Helena Hunting: A queen of a sports rom-com
Helena Hunting or as she sometimes writes as H.Hunting is known for her romantic comedies. She is an NYT bestseller and is a prolific blogger in her own right. I go into her writing after riding the wave of the Off-Campus series from Elle Kennedy. I was still hungry for more sports romances and a series called Pucked came along on my research for suggestions.
Now from the title alone, you can suggest what sport the book was going to revolve around and that it was intended for an 18+ audience. What I didn’t realize while reading it was how hilarious the reading experience would be. After reading her spin-off series All In in the same universe I now appreciate Pucked so much more. The Pucked series spans a bunch of spin-off books and sequels. I audio booked Pucked Loved cause it was based on Violet’s best friend Charlene’s relationship with Darren. I can tell you right now that storyline was balls to the wall crazy in all the best ways.
At the time, right after reading it I didn’t think much of the storyline but seeing how the two main characters make such an impact in so many other people’s lives is such a fun ride to read. Violet and Alex Waters become the universal couple that the series and spin-off books revolve around. Life for a Lie which is the first book in the All In series has Alex being the main male character’s teammate and later coach. Rook and Lainey became the couple that really made me enjoy the style of writing that Helena Hunting was bringing to the table. I can’t tell you much about the storyline because it will ruin the experience of reading the book but I can tell you that it would make the cutest Hallmark romance movie ever. The book also deals with a hated trope in the book community in a lighthearted in your face type of way.
From Lie For a Lie to a Kiss for a Kiss, the All In series was an easy read full of great comedic moments. The golden gem of the series is A Favor for a Favor because Bishop and Stevie personify the grumpy sunshine trope. Stevie being Rooks’s sister is a Physical Therapist and Bishop is the teammate that everyone hates that gets injured. Stevie offers her services and the rest is history as they say. I can tell you right now Bishop is one of my favorite bookmen that I’ve come across in comedy settings. I found myself highlighting his dialogue like crazy and laughing at his attitude.
The weakest in the four books was A Kiss for a Kiss because I felt like it was heavier and not as comedic as the other three books. It also dealt with an older couple in life that I can’t quite relate to at the moment. The series as a whole I would rate an 8/10 purely because it’s such an easy and enjoyable read. I admit I marked the first three books up to oblivion because there were so many funny quotes and moments within the story.
Kingston and Queenie is A Secret for a Secret were extremely entertaining cause it was opposites attract mixed in with a series of holy crap moments. I just loved diving into the crazy family dynamic of why families are as messed as they are and how when the daily finally get together it’s a meshing of yin and yang.
If you are looking for a heaver storyline that deals with some heavier topics the Spin-Off about Rook and Lainey son Kodiak and Violet and Alexs’ daughter Lavender is good for you. It’s how the two come to accept each other’s love while dealing with each anxiety. As someone who struggle with social anxiety this book struck a heart cord and gave me all types of feels while reading.
As this is the first sports romance series I have read since the Off-Campus series that sparked my whole reading frenzy, I hope to explore more in the future. I recently got one of my moms’ friends to pick up Pucked so hopefully, she laughs as hard as I did reading the story. Again I can’t reiterate enough how easy-going Helena Hunting’s writing is and how easy it is for beginners in reading to get into her writing style. I now patiently await Mavricks book which is a second book about Alex and Violets kids. I applaud Helena Hunting for creating such an entertaining universe around Hockey.
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