Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting

PUCKED (standalone)
by Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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DNF= Did not finish

I've to throw the towel on this one. I tried to connect, I tried to pull through but it isn't for me.

I know I'm a critical romance reader, thus I really gave my best to stay patient, hoping the characters and I would somehow connect, but nada. I think this book is either a hit or miss - looking at the reviews/rating; but frankly for me it's sadly a miss.

A big issue for me was the heroine's humor (if you can call it like that) that hindered me to connect with the story. I'm aware she's young, 22, but she was too annoying, immature and so not funny in my opinion.

"What is that?" The question is insane. But honestly, what the f#ck am I supposed to do with this? Alex chuckles nervously....."I mean, I know what it is. Obviously. Do you have some kind of...disorder? Like elephantiasis of the penis or something?" I did not say this out loud.

Come again?? Sorry but this is A) not my kind of humor and B) very rude and C) poor Alex, I mean seriously. I've had to read this twice to make sure I read correctly. 

Or this one when she explains in an awkward way that her V is too small for his chunk all while making out trying to land a score:
"It's like a person who wears an extra-extra-large shirt trying to fit into an extra-small. What the hell do you think happens to the shirt? The seams split, and they burst out of it like Hulk. I can't even imagine the tragedy if my beaver exploded."

In Alex's position after all her not so very nice comments, I'd have given her the boot - no way would I've slept with her. For me she is a very nagging character and I can't stand her.

The other thing that bugged me was the style. Sentences were short, almost chunk-like and clipped and I didn't get into my usual reading pace. Overall it felt flat to me.

I was looking to enjoy this book, especially because it was given to me by the author for an honest review (thank you!!) but unfortunately this one isn't for me. I'm a book reviewer, not just promoter, and voicing my opinion about a book that wasn't to my liking is part of the deal ;)

But please don't let my rating hinder you from picking it up. As you can see on the reviews many loved it and I'm sure it wasn't my last book by this author.

Have you read it yet?? If so what's your opinion about it? Let's share and drop a comment below. Looking forward to hear your thoughts!




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