What a promising start to this brand new series of light, sexy hockey romances! I loved the texting, the unique meet cute, and the likable characters. These two have chemistry from the moment they meet, and the mistaken identities, online (second) meet cute, and sexy times only enhanced that. It’s a low angst treat that’s easy to devour, and it definitely has me interested in more from the series. I’m already excited for the next couple, and that’s always a great thing. My only complaints are minor ones, and I considered a higher rating. But a couple of small things rubbed me the wrong way, so I’m sticking with this solid 4-star rating.
The story follows Collin, a pro hockey player who is stressed out. His performance on the ice is suffering, and that certainly isn’t doing anything to relax him. When Collin meets a sexy stranger on the side of the road, the (platonic) hours they spend together do more to relieve his tension than anything else. But they said goodbye without exchanging numbers, so there’s no getting that feeling back. After Collin’s teammates convince him that he just needs to get laid, he signs up for a dating app… and finds his mystery woman. Desperate to feel relaxed again, Collin messages Harper without revealing his identity. As the two grow closer, Collin realizes that the relationship that relaxes him also has the potential to be more stressful than anything else.
So there are only two small things that kept me from calling this a 5-star rom com, and they’re both personal preference. The romantic in me was really bothered by the fact that Collin was seeking out casual sex while still thinking about Harper, even if he didn’t have a way to get ahold of her. Luckily, he finds Harper online before that happens, but it soured some of the sweeter moments at the start of the book. It would’ve been really simple to have him sign up for the app a few hours prior to meeting Harper, that’s all I’m saying. I also didn’t love how long the “it’s just casual” element remained in play, though I did like the spin on it towards the end. Collin makes a pretty cute hero – he’s a nice guy and I liked him from the start. His relationship with Harper is quirky and playful, which helped make this a low angst and fun read – something that Hunter excels at. It’s the reason I one-click her books without hesitation. I’m very intrigued by a few of Collin’s teammates, and I’m already envisioning where the rest of the series will go. I’m ready to find out! I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy sports romance.
I’m having the definition of a bad year.
Game Six loss costing my team the Cup? Check.
Getting arrested and ruining my image? Check.
Almost getting run over after my car breaks down? Oh, look—a hat trick.
My contract is up with the Carolina Comets this year, and I need to get it together if I want to stay with the team.
I need relaxation, not a relationship.
But when I’m scrolling on a dating app and stumble across the pretty girl who almost ran me over, I know I can’t let her walk away this time.
Harper is funny, smart, and doesn’t care about hockey.
I’m not supposed to be focusing on anything other than my career, yet I can’t get Harper off my mind.
I know I shouldn’t fall for her…but I think I already have.
PUCK SHY is a standalone hockey romantic comedy. It’s good, low angst fun with some hot hockey players.
About the Author:
I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.
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