Pucked by Helen Hunting

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.

Goodreads synopsis

I rang in the New Year with this book from Helen Hunting.  Pucked is a sports romance – two genres that I rarely read.  Don’t get me wrong, I like romance, but I prefer it to be in addition to a great plot.  Pucked was light and funny; and if you’re into a lot of raunchy sex scenes, this book is for you.  There was not a lot of either plot or character development, and if it weren’t for my desire to avoid starting the year with a DNF, I wouldn’t have made it through the first two chapters.  That said, it did grow on me a bit, and it was a fast read, which I appreciated.  Alex was cute in a nerdy hot kind of way, and I even warmed up to Violet some by the end.  I’m giving this a 2 star rating, mostly because it was entertaining in its implausibility.

This book will be satisfying a requirement for two reading challenges:  Read Harder’s book about sports, and Popsugar’s book from a genre I don’t normally read.

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