Do you want to know why this book is so special to me? I’ll tell you: First of all, “Pucked” by Helena Hunting is a very entertaining sports romance story that I enjoyed very much. It’s about ice hockey player Alex and Violet, his teammate’s sister. Here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):
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. But 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.
The story is well written, I often had to smile, all in all very recommendable. 4 stars from me and I will definitely read the next books in the series as well. If you enjoy sports romance, you should definitely check this out.
But what is so special about this book? At least special to me? Our hero Alex is originally from Guelph, Canada. This is a smaller city of about 120,000 people, about 1 hour away from Toronto. When Alex tells Violet for the first time that he is from Guelph, I’m like: Ahhh, OMG! I’ve been there! I know the city, I studied there for a semester during my study abroad in 2005! So not only do I know the university there, I also know the ice rink Alex is talking about, because I saw a game there myself.
I thought it was so cool that this Canadian city of all places was mentioned here, which I have a personal connection to. You know, I’m from northern Germany and Guelph is about 6.400 km away from the city I live in. So I think this is quite special…
Anyway, “Pucked” is a fun and sexy read and I’m going to read “Pucked up” (book 2 in the series) next…