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3.5 stars I love Helena Hunting and I was so excited to read A Lie for a Lie It had a connection to her Pucked series, which I adored and the beginning and the end of this book were amazing for me Seriously, I loved so much of this story BUT and this is a big but this book had my least favorite troupe It took so much enjoyment out of the story for me I m sure it sof a me thing, because almost anytime I read about this in a book I m not a fan Either way, I loved RJ and Laine 3.5 stars I love Helena Hunting and I was so excited to read A Lie for a Lie It had a connection to her Pucked series, which I adored and the beginning and the end of this book were amazing for me Seriously, I loved so much of this story BUT and this is a big but this book had my least favorite troupe It took so much enjoyment out of the story for me I m sure it sof a me thing, because almost anytime I read about this in a book I m not a fan Either way, I loved RJ and Lainey and I m excited to read the next book in this series which will feature Rooke s sister and teammate I m here for it FIVE STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author I caress the edge of her jaw and sweep my thumb along the contour of her bottom lip, enjoying the anticipation before I drop my head and touch my lips to hers A million memories come flooding back at her soft whimper and the bite of her nails against the back of my neck And just like every single other kiss that s had the intention of becomingand even the ones that didn t it starts out sweet She tastes the same, feels the same but b FIVE STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author I caress the edge of her jaw and sweep my thumb along the contour of her bottom lip, enjoying the anticipation before I drop my head and touch my lips to hers A million memories come flooding back at her soft whimper and the bite of her nails against the back of my neck And just like every single other kiss that s had the intention of becomingand even the ones that didn t it starts out sweet She tastes the same, feels the same but better She feels like mine and home and love.Helena Hunting is the Queen of sports romances I am incredibly excited about her newAll Inseries Not only was A LIE FOR A LIE filled with angst that hurt so good and heart racing steaminess, it also reunites us with most of the unforgettable characters from thePUCKEDseries If the rest of the books are as good as this one, I have no doubt this spin off series focusing on the newly formed NHL team in Seattle is going to become a fast fan favorite I guarantee that readers are going to fall pretty darn hard for ROOK RJ Bowman If you re as crazy about romances with sexy Hockey players as I am, you are in for a delicious treat with RJ and Lainey s second chance love story I devoured this book and wish that I could go back to the beginning and read it all over again It was just that good Here are my overall ratings Hero 5Heroine 4Plot 5Angst 4.5Steam 5Chemistry Between Hero Heroine 5Nothing I can say will do the book justice Just know that this is one you will want to drop everything for on October 15thUS UK CA AU Ughhhh I m upset I went into this thinking I was going to get a cute, second chance romance set in Alaska and instead I got view spoiler an accidental pregnancy story set mostly in Chicago hide spoiler If you don t mind that trope, you ll probably enjoy this as it wasn t necessarily a terrible book However, that trope is literally my least favorite romance trope and it ruined the entire book for me I definitely think that the synopsis of this book should be re worked before release bec Ughhhh I m upset I went into this thinking I was going to get a cute, second chance romance set in Alaska and instead I got view spoiler an accidental pregnancy story set mostly in Chicago hide spoiler If you don t mind that trope, you ll probably enjoy this as it wasn t necessarily a terrible book However, that trope is literally my least favorite romance trope and it ruined the entire book for me I definitely think that the synopsis of this book should be re worked before release because it is extremely misleading Womp x100000000TW mass shootings, death of a loved one, pregnancy complications, fear of flying An emotionally, persuasive, addicting, and enticing romance novel that will have you weak on your knees forof Lainey and Rookie So I have been in such a massive book slump, a book slump that has me so behind on my Goodreads book challenge Of course, Helena Hunting knows how to swoop in and destroy all my emotions and make me fall head over heels with her writing all over again Not that I wasn t already, but this book slump has been killing me in the worst of ways Lainey and RookieAn emotionally, persuasive, addicting, and enticing romance novel that will have you weak on your knees forof Lainey and Rookie So I have been in such a massive book slump, a book slump that has me so behind on my Goodreads book challenge Of course, Helena Hunting knows how to swoop in and destroy all my emotions and make me fall head over heels with her writing all over again Not that I wasn t already, but this book slump has been killing me in the worst of ways Lainey and Rookie have found a way to finally get me in the groove of just simply being enad with them Their story is one of a kind story that had me swooning, enthralled and had me feeling so many new emotions Everyone must read their story because it is one you don t want to miss out on ARC kindly provided by Montlake Romance, in exchange for an honest reviewFollow Me On Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter I should tell him my own truth But for now we re tied a lie for a lie.A Lie for a Lie is what I call a great start to a promising spin off series If you ve read Hunting s Pucked series, then you will be familiar with some of the characters in this one That being said I don t think it s necessary to read them to enjoy this one, because I ve only read a couple and easily followed along here Rook and Lainey spend a sweet and steamy few weeks together in the Alaskan wilderness But circumstance I should tell him my own truth But for now we re tied a lie for a lie.A Lie for a Lie is what I call a great start to a promising spin off series If you ve read Hunting s Pucked series, then you will be familiar with some of the characters in this one That being said I don t think it s necessary to read them to enjoy this one, because I ve only read a couple and easily followed along here Rook and Lainey spend a sweet and steamy few weeks together in the Alaskan wilderness But circumstances and little white lies come into play that leave them separated without a way to contact one another When they find their way back to each other it is by fate and circumstance alone There s justat play than there was the summer before when they were together.Anyway I don t want to spoil anything so am I m going to say is that this story is a second chance romance with two people who got to know each other s heart and learned each other well biblically in a blissful bubble When they meet again they learn some truths they hadn t before, and have to figure out how they work or don t in their real lives I think Helena did a fantastic job making this one sweet, heartfelt, and steamy, while still having a bit of the funny that the series it s spun off of had I think the characters are great, and I m excited to see evenof some of the new ones in the rest of the series.If you like sports romance, second chances, or Hunting s writing, then you definitely need to check this one out when it releases Available onKindle Unlimited ARC provided by NetGalley and Montlake Romance 4 STARS My skin burns My heart stutters I should tell him my own truth But for now we re tied a lie for a lie ALL OF THE SWOONS.This series couldn t have started with a better book I m totally hooked, line and sinker, and already salivating forI m head over skates in love with Rook and this swoony hockey romance about a reformed NHL star playboy and the quirky nerd that makes him fall On this plane I m not the NHL forward and team captain with a history of being 4 STARS My skin burns My heart stutters I should tell him my own truth But for now we re tied a lie for a lie ALL OF THE SWOONS.This series couldn t have started with a better book I m totally hooked, line and sinker, and already salivating forI m head over skates in love with Rook and this swoony hockey romance about a reformed NHL star playboy and the quirky nerd that makes him fall On this plane I m not the NHL forward and team captain with a history of being a player on and off the ice I m just a guy, and she s just a girl Rook is an NHL star and a former manwhore He s a man that s used to puck bunnies doing anything to get his attention and then getting even crazier to keep it So when he meets a beautiful woman on his flight to Alaska that ends up being his neighbor, he loves the anonymity of getting to know someone as just him Lainey is a bit of a nerd and a lot of adorable She s a quirky, shy, sweet, and although slightly sheltered in her home schooled ways has also seen things that changed her irrevocably They don t see the other one coming but it doesn t take long at all for them to being a whirlwind romance in the small town of Alaska But then Rook has an emergency that forces him to leave and as fate would have it they lose touch due to a number of circumstances Only to be reunited 14 months later in Chicago This time, Rook knows that he ll do anything to keep Lainey, if only he can get her to forgive him for the lie.This was so wonderfully sweet It was brimming with emotion and sweet heat I couldn t get enough of Rook and Lainey I also loved Lainey s friendship with Eden, who made for a wonderful secondary character All of your favorites make a cameo here and I loved how Helena brought it all together I loved this sweet second chance romance and can t recommend it enough for all Helena Hunting fans And if you haven t read any books by her yet, this is a great one to start with ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on Chapter 1Birthday Blues RookWhat are the chances there will be booze at a birthday party for a pair of three year olds Uhhhhslim to none My sister s voice crackles through the car speakers on a scoff Why are you going to a birthday party for toddlers anyway Is this some kind of new dating strategy Like you ll pick upwomen if they see you interacting with small children Oh Is this like when we went to visit Kyle, and we took Max to the zoo, and, like, five women slipped yo Chapter 1Birthday Blues RookWhat are the chances there will be booze at a birthday party for a pair of three year olds Uhhhhslim to none My sister s voice crackles through the car speakers on a scoff Why are you going to a birthday party for toddlers anyway Is this some kind of new dating strategy Like you ll pick upwomen if they see you interacting with small children Oh Is this like when we went to visit Kyle, and we took Max to the zoo, and, like, five women slipped you their numbers She s referring to an incident that happened when I was visiting our older brother, Kyle, in LA earlier this summer Our nephew is like catnip for women No, Stevie, it s not like that The party is for my teammate s kids, and his brother in law used to be the team captain, so it s a good idea for me to make an appearance Right OK Well, that makes it a lot less exciting Not everything about my life is exciting What about you Any plans this afternoon I need to move the conversation away from dating, because my little sister always has an opinion on my lackluster love life I have a date tonight, so I need to try on half my wardrobe before I decide nothing is good enough, and then I ll need to run out and buy something new A date Who is he How d you meet him Listen to you, sounding like Dad Even though she laughs, there s sadness in her voice We lost our dad three years ago to complications from diabetes We re a pretty tight family, even with me living in Chicago, my brother being on the West Coast, and my sister and mother having relocated from New York to LA My sister went out there for school, and my mom decided it was time to retire, so she sold the house and farm and moved out west at the end of last summer, right after Max was born He s in my program, we have a couple of classes together, and his name is Joseph How many times have you been out with him It s our second date Speaking of dates, when was the last time you went on one I grip the steering wheel, hating that we re back to this I don t know A while I ve been busy Busy pining over Alaska girl It irritates me that she continues to use that nickname for the woman I spent the better part of last summer with in Alaska Don t call her that It s been a year, RJ Don t you think I pull into the parking lot of the aquarium I m at the party I have to go I ll talk to you later I end the call I d like to say this isn t a conversation we have often, but I d be lying Between Stevie and Kyle, someone brings her up at least once a month Her name was Lainey Is Lainey Provided she s still out there somewhere.I park next to the massive blue pickup truck that manages to stand out in this parking lot full of silver and black SUVs It belongs to my teammate Randy Ballistic, who s currently leaning against the tailgate, thumb typing on his phone.I cut the engine and get out of the car Randy falls into step with me, pocketing his phone as we cross the lot I m a little surprised to see you here He eyes the gifts tucked under my arm, covered in rocket wrapping paper I haven t seen most of the guys since playoffs, so I figured it d be good to stop by He nods in understanding Yeah, I tried to get out of it, but Lily insisted we come She came early to help set up Randy and Lily have been together for as long as I ve been on the team, and while they don t have kids, they have a dog, which is like training for a baby.Inside the aquarium, one of my teammates kids runs by holding a giant inflatable shark, screaming at the top of his lungs I like kids, and kids generally like me But I prefer my current role as an uncle to my nephew, Max I can be the uncle who gives awesome presents, and when Max starts crying, I can pass him back to my brother or sister in law and walk away This is like an advertisement for birth control right here, I mutter as a little redheaded toddler comes wobbling over, face covered in chocolate and a doughnut in his hand The kid who definitely belongs to my redheaded Scottish teammate, Lance Romero reaches for Randy s leg with his doughnut filled hand but misses by about six inches, which causes the kid to trip over his own feet.I swoop in and catch him before he can do a face plant He startles and loses his hold on the doughnut, so he bursts into tears Hey, buddy, you re all right Mah doughnut he screams and lunges for it Five second rule Randy shrugs Quinn Don t pick food up off the ground, Poppy, the kid s mother and Romero s wife, calls from across the room.I crouch down in front of him Why don t we toss that one in the garbage and get you a new one I want dat one he screams in my face, then proceeds to throw himself on the floor and have an epic meltdown.Romero stalks over What re you two doing to my kid Randy raises both hands in the air He tripped and dropped his doughnut Romero looks to me He s a nice guy, and I like him, but sometimes he has a short fuse, and I prefer not to be the one to set him off I told him we should get a new one He didn t like that idea much Romero picks his kid up off the floor and cringes when he sees his face Quinn, my man, yer never gonna get the ladies like this Let s wash yer face and get ya a new doughnut, aye Want dat doughnut He points to the floor.Romero steps on the doughnut in question What doughnut Da eee Mah doughnut Romero gives us both a look I gotta take care of this After the party wraps up, we re headin to the pub You two in With or without the kids Randy quirks a brow at Quinn, who s fighting his dad s hold and smearing his chocolate covered face all over his dad s arm.Romero rolls his eyes Without What the hell would be the point otherwise He lifts the kid over his head and makes airplane noises all the way to the bathroom I should ve brought a flask, Randy mutters as he fills a plastic cup with soda.I opt for a bottle of water We make small talk with our teammates while I keep an eye out for Alex Waters He went into sportscasting as soon as he retired from the ice The camera loves him, but he s got the background and the temperament to coach a team, and I want to find out if the rumors are true that he s thinking about making the switch in the next couple of years Hey Rookie How s it goin Glad you made it back from Alaska in time for the party Alex claps me on the back I have to brace myself so I don t stumble forward with the impact Alex is a big guy, and just because he s not on the ice any doesn t mean he s lost any of his size.I accept a man hug and back pat Me too Things are good Just getting settled in you know how it goes Looking forward to preseason training Team s looking good this year You wanna talk strategy at all, just give me a call Before I can segue, his wife appears There you are Can you please take Robbie to the bathroom Every time we go into a women s bathroom, he tries to climb up on the sink and pee in there Violet gives us a slightly strained smile Hey, guys, sorry to interrupt, but getting kicked out of the aquarium for letting my kid use a sink as a toilet isn t on my to do list today She points at another child, who I think is one of Miller Butterson s four kids I can t keep their names straight, and I m pretty sure the one I m looking at is one of their twins, which makes it evendifficult I m just waiting for that one to pee in one of the fake potted plants This summer Miller thought the best way to potty train Liam and Lane was to let them wander around with their doodle hanging out so they could pee whenever and wherever Now Liam keeps trying to take his pants off, and he thinks if it s a plant, he s allowed to pee on it That s actually awesome, Randy says with a snort.Violet grins I know, right Liam has been the best thing to ever happen to me Alex clears his throat, and Violet rolls her eyes I mean in terms of offsetting my own humiliating moments Last weekend we had a barbecue, and Liam got into the greenhouse Let s just say there s a lot of contaminated science experiments in there now Daddy, can we play yer nal hockey now Robbie tugs on Alex s sleeve while cupping his junk through his pants with the other hand Sure, kiddo He nods to us I ll be back Violet watches them disappear into the men s bathroom Robbie likes to aim for the salt pucks He thinks it s like playing hockey with his wiener Randy nods Pretty much, actually Five minutes later all the kids go rushing over to the dolphin exhibit Apparently there s some kind of guided tour Since neither of us has kids, Randy and I hang back near the food table I grab a chicken wrap and another water, wondering how much longer this will go on before we can head over to the pub I m guessing since they haven t done cake yet it s going to be a while.Screaming comes from the gaggle of kids What the hell is going on over there Your guess is as good as mine I m gonna go check it out maybe you should go have a chat with some of those girls He inclines his head in the direction of a group of female aquarium staff who are standing in a gaggle, whispering and gawking We re not especially low key today, since we re all wearing team hats and shirts Uh, I m good They re probably all in high school I follow him toward the dolphin exhibit, curious about the shrieks and screams and what sounds a lot like someone crying Everyone stay calm It s perfectly natural during mating season for something like this to happen The shrill, panicked voice is familiar Maybe one of the wives Oh shit, Randy mumbles He has a little extra height on my six foot two frame, so I m guessing he can see something I can t.I make my way around the edge of the group some of the moms have their kids faces buried against their stomachs, and one kid is yelling about someone being stabbed.But the commotion barely registers, because across the sea of screaming, laughing, and crying kids is a very familiar woman wearing an aquarium issued beige button down.Lainey.Alaska girl.Coming October 15th US CA UK AU &FREE DOWNLOAD ⇨ A Lie for a Lie ☚ From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not so little white lies Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I amLainey is the perfect escape from my life My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss But it ends just as abruptly as it began When I m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact LaineyA year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey s keeping secrets of her own With than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer 4.5 Omission Stars 1 2 Spoiler FreeOh, Ms Hunting How I love you so Your writing hits the mark and gives me hours of joy Your creativity, ability to draw us in, and cause us to care deeply for your characters is your M.O So since I finished this in practically one sittingWork and Real Life got in the wayI offer upA Truth for a TruthA famous Hockey Player wishes to be appreciated for just the person he isnot what All the Fame Brings TruthWhen given the opportunity on a 4.5 Omission Stars 1 2 Spoiler FreeOh, Ms Hunting How I love you so Your writing hits the mark and gives me hours of joy Your creativity, ability to draw us in, and cause us to care deeply for your characters is your M.O So since I finished this in practically one sittingWork and Real Life got in the wayI offer upA Truth for a TruthA famous Hockey Player wishes to be appreciated for just the person he isnot what All the Fame Brings TruthWhen given the opportunity on a trip to Alaska to be a Normal Regular Guy with a woman, he doesn t share what a big time sports star he isUnderstandable TruthA young Brainy yet Sort of Sheltered woman who has never flown before keeps crossing path with Big, Safe Cuddly Man TruthSaid Woman has very Overly Concerned Parents and this causes her to try to do things on her own TruthAfter a few justified meetings of these two, a Bubble Romance develops TruthA very Hot Romance Yup, Yes Hot TruthThere is a Hiccup, though TruthBut Both were Really Smitten and Sad due to Hiccup TruthThe Best, One Year Passes and Bam, this Couple is Back in Touch TruthThe woman is not about to Rollover and Hockey Player has a lot of Splaining to do Serious TruthSo with all of these truthswhatcould there beAn Alpha Male who learns what to do to win his woman back and have her in his life for real.A woman whom others have thought was frail was in fact extremely strong, capable and willing to do whatever was necessary to live an independent life Lucky Her, Lucky Him and Most of all, Lucky Us Ms Hunting came up with this tale Total, For Real TruthAlso, Ms Hunting has another book coming for this seriesbut I am not interested in it at all Total, Total LIE A Lie for a Lie All In, 1 A Favor for a Favor All In, 2 A Secret for a Secret All In, 3 Before Reading FameSongs have been written about it People have done Almost Anything for itBut What if you have itAnd you Never feel like a Normal Person EverWhat if an Opportunity HappensA woman who has No Clue of your FameLiterally Falls in Your LapOh, the TemptationTo Just Be with HerNo Fame or TrappingsJust two people On FireBut then Life Happens as it doesParting without the Right WordsHe has No Clue how to Reach HerThese two Cross Paths once againA year has passed with each having Secrets of Their OwnWill they make the Sacrifice and Trade A Lie for a Lie All In, 1 October 15th, 2019 A gifted copy was provided by author publisher for an honest review.ForReviews, Free E books and Giveaways Helena you have done it again I loved this amazing book Rook the captain of his hockey team and lainey The shy frightened woman She has a past she wants to forget He wants to keep his fame a secret He meets lainey on a plane headed to Alaska.watch the sparks fly Also remember feisty Violet and Alex from helena s series pucked well there back with the others.