Pucked Over (Pucked #3) by Helena Hunting @HelenaHunting
5 Balls to the wall stars
ridiculously in love with this series and its cast of loony characters. Since
first introduced to Hunting’s unique writing style in Pucked, she has become
one of my favorite go-to authors and a master when it comes to penning
scorching hot, outrageously humorous romantic comedies. Randy and Lily’s love
story in Pucked Over did not disappoint ~ Tons of side-splitting laugher
courtesy of these characters’ crazy hijinks and witty banter; Heart throbbing,
intense chemistry; A broody hot hockey hunk with an overly salacious sexual
appetite and a fondness for bathroom hookups; A sassy yet sweet heroine; and a
storyline filled with the feels.Randy
“Balls” Ballistic and Lily LeBlanc’s journey from casual sex-turned-burning
lust-turned-true love tale was another riotously funny, passion filled
installment in this great sports-themed romance series.
Although this book
can be read as a stand alone, you’ll miss out on all the hilarity from the previous
couples’ love stories, as well as a glimpse into Randy and Lily’s beginnings.
Up, we saw Lily (Sunny’s bff and Alex’s pseudo little sister) bitterly
end her seven-year relationship. In the midst of all her break-up drama, Randy
(an incredibly hot NHL player and Miller’s buddy) swooped in and heroically
saved the day… by giving her an unforgettable night. I was left wondering what
would become of their relationship and couldn’t wait to see the fireworks these
two would ignite. Holy moly, after reading Pucked Over I have to say, whenever
these two got together…it was explosive!
Up, Lily came across as an assertive and opinionated type of chick.
However, there was so much more to her character and it was disheartening to
see all of her woes. Lily is strong-willed, yet extremely vulnerable. Her life was filled with struggles as her dreams of being a figure skater were crushed,
her self-esteem was shot thanks to her asshole ex, she juggled several jobs in
order to make ends meet, and her overbearing mother made her situation worse.
Stolen moments with Randy gave Lily a well-deserved escape from reality. She
had a taste of something special and desperately wants more, (regardless of the
fact that he’s a notorious ladies man who avoids commitment like the plague). A
distraction is exactly what she needed to forget her troubles…a little fun with
Randy and a whole lot of screwing. And Balls was more than willing to be her
I loved seeing
Lily become stronger and grow more confident through Randy’s guidance. The only
issue was, she’s a relationship kind of girl. Her situation intensifies as
feelings for Randy turned from casual to deeply serious. She has fallen hard
for the commitment-phobic bad boy, and I was holding my breath, fearing how
Randy would react to Lily’s change of heart. Nail biting anxiety set in as I
anticipated and dreaded more emotional turmoil for Lily.
Now, I absolutely
adore all the Pucked gents, but there’s just something extraordinary about
Randy that intrigued me. His mercurial character had an air of edginess that I
was highly attracted to. I loved his smugness, his witty sense of humor and his
filthy mouth. I mean, come on – how could I not love a guy whose nickname is
Balls and has a warped, perverted mind. Aside from being overly sexy and
broody, Randy in his own way was vulnerable and insecure. There were secrets
buried underneath his hipster beard…mysteries Lily (and I) wanted to unravel.
In particular, why was Balls so adamant to do it only in the dark? Poor Lily,
there was no chance for a peen peek….
underlining fears behind Randy’s sexual quirks and his aversion towards serious
relationships made me fall deeper for his character. I truly felt sorry for all
his inhibitions. However, there were times I wanted to club him over the head
with his hockey stick and force him to man up. He made some lousy decisions
that added major angst to the plot and it ticked me off. I got why Randy was
hesitant when it came to facing his true desires, but I was peeved when he
acted like a total jerk towards Lily. Needless to say with all the charms he
possessed, I was able to forgive Randy for his delirium. He finally grew a pair
of big boy balls, won Lily’s affections and trust, when ultimately admitting
his true feelings. Sheesh, dude took his sweet ass time getting over and moving
on from his hang-ups.
In the end, I
experienced a major book hangover, missing Randy, his balls, and the entire
Pucked crew. I loved seeing how these couples’ lives intermingle and the
dynamics of their relationships. Happy to see Miller, Alex and the rest of this
whacky cast pop into the story line, as well as a hint of what is to come in
the next installment. If you miss Vi, no worries, she’s just as crazy and
meddlesome as ever, constantly over-sharing and creating havoc in her wake.
Another winning funny and flirty read from Helena Hunting.