Lance has always intrigued me, throughout this whole series, I knew his story was going to be a doozy, and it was! The first chapter had me hurting for him so bad and I just wanted to know more. Helena was brilliant in setting up this story line. From the earlier books, you assume you know the outcome, but the old saying of two sides to every story rings true.
Lance was just so compelling and consuming. He will be the first to tell you it is either a little or full force. And Lance at full force is delectable. His story is not an easy one to hear, he has demons from his childhood that has deep scars and makes it hard for him to trust. He has been burnt before. After getting into a bar brawl, saving a woman from domestic violence, he is in need of a therapeutic massage to get the kinks out before the pre season game. This in itself is torture, and not because of all the bruising. Although, an unexpected thing happens when he meets Poppy. For the first time ever, he enjoyed a massage and is now hooked on her hands.
What I loved most about this story was Lance, his vulnerabilities and insecurities were real and didn't feel forced. The way this couple came together wasn't instant and the time it took them to discover their feelings was magic. There was some angst, but it wasn't over any silly misunderstanding. These two acted like normal adults. Once Lance knew that Pretty Poppy was someone special, he was determined to keep her safe from outsiders. I am finding it hard to say this, but I think I love Lance more than Randy Balls! And that is saying something. Lance just makes me go all goo gar and I am so contented he found his HEA.
This is a standalone book, and you will be able to follow along with no problems. You will meet a few of the other couples from the pervious books, which I am sure it will make you want to go and read them too. If this is not your first Pucked book, this is a must one for all Pucked series lovers.
*I received a copy for an honest review. **Reviewed for JoandIsaLoveBooksBlog.
It is always a great day when I get reunited with the lads and lasses from the Pucked series, but I was really, really wanting Lance's story.
And it was so much more than I could ever have expected.
Whilst it still has its funny and sexy and dirty times, Pucked Off is darker than the previous books. Lance is a tortured soul, a horrible childhood and years of felling like crap. I was surprised at how deep his demons ran, and what was behind the enforcer.
Poppy knows Lance from her childhood and now they are back in each others worlds ,but with what consequences.
And remember Tash from the earlier books? I really liked her before, but nope, her true colours have come out and don't want to give much away, but she is a bit of a psycho hose beast! And I just wanted to slap her with my kindle every time she turned up on the page.
Every page I turned I just needed to know more. I got frustrated at times with Lance's inability to let himself move forward, but at the same time I could understand.
Poppy is a strong, independent woman that I just adored from the get go.
We got lots of the other pucked people, and it was nice, as much as I freaking LOVE Violet's smutty mouth, to get a saner, deeper side of her at time. But we still got the crazy!
I really adored this addition to the Pucked series, it was sweet and sexy and adorable, and Lance Romance may now be my second favourite ranga (but no one will every beat my Prince Harry!)
My heart breaks and soars for Lance. After everything he has been through, he's finally found his happy place. She's sassy, sweet, and all around perfect for him. If only he would realize that he DOES deserve her. The emotions pulled from this book are extraordinary. Just like the previous books in this series, there's a humor to it, but this one is a little more serious. I highly recommend reading the other stories, but with this book it isn't a must. You can understand everything without them, but if read out of order, there may be some spoilers.