Pucked Over is the third book of the Pucked series by Helena Hunting.
Randy Ballistic, NHL player, is on the rebound with Lily LeBlanc, a figure skater and a coffee shop manager. Lily just broke up with her douche of a boyfriend of seven years, who pretty much stripped down any self-confidence she had. So when a hot, insanely gorgeous, famous hockey player noticed her, she jumped on the casual sex boat and never looked back. Until she had to.
Author: Helena Hunting
Release Date: January 24, 2016
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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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.
This book was a hit or miss for me. There were scenes I thoroughly enjoyed that could’ve been expounded well to give the story a little substance.
What worked—kind of:
- Author’s knowledge about the sports. The games scenes were not boring and there were enough of it throughout the story.
- Randy’s flaws. There were things I loved about the guy. His honesty and the fact that the world didn’t know about something he’s been hiding because of an accident. I think only Miller and Lance knew. Then eventually Lily found out about it, too. It’s kind of a plot twist and the author made sure it wasn’t revealed that early.
- Lily. I loved the Lily LeBlanc on the ice skating rink and her dreams of being an Olympic ice figure skater. But that’s just about it.
- I LOVED the scene in the rink where Lily performed a routine and the Randy had the chance to watch. It’s totally heart-warming.
What didn’t work—at all:
- Excessive use of… I am not sure if those were euphemisms. Or more of like genitalia naming. And there were a lot of it. Like the clit being a magic marble. I get that it’s the author’s way of writing these things but it didn’t work for me.
- The plot was a substandard for an NA. I wish the author delved deeper other than the usual rebound game to make the story stand out.
- There were a lot of sex scenes and not so much chemistry and build up. There wasn’t any get-to-know-me-and-you stage at all.
- Randy’s excuses to get serious because he thinks he’s just like his father.
- Lily’s constant horniness over Randy when in fact she doesn’t do casual sex. I kind of wished the author backed it up with some strong backbone because Lily felt weak for me.
- Others characters didn’t help much at all to make the book interesting. But I think I’m going to keep Sunny, Lily’s best friend, and Miller, Sunny’s boyfriend and Randy’s teammate.
- The funny level (other readers and reviewers claimed it to be funny) of the book was zero. At least for me.
- Romance was blah. Very little, weird and shot.
Overall, the story could’ve been a favorite if there wasn’t a lot of sex and more of quality other than the quantity. It was like 90% fucking, 5% drama, 5% HEA. There could’ve been a lot of really good plot in the entire book but it wasn’t expounded. So the potential was busted just like that. I wish I could really love this book but it wasn’t for me.