance on as a favor, Lance is immediately smitten with the one woman who can touch him and not make his skin crawl. What Lance doesn’t know is that he has a past with Poppy. They met when they were teens and she’s always held a special place for him in her heart. A chance meeting at a bar got the two of the reconnected but not in the way Poppy had hoped. Poppy’s friend took her “Puck Bunny” opportunity to the limit and Poppy just decided it wasn’t meant to be with Lance.

“Because now I’m not sure what’s going to be worse: him finally remembering who I am and how we know each other, or me realizing I never left enough of an impact to warrant being remembered at all.”

Poppy was such a breath of fresh air in this story. The way she dealt with Lance even when he was trying to get to know her but yet had no recollection of who she was, I was overwhelmed with her generous, kind and forgiving attitude. And when he did start to remember her…. I fell in love with the both of them a little more.

The thing I liked most about Lance, he was not the typical alpha male. His struggles in life made him so tangible and so very relatable. Lance is loveable because he is so REAL and utterly broken. You just want him to be fixed, to be happy.

“I have the real him right here with me now, too. I have a broken boy who’s become a broken man, and as stupid and naïve as it may be, I want to be part of what heals him.”

I completely accept that this book made me shut down. The story line, the angst, the love between them? Phenomenal. Amazing. Overwhelming. This book was EVERYTHING. Everything I never knew I wanted in a story but one I completely fell in love with. Both Lance and Poppy drew me in like very few characters have before. Honestly, I will not be getting over Lance and Poppy anytime soon! This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend every single one of the books in the Pucked Series.

Hell. I honestly don’t know that I will ever recover from this book.

I read quite a bit. Some are good, some not so much, some confuse me. But Pucked Off was BEYOND my expectations. Period. This book….THIS is why I will forever be a fan of Helena Hunting!

I give Pucked Off by Helena Hunting 5+++ stars!!

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