Monday, October 14, 2019

A Lie For a Lie by Helena Hunting - ARC Review

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 am.

Lainey 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 Lainey.

A 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 more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

Lies come in different levels and seriousness.  I know, I get it, all lies should be bad...but, telling a friend you love their new hair color (when you don't and they do) is one of the lies that aren't really 100% wrong.

Rook and Lainey, however, manage to come up with a couple of them that result in making their relationship easier (or so Rook thinks) and more complicated when you learn about Lainey's lie.  For me, one of them was a serious lie and one was understandable, given the circumstances...but carried on for too long.  I will let you decided which is which, as I am not going to spoil it here.

Helena Hunting has been a favorite of mine, because of her stories, her writing and her characters.  And, while this is set in the hockey world, and there are some glimpses of some previous characters, the book has a different feel to it.  It is more serious, and the characters (even the ones from previous books) seem less outrageous and more easily related to...and, well, I kind of liked this aspect. I liked seeing them, but as people and maybe not the outrageous characters from before.

Don't get me wrong.  The characters in this still say what they think, even when stranded in horrifying Alaskan cabins, but it's done in a way that makes them feel more like real people.  If that makes sense.

Also, I laughed.  Out loud.  More than once.  So, the humor and the heart is still in this, even though the style and the tone are a little different.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.


About the Author 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry

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