Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Pucked Up (Pucked #2) by Helena Hunting
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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.
Going to be honest… when I saw that the second book in this series was going to be Buck and Sunny’s story, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to read it. Those two characters had no draw for me in the first book, but my absolute love for Alex and Violet (and the entire first book in general) had me sighing and diving in despite my initial hesitations. And I was definitely not disappointed. At all.
This series is my first by Helena Hunting, and I’m so curious to see if it is just this series that I am so obsessed with, or if it is the author. I can’t wait to find out.
In any case, I was so delightfully surprised by how quickly I was drawn into this story, despite not initially having any attraction to the main characters from this book when they appeared in the first book. I actually didn’t really like either of them at all, but as I learned more about them, I fell more and more in love with their story and with them.
Helena does such an amazing job with making well-rounded characters with lots of depth, but managing to keep up with the humor and romance.
Buck’s dyslexia and Sunny’s horrible spelling makes for such a funny, yet heart-warming little quirk in their relationship when it comes to texting. I found this small thing — and so many other nuances — so endearing. And that’s all thanks to Helena’s incredible character-building.
Truly, I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book and this series.
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
Joe Arden was the perfect choice to narrate this book. His voice was perfect for Buck and he did a great job.
This book is part of Audible’s Romance Package.
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
So many great moments between Sunny and Buck ♥
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
I see myself re-reading this entire series in a few months, no doubt.
Bookshelf Placement: Absolutely!
I need these on my bookshelf. They’re even top-shelf worthy!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
Like I said, I didn’t love Buck right away and even though he grew on me, just knowing how obsessed I am with the other characters in the next books in this series, I had to deduct one star. It’s more like a half star, if I gave half stars. Buck was still a great book boyfriend, but he’s up against Alex, Randy, and Lance and that’s the only reason why he isn’t 5 stars! Because those guys are ah-mazing.