Book Review: Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

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Title: Pucked Up (Pucked #2)
Author: Helena Hunting @HelenaHunting
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 373 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review

Miller “Buck” Butterson is not your typical book boyfriend.  According to his sister Violet (Pucked), he’s a Yeti, as in, he has a lot of body hair.

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*gags*

Miller tries to keep this hairy issue in check with trimming and one unfortunate mishap, but the problem doesn’t seem as big as Vi makes it out to be.  No, really.

Aside from the hair issue, Miller is dyslexic.  This learning disability is one I thing a lot of professional athletes secretly have, but due to the importance placed on winning, this type of problem is not caught or is ignored.  I personally knew of a NHL bound player at my college who paid another student to do his homework for him.  So it happens.  I like how the author included this in the story, and made it important, as Miller’s issue with flipping numbers and having trouble reading caused a multitude of problems for him and Sunny, Alex’s sister.

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Other than the Yeti jokes, I didn’t get a feel for how Miller looked until he is described as Ken (Barbie’s boyfriend).  It immediately made me imagine Jeff Carter of the LA Kings.  True, Carter doesn’t share Miller’s body hair issue, but he shared a similar reputation with the ladies as a manwhore.

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Much to my surprise, Carter eventually did settle down and is now married.

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I don’t want to be doomed to a life of bunnies and no substance.  They’re not what I want.  I want someone consistent.  But caring that much about someone gives them a lot of power, and that makes me nervous.

I can only imagine how hard it is to overcome a reputation as a manwhore.  Eventually there is that one girl, like Sunny, who makes the man want to get serious and work on a relationship.  Miller went thru this struggle on social media, much like Carter, with puck bunnies hanging all over him.  Combine Miller’s reputation, some bad pictures, and trouble showing up when promised, resulted in him constantly being in the dog house with Sunny.  THEN you add Lily, Sunny’s BFF, and Alex, both who did not want Miller with Sunny, and it was a constant battle.  This repeating battle between them was the only thing that bothered me with the story.  Like Miller, I got a bit fed up with the whole thing.  Yes, he made some dumb decisions about who he hung out with, but Sunny always believed the pictures first.  If I was her, I’d avoid social media like the plague.

“Are relationships always this hard?”
“Not always.  But the onces that are worth it are the ones you have to fight for.”

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I found this story to not be as funny as the first, and I’m perfectly ok with that.  But there is humor, mostly brought to you by Vi and the oversharing of her sex life.  This girl has no filter.  In addition, Miller and Sunny suffer through a lot of skin issues beside the hairy balls.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this story.  The theme of overcoming a reputation and turning around an image to win someone’s heart, was sweet and funny.  I’m hoping we get more from this gang.  I just know Randy and Lance have stories to tell. *side eyes author*

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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