Another super cute story from Helena Hunting. I have missed being in her hockey world, and this was a great way to get back.
Lainey and RJ's story is full of attraction, dripping with lust - and halted by lies.
I didn't even read the blurb before I started reading this one - didn't need to lol. However, if you do read the blurb, you could have a pretty good guess at what one of the lies is. Or like me, you will guess some of it as you are reading along. However that did not take away anything from my enjoyment.
Their story is a wonderful second-chance romance, with a few hurdles along the way. There was a bit of drama for drama's sake, however nothing was really OTT.
Were they lies? Were they lies of omission? Does it really matter at the end of the day. Someone gets hurt either way. It is the way that the hurt is dealt with that matters, right?
I liked that when things get found out, there was some serious grovelling, and our guy shows the man he really is, not what the world shows him as.
I loved seeing the Pucked boys and their families - Vi is still as funny AF as she every was, and I love every scene she is in.
I did miss the actually hockey in this one though - but that is just me!
I am really looking forward to the next book now.
Run out and grab yourself a copy of A Lie for A Lie - RJ is worth it!
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!
So the blurb for this book was pretty perfectly written. I had a good idea of what I was getting into when I picked this up and I was spot on. But in saying that the journey to get there and the story once we did was great.
Rook is captain of Chicago which if your familiar with the Pucked series is home to all those awesome characters we already love. So I got a lot of Violet and Alex and Sunny and Bucky and everyone else which I loved.
Lainey was a little different than I expected and it just made me like her that much more. She was so strong in her vulnerability and I felt for everything that she went through.
And Rook was so sweet and I loved that he had matured from his former puck bunny sampling ways well before he met Lainey. It just made him so much more appealing to me that he learnt from his past and grew up all on his own.
I am so glad that the series is off to such a solid start and I can't wait to see who's next in the lineup of hockey hotties.
Pucked was my first book by Helena Hunting and after reading that she became an author that I just had to one click every new released book from her. To be able to step back in to this world with A Lie For A Lie, well I was almost beside myself. Alex Waters to this day is still my number one book boyfriend, but boy does Rook come a close second. Helena certainly knows how to write fabulous lead male characters. She also isn't too shabby when it comes to female leads as well. Lainey is perfectly imperfect. She sees and lives her life a little bit differently to most others, but it just made her all the more endearing. Now this story is the first book in the new All In series, but I am unsure whether this will be hockey related or something else. Doesn't really matter to me, I just know I will definitely read it. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book