Title: Puck Love
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Stella Hart is the hottest thing in country music. For ten years, she’s been Nashville’s darling. She’s pure, sweet, and a positive role model in an industry rife with scandals, sex, and sequins. Men want to own her, women want to be her—everyone wants a piece of her, and Stella? Well, she wants out.
As the center for the Calgary Crushers, Van Ross isn’t afraid of the spotlight, but he doesn’t much like it either. Despite his reputation as a player, the NHL’s bad boy lives for only two things: the game, and his younger brother. That’s why when he comes across a country music superstar seeking refuge at his home in the Canadian Rockies, he’s not too happy with the media shitstorm this surprise houseguest brings.
With a nationwide manhunt, paparazzi dogging their every move, producers of a reality TV show baying for blood, and a record label desperate to see their “good girl” returned safely home, Van and Stella’s lives are snowballing out of control.
While Van would like nothing more than to show the purest of them all how well he handles his er ... stick, Stella is no puck bunny. Nor is she as innocent as she’d have the world believe.
With chemistry like theirs, tension runs high on and off the ice, but the end game is the same for both players: line up the puck, take the shot, and score. If only their hearts understood the play.
Puck fame and fortune.
Puck right and wrong.
I really REALLY enjoyed this book! It was my first one by Carmen Jenner, but definitely won't be my last (though I hear that it's a bit different from her previous works). Y'all know I'm a sucker for Sports Romances and those featuring hockey players are a particular weakness for me - Puck Love was no exception! It's sort of like combining Meghan March's Dirty Billionaire trilogy with Helena Hunting's Pucked series - two of my all time favorites - so how could I not love it! Van Ross is the perfect Canadian, alpha-male, kind-hearted, dirty talking, hockey player. The way he is there for Stella Hart (our American sweetheart, country-singing superstar heroine) is absolutely swoon worthy, not to mention how he is with his brother Emmett. I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of a series and we get more from Van's teammates - particularly his bestie and Stella's manager! I loved how the author handled the progression of the plot via fast forwards, and the dual first person POV method of storytelling was so on point and right up my alley. My only small caveat with the book is that while the cover is good, the Van that I envisioned is WAY hotter than the cover model, but I guess that's just the beauty of imagination. I give Puck Love 4.5 out 5 wine glasses and if there's a petition to plead for the author to turn this into a series, a couple of aliases and I would love to sign it ASAP!
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“What are you running from?” I say, echoing the me from several months ago when this strange and beautiful creature had arrived on my doorstep, lost, and seeking refuge from a world that might have destroyed a lesser woman.
She takes several steps back until there’s nowhere left to go but on top of the counter. “I’m not running from anything.”
I press against her. She’s stiff as a board. That makes two of us. “I miss you, Stella. I jack it every day thinking about you, sometimes twice a day. I want you.”
“You can’t have me, Van.”
“Bullshit,” I hiss. I slide my hand into her hair, and pull her closer. I lean in, but I don’t kiss her. “Tell me you miss me. Tell me you’re thinking about me, too.”
“I don’t . . .” She shakes her head, but her breath is hot and heavy against my face. “I’m not.”
I close my eyes and rub my cheek against hers. My stubble is likely scratching her delicate skin, but she doesn’t pull away, and I slide my hand under her shirt. She’s braless. I groan. All those long days and nights she tortured me at the cabin by wearing only my flannel shirts with no bra, and probably no panties either, for all I knew. This little cock tease needs a taste of her own medicine.
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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