REVIEW – PUCKED OFF (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

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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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

We’re both full of fire, and his past is full of pain he carries with him. But I’m willing to try, because I want him. And more than that, this man is the kind of beautiful I need in my life.


I think I just fell that much more in love with Helena Hunting!! This series has been nothing short of STELLAR for me. It is definitely, by far, my most favorite Sports RomCom series ever! Each book is simply superb! I have been waiting for months to be able to read Lance “Romance” Romero’s story and you know how they say “some things are worth the wait”? That saying perfectly describes this book. It was like an early birthday present that has left me with a permanent smile on my face. I had a feeling Lance’s book was going to be different from the previous books because of the darkness that seemed to always surround his character and even though this one lacked the hilarious laugh-out-loud moments we have come to expect from the Pucked series, it didn’t make it any less fabulous!


We have gotten to know Lance through every passing book in the PUCKED series, but what I can tell you after having read this one, those little snippets barely scratched the surface of what this complex character was really like on the inside. I have always stood firm on the fact that I am an Alex Waters girl, but I think he may have to share the spot of #1 in my heart with Lance now. This man is utterly broken but it is his inner frailty that makes him truly beautiful. Lance has had a very hard life, particularly it’s his childhood that all of his painful darkness stems from. Always having been reminded that he was nothing by his own mother and having been the victim of child abuse, has left lasting damage to Lance’s psyche. Everyone thought that he was the bad guy in the scandal that surrounded his romantic involvement with the team’s trainer, Natasha. What we should have learned after having read so many books in the series is that things don’t always appear to be the way they seem. Tash is nothing short of an evil, conniving witch and she used Lance’s brokenness to inflict her special kind of torture and head games.


After having gone on a drunken binge which was spurred on by yet another hurtful encounter with Tash, Lance ends up getting the crap beat out of him in a bar fight. His body is covered in bruises and he can barely move around on the ice, so he is ordered by one of his trainers to go for a massage session. It’s the last thing he wants because he has an adverse reaction to any kind of physical touch to his body. He does go for his massage appointment since he is warned he’ll be benched for the next game if he doesn’t go. As soon as he sees his massage therapist, he’s instantly attracted and drawn to her and miraculously her touch is actually soothing to him. Little does he know that she is no stranger to him, but unfortunately his drinking and his ability to turn off memories from his past has him totally forgetting the beautiful and sweet woman who has never forgotten him.

Lance isn’t the type of man who ever wanted to be in a relationship with a woman since there has never been one who he could stand to be touched by, but something about Poppy brings him peace and a sense of longing he can hardly comprehend. This woman is pure and is nothing like Tash or the puck bunnies he has been accustomed to. Once he realizes that this connection that is building between them is what he wants more than anything will he be able to hold on to the happiness that he’s so sure he’s undeserving of?

I was completely consumed by Lance’s story and there were even times that I got a bit misty eyed and my heart ached for this beautiful broken man! If you have not read this series yet, I STRONGLY recommend it! It’s nothing but pure goodness!

PUCKED OFF is currently available! Make sure you one-click!! This could be read as a standalone but, you’re crazy if you don’t read the previous books!!

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