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Pucked by [Walter, Rachel]
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Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?

Riley Silk, captain of the Warriors Ice Hockey team at Dalesburg High, doesn’t think life can be lived if love is present. If there’s two things in life he knows to be true, it’s that love causes pain and hockey is his ticket to a better life. He’s worked hard to maintain his Frozen Silk reputation in order to stay focused on his duties and goals.

Audrey Jacobs, the Warriors’ number one fan, believes life can’t be lived without love. She can find love and beauty in the muddiest of situations. Her best friend, Riley, is under a lot of stress at home, so she does her best to brighten his mood whenever she can.

When lines cross and blur, they struggle to keep control of the simplicity their friendship once held. With Audrey’s outlook on life usually surrounded by light, the growing darkness of her doubts and insecurities threaten to deflect her toward the wrong path.

Can she find her true self before her world burns around her? When truths become lies, can Riley find the strength to fight his way through his own personal darkness that clings to his mind and soul? Can he win this face-off that life has dropped in his zone, or will fate take him out of the game completely?

Who keeps the puck?

**Warning- Several abuse topics are discussed in this story, which includes parental alienation, physical abuse, alcohol abuse, and mild drug abuse.**

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4514 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Rachel Walter (8 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TDBV13W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #943,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I was totally entwined in this story; the love between two teens who are best friends is just the kind of story I can get involved in. I absolutely loved the angst and stresses that they go through. Throw in a bit of drama and an abusive parent and I'm on the edge of my seat, loving every word and breathing every emotion. I was hurting for the characters and reading faster and faster to find out how it ends. The writing was great, very intensive and exactly how you could envision the events that happen.

I loved Riley and Audrey and Riley's little sister, Hannah is adorable. Riley is so strong for a sixteen - eighteen year old. He deals with his life by blocking his feelings out. He is under the assumption that love leads to pain and so he will not love anyone. Audrey is his grounding influence; they've been best friends their whole lives. Neither is prepared to spoil their friendship by declaring their feelings. I feel that I know these characters really well now as this story is so well written and detailed that you can't help but fall in love with them and their own coping mechanisms.
This is a totally endearing story, it is my first book written by Rachel Walter, but I will be looking to read her others soon.

A Book Lovers Emoprium.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of feels in this one! 23 February 2017
By Jen Seipp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not my normal book type. But, I jumped on it when Wickedly Innocent Promotions did the book tour. Jennifer has yet to steer me wrong. And this was another time I was glad I took a leap of faith.

Coming from divorced parents, this spoke to me. I could relate, as can so many of us, to one or more of the characters. Either as the kid from a broken home, the friend of one, or the friend of a friend and so on. All of those are here. There were a couple of times I did have to put the book down and walk away because I couldn't read through the emotions or tears. That is how well written this is. She brought me to tears, more than once. On the up side, I did laugh a lot too. And I also fumed at my phone. My husband says that watching me read is quite entertaining!

I don't tend to review the plot or characters of the books as much as I do the writer and their style. There are only so many stories out there, it is all in how they are told. And this was told artfully. Her turn off phrase is amazing. She has you feeling for the characters, they are people, not flimsy constructs.

Though this is a bit out of my wheelhouse, I think I will be picking up more of Ms. Walter's books. Now, I don't think I can binge on her work, I think my nose and eyes would look like I have the crud. I think her work will be great to break up some of the fluff binges I go on.
5.0 out of 5 stars #BEAUTIFULDEBUT 2 April 2017
By Jennifer Pierson: The Power of Three Readers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Audrey Jacobs is a good girl who is secretly in love with her best friend Riley, although she doesn't want to ruin their friendship, so she keeps quiet. Riley Silk is the captain of the Warrior's Ice Hockey team for their High School, and Audrey's best friend. He is sure of two things, hockey is his way out from a bad home life, and love only hurts people. As Riley and Audrey get older, the friendship line blurs more and more. That's all I'm saying, but know this, that the above is just the very tip of the iceberg, as this emotional story is beautiful. Usually I don't read a lot of the young adult books, but I'm so glad I did with this one. Rachel Walter proved herself to a have a very talented writing style, as I was captivated from beginning to end, and I couldn't put it down. The emotional angst tried to bring me to my knees, as she wrote about real issues that had my heart hurting, but she did with with grace, so came off even more poignant to me. A few twists had me dropping the loud f-bombs (I'm still an adult that cusses like a sailor from time to time), as they came out of left field. Riley with all of his issues from his home life, had me physically feeling his pain, and although he tried more than once to freeze everyone out, I still felt for him. There was some well placed humor that had me laughing, giving me a break from the heavy emotions, which I loved. All I can end with is saying that all should give this beautiful, and realistic story a read, as I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!
5.0 out of 5 stars the love between two teens who are best friends is just ... 16 February 2017
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was totally entwined in this story; the love between two teens who are best friends is just the kind of story I can get involved in. I absolutely loved the angst and stresses that they go through. Throw in a bit of drama and an abusive parent and I'm on the edge of my seat, loving every word and breathing every emotion. I was hurting for the characters and reading faster and faster to find out how it ends. The writing was great, very intensive and exactly how you could envision the events that happen.

I loved Riley and Audrey and Riley's little sister, Hannah is adorable. Riley is so strong for a sixteen - eighteen year old. He deals with his life by blocking his feelings out. He is under the assumption that love leads to pain and so he will not love anyone. Audrey is his grounding influence; they've been best friends their whole lives. Neither is prepared to spoil their friendship by declaring their feelings. I feel that I know these characters really well now as this story is so well written and detailed that you can't help but fall in love with them and their own coping mechanisms.
This is a totally endearing story, it is my first book written by Rachel Walter, but I will be looking to read her others soon.

A Book Lovers Emoprium.
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved everything about this book! 18 March 2017
By Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This has been heart-breaking, mind-blowing, tear-inducing, soul-searching, chest-pounding story, where winter meets spring, creating a spectacular autumn that two bruised hearts call home.

Aubrey Jacob is fire, spring, a blooming dandelion in the mud. Yes, mud.. Because Aubrey girl loves mud and muddin’, and that’s something that make her unique.

Riley Silk is ice, winter, a frost that intensifies the ice surrounding his heart. Because Riley has been through a lot in the homefront, to him, love is cruel and cold and chilled.

Together, they are autumn. Together, they are fire and ice controlled. Together, they are unbreakable.

I loved everything about this book – the tears, the fights, the anxiety attacks, the milkshakes, the mud, the ice, and most specially – the one armed, one legged booty shaking dance.

I love Pucked!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A YA book that packs a real punch 15 August 2016
By Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Life is like the weather. Rain, like our emotions, builds up along the streets of our hearts softening the earth of our souls, creating mud. Though messy, mud is the glue of our decisions. It cements our personal changes. Its not permanent, because when it rains again, you'll need to restructure, rebuild, change, and just our decisions in life, nothing lasts forever."

This YA book packs a real punch. If you enjoy YA-coming of age stories, I highly recommend this one.

It centers on Audrey and Riley. They’re two best friends who have grown up together in a small town and are now of an age where they’re growing into each other.

Their two lives could not, however, be more different. Riley is the child of divorced parents. He has hockey skills that maybe his ticket out of his life – a life with a mother who is more of a child, an absent father, an abusive stepfather, and a younger sister who needs him.

Audrey is the opposite. She comes from a loving, secure family with two parents and a gaggle of brothers who are supportive. When Riley is on the ice, Audrey is his number one fan.

Riley internalizes his anger, releasing it on the ice as Frozen Silk. He keeps his rage in check, but when that strategy begins to fail, everything begins to fall apart.

The ‘will they or won’t they’ dynamic between the two adds another dimension to the story. As tensions rise between Audrey and Riley, he may lose the one person who is a constant in his life.

The promising future beckoning Riley might disintegrate with the problems in the present.

This story touches on some really important themes: kids who have to grow up too fast, kids stuck in situations because of their parents and through no fault of their own, parental alienation, emotional abuse and how people cope with little to no support system.

At times, my heart was in my mouth. Yep. It all got real at times, too real, and I felt like I was waiting for the hammer to fall. If you want to find out what happens, you’ll have to pick it up for yourself.

My one criticism is this book does start slowly. Walter, however, has the ability to write characters you empathize with and cheer for, as well as emotionally charged, but real scenes.

Recommended.