Series: Bad Motherpuckers #1
Published by Self Published on April 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
The NHL's biggest bad boy is about to fall for the virgin next door...
I am the world's biggest dating failure. We're talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure.
But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans--my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL superstar forward, Justin Cruise.
Justin owes me favors dating back to seventh grade, long before he became a hotshot with a world famous...stick. So in return for my undying platonic loyalty, all I want is an easy-peasy crash course on how to be a sex goddess.
How hard can it be?
I have never been so hard in my life.
The things I want to do to my sweet, kindergarten-teaching, mitten-crocheting best friend Libby Collins are ten different kinds of wrong. Maybe twenty.
But I'm a firm believer in teaching by example, and by the end of our first lesson, we've graduated to a hands on approach to her sexual education: my hands all over her, her hands all over me, and her hot mouth melting beneath mine as I prove to her there isn't a damned thing wrong with the way she kisses.
Give me a month, and I'll transform Libby from wall flower to wall banger, and ensure she's confident enough to seduce any guy she wants.
Problem is... the only guy I want her seducing is me.
Hot as Puck is a sexy, flirty, friends-to-lovers Standalone romantic comedy from USA Today Bestseller Lili Valente.
Holy wow! I was so pleasantly surprised by this novel, I still can’t believe it. Just when I thought all hockey romances were starting to sound samey, comes along this true gem of a book. The best way I can describe it is, funny, adorable, sexy and heartwarming. It resembles the Helena Hunting Pucked books for sure, but comparing them is almost a disservice to Lili Valente’s unique and endearing voice. I fell in love with her wit and her style, and honestly laughed and chuckled in delight through the entirety of this book. It was a true joy. Simply said, I loved it.
The premise itself is pretty basic but its all in the characters and the execution. Libby Collins and Justin Cruise have been friends since school. Libby is your typical kindergarten teacher who doesn’t take any risks but is endearing and adorable in a very special and quirky way. In fact, I adored Libby and I felt like she was a real person, not just a convenient cliché. Her bumbling and akwardness felt natural and was easy to relate to. She has the worst luck with men and her first sexual encounter was so disastrous and hilarious I felt for the poor girl.
Libby’s older sister, Laura, is a PR associate for the Portland Badgers, a professional hockey team (I’m assuming the NHL). This is the same team Justin now plays for. Yes, he is your typical manwhore star player, but Justin is so much more than that, and I feel like giving anything away about his own quirks is almost spoiling this story.
I found these characters to be utterly fascinating and addicting. They were SO MUCH FUN. There’s just no other way to put it. Justin starts out as an a-hole of the douchiest kind, but then a lot is revealed about him that makes him irresistible and charming to the max. We find out his lifelong friendship with Libby, whom he’s always seen as a little sister, has shaped and defined him to extents he himself isn’t aware of.
Libby is 24 and in desperate need to find a way to act cooler around the opposite sex so she can woo her long time crush, the VP at her school (a dude named Roger). So what does she do? She pleads with Justin for “training” in how to be sexier and more confident to win over Roger’s heart.
Guys, this book was hilarous and so well written. I haven’t been this excited over a new hockey series in a very long time. I just love Lili Valente’s voice (where has she been?). She reminds me of Elle Kennedy in how effortless and right on point every line is. And I think her brand of humor is just perfect, not too crude and raunchy, not too slapstick, not forced at all, just entertaining as hell. I dare you to read this book and not fall in love with Libby and Justin.
I’m only knocking half a star off because I did feel like the progression from Justin looking at Libby as a little sister (which is a lifelong thing) and then the actual sexual stuff was just a tad rushed. I would have loved to see a bit more of these “training sessions” requested by Libby before stepping up the heat and getting into the smexy times. But that’s really a minor qualm because I was too caught up in this book to care. I just wanted to keep going. I always looked forward to getting back into the story and it read like a breeze. The inner monologues were sparkled with funny metaphors and delicious turns of phrases.
I fully recommend this romance. I loved every second so 4.5 crocheting stars! (that’s an inside joke and it still makes me smile). I can’t wait for book 2 in this series which I’m told is coming out May 2017. So watch out!!