A Lie for a Lie

A Lie for a Lie

by Helena Hunting


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542015356
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: All In Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 52,323
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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A Lie for a Lie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 28 days ago
I loved the Pucked series so when I heard there was a spin off series planned I was so excited and couldn’t wait to read. RJ needs to escape the chaos of Chicago and being an NHL team captain; where better to go than Alaska? Imagine his delight when he meets Lainey and realizes she has no idea who he is. When their passionate interlude ends abruptly, neither expect to meet again since they neglected to swap contact information. However fate has other plans for RJ and Lainey. Will Lainey be able to forgive RJ his lies, or will she run from the feelings he brings out? Will Rook forgive Lainey? A Lie For A Lie is a second chance at love story which ticked all the boxes for me as RJ and Lainey’s story unfolded. The chemistry between RJ and Lainey was intense, almost electrifying. I fell hard and fast for RJ, Ms. Hunting has given us a story that had me falling head over heels for him. I also loved how feisty, sassy Lainey is, she was a fabulous match for RJ.   I love Ms. Hunting's style of writing, she ensures that her characters are not “perfect”and I found it easy to relate to RJ and Lainey. From start to finish Helena Hunting wove together a story that I simply could not put down,  she had me totally engrossed and staying up way past my bedtime. This was an entertaining, at times humorous story with angst, secrets and lies. I cannot wait to learn more about these characters and I look forward to reading more in the series.
FadedPages 7 days ago
3.5/5 stars I really enjoyed this start to a new hockey series! Rook and Lainey's second chance romance story was such a sweet read. The story itself was told in two perspectives, Lainey and Rook, and was a fast, easy read for me. Lainey's personality was infectious in the beginning with her bright-eyed optimism and silliness. Rook was a family centered, teddy bear of a hockey player that you immediately fall in love with. I also enjoyed seeing character cameos from the Pucked series! I forgot how much I missed No Filter Violet. She's so sassy and blunt. I hope we see more of Violet and Alex in the next few books as well. Seeing some of the Pucked guys dealing with their new families & kids added a few laughable moments throughout the book. I really enjoyed how half the story was set in Alaska and the other half back in Chicago. However, the first part of the story was a lot more interesting to read since it focused on romance. The other half of the story becomes more focused on their families, dealing with Lainey's anxieties, the aftermath of the lies, and a specific trope. I disconnected a bit at this part. I found I wasn't prepared for the surprise romance trope listed in spoilers and for it to take up most of the book. Overall, I really liked this hockey romance and definitely plan on continuing the series. If you love romances with a lot of time spent on building family relationships, friendships, and the overall world, then I would definitely recommend this one. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Montlake publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this amazing digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***Spoiler alert for tropes*** Forced proximity/forced to live together trope Accidental pregnancy trope
ReadingInPajamas 8 days ago
✦Review,: A LIE FOR A LIE by Helena Hunting Publication Date: October 15, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this sweet romance about a summer fling, little white lies, and reuniting. Although I couldn’t relate to Lainey and her insecurities, I totally understood his attraction to her. Nicely done, Ms. Hunting. It is written in first person, each given their own voice that deftly conveyed their feelings without bogging down the story. Yes, RJ is a hockey player, but the story did not revolve around that. So those that are not fans of sports novels will also love it. RJ was lovable while keeping his manliness. I’m glad he came across as determined instead of weak and desperate. So many things made me smile and swoon a little. They made a great couple in and out of the bed. There were steamy parts, but it was more about instant attraction, overcoming obstacles and how love can blend two opposite lifestyles. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
JannaD 12 days ago
I loved this book even more than I thought I would!! Rook and Lainey have the sweetest relationship, and unlike some romcoms where it's alllll heat and no real substance, I felt like they actually had true feelings and love for each other. The character of Lainey - anxious, homeschooled, sheltered - was someone I could absolutely related to, and I loved that she found some strength and independence in the course of the story. (definitely helped that she had a handsome hockey player to help her out ;)). Rook is sweet but didn't feel contrived or fake. There's a lot more to this story than I was expecting when I picked it up, and I'm really glad there was - this is definitely one of my favorite romances of the year!
mamalovestoread22 15 days ago
Being a hockey player means your life is always in the public eye, and it's not very often that you can get away from the prying eyes of the media, but Rook has found a way to do it. In the off season he heads to Alaska to hide-out with his family for some downtime, they fish and just relax. But this year there has been a slight change in the plan, his brother can't make it to their yearly getaway, so he is on his own... that is until he bumps into a beautiful woman headed in his direction. Meeting Lainey was completely unexpected, she has no idea who he is so he doesn't have to worry about her using him for a story or money, he can just be himself with her... and that is quite refreshing for a guy like him. They start off as just neighbors, but after Lainey's living arrangements turn out to be a disaster waiting to happen, he offers up a room for her to stay in... and that's when things take a steamy turn!! A Lie for a Lie is a second chance romance that'll tug on your heartstrings and bring you many moments that will leave you smiling. This unlikely pairing brought heart squeezing emotion, steam, and laughter to the pages, I loved my time with them. I was immediately pulled into their story, the chemistry between them was very evident from their first meeting and continued to sizzle with each page that followed. Their relationship may have had an unconventional start, but it also had a natural progression to it, that gave time for the romance to build, as well as the anticipation... and they did not disappoint, the fireworks were a plenty! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one and meet Rook, the moment he wanders onto the page you'll be saying goodbye to your heart... the man has perfect book boyfriend material written all over him! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley request, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
book_junkee 15 days ago
I really loved the premise of this one, but the book I just finished didn’t feel like it came from that synopsis. I liked Lainey and Rook well enough. She’s very smart and maybe a bit sheltered and naive. He’s charming and fairly down to earth. Together they’re thrown together in a meet cute and then it all went a bit weird. There are a lot of side characters due to his teammates and their wives and I didn’t even try to keep them straight. Plot wise, it was okay. I liked that we actually got the flashback of how they met and the relationship before it came back to the present. For me the sex scenes were a little cringe-y, there were far too many uses of the word “beaver”, and I never once actually saw the chemistry between Lainey and Rook. I did like how he tried so hard to get her back and that they had open conversations once they met again. SPOILER ALERT: I will say that the entire plot thread about the pregnancy should have been included in the synopsis. I was looking for a second chance romance and while it was there, the main focus was the baby. I don’t often care for the surprise pregnancy trope and likely wouldn’t have requested this if it had been stated. Overall, it was a quick read that I felt compelled to finish. I highly doubt I’ll be reading any other books in the series. **Huge thanks to Montlake Publishing for providing the arc free of charge**
Randi 17 days ago
3.5 stars Lainey is 25 years old and getting her third Masters Degree. Rook (R.J) is a professional hockey player in the NHL. They have a "meet cute" on an airplane to Alaska. Lainey doesn't recognize him and Rook likes it that way. They have a few short weeks together in Alaska, before he had to leave quickly for a family emergency. She didn't even know his last name or telephone number. Fast forward to a year later, they meet again in Chicago. She finds out who he is and guess what she has! Surprise! I enjoyed Rook and Lainey's story, though I found it a little predictable. It's not my favorite troupe to read. It was good, but I can't say it will be memorable to me or something I will want to reread again. It was a good escape for a couple hours. I am looking forward to book two. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for a digital arc in exchange for an honest review.
Momma_Becky 19 days ago
This author is a hit or miss for me, and A Lie for a Lie falls somewhere in the middle. It's not a bad story at all. In fact, it's a pretty good story except that it goes on a lot longer than I cared for given the very low angst level. There are certainly causes for angst, and Lainey does a fair bit of clinging, crying, etc, but things are resolved much faster than I would've expected given the length of the book. Now, there's nothing at all wrong with a low angst story, but I don't expect them to be quite as slow-paced or drawn out as this one. I just kept waiting for something substantial to happen to warrant the build-up, and then that something does happen but it's like it's all just okay. I'm trying to be vague here so as not to give spoilers, but with what happened in RJ's past, I just expected more when Lainey reveals her secret. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't care for Lainey's clinging and crying, especially the frightened rabbit she was in the beginning, but her past does explain that. In the end, the characters were likable, and the book is well-written - two things I've come to expect from Helena Hunting. As far as the story - I didn't hate it, but I didn't particularly love it either, landing me somewhere in the fair to middlin' range. As I said, this author is a hit or miss for me, so I suppose this one really isn't either of those - or maybe it's a bit of both? Either way, I will check out whatever Hunting does next.
BookAngel_Emma 22 days ago
A Lie for a Lie is a terrific introduction to Helena’s new series and ties in fantastically with the Brooklyn Bruisers series we know and love; including cameo appearances from some of my favourite characters alongside fornicating whales Lainey is a complete nerd girl at a genius level, 3 masters degrees to her name and the ability to spew random facts when nervous or anxious (which she is a lot) makes her utterly endearing. She is also terribly sheltered with a helicopter mother as well as being a little naive. Her mother’s overprotectiveness alongside Lainey’s heightened anxiety is understandable when elements of Lainey’s past experiences are revealed. However, Lainey is determined to prove to herself and her mother that she is able to take care of herself and up the level of adulting she is currently stuck on. Rook (RJ) has taken over Alex’s (Pucked) position as Captain and as such a celebrity of the sporting variety. Being handsome, talented and rich comes with its own set of problems as well as drawing out the crazies. Which is why RJ lies by omission when Lainey doesn’t recognise him when they meet on the way to Alaska. This is not a problem, to begin with, because neither Lainey or RJ expected the whirlwind of passion that occurred between them during their stay in Alaska. Unfortunately, the closer they grew the less opportunity for RJ to confess his true profession. While their time together in Alaska is short it is intense but also removed from reality where simple things like exchanging contact details do not come into play. THIS causes major problems when RJ is called away urgently due to a family emergency. Skip forward a year before Lainey and RJ’s paths cross again by fate and a birthday party in an aquarium. A lot of things have changed in the time they have spent apart but not their feelings for each other. Understandably, Lainey is wary of becoming reacquainted with RJ as she questions his level of honesty regarding his feelings. I completely adored their interactions and RJ’s courtship of Lainey; in addition to Lainey’s character development especially her self-confidence. A Lie for a Lie is an ingenious progression of the Brooklyn Bruisers series into the all-new All In series clearing the path for new characters and situations while keeping a tie to the hockey-verse we know and love.
savannahsbooklist 23 days ago
A Lie For A Lie is a solid start to the All In series by Helena Hunting. This series is a spinoff from the Pucked series which is on my TBR but I haven't yet read. This book is a second chance romance between hero, RJ and heroine, Lainey who meet one summer in Alaska. Following a whirlwind romance they lose contact, but a year later unexpectedly run into each other and reconnect. Hurt feelings need to be healed, misunderstandings cleared up, and it's time to be completely honest with each other. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A Lie For A Lie felt different than the other Helena Hunting books I've read. I wouldn't call this book light and fun as it contains some tough situations. Lainey suffers from severe anxiety due to an intense situation she experienced in her past. The writing to describe the scenes, triggers, and her feelings is very well done, although it definitely caught me off guard as I was reading.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Another scene almost ruined the book for me. I had to put it down and step away for a few hours. There is a trope within this book that isn't mentioned anywhere in the promos, blurbs, synopsis, etc. It blindsided me and while I can handle that (even expect it) in a psychological thriller, apparently that's not my favorite thing in a romance. ⁣⁣ I did continue with the novel and I'm glad. RJ and Lainey work though a lot to be together and it was refreshing to see them persist for each other. The theme of redemption is strong in this book and while there were parts of this story that I struggled through, I do love a good happily ever after especially when the characters really fought to get there. ⁣⁣ /5 steam rating for semi-descriptive, suggestive, sex scenes which fade to black⁣⁣⁣⁣ {Thank you to @amazonpublishing @netgalley @socialbutterfly_pr for the eARC #partner}⁣⁣
Anonymous 24 days ago
This is Lainey and Rook book, Rook or RJ is a captain of an NHL hockey team! Sometimes he just wants to escape from all the demands, the puck bunny‘s, the fame, the limelight, so He leaves Chicago for some peace and quiet in Alaska! Him and his brother and their father used to go to his place up in Alaska before his father passed away. He just wants to be a normal guy for a little while! The last thing he expects is a gorgeous woman to literally fall right in his lap on the short flight to Alaska even better she has absolutely no idea who he is! Lainey is a quirky, kind of a nerd type girl. And she wants an escape and goes to Alaska just to get away from everything. She doesn’t expect to be so dorky and trip and fall into a gorgeous man’s lap on her flight to Alaska! As these two Progress and being somewhat neighbors in Alaska the heat gets definitely turned up! I really loved Laney’s character she was so, kind of weird but I like that about her LOL this book was definitely an enjoyable read and I highly recommend reading it! Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sharing this book with me!
LynnB888 24 days ago
With the delightful first book in her All In series, Helena Hunting takes her readers for a sexy ride filled with temptation, love when they least expect it and the fallout of not so little lies. A pro hockey player takes advantage of the fact that the gorgeous marine biologist who falls into his life while traveling to Alaska is blissfully unaware of who he is. Fun ensues and then life gets in the way. Rook AKA RJ is a really easy guy to like. He loves his hockey life, but it's easy to see why he enjoys a little chemistry with a pretty lady who doesn't seem to have a clue who he is. When life gets in the way and he realizes he has no way of contacting her, life is a little less bright. Lainey is blown away with the guy she meets in Alaska, and when it's time to head back home she can't seem to get in touch to leave her contact info. More than a year later, life puts them in touch again, but he's still got a major lie to come clean about, and it turns out she's got some surprises of her own. I recommend this book to anyone loving a little humor with your sports romance. The characters are fun, their connection is yummy and their happily ever after is oh so sweet.
Cali-Jewel 26 days ago
This sexy, fun and action packed journey pulls on all the right heart strings from beginning to end. Adored this exciting and engaging couple and all the supporting charters in this thrilling adventure! Excellent reading!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 26 days ago
3.75 stars--A LIE FOR A LIE is the first instalment in Helena Hunting’s contemporary, adult ALL IN LOVE erotic, romance series. This is NHL captain Rook ‘RJ’ Bowman, and twenty-five year old, Lainey Carver’s storyline. The ALL IN series is a spin off from the author’s PUCKED series but you do not have to have read the original series to follow. Several characters from the PUCKED series cross over for cohesion and back story. Told from dual first person perspectives (Lainey and Rook) A LIE FOR A LIE follows the building but fractured relationship between NHL captain Rook ‘RJ’ Bowman, and twenty-five year old, Lainey Carver. Approximately one year earlier while on her way to study aquatic animals on Kodiak Island in Alaska, Lainey Carver would meet her future in the guise of sexy, ‘alpaca farmer’ RJ, a man with whom she will spend six glorious weeks that will come to a screeching halt when RJ is called back home. Fast forward to present day wherein Lainey will come face to face with her past while working at the Chicago aquarium. What ensues is the rebuilding relationship between Lainey and RJ that struggles in the face of secrets, lies and letting go of the past. Rook ‘RJ’ Bowman knew Lainey had know idea about who he was so telling her a ‘little white lie’ meant no harm until Rook found himself falling for our story line heroine. A manwh*re by reputation, Rook struggled to reveal the truth to the woman with whom he would fall in love. An emergency back home found Rook on the move without leaving a forwarding address or revealing the truth about his professional status. Lainey Carver struggles with social situations having witness an horrific event while studying in college. Raised by over-protective parents, Lainey needs an escape to make it on her own but she never expected to see RJ again. The relationship between Lainey and Rook is one of immediate attraction having met on the plane heading to Alaska. From Lainey’s disastrous rental to Rook’s lies of omission, our couple endure a minefield of secrets and lies but Lainey may yet hold the biggest secret of all. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. Several of Rook’s fellow teammates and their wives from the author’s PUCKED series play secondary and supporting roles. We are introduced to Rook’s sister Stevie, as well as Lainey’s over protective parents Simon and Elaine Carver. A LIE FOR A LIE is a story of second chances; of secrets and lies; of love and happily ever after. The premise is sweet yet spicy; the romance is sensitive and sexy; the characters are animated, colorful and charismatic. A LIE FOR A LIE is a heart warming start to the author’s ALL IN series.
voraciousreaderKB 27 days ago
I loved everything about this delightful, second chance romance. This heartwarming story centers around a hot professional hockey player and a geeky girl. These two characters are genuine, easy to relate to and stole my heart. This is the first book in the new All In series and I can’t wait to read more. I was happily surprised to find some of the characters from the Pucked series were included in this story and it was fun catching up with them. Lainey and Rook meet when they are both vacationing in Alaska. Lainey is in Alaska to work on her thesis. She is sweet, uncomfortable in most social situations and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Rook is a good guy, but he has made some mistakes in his life and with Lainey. I love that he never gives up. Once he meets Lainey, he knows she is the one and he never forgets her and doesn’t give up trying to woo her back. Rook is sexy, charming, and genuine. He is grounded, even though he is a famous, good looking pro athlete. Rook is used to having women falling all over him and he finds Lainey refreshing and he is attracted to everything about her. Lainey is shy and doesn’t know who Rook is. She likes Rook for himself, not for his celebrity or money. I loved the characters. They are meant to be together and bring out the best in each other. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down and was sad when it ended. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 27 days ago
I don't know how she does it, but I was sucked right into this book within the very first page. Of course it probably helped having a few of my favorite characters from the Pucked series to ease me into these characters. But it wasn't just the familiar ones that made me love this story, it was that once again Hunting has created characters that you can't help but fall in love with. I'm almost positive that Rook, or RJ, is going to be my new book boyfriend. In Hunting's hockey world, he's pretty close to beating out Randy for me. Of course it is obvious right away what RJ's lie is going to be, even from the synopsis above you know it will have something to do with who he is. And in the story, we're pretty much figuring it out pretty quickly. However, Lainey's lie isn't quite as straight forward, we go almost half way through the story before we find out. And honestly, her lie doesn't really count like his lie does, in my opinion. I like the way Hunting handled this side of the story, and I want to say how much I adored certain things, but can't do it without giving away Lainey's lie. We also get some new characters added, RJ's family for instance, and I see that his sister is going to be one of the main characters in the second book. I have a guess at who her love interest will be, which of RJ's new teammates, and I think I'm really looking forward to book 2, so, is it 2020 yet?
Ireadergosum 27 days ago
First let me start by saying, I am adamantly against lying. Yes, yes, we all are right? Psh, we all say that. But I have “truth” tattooed on my body in latin because it means that much to me. So whenever I go into books where the MC is lying, I never know if I’ll be able to get into them. Well, I LOVED this damn book. I think both characters’ lies by omission were for valid reasons, and they messed up, but that’s what makes them human. I’m so glad the story brings them back together, and we get to see just how great a guy Rook is. Even though they lied, they are never malicious. There is this underlying goodness about what they are trying to do, and I love seeing them figure out how to move past the lies. This book had so many elements I’m in love with and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!
nelriv 28 days ago
I was happy to get another Helena book and another hockey series I mean I loved the Pucked series so imagine how happy I was to get reunited with them. So we meet Rook or RJ as he tells Lainey he is and he is trying to get away from the chaos and Bunnies, I mean he sure did pay for sleeping around. So we can understand why he lied to Lainey or omitted the truth of who he really is, so we can understand his reasoning but you also got her reasoning. So Lainey bumps into RJ again a year later after the time they spent together in Alaska, and she is also keeping a secret from RJ, but you knew what it was after the back and forth these two get together and we were rooting for them all along..Can't wait til the next one Helena!!! Enjoy!!! Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
FS_Meurinne 28 days ago
And we get a spin-off from Pucked series and I couldn't be happier and this couldn't have been more perfect. RJ and Lainey story was everything. I can't deny I loved seeing old friends in this story, but this couple has my heart all on it's own right. The new team captain meets a college student on a flight to Alaska where he seeks a down time during the off-season. The second chance romance is beautifully written for these two. I can't wait to read the next book in this new series.
ScrapNSign 28 days ago
A Lie for a Lie is the perfect second chance romance! I've been getting a little burned out with romances lately, but give me a feisty and stubborn female lead, and I'm all in (no pun intended.) When Lainey and RJ are reunited, I knew I wouldn't be able to put this book down until I finished. This can definitely be read as a stand alone, but it makes me want to read the Pucked series, just so I can appreciate some of the characters storylines more. Such a wonderful book from Helena Hunting, and I can't wait for A Favor for a Favor!
ljtljtljt 28 days ago
Wow, what a totally awesome book from author Helena Hunting. A Lie for a Lie grabs you right from the beginning, and the captivating plot never loses its energy. The two primary characters, graduate student Lainey Carver, and NHL superstar Rook Bowman, have undeniable chemistry, and their romantic journey is replete with desire, discovery, and love. This is the first book from Ms. Hunting's brand new series, All In, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Lainey is a very smart woman. She is almost done with her third master's degree, and researching her thesis is the last step. This time around she is majoring in marine biology, and she is on her way to Alaska to study dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. She meets RJ on the puddle jumper to Kodiak Island, when the plane's turbulence causes her already high anxiety level to skyrocket. RJ recognizes her fear and helps her through it. RJ has no idea that an incident from Lainey's past causes her to have extremely severe panic attacks. RJ is enroute to his family's cabin for a little peace and fishing during the off season. He finds Lainey to be a breath of fresh air, because she does not recognize him. Lainey has no idea that her seatmate and Kodiak Island neighbor is a famous hockey player from the Windy City. RJ and Lainey hit if off almost immediately, and before they know it, their time together is up. Due to a family emergency, RJ has to leave earlier than planned and they never get a chance to exchange their personal information. It is a year later when they meet again, and slowly rekindle the feelings they once shared. They both have surprising news to unburden. This is both an engaging and passionate love story. I really liked both Lainey and RJ, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to be together. In addition, the secondary characters added a lot of interest and fun to the plot. Ms. Hunting perfectly combines drama, sexiness, and emotion into this fast-paced romantic read. If you enjoy hockey, a hot couple, and a heroine that is able to successfully work through her struggles, then pick up a copy of A Life for a Lie. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Katiekoz 28 days ago
A Lie for a Lie was a very entertaining read! I loved being back in Chicago with the gang, I just love that bunch! They're always a hoot and I was very happy to get an update on their lives. RJ and Lainey are wonderful and easy to like characters. How they meet for the 1st and 2nd times were both very funny. Lainey isn't so much of a people person, which leads to some funny and awkward things coming out of her mouth. She's a very smart girl with a good head on her shoulders. RJ is a strong, sweet, and gentle guy. He's the perfect guy for Lainey. They're so cute together. I saw the plot twist coming, but I still found it very cute. It may cause some problems and complications in their relationship, but RJ and Lainey are up for the challenge. I was a little sad with something that happened towards the end, but I get why it makes sense for them. I can't wait for more of this series!
Kayreader 28 days ago
From the highly loved Pucked series comes a new generation of hockey players to fall in love with. A Lie For A Lie is everything wonderful that Helena Hunting creates with her writing!! We meet Rook Bowman, the captain now of the Chicago hockey team, for those of you familiar with the Pucked series, yes we have moved ahead a few years, but I assure this is a complete standalone. So while Alex has retired and most of the beloved players have families that you will meet, catch up with, and laugh right along with, you do not have to have read any of the prior books in order to enjoy this story. We really begin the story of Rook, or RJ as we get to know him throughout the story, and Lainey in Alaska. Lainey is headed there to finish her third master's degree, she's a total brainiac and not into sports whatsoever. RJ is headed there on his yearly fishing trip away from the media, paparazzi, puck bunnies, and most of civilization. He finds Lainey freshing that she doesn't know a thing about him so he leaves out the teeny tiny fact that he works for the NHL. It's not really a lie, but more of an omission, and blatant steer of conversation when she asks what he does for work, but aside from that....he can't help but be enamoured by her and their chemistry is off the charts. When he has to suddenly leave, he hates the fact he never hears from her again. Could he have misread the signs? When destiny places her in his path once more he knows he can't lose her again, but he's floored to discover she may have been keeping an omission of her own. Lainey is away from pretty much everyone she knows for the first time in her life and the gorgeous man who has graciously helped her more times than really should be necessary, well she can't seem to want to stay away when he offers to let her stay in his luxurious cabin vs. her rodent infested one. For six weeks they spend pretty much every moment together, until it comes to a heartbreaking end. With no way to contact one another once they leave their bubble of bliss they completely lose touch. Thankfully fate has another idea in mind. When Lainey takes a job in Chicago she runs into RJ again, she just didn't realize he was a hockey player named Rook. Can they both forgive and forget their past mistakes? Only time, healing, and a lot of trust will bring them back to where they were in Alaska, but the big question is, do they both want the same thing now that so much time has passed. This new series is going to rock your world and give you all the feels...I'm serious....ALL THE FEELS!!! The direction that Helena is taking everything is absolutely amazing. Lainey and RJ are incredible together and rank pretty high up in standings to my favorite hockey couple. I can hardly wait for more stories to arrive in this new series!! The ride is going to be fantastic!!
bookbruin 29 days ago
Helena Hunting is one of my favorite authors and I couldn't wait to dive into this Pucked series spin-off. A Lie for a Lie is a combination of several different tropes, but at its heart, it's a very sweet second chance sports romance. It's a little less romcom than some of her other books, but there are still plenty of laughs as well as feels. While it's not necessary to read the Pucked series first, fans of that series will be delighted by all the cameos and appearances by some of Helena Hunting's most beloved characters. Rook and Lainey were so cute together. They had a silly and awkward meet cute, but I loved that things developed pretty gradually between them. Yes, there is a bit of instalust and some forced proximity, but they also took the time to get to know the other. Together, they find a true connection as well as a sense of peace, comfort, and safety. They just get to be, without any judgments or expectations. I did have a little issue with their eventual separation (it is a second chance romance after all!) and the repercussions of their actions, but it's understandable given their abrupt ending and omission of a few key facts. I really appreciated that once Lainey and Rook reconnect however, he is all in and there wasn't a lot of unnecessary angst or drama. It's a true second chance for them. The ending and epilogue were the perfect way to bring everything between Lainey and Rook full circle and to also open the door to more in this world. I was extremely lucky to enjoy both the audiobook and ebook versions of this story. The audiobook casting could not have been more perfect. Jason Clarke and Stella Bloom were amazing as Rook and Lainey! Jason Clarke's versatility and range were showcased so well and he voiced each character incredibly, regardless of age or gender. I had no problem distinguishing between characters and enjoyed his female voices just as much as the male. What really killed me though was when he voiced a certain little Scottish boy. *swoon* I could not contain the smile that took over my face. Stella Bloom was equally fantastic as anxious and awkward Lainey. Her comedic timing was wonderful, but she also delivered during the more emotional scenes as well. Spin-off series can be a tricky balancing act. The author needs to establish a new world that can stand on its own, while also incorporating elements of a favorite world to bridge the stories together. A Lie for a Lie is a perfect example of a spin-off done right. I can't wait to see what's next in the series! Audiobook Review Overall 4.5 stars Performance 5+ stars Story 4 stars *I voluntarily read and listened to an advance review copy of this book*
smweston 29 days ago
I loved the Pucked series so much that I think I was a little disappointed that this book was different. Yes, this is a spin-off and we do get to see the Pucked crew again (including their kids), but the most noticeable difference is that this book is not a rom-com. This story is highly emotional, with a touch of suspense that I don't think was done that well. I also feel that the steam is toned down compared to the Pucked or Shacking Up series. As much as I love Helena Hunting, this book contains one of my least favorite tropes and it won't become a favorite or a reread for me. I applaud her for the addictive writing that made me fly through the book, but this just isn't something that I like to read about. I did adore the hero, Rookie, but I couldn't quite figure out the heroine, Lainey and I think that took some of my enjoyment away because there were events in her POV that I wished I had seen from Rook's. This book spans a long time period since we start in present day, then flash back to what happened a year ago, and then come back to present day before fast forwarding for an epilogue. I love a good second chance romance and getting to see both them initially falling for each other and their second chance is fun. I'm sad that the Pucked era is over, but the ending of this book does hint that we'll continue to see some of the original characters throughout this series. Thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.