Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Book Review: A Lie for a Lie (All In #1) by Helena Hunting

A Lie for a Lie
All In #1
By: Helena Hunting
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies. 

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am. 

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey. 

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.


My Thoughts:

I have come to expect nothing less than a great story when I see a book written by Helena Hunting.  Her stories are consistently wonderful reads, and A Lie for a Lie was another excellent addition to the books that she has already written!  I enjoyed the Pucked Series, and the All In Series is a new spin-off that I am looking forward to continuing!

In A Lie for a Lie we get the sexy and reformed playboy, NHL Team Captain R.J. "Rook's" story.  Every year R.J. spends quality time in Alaska with his brother fishing, enjoying the great outdoors, and getting the peaceful quiet time that he needs.  However, his brother is unable to come this time due to his pregnant wife having complications.  R.J. decides to go anyway, because it was a tradition he had with his father, and he really needs to get away.

Lainey is on her way to Alaska to work on her research and thesis for her third Master's degree.  She is studying dolphins and whales in the wild and is excited to have an exciting adventure.

R.J. and Lainey meet on the plane ride to Alaska.  These two fall quick and hard for one another, and I loved the two of them together.  R.J. was kind, attentive, sexy, and I loved him.  Lainey was sweet, refreshing, a bit awkward, and quirky, and I loved her too!  The two of them clicked.  

The story began in the present, then went back in time to when R.J. and Lainey met and had their whirlwind romance, and then came full circle back to the present.  I enjoyed the format, as well as the fact that we got both R.J. and Lainey's perspectives.  A Lie for a Lie was a fitting title, and when everything came out between these two, the story got really exciting.

I absolutely adored the dynamic between R.J. and Lainey.  They were such great couple, and their relationship gave me a major case of the "feels."  I loved everything that R.J. did to try to make up for his lie of omission, and you could tell how much he had fallen for her, and that he didn't want to lose her again.  This story had a great cast of secondary characters as well. I loved seeing previous beloved characters from the Pucked Series, as well as meeting new ones!  If you are looking for a sexy, sweet, and romantic romance with unforgettable characters that will make you believe in whirlwind love, and romantic fate, check out, A Lie for a Lie!


Purchase Info:
Available on Kindle Unlimited!


About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 

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  1. I've had my eye on the Pucked series. This one set in Alaska sounds good, too. I like when stories frame in with a brief glimpse of the present and then go back and show how it got there. It's like a fun teaser. :)
    Enjoyed your review, Lindy!

  2. I like the sound of this one and I've heard great things about this author and series. I think I'm going to add this one to my pile! Wonderful review. :D

  3. i love when i can get caught up in their romance as quickly as the characters do and secondary characters can really flesh out a story

    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I've enjoyed this author, and this sounds like one i will need to add to my TBR pile! Lovely review!

  5. Arghhh I really really need to try this author

  6. I so need to try something by Helena Hunting! I love sports romances and I've seen a lot of good things about her. Now with your 5 stars I want to dive in. New series, so yay! :)

    1. That would be awesome Rachel! I really think you will enjoy this story :)

  7. This is another one of those authors that I have a bunch of books by but have yet to read any! They all sound so good and I am always here for hockey players. Great review!

    1. Thanks Teresa! I hope you get to one of them soon! You'll love her books :)

  8. I was on the fence about this one since I go back and forth on Helena's books. Thank you for the great book review as usual!

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

  9. Hunting has been hit or miss for me, but this sounds really good. All of a sudden it seems like there are a ton of books set in Alaska, and I am fully on board with that.

  10. The book sounds interesting, thank you for the review.

  11. Awwww there is something so sweet about a guy working hard to make up for his mistakes! I totally get why you loved this one so much Lindy!! And the return of secondary characters is totally up both our alleys.

    1. Yes, It was definitely a heartwarming romance Dani :)


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