Author- Helena Hunting
My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance."
I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.
Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.
I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.
I shouldn’t want her.
But I do.
I should leave her alone.
But I won’t.
My review- Another great book in the series! Helena Hunting is a great writer. She really makes you feel emotion and protection for these former bad boys/players. Lance 'Romance' Romero has been seen throughout all the previous books in the Pucked Series and comes across as worse than all the other teammates put togeher. He is notorious for taking part in threesomes, sleeping with many different women and throwing news worthy parties in his home. He is aggressive on the ice while playing hockey and spends much of his time in the penalty box, sporting a fresh bruise. But inside he is about as broken as it gets. Since being beaten by his mother from an early age and riddled with guilt, he can barely stand being touched by anyone, expecially females.
He tried to have something real with his ex trainer, Tash, and she proved to be nothing but a manipulator. Lance doesn't believe he is worth enough to be treated any other way. He is sinking deeper and deeper in to self hate and harmful behaviours until he lays eyes on redhead Poppy, a girl with a beautiful soul. He vaguely remembers her from the past and wants to be around her more. Her touch doesn't make him feel sick and he craves it.
This is a really lovely story (Though to this day Lily and Randy remain my favourite, though Lance takes an easy second place). I loved watching the love and acceptance in this book. Helena Hunting attaches us to the main players from the first sentence and holds you until the end. Lance's POV is heartbreaking and it is worth reading all over again.