Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Pucked Up by Helena Hunting - ARC Review

Released: 25th October 2015.
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: October 2015.

Buck always kind of seemed like a dirty skeaze in Pucked, despite his manwhoring ways he had this soft side that shone through when it came to his step sister Violet, a fierce protectiveness when it came to those he cared about, but before he met Violet's boyfriend Alex's sister Sunshine, he never had a reason to feel protective over another girl. Sunshine, or Sunny as she prefers is different to every girl he's ever met, she's not the usual puck bunny he is used to, she's funny, smart, into yoga and clean eating, she's not about to drop to her knee's to please him and for the first time Miller has the opportunity to prove there's more to him than just the hard partying Manwhore of hockey.

Pucked Up has the oh my god I can't believe Hunting went there moments I was expecting, but there was also so much heart here, Miller exhibits stupidity at every turn when it comes to his own awareness of social media, but you can't help feeling sorry for him, he seems to meet bad luck at every turn, while it's hilarious for the reader, his life seems to be a series of one step forward and two steps back. Miller is an enigma of sorts, he's carefully created this image of himself, and for a long time the way he was viewed across social media didn't matter, because he didn't have anyone he desperately wanted to believe in him, Miller is all to aware of how the media skews the truth, and getting Sunny along with the rest of the female population see him in a new light might just be his biggest fight yet.

While Buck appears steadfast in his attraction, it's Sunny who needs to be sure of not only him, but of his intentions, to anyone who's met Buck, she appears to have reasons to be wary, and while the reader knows his thoughts and feelings as Pucked Up is in his POV, to the outside world it's almost inconceivable how wrong things go, it's comical to down right crazy how badly Buck misjudges situations which could ultimately lead to his downfall.

Where Sunny always had this innate sweetness to her, who I truly adored here was Buck, which is a strange turn of events for me, because I always tend to veer towards the heroine, everything about Buck was silly and irreverent, dirty and crass, sweet and almost romantic, he was the ultimate example of dichotomy in action, I wanted to him to be smarter, to look at his life from all angles, to think through the image he presented to the world, but I also wanted to accept him for his strengths and his weaknesses, and I wanted to shout from the rooftops how special he truly is, I wanted to be his greatest supporter to prove to all those who judged him that there was more there then just some rich kid who was living large both on and off the ice. The trademark wit and snark between Violet and Buck had me constantly giggling and the riotous adventure Hunting takes you on was a no holds barred journey that I wont soon forget.


About Helena Hunting:

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.


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