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***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***
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.
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Book Review: 5+++ Stars
I might get used to angst in Helena’s books! This is the second of hers, in a row, that’s had my heart broken in million pieces for almost 80% of the book. But thank God it was healed in the end. Oh. My. God. What an amazing heartbreakingly anguish filled perfectly imperfect book! And just like every angsty book I read, I was totally invested with the characters. I cried so many times and ended up madly in love with everyone.
Pucked Off is the last spin off of the Pucked Series, and Lance, this one’s MC, was introduced in Pucked Up as one of the teammates of Alex, Miller, and Randy, and also one of the naughtiest of the crew. To be honest, I didn’t like him much when I first met him, but later in Forever Pucked Lance was the best teammate Alex could have had and he stole my heart. Since then, I’ve loved every word Helena has written about him: his cameos in the novels and novellas of the series and his chapter in Get Inked. And despite knowing for sure I’d love his book, I never imagined that reading Pucked Off was going be so hard for me because his story isn’t a fairy tale at all. And let me warn you, it’s not a Rom-Com like the rest of the series either.
Lance Romero has been a good player all his life. When he was a kid in Scotland Lance played field hockey. When he moved to the United States, he started playing ice but had to make double the effort because he had to catch up with the competition. Lance wanted to be a professional player and he made it. Sadly, playing hockey was the only good thing in Lance’s life. He always felt guilty and unworthy so he literally wasted his life with hockey bunnies and parties. Even when he was doing the only thing he loved about his life, he still provoked fights with other players so he ended up all beaten, with his face and body full of bruises, to match his battered soul 🙁
A year ago, Lance was in a “relationship” with Tash, the team trainer, but it wasn’t a good kind of relationship. She was abusive with him, she took advantage of his fears and insecurities and he let her do awful things to him, even if he didn’t want to. In the present, she kept coming to give him more sh*t and he let her, but finally he got sick of it. One night, after answering her call and acting on her requests, he became more self-destructive than ever and he ended in a fight at a random bar. The next day, his new trainer—not Tash, she was fired when their relationship was outed—sent him to get a massage because his body was all stiff after being used as a punching bag, he ended up on this mystery girl’s table. She is a sweet girl who met Lance in the past, in fact, he was her first kiss—the best first kiss a girl could have—and then she met him again a year ago. Unfortunately that is when he was at his worst in whoryness, so all the good memories she’d had of him were banished.
This “first” encounter between mystery girl and Lance ended up being a pleasant surprise for Lance. He liked how she treated him and wanted to get to know her better. She felt like the best thing that had happened to him, since forever, and even when he thought he wasn’t worthy of her, he pursued her relentlessly until she gave into him, because she wanted it too.
“Want or let?” he asks.
Remember I said this wasn’t a fairytale? Let me tell you, this wasn’t an easy conquest for Lance or an easy romance for her, but this book for sure features the love story of an angel who saved a broken soul and together they were perfect.
“This man is the kind of beautiful I need in my life.”
I love this book with all my heart, it makes me reevaluate my “hard limits” with angsty books because if I’ll find beautiful imperfect perfect stories like this one, I’ll happily read them all.
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