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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Taking Shots Book 4) Kindle Edition
Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I'm just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.
Confession #2: Ryder "Ox" Maddox's deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I'm powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.
Confession #3: I can't stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it'd be to cross lines with him.
Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.
Confession #5: If I'm not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I'll be totally pucked.
Each book in the Taking Shots series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Getting Lucky Number Seven
Book #2 Anatomy of a Player
Book #3 Crazy Pucking Love
Book #4 Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XW22BPK
- Publisher : Entangled: Embrace (8 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1131 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 200,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the story of former Puck Bunny, Lindsey. She is editor of the local newspaper, heading for graduation and if never going near a hockey player ever. That's until she seeks maths tutoring and her saviour is Ryder, a hockey player she has been ignoring.
Can he convince her to give one last hockey player a chance?
Reviewed for Amo and Sarah's Book Corner.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Ms. Madsen's books are fantastic, and this series I've loved from the very first book. It's a series about hockey players falling in love and overcoming tough obstacles to win their heroine's hearts, and certainly, Ryder faces a tough challenge with Lindsay. Since the last relationship she was in with a hockey player didn't work out, and she has a lot of dislike for guys that play the sport because of it. Can Ryder overcome her hang-ups to prove to Lindsay that he's different than the last guy she was with?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, and the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after. Clearly, Ryder's parents have a huge problem with Lindsay, which had me reading quickly wanting to know what their quandary was with her? What is their deal that they're willing to have their son mad at them for interfering in his love life? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. There were some really good light-hearted moments such as Lindsay's confessions and the teasing dialogue between Ryder and Lindsay. The hero is determined to win the heroine over and isn't afraid to get sneaky about his intentions by involving the secondary characters.
The way this story started had me laughing at Lindsay's antics. Did she really think she could avoid Ryder so easily? Then again, I could understand why she acts the way she does, because she has serious trust issues. Issues that not only stem from her last relationship, but because her mom never set a good example. Sure she did all she could to provide for Lindsay, but she did it by seducing men and that's not the way the heroine wants to live her life. Instead, she wants to be more independent than she already is and focus all her attention on her future career. Those traits made me admire the heroine, because her mom is a real piece of work that thinks what she does to men is acceptable behavior.
While Ryder, his parents aren't the nicest of people with his dad never declaring how proud he is of his son, even though Ryder's following in the man's footsteps and tries his hardest to prove his worth. Will he ever do something that will make his dad happy? Then there's his mother; a woman who thinks appearances are important and I could understand why Ryder tries his best to get along with her, because she's a good ally to have whenever he locks horns -- so to speak -- with his father. Yet, what I liked most of all about Ryder is how smart he is, his willingness to help Lindsay with passing math, and how determined he was to win Lindsay's heart, even though at times -- it seems -- there may be no hope of winning her over. Will his charm eventually work on Lindsay?
Overall, Ms. Madsen has penned a wonderful read in this book where the strong chemistry between these two definitely makes things interesting, as Lindsay is torn between what happened in the past and worried that it might happen again if she's not careful. The way this story ended left me completely satisfied, as Ryder knows just the way to get Lindsay to talk to him. Will his sneaky ways work? However, it was the epilogue that made this story worthwhile, because of the surprise Lindsay has for Ryder. He made her life better by not giving up on pursuing her and she's willing to do the same for him. I would recommend Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen, if you enjoy New Adult Romance, the friends to lovers trope or books by authors Lisa B. Kamps, Lili Valente or Jillian Quinn.
Top reviews from other countries
This story didn't let me down, I love how you got to know the characters really well, and you couldn't help but want it all to work out even though you knew there would be bumps along the way.
The whole series has been so good and each book always leaves you wanting more.
I love the way Cindi Madsen's books get you from the very first page, making it very hard to put the book down, I couldn't recommend her books enough.
In this fourth installment, which can totally be read as a standalone, out main characters are Ryder and Lindsay. I must say I was surprised that Lindsay was going to be the heroine; she has a past as a puck bunny and she's done the best she cans to get rid of that image and change her ways. When we first met her I kida saw her as just this woman scorned so I really couldn't imagine what reading from her point of view was going to be like. I don't particularly like the idea of a girl being from guy to guy or flirting with a lot of them, I can't really connect with that so I had worried I might not empathize with Lindsay or have trouble connecting with her; but Cindi did a great job in writing her character, you get to know about her past, her insecurities and you just see how her characters evolves.
As for Ryder, well he may be a couple of years younger that Lindsay, but man he is totally swoon-worthy! Lindsay definitely didn't have a chance. Yes, he is super hot but more than that you really fall for his personality, for his actions. He's caring, protective, determined and also a math nerd but trust me that doesn't diminishes his attractive at all. Ever since he saw Lindsay, he's wanted to get to know her better, break through her walls and hopefully start something with her; but with him being a hockey player, Lindsay is very reticent so he'll have to fight hard for what he wants, and the more he persist the harder it gets for Lindsay to keep denying that attraction, specially since they start spending more time together. Their path isn't easy, so they'll have to face some challenges if they decide what they have is worth fighting for.
Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny was a great read, Cindi's writing and the pace of the story is very fluid and that along with great characters seals the deal for me. Btw I also loved that we can see the couples from the previous stories in this book! Congrats, Cindi!!!
“Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny” picks up the story of Lindsey and Ryder who were introduced in “Anatomy of a Player”. Lindsey has come to hate hockey players, or at least she thinks she does because she’s been burned in the past. Ryder is a rather persistent hockey player that really doesn’t know Lindsey’s past but doesn’t give up even though she’s trying to push him away. With a dynamic like that you are going to have a story with quite a bit of angst from both sides and to complicate matters the hockey team is in the time consuming and often stressful playoff season.
“Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny” like the previous books in the series was sweet and light hearted if a bit formulaic and that is why I'm knocking off a star. The editing is pretty good and you won’t find any jarring grammatical errors! There is some sex but the pages are not consumed by it and it is not overly graphic for those of you not into that sort of thing. This is a pretty fast read and you’ll want to try to read in one go, a fun weekend or beach read that has a feel good HEA and will put a smile on your face.
Lindsay made a lot of mistakes during her first few years of college. She was a puck bunny, but after getting her heart broken she realizes her goals are more important than hockey players. Now Lindsey is focused on school and graduating there is only one problem well two actually. The first problem is math. Lindsey is struggling to keep her grades up. The second reason is… Ryder “Ox” Maddox and boy is he a weakness she is having a problem staying away from.
Ryder has a huge crush on Lindsey so when she needs help studying he sees a way in. Now Ryder has to convince Lindsey that they can be more than study partners. Lindsey is determined to keep Ryder at arms length, but he isn’t giving up so easily. But what happens when Lindsey’s past collides with Ryder’s future?
I adored Ryder … God he is such a total sweetheart!! I swooned quite a few times. Lindsey is a very likable character as well and I felt so bad for her. There were a few parts that were kind of slow, but overall I enjoyed this book.