When Helena Hunting writes a book it’s definitely an automatic one-click for me. When it’s back in the PUCKED world AND the beginning of a new series ... I’m already there!!! A LIE FOR A LIE was another outstanding read, Helena’s words capturing and entrancing me from the beginning. It was wonderful catching up with the Chicago crew ... laughs galore as usual.
Rook “RJ” “Rookie” Bowman is headed to his family’s cabin in Alaska for some well earned R&R. He’s now the Captain of Chicago’s NHL team and needs a break. Lainey Carver is also on her way to Alaska, except she’s going to do some marine research for her Master’s degree.
What happens when Lainey literally falls into RJ’s lap? Well, you can definitely be assured that it’s going to involve some comedy moments, plenty of heat (yeah I know Alaska ...) and some heartache thrown in. The chemistry between RJ and Lainey was like a wildfire ... hot and intense. These two really shone, like the brightest star at night. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end when RJ is called away due to a family emergency.
Fast forward a year and an unexpected meeting may just change everything for both RJ and Lainey. First, secrets must be shared and trust must be gained. These two are just made for each other, opposites so beautifully matched. I fell for RJ ... I mean I fell HARD, he was absolutely divine. He fought with everything he had to prove to Lainey he was worth taking a risk on. She was brilliant, strong in her beliefs, she had the sweetest nature ... but she was by no means a walkover.
Another attention grabbing, emotion destroying ride from Helena. I can’t wait for more of this series. Highly recommended.
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.
Rook and Lainey.. All the feels with this book. Not only do we get hot, intense and passionate. We get tears, drama and regret. This story gets you wanting more! I have missed the pucked crew and to get some of that again was amazing. Can't wait for more!!!
I started reading and then I just got bored so I skipped multiple chapters. As it is a romance it did not matter I missed so much of the book. Maybe I need to read the suspense / thriller romances instead.
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!
A Lie for A Lie is the first title in Helena Hunting, All In series. I adored her Pucked series, and couldn't wait to dive into a new hockey series and this title did not disappoint.
Fate put this pair in each other's path not once, but twice. What ensues is a sweet, sexy, and fun second chance romance.
Lainey is sweet, and kind, yet also kind of naïve. She's very intelligent, passionate and strong and shouldn't be underestimated despite some of the quirks of her character.
RJ or Rook is a kind, caring and protective hero. A reformed player he's sweet, charming, and thoughtful, and has plenty of determination and drive when it comes to proving his worth and character to Lainey.
The banter and interactions are fun, flirtatious and has the signature humor that I've come to expect from Helena's books.
If you're a fan of the Pucked series, you will love that several past favourites make a cameo appearance throughout this title.
I adored Lainey and RJ's story and cannot wait for the next addition to the All In series.
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.