Title: Pucked Up
Series: Pucked #2
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: October 25, 2015
Genre: New Adult Sports Contemporary Romance
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 Up is Buck's time to shine with Sunny. Okay, bad pun, but you get it. So we first met Buck in Pucked as Vi's stepbrother, and Sunny as Alex's sister. They had a "thing" if you will that, guessing by the events in Pucked and Buck's rep, readers would question his motive with Sunny. In Pucked Up, we get to explore what his motives are and get to know more about them both individually and together.
Oh man, this book had me feel for Buck so hard. A series of unfortunate events kept coming for Buck and some of it impacted Sunny. It was like a domino effect; it was one thing after another after another and so on. It was painful to see but I also couldn't stop laughing (I'm sorry, Buck!). Poor Buck. Luckily he has a team of people by his side and a little Sunny sunshine to grace Buck with good luck, public sex and reality checks.
We all love cameos of characters from previous books and Vi and Alex makes a few in this one. You'd think it would be all dandy, but there are some bumps for the two, especially when they run interference with Buck and Sunny. I mean, it can't be easy having your stepbrother dating your boyfriends sister without a little drama. Vi....Girl, I couldn't even handle you. Vi was a force to be reckoned with as you can probably guess. She had me busting up non-stop with her crass and blunt personality that's just all up in your face. I loved it, and if readers loved her in Pucked, they will get a kick out of her in this one too. On top of Vi and Alex coming to the rescue for their respected siblings, they seem to have some bumps on their own that I hope will work out and get Vi's ass down the freaking aisle already. Just get it done and over with, girl, so the mother-in-law's can lay off the wedding drama.
I'm looking forward to Pucked Over featuring a surprising couple from Pucked Up. Can't wait to see how that all pans out. And I'm hoping for a Vi and Alex wedding in there, Helena!