Pucked Over (Pucked #3) by Helena Hunting #mf #review @HelenaHunting


Pucked Over

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

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Pucked Over was awesome! I loved watching Randy Balls (insert Violet’s hip-thrust) fall in love. Randy has lived under the assumption that he’s just like his father because so many people say it to him – so it must be true, right? Because his father is the equivalent of an anatomy part I can’t say in a review and, as such, cheated on Randy’s mom repeatedly until he deserted them when Randy was eleven, Randy has sworn off relationships. He didn’t want to do to a woman what his dad did to his mom. And I actually like this about him. While all evidence in the previous books points to Randy being a player, it also points to him being an upfront player, letting the bunnies know there will never be more. As such, I can’t help but agree with him that it’s really not his fault if a bunny takes things too serious, hoping to be the one who “tames” him. He really isn’t responsible for their feelings if they start hearing wedding bells after a night between the sheets, is he? But that’s the thing, Randy isn’t a jerk about it when he sets him straight – except for the one time in the bar, and seriously, that girl was so set on getting into his pants she wasn’t paying attention to what was actually going on. But that all changed with Lily, Sunny’s best friend and a girl who is so not a bunny that Randy wasn’t sure how to handle her.

 

Being on the rebound from her seven year on again, off again relationship with her ex, Benji (who we met in Pucked Up, and seriously, what a dipstick that dude was), Lily agrees to a no-strings-attached night with Randy. When they find out just how compatible they are in bed and decide to continue the arrangement, agreeing to let the other know if feelings begin to get involved. Make no mistake, these two are smoking hot together. Hunting certainly knows how to write squirm-inducing scene – with or without clothes – and the bathroom bangers make up for lost time each time they get together. The hottest scene was when Randy finally lets Lily see what he’s been hiding from her and she does exactly what he didn’t know he needed her to do to wipe away his insecurities. Yet despite their agreement, both Randy and Lily are hesitant to call it quits when things start to get intense or admit to themselves that their feelings are getting involved. That is, until Lily decides to move to Chicago and finally admits to herself and Randy that she can’t be that close to him and keep it casual. Was Randy’s reaction the right one? No, but it was a real one and I’m glad that Hunting didn’t make him perfect. I’m also glad that while the guys aren’t all touchy-feely and come off like you would expect hockey players would, they have no problem kicking one another’s arse when needed and giving a guy a shove in the right direction. It was nice to see Miller point out to Randy how wrong he was in his self-assessment. Especially when it led to such a great make-up scene.

 

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about this series is that each of the couples have their own personalities, quirks, and inside jokes. Pucked was hilarious because of the absolutely raunchy statements that would fly out of Violet’s mouth and this was made funnier by the fact that much of the time, she couldn’t seem to control it. Rather than trying to recreate that level of hilarity the same way in each book, Hunting has achieved humor in ways that were appropriate to each book’s couple. But because all of the guys play on the same team and are in the same circle of friends, we still get treated to the raunchy hilarity of book one because Violet and her unfiltered mouth have appeared in each of the books. It was great to catch up with the whole gang and see what is going on in Alex and Violet’s lives as the wedding nears, and Sunny and Miller’s lives as their relationship continues to develop. Pucked Over was a great addition to the series and I look forward to seeing what Hunting has in store for us next because it’s inconceivable that there aren’t more books to come.

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