Author: Helena Hunting
Released: 3rd May, 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.
Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts. Suddenly, he’s too difficult to ignore, and nearly impossible 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.
“What you said about your beaver, is it true?”
It sounds so ridiculous; I laugh uncontrollably.
“Fuck me,” Alex mutters.
I stop laughing. First off because I think it’s an actual request. Secondly, I have this fantastic image of me underneath him.
“It’s true.” My voice is all breathy and soft, courtesy of the porno running through my head.
“Seriously?” He sounds excited. Like really, really excited.
“About stroking my beaver? No. Beavers are dangerous. They shouldn’t be stroked.”
“Can you stop saying ‘beaver’? Look, what are you doing right now?”
“Drinking beer and watching porn, why?” Tomorrow I’m sure I’ll be appropriately ashamed of the content of this conversation. For now, I’m thoroughly entertained.
“Because I’m standing outside your suite. Do you want company?”
I sit up so fast, the room spins. “You are not.”
“I am. Suite six-oh-nine. Want me to knock?”
“No! Don’t! Hold on.”
I sprint across the room and yank the bedroom door open. The common living room is empty. I consider a tuck and roll across the floor for fun, but I’m uncoordinated, so I settle for running. Throwing open the door, I find Alex with his jacket slung over one arm and his phone to his ear.
I step out into the hall. “You weren’t kidding.”
I follow his gaze. Oh yes, now I remember. I’m wearing Spiderman jammies designed to fit pre-pubescent boys. It’s cold in the hallway and I’m braless, which draws attention to my chest. My nipples are clearly saluting him through the threadbare fabric.
“I forgot my lace teddies at home.” I almost wish I owned one, except lace is uncomfortable and impractical. “What are you doing here?” I cup my boobs to protect my nipples from further visual molestation.
His eyes drop for a split second, as if my nipples have their own force field, andthen return to my face. “I, uh . . . do you want to hang out?”
I cringe. “I’m staying with my parents.”
“You could come up to my suite.”
“I was going to bed.” So lame.
And there’s the smile again. He rocks those damn dimples. The banged-up face and the bruises seem to elevate the level of pretty.
“I’m not having sex with you.” Dear Lord, my mouth needs a censor.
He doesn’t even flinch. “That’s cool. I wasn’t expecting sex.”
“Really?” I assumed by hang out he clearly meant get naked.
“Really. Promise.” He puts his hand over his heart, his eyes softening as his cheeks flush. He’s blushing. It’s kind of cute.
“Oh. Well, then. I guess—I’ll get changed.” There I am, agreeing to go up to a hot-as-hell hockey player’s room in the middle of the night for not-sex.
Reviewed by Sarah Bookhooked
This book has everything in it that I like to make it a great read for me.
Hot alpha male… check.
A fab leading female character that has no filter on what comes out of her mouth… check.
Duel POV… check.
A Book club… check.
Totally laugh out loud moments… double check!!
Can you tell how much I liked this book by any chance? So where to start… how much I loved the main characters in this books… Violet Hall with her mouth that engages before her brain made me laugh so much and the very yummy Alex Waters.
Violet has very little interest in hockey yet her stepbrother Buck aka ‘the Yetti,’ is playing for the Hawks. She’s really not interested in going but she’s talked into going to the game to support him with her mum, her stepfather and her book.Yes, you heard me right! Her book which she’s trying to read for a book club is when she first sets eyes on the delicious captain, Alex. After winning the game and having drinks in the bar, Alex and Violet meet up. However, Violet is being cautious after dating a hockey player in the past. Let’s just see how dubious she is!
Violet: ‘Hockey players are bad news. Especially ones as hot as he is.’
Quote ~ Alex: “Hi, I’m Alex.”
Violet: ‘He’s all pretty smile and white teeth. They’re probably fake. Those eyes are something else, though, even if he is sporting the makings of a black eye. I try hard not to look directly at him, afraid I’ll be ensnared by his rugged, handsome face.’
But after a make out session and swapping numbers, they meet up again in the hotel corridor outside her room. Violet decked out in her Spiderman pyjamas, they spend a very hot and steamy night together. I can honestly say this has to be the only read where body parts got into a relationship before they did!
Quote ~ Violet: ‘This is such an odd situation; the awkwardness causes me to continue to spew idiocy.’ “Fine, you got me. I wasn’t sucking his dick. We were fucking each other’s mouths with our tongues. This is otherwise referred to as kissing, but mouth fucking sounds way dirtier, so I’m gonna go with that.”
Knowing what the media say about Alex, Violet really doesn’t want to be classed as a puck bunny. So after their night together, she avoids him. But after a lot of convincing in the way of phone calls, text messages, emails, gifts and visits to the workplace from Alex, they get their first date and with that their relationship begins. But of course, as all great stories go, not everything goes as planned thanks to the media. Someone is bound to get hurt. Do they get their happily ever after? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out! I’m not one to tell spoilers or the ending of a story in a review, but if you’re like me, and all of the above mentioned tickles your fancy, I most certainly recommend that you give it a go.
The story is told from a dual point of view which I love. To hear both sides of the story, especially from these two, was great. All in all, it was a highly entertaining, light and funny read, and hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from either Alex or Violet. And I’d love to hear the secondary characters’ story, too. This definitely won’t be my last read by Helena.
Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her English degree to good use by writing popular fiction. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.