I started listening to A Lie For A Lie yesterday, and was completely hooked by the storyline and the fabulous narrators. Halfway through I switched to the ebook - I had reached the really good part of the story (the whole Lie for A Lie part - if you have read it, you know where I was!), and I just HAD to keep going. Unfortunately listening to Audio relaxes me so much at night it sends me to sleep, so ebook to finish was required. (Jason Clarke is one of my fav narrators, so I'm going to finish the audio off today as well - he's too good not to listen to).
Lainey was such a sweet, super smart, adorably awkward character. She meets Rook (RJ) when they are both travelling to Alaska, and he is completely charmed by the above mentioned adorable awkwardness. Bonus that she has no idea at all who he is. When RJ is called away from Alaska for a family emergency, both realise too late they are unable to contact the other. Fast forward to a year later where they run into each other again by chance, and then starts the interesting part of the story which kept me up late reading!
There are a couple of more serious themes in the storyline, but overall it was a very low angst, at times fun to read second chance romance.
I fell right into this book immediately. I shouldn't be surprised, because that always seems to be the case with Helena Hunting books for me. This is a bit of a spin-off from the Pucked series, so I'd like to point that out from the start. I haven't actually finished the Pucked books myself, so this was a glimpse into the future for some of the characters I haven't met yet properly. I really want to go back and finish that series when I get time, even more now. I love the hockey world Helena has created, and A Lie for a Lie lends into that really well.
I liked the way that RJ and Lainey met, and struck up their initial relationship, I guess you could call it. I totally understand RJ's reasons for some things as well. He really is genuinely sweet guy, and Lainey was a bunch of fun. Whilst she is quite a nervous person, she's really smart, and when she lets her guard down and gets to know RJ its amazing.
Fast forward to the year later after their initial time together, and we really get thrown into a whirlwind of a situation. I kind of expected was going to happen, but it was only an initial thought that got swept to the back of my mind.
I could completely understand Lainey's lack of trust and her wariness about getting to know RJ again and involve him in her life. He sure pulls out all the stops and really uses his true personality to start getting back into her goods books, and getting to know her.
There were secondary characters I loved (see our hockey friends and Eden), and others that I really wasn't too fond of (see Lainey's family), so we have a nice mix of personality types thrown in as well.
This story was so much fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I won't say much more than that, because it's fun to go in blind like I did, and enjoy these characters for who they are. I can't wait for more from this series, and to see where Helena takes us next!