Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review : Pucked Up (Pucked, #2) by Helena Hunting

Pucked Up

Helena Hunting

Release Date:
October 25th, 2015

eBook received in exchange of honest review

GR's Summary:

Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation. 

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen. 

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.  

Pucked Series on Goodreads:

Our Review of Pucked HERE

Lindy's Thoughts:

The Pucked series has been a lot of fun.  The author uses humor, and relatable and endearing characters to tell great love stories.  In Pucked, we got Alex Waters and Violet "Vi" Hall's story.  In Pucked Up, we get Alex's little sister, Sunshine "Sunny" Waters, and Vi's half-brother, Miller "Buck" Butterson's story.

Buck is known for being the ultimate playboy.  He has a list of "honeys" to call on whenever the urge strikes him, and there are never a shortage of "Puck Bunnies" throwing themselves at him.  Buck originally got to know Sunny, when he was angry that Alex was hooking up with his sister.  He thought turn around would be fair play.  However, something happened when Buck met Sunny.  She didn't throw herself all over him, and proved to have self-respect, a good heart, and the ability to intrigue him.

Buck decides that he is serious about Sunny, and wants to make her his girlfriend.  However, the way the media portrays Buck, and how manipulative puck bunnies twist things around on social media, proves to continuously challenge Buck and Sunny's relationship.  Added to this challenge is the fact that Alex (Sunny's brother) hates Buck, Lily (Sunny's best friend) doesn't trust him, and Sunny's ex-boyfriend is trying to push himself back in to her life.  Is Buck and Sunny's relationship doomed to fail?

Helena Hunting has a unique style of writing.  I enjoy her ribald sense of humor, and was excited to dive in to Pucked Up.  I loved getting to know Buck and all of his complex layers.  He had a difficult childhood, due to his mother's passing at a young age, being brought up by a single father, and trying to navigate his schoolwork while suffering from Dyslexia.  Buck has insecurities about his intelligence, and my heart went out to him.  He had such a big heart, but didn't boast or make other's aware of all that he did for charity.

Sunny was a sweet girl.  She came across as very young, innocent, and a bit naive.  I was frustrated for Buck and the fact that Sunny didn't trust him.  However, the truth of the matter was that with the way things were portrayed on social media, and having her best friend and brother constantly talking negatively about Buck, I could see where she was coming from.

Pucked Up was slow-moving for me in the first half, and went really fast, in the second half.  I enjoyed Buck and Sunny's story, and found myself grinning, and cackling throughout the story.  I really would love to read a story about Lily (Sunny's best friend) and Randy (Buck's best friend.)  These two were very entertaining, and in this story we get a preview of the fireworks between them.    

My Rating:

I give, Pucked Up, by Helena Hunting, 3.5 Outrageously Comical, Bawdy, Sexy, and Sweet Cookie Eating, Yeti Filled Stars!  If you enjoy risqué humor, fun authentic characters, and an amusing plot, check out this series!

Mikki's Review:

When I found out that Pucked Up was going to be about Sunny and Buck, I was very excited! I really liked Buck in Pucked and I could not wait to see in what kind of hilarious trouble he was going to get himself to. 

In Pucked Up we follow Sunshine ''Sunny'' Walters and Miller ''Buck'' Butterson.  Sunny is Alex's young sister and Buck is Vi's half brother. If you have not read Vi and Alex's story I highly recommend Pucked! When Buck meets Sunny, he knows he has found the woman he's been looking for. He's tired of the puck bunny scene and wants a woman he can talk to and have an amazing time with. Sunny loves everything about Buck, except for when he gets in trouble on social media. She has tried to look pass it, but the trouble keeps on pilling up and making her reconsider a serious relationship with Buck. Will Buck be ready to change his wild lifestyle to keep Sunny by his side?

I really enjoyed Pucked Up. It was a fun and sweet story with a good dose of sexiness. When I read Pucked, I had no difficulty connecting with Alex and Vi. Their chemistry was hot and I was cheering for them from beginning to end. With Pucked Up, it was a different story. Even though I really enjoyed Sunny and Buck's story, I had a difficult connecting with Sunny. There was a lot of drama because of Buck's media appearances. I understand why Sunny had a difficult time trusting Buck, but my heart broke for him when she kept on pushing him away. He really was working hard to keep her at his side.  I wish she would had made her own decisions in many occasions instead of listening to her brother and her best friend. They are not Buck's biggest fans and it was obvious.

Buck was a really great surprise. His POV was amazing and I loved the conversations he had with Vi. That brought a big smile on my face and you could feel the love he had for her. Even if she's always busting his chops ... lol!! She was great and her sister role was in full effect when it came to healing Buck's broken heart. Buck's friends were comical and always by his side. I'm not sure who's getting a book next, but I can't wait to read it! I highly recommend this series.

My Rating:

I give Pucked Up, by Helena Hunting, 3.5 fun, sexy, entertaining stars!

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About Helena Hunting:

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

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