From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.
Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.
Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.
A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.
Romance | Contemporary | New Adult | Sports Romance | Comedy
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through NetGalley in exchange for honest review***
Oh my lanta, yes yes yes, a thousand times more yes! I am beyond excited to see Helena Hunting back in the Hockey RomCom world, this is truly the ultimate reason for my obsession for her writing style. A Lie for a Lie really brings back those PUCKED feels for me, and anyone who knows my addiction to that series is picking up what I am putting down. So yeah, when I saw the spin-off series in the making you bet your bottom dollar I am on that signup like a puck bunny to a rink.
The characters in A Lie for a Lie were definitely amusing, they were also different from what I was expecting. Though Lainey was sweet, kind and downright adorable – easy to love, she was a character that was slightly unmemorable. She just didn’t strike me as this empowering female lead, it was honestly her overly innocent, very naive mindset that really clouded my judgement. I was very back and forth with her, I wanted to adore her, she was so smart, I loved the nerd vibe, but it just didn’t scream a presence like most of Helena Hunting’s female leads generally bring to the pages. I will admit though, as she starts allowing Rookie back into her life, she breaks into a more demanding, perhaps enticing character. Her attitude and personality definitely grew for the better.
And speaking of Rookie, or RJ, maybe even Rook, so many nicknames – I really enjoyed his character. He was not what I was expecting at all with how the synopsis panned him out. I was expecting kind of a playboy attitude, regardless of his intentions of looking for a getaway escape but really he gave this sweet, really carefree emotionally structured male lead. He was caring, attentive, passionate about himself, career, his family and ultimately Lainey. It was hard not to swoon for his character’s dynamic. Trust me, I kind of tried to dislike him for his actions… but man did he net me back in.
The romance between Lainey and Rook was very much depth enriching. They had a range of dynamics and developments. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say there was a certain level of insta-chemistry between them for starters, this honestly really made their sexual connection extremely delicious. The sex scenes – oh my word. Not only that though, they did have a mental and emotional development towards their romance as well as a surprise element that mucked up some drama. In short, it was jammed pack with some interesting, believable twists.
Something else I really enjoyed about the relationship between Rook and Lainey was the time hop. We do in fact get a little taste of the present, then backwards to the time in Alaska and back again, then back again. It was fun and entertaining. I think it really helped the romance appear to be more engaging for the reader. You were able to connect the dots on how insta-connection affected their romance while getting the feels on how it was for them to rebuild, start trusting one another and build for their future.
There were definitely some side situations I was liking, some not so much liking, and definitely a lot of vibes that were very similar to PUCKED, perhaps I have a foreshadowing feels, fingers crossed for you Eden. But seriously, the supporting cast was entertaining to say the least, introducing some new players I am excited to get to know. And lets not forget my spirit animal and her deliciously perfect cameo, it was beyond gratifying to catch up with the original cast; I love Violet and that damn mouth.
Overall, I loved it. I am head over heels smitten for the first installment in this new series, A Lie for a Lie really sets up the match for the following books, a series in which I will be tortuously watching for each and every new release. I had my laughs, my swoons, the melt worthy romance. I cannot say it enough, this is truly the world of Helena Hunting I belong in, her RomCom Hockey Romances are definitely my absolute favorites. Easy flowing plot, fun dialogue – hilarious chemistry between all characters, and the drama is realistic. Just a great blend of an enjoyable read!