A Lie for a Lie (All In #1) by Helena Hunting

Posted 14 October, 2019 by Nerdy Chic in Romance / 0 Comments

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance
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four-half-stars

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.

*ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review*

A Lie for a Lie is the first book in a new spinoff from the Pucked series called All In.

Rook is now Captain of the Team and tired of all the fame and puck bunnies who only want him for money and not for himself. He decides to take a fishing trip to Alaska, where he used to go with his dad and brother before his father passed, and get away from it all. But a chance encounter with a beautiful, and very afraid to fly Lainey, changes his fishing vacation to more. Lainey has no idea who the sexy guy she clings to on the plane is, but if he doesn’t mind being her “personal support person and teddy bear”, she’s more than happy to grab on. Especially when’s he’s got pecs for days. When Lainey’s vacation cabin turns into something straight out of a horror movie, Rook offers her a room in his cabin and the sparks fly. They begin a whirlwind romance that they never expected which comes to an abrupt end when he has to run home for a family emergency. The problem is, they have no way of communicating with each other and Rook never told Lainey his real name or that he was a Hockey player.

Fast forward one year later and fate intervenes to put them back in each other’s path but when Lainey learns who he is, she feels betrayed and doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t tell her who he is. After sharing so much about herself and her overprotective family, it leaves Lainey questioning if what they had was real. But she has her own secret. She and Rook have a four month old little boy named Kody. Rook will do everything in his power to prove to Lainey and Kody that he is in it for the long haul and he aims to win.

Super swoon. I can totally relate to the characters in this one. I loved Rook and I could sympathize with him just wanting to be treated like a normal guy and finding this sweet woman who only wanted him as he was, was exactly what he needed in his life. I love that he has to do a good amount of groveling to win Lainey’s trust but it also wasn’t this cringey back and forth of “yes I trust” and “no I can’t” every five seconds like some other reads. Rook slowly gets back into her life and proves himself in every way. I loved Lainey just as much. As someone who suffers from severe and sometimes debilitating anxiety, I understood where Lainey was coming from with her issues and the book does a great job of showing her, not quite overcoming them but trying to gain control of her situation. I honestly couldn’t put the book down. I was so happy to see some of the Pucked gang in the book. I hadn’t even realized it was a spin off before I read it so it was a really happy surprise. I hope there’s more books in the series and soon. I can not wait to read more.

four-half-stars

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