Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny

by Cindi Madsen
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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I'm just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder "Ox" Maddox's deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I'm powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can't stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it'd be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I'm not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I'll be totally pucked.

Each book in the Taking Shots series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Getting Lucky Number Seven
Book #2 Anatomy of a Player
Book #3 Crazy Pucking Love
Book #4 Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633759640
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Series: Taking Shots Series , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 11,726
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely not all year long) with her husband and three children.

You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books.

Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.

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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
SweetRedReader 10 months ago
(I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review) Swoon! This book was so sweet and just angsty enough and sexy! I love stories where the man has to convince the woman to be in a relationship and that was exactly what I got from Lindsey and Ryder! I loved her confessions interspersed throughout her POV. I loved her vulnerability and strength and I loved how the depth of both her and Ryder's character - they were so much more than superficial characters. Their road to HEA was a bumpy one and there were legitimate issues (one doozy of a bump in particular that threw me for surprise) and it made the book such a page-turner for me. I actually fussed at my daughter at the pool a couple times because she wanted to disturb my book reading with trivial things like watching her do a handstand for the umpteenth time (true story, but I'm a good mommy and I watched her EVERY TIME she asked me to). I can't wait to meet the other couples that were a part of Lindsey and Ryder's crew, so I'm going to go back and read the first 3 books in the Taking Shots series as soon as possible.
IreneC 10 months ago
4 stars Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny was a fun and entertaining read. I'm a huge fan of author Cindi Madsen's writing and once again she's given us wonderful, entertaining characters that will bring out the feels and leave you with a huge smile on your face. I loved watching Lindsay and Ryder “Ox” together, they made me laugh, they made me swoon and they even frustrated me a little with their stubbornness. They had amazing chemistry and they totally belonged together. Overall, Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a great addition to the Taking Shots series and I highly recommend it.
beckymmoe 11 months ago
OMG, I loved, loved, loved this book! Lindsay is totally my fictional sister-from-another-mister. We're like twins with the editing, you can't turn that stuff off and give us HEAs forever and math? Ugh! And Ryder? Don't even get me started on that guy :) Between his refusal to give up on Lindsay no matter how prickly she was or how many walls she threw up to his math whispering abilities to his excellent making-up-for-being-an-a-hole grand gesture (the placement of that paintball gun had me flinching in sympathy), the fact that he is a hockey player too is like mile-high icing piled on the best cake ever. Because, hockey. Although I'm sad that this is apparently the last book in the series (but why? There are other players on the team....Daniel could use an HEA, for example, subtle hint... ;)) I have to admit that Lindsay and Ryder struck exactly the right final note. Though you could absolutely read Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny as a standalone, do yourself a real favor and read the other three books too because these four couples are amazing. They're great when they're secondary characters meddling into their friends' relationships, but they're even better when they're center stage in their own stories. Plus...did I mention hockey? Need I say more? Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Mama_Likes_to_Read_Blog 11 months ago
If you love hockey and hockey players then this is a must read. Now I've never heard of a "puck bunny" but understand it very well now. What a fitting name for what they are. This book is exactly what the title says, confessions from a FORMER puck bunny. Lindsey has learned her lesson, hence her confessions. She was once a "puck bunny" and did the whole circuit of following players around, partying with them and so forth. But she has learned the hard way that that's not what she wants. It is all she knows, thanks to her mom, but she wants better and good for her. So that "better" is her struggle to try to survive college, graduate, get a job that she wants and be happy and almost in that order too. She has built such tall and thick walls that being happy doesn't matter, surviving and graduating does. But there is a little problem standing in her way. Her math class. This class can keep her from graduating if she doesn't get it under control and that's where we meet Ryder. Ryder is a freshmen hockey player that happens to be VERY good in math (I don't like those kind of people either Lindsey). So you can see where this is going and how they might meet. But what you don't know is the struggle Ryder faces in just trying to get to know Lindsey because of her walls. She is only protecting herself. You learn why, and understand and empathize with her but you also take Ryder's side because you think he is a good guy. He basically is, but every good story has some bumps and twists and turns. Ryder has been groomed by his father, a former NHL star, to get to the NHL draft someday, all else be damned. And I mean ALL ELSE. So social life is non-existent. No college age male or female can handle that? You can only hope that this couple comes out on top when they are done going through the blender. Add school, graduation, failing math class, hockey team, finals, playoff and some meddling parents and it's a whirlwind. It's worth the read to see how it all comes out. Just hang on for the long ride ahead.
dsubsits 11 months ago
Cindi Madsen’s CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY is a winning addition to the Taking Shots series. Former puck bunny and school newspaper editor of the Heights, Lindsay Rivera, has sworn off hockey players. However, persistent defenseman, Ryder "Ox" Maddox, makes it difficult when he becomes her math tutor. This story takes place at Boston College. It is suitable for New Adult audiences. I like Lindsay. We met her in book two, ANATOMY OF A PLAYER. She was Whitney’s bitter editor because of being hurt by hockey star, Hudson Decker. Lindsay used to be a puck bunny, she didn’t like the person she became and swore off hockey players. She doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps, needing a man to support her. She is determined to become a successful independent woman. Ryder is a great guy. He is a total math nerd and excellent tutor who doesn’t belittle the people he is helping. He comes off as quiet, but he has a great sense of humor. He has a lot of pressure being the son of a former NHL star and mother who is a politician. I love the witty banter between Lindsay and Ryder. I like how both characters grow as a result of their relationship, becoming better individuals. I enjoyed the plot and Cindi Madsen’s writing style. I love the confessions throughout the story. Sadly, Lindsay never really had any friends. I appreciated that she befriended the girls from the three previous books: Lyla Wilder, Whitney Porter, and Megan Davenport. The hockey passages were skillfully written. I love the paintball scenes. There were numerous unexpected twists that made the story compelling. The novel had a great ending that felt well resolved. I look forward to the next story in the Taking Shots series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
repsgoddess 11 months ago
Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is Book 4 of the Taking Shots Series by Cindi Madsen. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. A+ for this flirty and fun read. As usual, Ms. Madsen delivers time and time again. Even more enjoyable is the dual POV you get...a nice touch that really let’s us see things from both perspectives. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
FS_Meurinne 11 months ago
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SiobhanDavisAuthor 11 months ago
Actual 3.75 stars. Confessions of a former puck bunny by Cindi Madsen is an entertaining, funny, sexy, sweet romance that will appeal to those who love a good hockey romance with a college backdrop. Having just read Crazy Pucking Love (and enjoying it) I was intrigued to learn more about the enigma that was Ryder "Ox" Maddox. In the third book in this series, we learn that he has a crush on Lindsday, the newspaper editor, but she was seriously anti-hockey player and it looked like Ox was destined to crash and burn. While it isn't essential to have read Crazy Pucking Love in order to enjoy this book, it helped set the tone. Lindsay has sworn off hockey players after getting her heart broken. Now she has set her sights on graduating and moving to New York, except there's one small problem. She's struggling with math and needs help if she's to pass the class. Ox is something of a math wizard and he's more than happy to offer his tutoring services. Lindsay reluctantly agrees and their relationship builds from there. Ox was everything I love in a hero - sweet, sexy, dedicated, loyal, intelligent and focused AND he was a bit of a possessive jerk at times too, lol. I like that in a fictional man. Ox knew what he wanted (Lindsay) and he was determined to win her over. Loved him for that! Lindsay was a lot of those things too and very determined and stubborn at times. At first, I found it a little difficult to buy into the chemistry but by the end I was totally rooting for our couple. There is the familiar to-ing and fro-ing, lack of communication and a few other speed bumps along the way until our couple get their HEA. I love hockey romances, especially ones set in a college setting and I've read plenty of excellent series so maybe that's why I'm becoming a little jaded with the same story arc appearing time and time again. I am also known for loving plenty of drama/angst and lots of conflict and this book was light in both regards. I still really enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, but this would have been a five-star review if there was a bit more substance to the plot and if there was some additional tension/conflict. It's very well written, it flows well, the world building and character development are solid. The plot is a little predictable and that's the only reason this isn't rated higher. I still have no problem recommending this book/series especially if you haven't read many of these types of stories before. Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.
mrsdiddy 11 months ago
4 Stars!! One of my favorite NA sports romance series comes to an end with Lindsey and Ryder’s story. Lindsey is a former puck bunny who has changed her ways. Now, she hates hockey players after one of them broke her heart. Ryder, the son of a former NHL player, eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. He also happens to be a math whiz and Lindsey needs a math tutor. Ryder, who has been enamored with Lindsey since that time he helped Hudson kidnap Whitney from the Heights offices (it was all in the name of romance). Now, he sees the opportunity to help her and show her he’s more than just a hockey player. Madsen gives us all the feels with this one. Lindsey and Ryder both come from complicated lives and tend to live in their own heads. There is a lot of inner monologuing, which I personally like, allowing us to really get to know Lindsey and Ryder. Lots of ups and downs in this one. Lindsey is her own worst enemy at times and when it counts, Ryder lets outside forces control him instead of listening to himself. It is a great story and I loved the HEA. Also, there is a great wrap up of the series in the prologue!
BooksCoffeePassion 11 months ago
Lindsay Rivera is a former puck bunny who got her heart broken by a hockey player, so she changed her behavior and she’s going out of her way to avoid all things hockey. Especially hockey players. Because like an addict, she knows she might relapse, so she just wants to move on by severing all her ties with all of it. She throws herself into work: studying hard and working even harder in the newspaper. Anyway, she has a small problem: Math. Math is driving her crazy and she just can’t seem to grasp all the concepts. She needs a tutor, preferably one who doesn’t make her heart beat faster or who she might be picturing shirtless… which means said tutor can’t be Ryder. Of course that means she has to resist him. Ryder “Ox” Maddox is a determined defenseman, a math genius and a stunning man. He has a crush on Lindsay, since the first time he saw her, but she doesn’t give him the time of the day. After a few failed attempts, he finally finds a surprising way to spend time with the girl he wants: by tutoring her in Math. He just has to break down her walls and get her to give him a chance because he knows how good they will be together. But that’s easier said than done. I really loved Ryder, he’s so sweet, sexy and his jokes… hilarious! I loved how he could read Lindsay so well, how they started slowly to open up to each other and the way their connection deepen with each interaction. Ryder was very persistent because Lindsay kept running from him any chance she got, I loved that he didn’t give up but also how he respected her boundaries and her wishes. Tough balance but he definitely stepped up! I think I developed a huge crush on Ryder! Cindi Madsen delivered a sweet story, with great characters (I loved their friends, I definitely have to go back to read the previous books in this series, especially Dane’s story!) and emotional moments, definitely a very engaging read. If you love New Adult Romance or Sports Romance, I highly recommend Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny: a book with the perfect amount of steam, humor, romance, banter, friendship and angst.
Laura_F 11 months ago
I have loved every book in this series and Lindsay and Ryder were no different. I am so sad to see this series come to an end!! Lindsay was a puck bunny before falling for a player and getting burned. Now, she's not in any way interested in hockey players or hockey parties or anything at all to do with hockey. Until she meets the intensity that is Ryder "Ox" Maddox and needs his math tutoring skills in order to graduate on time. Since Ryder is younger, he doesn't really know anything about Lindsay's past. What he does know is that he is drawn to her and once he sets his sights on something, he achieves the goal. I couldn't put this book down but I never wanted it to end. I'm definitely going to miss the characters in the Taking Shots series. Lindsay and Ryder's story was a perfect end to a lighthearted, sweet, funny, heat filled series. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Sandy-thereadingcafe 11 months ago
3.75 stars---CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY is the fourth installment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, new adult TAKING SHOTS hockey, romance series focusing on the members of Boston College hockey team. This is rookie Ryder ‘Ox’ Maddox, and journalism student Lindsay Rivera’s story line. CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. DEFINITION: ‘Puck Bunny-noun-A female ice hockey fan whose interest in the sport is primarily motivated by sexual attraction to the players rather than the enjoyment of the game.’ Told from dual first person points of view (Ryder and Lindsay) CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY follows Lindsay as she struggles to pass her final class of university math. Enter rookie hockey sensation Ryder Maddox, Lindsay’s latest math tutor, and the man with whom Lindsay will fall in love. What ensues are Lindsay’s attempts to keep her distance from everything hockey, hoping to heal her reputation and forget about the past. Lindsay Rivera is a former puck bunny whose reputation with the players precedes our heroine’s introduction including her failed attempt to seduce then destroy team member Hudson Decker and the BC hockey team (Anatomy of a Player #2). As a rookie, Ryder Maddox is unaware of Lindsay’s reputation, or her previous one-night stands with the members of his team. Ryder’s attraction to Lindsay will be complicated when the past reveals more than either one knew. The attraction between Ryder and Lindsay is immediate but Lindsay struggles with her past reputation, staying clear of all things hockey related including the members of the team. One year ‘clean and sober’ from the world of hockey Lindsay fears falling back into old habits when Ryder Maddox enters her life. Ryder intends to prove to Lindsay that the past is in the past; his pursuit of our story line hero is sweet and romantic. The $ex scenes are intimate and provocative without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. All of the previous couples play secondary and supporting roles including Lyla and Beck, Whitney and Hudson, Megan and Dane. We are introduce to Ryder’s parents: his father, a former professional hockey player, and his long suffering mother who struggles with sins from the past. The world building follows the BC hockey team as they vie for the playoffs towards another championship season. Ryder and Lindsay’s relationship continues to build although Lindsay struggles with her previous behavior and reputation. CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY is a predictable story line with a couple of twists that add some outside conflict into an already struggling relationship. The premise is realistic and engaging; the characters are spirited, colorful and animated; the romance is fated and passionate. CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY is an enjoyable and welcome addition to Cindi Madsen’s TAKING SHOTS new adult, romance series.
KaraS 11 months ago
Great college hockey romance with plenty of humor and swoon! This is part of the Taking Shots series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This is my first Madsen read and man I wish I’d found her sooner. This one was witty, funny, sweet, swoony, and thoroughly enjoyable. Ryder and Lindsay are a good pair. Her confessions are hilarious and her struggles to get away from her former puck bunny self are admirable. Ryder is persistent and oh so sexy. Her relationship with Math was oh so realistic for anyone who has struggled with a school topic. Ryder makes some mistakes, but he has a good heart. “Not that I don’t want to also rock that boat with you, but I just mean that you’re my person, and I want to be yours, and I hope I’m not too late.” Seriously swoon – all is forgiven. Do not wait to pick up one of these books – you won’t regret it! I submitted a request to the publisher to read and voluntarily review an uncorrected advance reader's copy of this book.
THHernandez 11 months ago
I loved the idea of this book -- a girl who used to chase hockey players who realizes she doesn't like who she's become, is pursued by a hockey player. But the execution didn't live up to my expectations. I found Lindsay to be extremely annoying, but I did like Ryder. Lindsay went back and forth between knowing who she is and being unapologetic about it, to being ridiculously unable to control her own hormones around Ryder while keeping him at a distance. I'm frankly shocked he put up with that. Especially because the only thing he seems to like about her initially is her appearance. He talks about how hot she is all the time. It's almost as if he only wanted the challenge of the chase, except he didn't really seem to enjoy that. The author writes well and the story is well plotted, I just didn't like the characters. This happens sometimes and based on the other reviews I've read, i'm in the minority. Plot The plot is Ryder and Lindsay's relationship. Ryder offers to tutor her in math and thus are forced together. Ryder pursues, Lindsay can barely control herself, yet somehow does, in a back and forth that seems to go on way too long. There are some decent subplots, like Lindsay's family issues. Her mother relies on men to support her, and Lindsay swears she'll never be like her mom. Ryder is also preparing for the playoffs, so a relationship may be the last thing he needs, and yet for some unknown reason, he still goes hard after Lindsay. Where the book really worked for me was the hockey aspect. Practice, athletic superstition, parental expectations, and the team dynamics all worked together to keep me invested in the story. Characters They both came across as shallow to me. Early on, Lindsay mentions a friend who settled down with a nerdy type, which she can't understand at all. She's all about the hard bodies and good looks. Same thing with Ryder. Lindsay's relationships with other girls is unhealthy, although she does realize that as well as the fact that it's her own fault. Where I liked Lindsay the most was when I read her confessions. These were heartfelt and honest. But then she'd do something completely stupid and I lost my tenuous respect for her. The rest of the characters intrigued me, though, to the point I want to read the earlier books in the series. I may discover I like Lindsay more if I can see her through the eyes of other characters. What I Enjoyed About CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY 1. The Confessions. I liked Lindsay the most when she was being open and honest, when she was unapologetic about her sexuality and her reasons why. 2. Hockey. The hockey aspect was easily my favorite part of the book. It might be a subplot, but it still kept me engaged and I'm not really a rabid hockey fan. Although since the Chargers packed up and left town, the Gulls might be my new favorite local sports team. 3. Ryder. When he wasn't being a jealous jerk or refusing to take no for an answer, he was a complex character that drove some of my favorite scenes in the book. His history and drama with his dad added a lot of interesting depth to his character. 4. Daddy Issues. Both Ryder and Lindsay suffer from this common young/new adult-ism, but in different ways. I like the way the author approached them differently -- more subtly with Lindsay and more direct with Ryder. 5. Breakups. I love me a good angsty romance and while overall the romance was only a meh for me, the big dramatic breakup scene was what turned me around and
etoile1996 11 months ago
it's always bittersweet when you reach the end of a series. i binge-read the taking shots series and enjoyed each and every one of these books a lot. as a series capper, confessions of a former puck bunny, does a great job of closing out the series. ryder maddox belongs to hockey royalty. his father was a former nhl player. lindsay rivera is the daughter of a puck bunny. even worse, she was a puck bunny. until she realized that losing her dignity and sleeping around with hockey players was not going to help with her self-esteem issues. so she swears off hockey players. and until she meets ryder maddox she's doing okay. on ryder's part he's been crushing on lindsay for a while. everyone keeps telling him it's a lost cause, but he doesn't believe in lost causes. he doesn't care about lindsay's history with the hockey team as long as the story ends with him. it is only a matter of time before ryder wears her down. the fact that he is some sort of math genius and she needs to pass one last math class before she can graduate also plays into things. it's just that he is the only person who has ever been able to explain math concepts to her in a way she understands. and the more she resists their attraction the more compelled she is to be close to him. so maybe if she gives in, things will be different? maybe she's not just a puck bunny. maybe she's a proper girlfriend. history plays into their relationship more than they ever expected. the reality is that their parents have a history that shouldn't affect them, but does. and ryder has to prove that he really cares nothing about lindsay's past in order for her to trust that they can have a future together. when ryder reveals that he is willing to give up everything just to be with her, lindsay ensures that he doesn't. and the series closes out with all the main characters hanging out together in a scene that leaves you with the sense that no matter where their stories go, all will be well in the end. **confessions of a former puck bunny will publish on may 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.
KrissysBookNook 11 months ago
Krissy’s Confession #1: I used to look down on “Puck Bunnies” in my favorite sports romance books. They’re often written in as annoying, hockey player leeches, and I regretfully only viewed them as such. This book helped change my mind. I was completely ashamed of myself for my previous views on these women as soon as I started reading Lindsey’s story. Looking at things through the eyes of a “former puck bunny” totally changed the way you see the story unfold and it reminded me to be less judgmental and more kind. Krissy’s Confession #2: I have a major book crush on Ryder. Our hockey-playing/math-tutoring hero in this book totally melted my heart. I love when a book boyfriend rises to the challenge a heroine sets before him and refuses to give up until he wins the girl. Ryder went well above and beyond rising to the challenge Lindsey set before him and gave us several swoon-worthy moments in this book. Krissy’s Confession #3: I really, really, want to go play paintball now. Two of my favorite scenes take place not on the ice, but on a paintball field. This book is a part of a series so these scenes involved several characters from previous books and showed how close they are to each other. The couples are young, fun, and adorable and it was amusing to read these scenes. Krissy’s Confession #4: I loved this book. Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is an easy read with plenty of hot hockey action, ultra sweet romance, and an important lesson to judge less and have fun more. I give Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny 4.5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars! (I can’t put my finger on it, but there was just something missing to take this read from, ” This is a great book!” to ” Omgosh y’all HAVE to read this book!”.) I totally recommend reading this book nonetheless. ;D Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ADonovan 11 months ago
Such a fun book! I loved watching Lindsay try to resist Ryder, and how he kept pursuing her. What college girl wouldn't want help from a tutor that hot? Lindsay and Ryder had to overcome her past and both of their parents' shortcomings to try to make their relationship work. I loved this book because the story was very believable, and the characters had just the right amount of flaws and doubts, and both of them had their own goals and passions, but they recognized that being together made them happier and more complete than being apart. This was the first book I read by Cindi Madsen, and while it's fine as a stand-alone, I'm headed to read the first three in the series now. This review is of an ARC provided by Entangled Publishing.
LilleyLoohLah 11 months ago
The story, told in dual POV, follows former puck bunny Lindsay, who has curbed her puck bunny ways for the last year and has no intention of relapsing. Everything hockey is off limits. Sadly Ryder "Ox" Maddox, defensemen for the college hockey team did not get the memo, and he is relentless in his pursuit of Lindsay. It took me a while to warm up to Lindsay, but by the end of the book I was fully invested in her happy ever after. Ryder I was fully invested in from the beginning, no breaking me in gently with him, he was pretty much my ultimate book boyfriend. As well as been super hot he is so so 'nice' on the inside too, truly swoon worthy. Both Lindsay and Ryder have parental issues that leak into their would be relationship and even though we have quite a bit of family drama the story is a fun, lighthearted read. I lovely hockey romances and this did not disappoint. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
2kasmom 11 months ago
This is book #4 in the Taking Shots series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To not read a spoiler, and to understand this really great series, I recommend reading in order. Lindsay has come a long way to not be like she used to. Ryder threatens all this because he is still part of the "hockey life" she has left behind her. As their attraction heats up and she needs his help to cement her future, she struggles with whether she is doing the right thing. Ryder wanted Lindsay from first sight. He found her beautiful, smart, and completely amazing. Winning her over and not being a threat to her new life is a challenge. He is never one to not get what he goes after. This series rocks! Each book just gets better and better. If you love sports, romance, laughter, and an HEA - this series is a must read! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
Dalitza 11 months ago
Fun, flirty, sexy... a sweet hockey college romance! After wasting too much time pursuing hockey players and one in particular who broke her heart, Lindsay Rivera decided to forsake all things hockey and put school first and now all she has to do is pass her Math class to finish college and move to New York to start her dream internship. Easy peasy, right? There’s only one catch, she’s not good at Math and the only available tutor is a sexy as sin hockey player. Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s plan A is to go to NHL and break more records than his famous NHL father did, his plan B is to become a math teacher, his plan for now is to give his team and teammates his all to help them win the championship tournament and to use his Math knowledge to get the lovely newspaper’s editor to give him a chance. She’s about to graduate, he’s still got two years to before he finishes college, can they find a way to make it work? This is my first Cindi Madsen book and hopefully it won’t be the last. I’m going to make a confession of my own, I added this book to my reading list because of its title and the fact that it was set in a college background. I’ve read my fair share of professional hockey romances and enjoyed them very much, but I hadn’t read one where the hero hasn’t reached that level of achievement and I was curious. I’m happy to say that my curiosity was rewarded with this very cute, fun and flirty new adult read. I loved getting to know both Lindsay and Ryder as individuals and as a couple who had great chemistry and banter. Ryder is a big cuddly teddy bear wrapped up in a magnetically charming and sexy package that also includes a smart, hardworking, determined and chivalrous man. Even though she knew mother loved her, Lindsay grew up with some abandonment and self-esteem issued. During her puck bunny phase she sould self-esteem from other people, but after having her heart broken she picked herself up and took on life by the horns. It was fun to read her confessions and perspective in general. As Lindsay and Ryder decide to take a chance on each other even when their worlds and goals don’t align, their relationship builds in a very enjoyable way. That’s not to say they have smooth sailing along the way. The writing was solid, the pace flowed nicely and the main characters where fleshed out nicely. I liked having the characters from previous books as an added layer. Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is book #4 in the Taking Shots series by Cindi Madsen. It is a standalone sports romance. Told in first person from both points of view and has a happy ending.
TaliaFM 11 months ago
Jock/Tutor trope with a twist I debated giving this book more, because it probably deserves it, but based on my personal enjoyment only, I had to lower it to three and a half stars. On paper, this book is everything I want in a NA sports romance. A bit of initial push-and-pull, nothing too angsty, a hot hockey player with a possessive streak, an h with an interesting past and really good writing So why didn't it work for me 100%? 1- Too predictable. Sometimes I enjoy predictable books, sometimes I find them bland. In romance, you usually know how everything's going to end. Yet, I'm getting more and more frustrated by the standard plot arc consisting of: - small bump in the relationship, easily solved - bigger bump around the middle, less easily solved - happy stretch until the 3/4 of it - worst bump caused by a misunderstanding or by a MC's stupidity - separation - big gesture - HEA I've come to expect this pattern, so when the feathers hit the mud fan I'm like: "yeah, whatever. I called it twenty pages ago". 2- The emotional charge of the story. It's not that I didn't swoon for Ryder or rooted for them, and I enjoyed their scenes together, but especially in the 1/3 of the book my heartbeat didn't accelerate upon seeing his name or having them talk to each other. It took me a while to warm up and I never saw the fireworks. 3- It was hard sometimes to understand Lindsay's situation. I couldn't truly relate to her Superman-kryptonite relationship with hockey players. These are not mortal sins, so I'd still recommend this book. I guess it was a case of "it's me, not you". I wasn't hooked. What did I enjoy? 1- How the author added some funny scenes like the gym and paintball ones. 2- Ryder. He's such a sweetheart. What I loved the most was how he chased Lindsay throughout the book. Also, he destroys the dumb-jock stereotype, graduating in math as a back up plan if hockey falls through. The way he'd do anything for her warmed my heart. Hockey is his life, and yet when the guys want to go out to watch some game tapes and Lindsay doesn't seem like she wants to tag along, he's ready to drop his bros and just stay with her. 3- Ryder's parents. It's a guilty pleasure of mine and one of the distinguishing traits of NA: awful parents. The author tried to shine a beam of humanity on them, or at least on Ryder's mother, a couple times, but it didn't really work and they both come through as seriously horrible people. Still, this is the kind of external force I adore to see in a relationship, for how surreal as it is. 4- How this book tried to not be judgmental. Since it's told in 1st person, sometimes Lindsay thinks back to her life as a puck bunny and I liked how she gives you the insight in that world. It was clear she was trying not to judge other puck bunnies, which at times seemed forced, but it also made for an interesting POV, because she's human and now that she's crossed the line from Bunny to Normal Studious Girl she's conflicted about her two personas. All in all, the style was humorous and fun, the characters were good, although without anything "more" to make them exceptional and the plot was predictable but enjoyable. With a few more twists and a bit more depth into their relationship, it would have easily been a 4 stars. As I said, I'd totally recommend it. Just because it didn't rock my boat doesn't mean it won't rock anybody else's!
BookishThings 11 months ago
I'm a fan of pretty much all Madsen books. She writes characters you can relate to, and root for even when they are being hard headed. I adored Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny. Lindsay has turned her life around in a year, and despises hockey players after getting her heart broken by one. Except, she's being tutored by one seriously hunky hockey player because Math is the devil. She's not exactly thrilled in the beginning to be getting help from Ryder, but she doesn't have much choice if she wants to graduate. She's constantly toeing the line between possibly falling for him, even though he's a hockey player, and trying to keep her distance so that she doesn't fall back into her old habits. Ryder is a genuinely good guy. He has a crush on Lindsay, and will do whatever it takes, even tutor her, to get her to talk to him. I love that he steps up for her even when she doesn't think he should. He's playful with her, and tries his best to show her that she's more than her past. I think what I loved so much about this book is that we aren't what our past defines us as. I mean, we've all done some pretty stupid things we might not be proud of but that doesn't speak for who we are today. I also like that it shines a light on how judgemental we can be as women. Not only of others, but of ourselves. We are entirely too harsh on ourselves. Overall I loved this book. There is fun, witty banter, some swoony scenes, and attraction that can't be faked. If you like hockey, sports romance, or just fun characters, this is a book to pick up.
ValerieStuckInBooks 11 months ago
I have so loved this series. It has all the good stuff! Hot hockey players, real characters that make me feel right along with them, and a great story make them all great. But this one...this one had a little more. So yeah there's a hot hockey player but he's Ryder. And Ryder is just the best hockey player. He plays defense and his muscles far exceed my expectations! Hehe. He may have carried Lindsay and there may have been stairs involved. BUT what I really loved about him had nothing to do with the sexy bod. He doesn't take no for an answer. He feels something for Lindsay and he fights for what he wants. AND he's good at math. Yep, I totally fell in love with him. The hockey player with a back-up plan. The math major who tutors on the side trying to win the editor of the college paper. Yeah, he captured both of my passions in one. (I have a math degree. I was the editor of my high school paper.) Yep, he was just about perfect. And their story? It's not predictable at all. Lindsay led him a marry chase and I enjoyed every minute of it. Lindsay is trying to make some changes in her life. I'm really glad because I wasn't a fan the last time I ran into her in a book. She's gone to "former" status on the puck bunny front. And she's doing a really good job of avoiding the hockey scene. Definitely proud of her. Only issue is Ryder has other ideas. He can't seem to get her off his mind. I enjoyed the banter between these two as tutoring led to fun with paintball and Shakespeare. Hehe...gonna have to read it to get the deets on those games. But I will tell you that it was all so much fun. I enjoyed every page. While they tried to stay on separate sides of a line, they struggled to actually do that. And because of the struggle, things don't have the same feel as a typical romance. Instead it followed a more natural path that included love and felt oh so real. I enjoyed seeing all the couples I've read about before (though you can certainly read this stand alone) and I'm sorry to see the series end. This is the good stuff. Anyone who loves sexy hockey players need this book NOW but really anyone who loves a good romance will want to one-click this one as soon as possible.
kahea46 11 months ago
***5 ‘Locking You In’ Stars*** The cover was definitely a lure but the hook was the fact that the jock was the tutor and I just had to see how it would all play out and holy h*ll did I devour this book! I had to force myself to put it down and get workstuff done. It was sweet, smexy, funny and brought out all the feels as I fell into adoration (and at times frustration) with Lindsey and Ryder. I adored Lindsey from her first confession. She didn’t sugar coat anything when it came to who she was as a puck bunny, her reasons she stepped away from it, and who she saw herself as now. In fact it was blunt and at times harsh, which was refreshing but had her pigeonholing herself in a whole new way. I loved her wit, sass and heart. Ryder was all kinds of sweet, smexy, charming and unassuming in a lot of ways. He wasn’t blind to how people viewed him, but he didn’t let it go to his head. His tenacity was a huge draw for me, but so was how observant he was and how he poured all of himself into attaining his goals. From the very beginning I had a general knowledge of how Ryder and Lindsey’s journey to their HEA would play out simply from the title. I knew the past was going to cause problems, but it took me a bit before I figured what the catalyst would be and I was like “whoa”. I was hoping I was wrong, and quite honestly I was hoping that they wouldn’t have to deal with it all, because I loved them together. Their interactions were sweet and funny and had a fluidity about their interactions, even when the sexual tension was ratcheted up, that drew me in and had me rooting for them, even when the bomb was finally dropped. That was honestly painful and I was totally on #Team…, but I loved how everything worked out in the end. This is my first book ever by Cindi Madsen and I absolutely loved it! The writing was engaging, the pacing was good and I really enjoyed the dual first person POV’s. The couples/characters from the previous books are a part of the story but this can be read as a standalone without feeling like you’ve missed out on something important. I thought all the supporting cast of characters were written well and added depth to story without taking any of the focus away from Lindsey and Ryder, and I will definitely be on the lookout for the next in the series as well as finding spots in the TBR list for the author’s other books. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Christine_Miller 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this read. Lindsay is a senior in college and was all about cozying up to the hockey players earlier in her college career, until she made the mistake of falling for one of them and he broke her heart. Now she stays far, far away from that crowd. When Ryder meets Lindsay, he is drawn to her, but she wants nothing to do with him. When he ends up getting her attention by tutoring her in math, he is hoping he can move out of the friend zone. Ryder and Lindsay were easy characters to like. I found myself rooting for Ryder and hoping that Lindsay would give him a chance. I loved the hockey boys and the close friends that Ryder had. I loved how the girls instantly took Lindsay into the fold. It was a great group of friends that made the book so enjoyable. What I loved most though is that in a way Ryder and Lindsay both saved each other. Ryder found out there is more to life than hockey and Lindsay found out that she really didn't want to be alone and it was OK to let people into her life. This was a good read.