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As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. I caught her. And as much As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I've let her set the rules in our relationship. But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her. We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.


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As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. I caught her. And as much As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I've let her set the rules in our relationship. But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her. We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

30 review for Pucked Love

  1. 3 out of 5

    Helena Hunting

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳Helena Hunting, the queen of rom-coms has done it once again in this drool worthy, kinky, and beyond creative romance novel... ➳Keeping this short and sweet... I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks, but the fact that I was able to finish this one and enjoy it to its fullest is beyond surprising to me. I was hesitant to dive into it but knowing Helena Hunting and the love I have for her, I could not pass it out. All the kink, the intimacy, the witty banter between both couples made laugh, enjo ➳Helena Hunting, the queen of rom-coms has done it once again in this drool worthy, kinky, and beyond creative romance novel... ➳Keeping this short and sweet... I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks, but the fact that I was able to finish this one and enjoy it to its fullest is beyond surprising to me. I was hesitant to dive into it but knowing Helena Hunting and the love I have for her, I could not pass it out. All the kink, the intimacy, the witty banter between both couples made laugh, enjoy, cry, and swoon over them. Thank the heavens that Helena has decided to continue this series, because it never gets old! ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  3. 3 out of 5

    Karen Mc

    SQUEEE!!! This is one of my most anticipated 2018 books—in the top 5 or 3!!! I just need MORE of The Pucked series now!!! I have a feeling Charlene and Darren’s story may be the hottest pucking Pucked book ever. Bring it, Helena! Bring it now, please!!! ❤ SQUEEE!!! This is one of my most anticipated 2018 books—in the top 5 or 3!!! I just need MORE of The Pucked series now!!! I have a feeling Charlene and Darren’s story may be the hottest pucking Pucked book ever. Bring it, Helena! Bring it now, please!!! ❤️

  4. 3 out of 5

    Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*

    L O V E D!! I never this day would come but....Lance has been topped. I didn’t see it coming, but I’m in so much love with Darren!! He’s my new number #1 Helena Hunting BBF! ❤❤ A couple things, I’m really digging these Audible exclusive releases! If you’re a Romance package subscriber, they’re included. Eeeeeeep! Back to the book! There a few things that really elevated this book above the rest for me. The hero, Darren, is what I’d label as relationship challenged. He’s never engaged in a normal ( L O V E D!! I never this day would come but....Lance has been topped. I didn’t see it coming, but I’m in so much love with Darren!! He’s my new number #1 Helena Hunting BBF! ❤️❤️ A couple things, I’m really digging these Audible exclusive releases! If you’re a Romance package subscriber, they’re included. Eeeeeeep! Back to the book! There a few things that really elevated this book above the rest for me. The hero, Darren, is what I’d label as relationship challenged. He’s never engaged in a normal (by society’s standards, not mine) relationship. Everything has to be his way. Charlene challenges him from the very beginning. Both characters have some type of baggage that needs to be worked through. Those types of stories are always of particular interest to me. And last but certainly not least, Darren is sexy AF. The relationship is HOT! Plus...just look at that cover. Holy Covergasm! Am I Right? Helena Hunting’s signature wit and comedic talent is on full display. The OTT moments we’ve come to expect from her books are all there and well placed. And, we get to catch up with the old gang! Everything about this one is solid and well executed. Pucked universe fans will LOVE it! Recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    This story must have been my most highly anticipated PUCKED novel yet. Darren and Charlene were THE most mysterious couple in this entire series. We've known them for years now and had our suspicions, ideas and expectations. They were the couple that everyone wanted to read about. I'll just mention Mr Grey and the pearl necklace. :D I'm happy to report that the story far exceeded my expectations. I loved Darren. He might just be my new favorite PUCKED hero yet. It was amazing to finally read their s This story must have been my most highly anticipated PUCKED novel yet. Darren and Charlene were THE most mysterious couple in this entire series. We've known them for years now and had our suspicions, ideas and expectations. They were the couple that everyone wanted to read about. I'll just mention Mr Grey and the pearl necklace. :D I'm happy to report that the story far exceeded my expectations. I loved Darren. He might just be my new favorite PUCKED hero yet. It was amazing to finally read their story. Getting Darren's POV was the icing on the cake - oh and yeah he was narrated by  Sebastian York - SWOON!!! But not only did I get Darren's story I got Charlene's too. I've only been able to get glimpses of their relationship. Mainly teasers of naughtiness ala Mr Grey. But finally all my questions were answered, and may I say WOW -  I did not see that development coming. Charlene and Darren had hidden depth. They struggled with their own demons and doubts. But the way Darren treated Charlene was beyond anything I anticipated. She was his QUEEN!!!! I was blown away by him. His inner thoughts made me SWOON!! I'm not kidding when I say he is my new favorite. He was just so perfect. The most perfect boyfriend EVER!! What I loved most about this novel, was that we jumped into a relationship that was already established. Seeing D&C's thoughts after being together for two years was fascinating. They knew each other so well, but still kept so much of their feelings and worries to themselves. PUCKED LOVE was way more than I could have imagined. It was also so very different than expected. A great kind of different, but still different. It was a quick and easy read. SEXY!!! Definitely sexy and oh so funny. The girls made me crack up non-stop. They were even funnier than the guys. I envy their friendship, easy banter and loyalty that they demonstrated at every turn. PUCKED LOVE is truly an amazing standout novel in one of my most favorite ice hockey series.  Oh, and that cover is the BOMB!!!! I'll be buying a copy ASAP when it goes live. There is just something about that guy that makes me SWOON!!! ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  6. 3 out of 5

    Wil Loves Books!

    Overall, I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it. I guess disappointment would be the key word when it comes to this one because I definitely was looking forward to it. Now, it can easily be that is not the book and just me and what I expect from a book, and I might as well be in the minority for this one. I won't go into a rant, or I'll try not to. I love this author, she can write some fantastic books, especially the angstier ones. The Pucked series has been hit or miss for me. I str Overall, I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it. I guess disappointment would be the key word when it comes to this one because I definitely was looking forward to it. Now, it can easily be that is not the book and just me and what I expect from a book, and I might as well be in the minority for this one. I won't go into a rant, or I'll try not to. I love this author, she can write some fantastic books, especially the angstier ones. The Pucked series has been hit or miss for me. I struggled with Pucked, even though I've enjoyed it more the more I revisit it. I disliked Pucked Up a lot, and I absolutely loved the heck out of Randy's (Pucked Over/Under) and Lance's (Pucked Off) books. Those were amazing, so amazing. With that said, I was looking forward to this one. I mean Darren and Charlene are this enigma that has been in the background for the majority of the other books. What's the deal with them, how did they get together? So yeah, the anticipation was strong. I mean, we got some info on Pucked (I'll go back to that later) but not enough. So imagine my surprise when the book picks up and we're two years into their relationship. Wait, what? Really? And the worst part is that there are no flashbacks or real explanations as to what's going on. So, for me it's a timing issue. Either this book should've come out after Pucked or Pucked Up or it needed some serious flashbacks. Obviously I'm not a fan of books that just suddenly drop you in the middle of an ongoing relationship, especially without flashbacks. Is hard to relate to the characters and hard to connect with them, also hard to follow the story and the motivations behind the character actions. You either are or aren't. I had a hard time understanding that these characters would've never had some of these conversations in the previous 2 years since it still sounded that they had a pretty steady relationship. I also kept questioning the why now? and why the sudden 180 other than to fit the story to the timeline. And this brings me to my next issue. This book was highly inconsistent with certain things mentioned in previous books, mainly Pucked. I kept questioning certain things because I was sure I remembered different things from Pucked. After I read this I immediately jumped into the Pucked audio and I was definitely right. Certain things about Charlene are described differently and also certain things that Charlene tells Violet about Darren I guess are not true anymore? I'm confused, on Pucked Charlene tells Violet "He's the sweetest man alive. He's close to his family" "I want to have his little hockey babies" "He's got to be the most romantic man I've ever met". So yeah, that was in Pucked. In the beginning of Pucked Love Darren is none of that. And I won't spoil you the drama and the bombshells in PL, but they are definitely inconsistent with Pucked. So yeah. The sex scenes are few and far in between, there's a lot of mentions of them having sex but not descriptive scenes, if that makes sense. For a couple that had always been rumored to be into kinks and stuff, that was just weird to listen. I was just expecting something else. Overall, I didn't get much in the feels department and couldn't connect with Darren or Charlene. Seems like a lot was thrown in there either for shock value or just to make it fit with the story. The character development was just not quite there, they both still felt like background characters while we got caught up with the rest of the gang. While Violet also takes over in this one (when does she not?) she's tolerable. LoL. So overall, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great. I guess I just expected more but then again Pucked Off was a really though act to follow. It's a shame because it's the last one in the series. If you're a fan of the series I'm sure you will enjoy this one, especially the catching up with the side characters. I'm still a huge fan of this author though and can't wait for what she'll bring next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heroesinbooks

    Beyond 5 Firefly Stars I have loved every book in this series. Each couple have been so well written and the stories have gripped me. This was the book I was desperate to read. This was the book that blew the others out of the water. Ms Hunting creates magic when she puts pen to paper and Pucked Love is pure romance with all the sexy and the humour you would expect mixed in with some poignant moments. Darren and Charlene are my Top Book Couple of the year so far. No spoilers here ( the written bo Beyond 5 Firefly Stars I have loved every book in this series. Each couple have been so well written and the stories have gripped me. This was the book I was desperate to read. This was the book that blew the others out of the water. Ms Hunting creates magic when she puts pen to paper and Pucked Love is pure romance with all the sexy and the humour you would expect mixed in with some poignant moments. Darren and Charlene are my Top Book Couple of the year so far. No spoilers here ( the written book is coming out in November - I listened to this as it released on audiobook) but suffice to say it explores the relationship and dynamic between Charlene and Darren. The point where this book starts is where they have been together for two years. Don’t let that mislead you though - at times it is very clear they still have a lot to learn about each other. One aspect of it that I loved , is that it also looks at both Darren and Charlene’s individual relationships with their closest friends. It isn’t all ‘couple’ focused. There are little twists in the story that surprised me - often about other characters. It is laugh out loud funny. It is kindle freezer moments worthy level of sexy. It is truly poignant in places - and crazy! It is so beautifully, awkwardly, perfectly romantic. Darren is a bit slow on the romance uptake but when this gorgeous , hot hockey player catches on ...well, he leaves the other guys standing. You could read as a stand-alone but I think you would get much more from it if you read this amazing series. HEA? Yes Cheating? No

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Have been begging and begging Helena for this book! This is my #1 on my anticipated 2018 book list!! I cannot wait to see what my Darren is into and the true meaning behind the pearls!! 🤤 Can't wait to see if Ballistic stays my favorite or if it's Darren for the win!! 💋💋💋

  9. 3 out of 5

    Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

    ***AUDIBLE REVIEW*** Fair warning, I don’t listen to audible, but there was no way I was waiting to get my hands on Darlene!! I needed them, and guess what I loved it. I love the narrators, I adore Charlene, and Darren was fantastic. Charlene and Darren are not anything what I was expecting, they were more. These two are broken and damaged, and I love the they find a home within on each other. These two exemplify how a family isn’t just blood but a group of people who come together of their choos ***AUDIBLE REVIEW*** Fair warning, I don’t listen to audible, but there was no way I was waiting to get my hands on Darlene!! I needed them, and guess what I loved it. I love the narrators, I adore Charlene, and Darren was fantastic. Charlene and Darren are not anything what I was expecting, they were more. These two are broken and damaged, and I love the they find a home within on each other. These two exemplify how a family isn’t just blood but a group of people who come together of their choosing to care and support one another. They also show that love isn’t about controlling or suppressing likes and desires but exploring and supporting them. These two are complete and utter perfection. Everything from their banter to their steamy moments to their sweeter interactions made me swoon. You think you know what Pucked Love is about. You don’t. It is so much more. Yes, Helena Hunting still provides us with the humor that made us fall in love with the Pucked series. We get to revisit all the couples we have grown to love. We get one final visit with the crew that has embedded themselves into our lives and hearts. It was written in such a way that I felt like coming home, and I never ever wanted it to end. With every amazing series filled with unique and interesting characters, there is a mix of happiness and sadness. Pucked Love is everything I could have wanted for the final book in this series, and yet, there is still that sting of sadness because it is over. I wanted to sit a reminisce with these people about the good times, the hardships, the romance, and the friendship. So, savor this book. Savor each word, each chapter, and each emotion. You will want to keep every single moment you can with this clan that has taught us the meaning of home and family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    SinfulSoul_

    I am so horny for this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    All throughout Helena Hunting’s Pucked Series, she has provided small insights and brief details about who Charlene and Darren are as individuals and as a couple, and because of the limited information given, readers don’t really know these two characters very well. I mean…it’s clear that Charlene and Violet as well as Darren and Alex share incredible friendships and that they’ve both found a small group of friends who have become their family, but other than those facts and the random conversat All throughout Helena Hunting’s Pucked Series, she has provided small insights and brief details about who Charlene and Darren are as individuals and as a couple, and because of the limited information given, readers don’t really know these two characters very well. I mean…it’s clear that Charlene and Violet as well as Darren and Alex share incredible friendships and that they’ve both found a small group of friends who have become their family, but other than those facts and the random conversations that reveal a few more interesting tidbits, much about Charlene and Darren’s pasts and presents remain unknown, so heading into Pucked Love, I was beyond ready for Hunting to give me the dirt on both Charlene and Darren and gain so much needed information to fully picture exactly who these two characters are. And BOY does Hunting give readers a complete character sketch of both of them, and despite the fact that I could have never imagined how messed up Charlene and Darren’s back stories would be or how their childhoods could singlehandedly be what’s preventing them from going ‘all-in’ with each other, Pucked Love delivers one amazing story that proves just how perfect Charlene and Darren are for one another and how their separate broken pieces fit so well when they are molded together. My first piece of advice for readers heading into Charlene and Darren’s story is to not go into the story with any preconceived notions about them because regardless of what readers think they know about the hero and heroine, they’re not even close because what Hunting has provided readers with when it comes to Alex and Violet’s best friends only skims the surface of who these two characters are; the truth about them can only be provided through reading their story, told through their own perspective, and now that I’m finished with Pucked Love, I can unequivocally say that Charlene and Darren are right next to Violet and Alex as my favorite Pucked series characters. Even though Charlene and Darren have been together for two years and have been friends with the other couples of the series for that time, both of them as well as all of their friends are more than aware of the fact that their relationship is not like the others, and while the opening scene of Pucked Love doesn’t bode well for Charlene’s friends’ counterparts’ views on Charlene and Darren’s connection, what they witnessed doesn’t shed the kind of the light on Charlene and Darren that the guys think it does, but it is the catalyst for the changes that begin to take place with these two extremely private and independent characters. Darren Westinghouse is an intense and stoic man - one who prefers to live out of the spotlight and in a carefully constructed environment where he is in complete control. No one, not even Alex and especially Charlene, knows all of Darren’s sides because he only shows them what he wants them to see and anything that’s too personal, too messed up, or too extreme gets locked away in a place that he would much rather never dwell on again. But with the expansion draft, the playoffs, and a few unexpected encounters, Darren is going to need to bare all of his secrets and hope that once the truth is told that Charlene will still stand by him because even though he never truly acknowledged it, he loves Charlene with everything that he is and he refuses to give her up. Once everything is laid out in the open, readers will understand just how amazing of a man Darren is and they’ll have a newfound respect for the man who lived through a messed up childhood that distorted his perception of everything associated with relationships and still managed to be a kick butt friend and hockey player and a more than giving and loving boyfriend even if his ways of showing it are rather unconventional. I’ve always been intrigued by the close relationship that Charlene and Violet share. They seem like polar opposites but they’re each other’s constant and that will never change. Charlene’s childhood was just as jacked up as Darren’s but on opposite ends, and once Charlene’s truths are told/revealed, it’s more than clear as to why Charlene thrives on stability and independence and prefers to move forward with constancy, which means she doesn’t handle change well nor does she want to talk about her feelings or be vulnerable around anyone. The perception people have when it comes to Charlene is important to her; she doesn’t want to be seen as weird or different, even though that’s exactly who she is, and while there’s nothing wrong with Charlene, she cannot handle anyone knowing about her past because she’s afraid it will leave her with no-one and nothing. I have to admit that Charlene’s hesitancies and refusal to change the dynamics of her relationship with Darren frustrated me way more than the backwards steps that Darren took, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand why Charlene was so afraid; it’s just that Darren was more than trying and I just really wanted them both to see themselves as worthy of the other. Hunting’s Pucked series is not just about the love between a couple; it’s also about the bond that is formed amongst friends, and in Pucked Love, it’s clear that the friendships that Darren has with his teammates and his small group of friends as well as the connection Charlene has with the women who she considers her tribe are crucial to their lives and responsible for helping both Darren and Charlene to see what they could have with each other if they’d only allow everyone in. I absolutely LOVED EVERYTHING about Pucked Love! The thoughtful and sexy storyline, the strong friendships, the laugh out loud situations, the heartfelt moments, and the unique insights into who Charlene and Darren were and are. Sebastian York and Stella Bloom were perfect narrators for the story; they perfectly capture the hero and heroine’s idiosyncrasies and the mind games they have with themselves due to everything that has happened to them in their life. The Pucked series is one of my favorite sports romance series of all time, and it’s due to Hunting’s storytelling, the way she crafts her characters, and her ability to create storylines that are full of steam, sass, and scandalous moments;) 5+ Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    Listening to this book reminded me of exactly why I love Helena Hunting and just how much I have missed these characters. It's a phenomenal ending to a fantastic series, one that seemed to get better with each and every book. I love how the tone of the books turned heavier and more emotional as the series progressed, leading up to Darren and Charlene's story, the final installment of the Pucked series—and she really did save the best for last. tl;dr: Even if you aren't an audiobook listener, grab Listening to this book reminded me of exactly why I love Helena Hunting and just how much I have missed these characters. It's a phenomenal ending to a fantastic series, one that seemed to get better with each and every book. I love how the tone of the books turned heavier and more emotional as the series progressed, leading up to Darren and Charlene's story, the final installment of the Pucked series—and she really did save the best for last. tl;dr: Even if you aren't an audiobook listener, grab your earbuds and give this FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC book a listen! You're welcome. You can thank me later.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Anas Attic Book Blog

    Pucked Love (Pucked Series Book 7) by Helena Hunting 4.5 Stars Narrated by Stella Bloom and Sebastian York 7th (finale) in a series, standalone couple but shouldn't really be read alone. Being the 7th in the Pucked Series, I don’t need to say much about Pucked Love by Helena Hunting because if you are a fan of the series you are going to read it either way. And when you do, you won’t be disappointed, I thought it was a great end to the Pucked Series. It’s pretty unique to read a book about a r Pucked Love (Pucked Series Book 7) by Helena Hunting 4.5 Stars Narrated by Stella Bloom and Sebastian York 7th (finale) in a series, standalone couple but shouldn't really be read alone. Being the 7th in the Pucked Series, I don’t need to say much about Pucked Love by Helena Hunting because if you are a fan of the series you are going to read it either way. And when you do, you won’t be disappointed, I thought it was a great end to the Pucked Series. It’s pretty unique to read a book about a relationship that has been going on for two years. Darren and Charlene’s relationship has been glimpsed throughout the series, they were just the kinky couple, but we never really got to know them. As we learn about them in Pucked Love, we see how truly different their relationship is from their friends (the other couples from previous books). After two years, it’s like they are still stuck in the “just started dating” phase. They both want more, but each is afraid to drive the other away with that want. "Charlene is like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. So I don’t trap her. Not for long, anyway. I might enjoy watching her burn for me, but in the end I always set her free. Over and over, I let her fly away, even though it goes against every instinct I have." Learning about both of their broken childhoods, it’s no wonder they are the way they are. They don’t know what a healthy relationship is. Darren is so sweet, and his ignorance on what to do with those feelings both broke my heart and made me fall in love with him. “She’s my favorite everything, really.” Both of them are so private, we never realized how they kind of held themselves apart from the rest of the crew, and I liked that we got to know them more as their friends did. Charlene and Darren are both kind of a mess, but together, they work, if they just gave into it. Sigh, I loved Darren. He had so much to learn, but he was such a good man. “It’s always going to be me and you, Charlene. Whatever you need, I’ll be that for you.” I think my favorite part about this book, (besides the amazing epilogue) was the friendships between the whole crew. We spend a lot of time with all the couples from previous books which made for a great finale to a wonderful series. Likes: •How we learned about the characters with their friends •It’s unique to read about a couple already established. •Darren is so sweet! •I loved Char Char’s mom! She cracked me up! •I laughed a lot during the book, even though there was still lots of emotion. •A perfect end to the series with lots from all the other couples. •An amazing epilogue. Dislikes: •I didn’t finish with a WOW and wanting to yell from the rooftops. I really loved it, but it wasn’t my favorite of the series, perhaps because we never had the moment they meet. The Narration: Sebastian York and Stella Bloom were amazing. I loved her, especially! The Down & Dirty: Pucked Love was really a wonderful end to the Pucked Series. I normally will not go this far into a series, but I love that Helena didn’t release them so close together that I was able to keep up. I will be sad to say goodbye to the Pucked characters, and I was so glad we got to visit them all in Pucked Love. I loved the way we really got to know the final two in the group of friends, and how we got to understand why they were so messed up. Pucked Love was as much about friendship as it was about love, and let me tell you, I totally want to hang with these friends! Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 Narration Purchase Pucked Love by Helena Hunting Audible Exclusive Until November 13, 2018 Preorder:

  14. 3 out of 5

    Brandi

    You know you’ve been curious to see what’s up with Darren and Charlene. We all have. And now, seven—god is it really the seventh book—later, you get to see behind the scenes to Charlene and Darren’s relationship. What’s with that pearl necklace? What about the Doritos? So many questions and we’ve gotten exactly zero answers. Until now. That’s right. Pucked Love has all of the pressing answers. And you’re not going to believe them until you read them for yourself. Plus, I’m not going to spoil thi You know you’ve been curious to see what’s up with Darren and Charlene. We all have. And now, seven—god is it really the seventh book—later, you get to see behind the scenes to Charlene and Darren’s relationship. What’s with that pearl necklace? What about the Doritos? So many questions and we’ve gotten exactly zero answers. Until now. That’s right. Pucked Love has all of the pressing answers. And you’re not going to believe them until you read them for yourself. Plus, I’m not going to spoil this slice of Pucked perfection, so just go read the book. You’ll be happy you finally have the answers. You’ll be happy to see Alex, Miller, Randy, and Lance. You’ll be happy to see Vi, Sunny, Lily, and Poppy. You will be happy this book exists. Because it’s good guys. And I don’t mean good, like a glass of wine after a long day. I mean good like a glass of wine, a foot rub, and a hot bath after a long day. Yes, it’s all those things. It’s perfect. The perfect story for two imperfect people. Helena Hunting keeps getting better and better. Every time she releases a book, I grab it. Every time she gives me characters to love, I fall hard. And every time, I become a little more smitten, a little more gone, a little more everything for these characters that mean so much. The new characters, the old characters, the characters we haven’t even met yet. All of them have a special place in my heart, but none quite like Darren and Charlene. Charlene is like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. So I don’t trap her. Not for long, anyway. I might enjoy watching her burn for me, but in the end I always set her free. Over and over, I let her fly away, even though it goes against every instinct I have.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill M

    This was my first audio book. I didn’t have the patience to wait months for the e-book. I thought listening I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the story but that wasn’t the case. If nothing the narrators made it that more enjoyable. I have been anticipating Darren’s book but never thought I would be blown away. Helena has a way of pulling you in and capturing your attention from beginning to end. She has a witty sense of humor that she mixes in with the sexy, sweet times. I loved everything abo This was my first audio book. I didn’t have the patience to wait months for the e-book. I thought listening I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the story but that wasn’t the case. If nothing the narrators made it that more enjoyable. I have been anticipating Darren’s book but never thought I would be blown away. Helena has a way of pulling you in and capturing your attention from beginning to end. She has a witty sense of humor that she mixes in with the sexy, sweet times. I loved everything about this book. These characters are a family and I love the togetherness they have. It’s one of my most favorite series. I am going to need Helena to give us another book in this series, even if just a novella because I can’t let these characters go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I never thought I'd use the word precious when it came to Darren Westinghouse, but he's so precious I can't even stand. I'm not going to put my full review here because I know there are so many people who don't do audiobooks and are waiting for the ebook to come out in the Fall so I don't want to spoil anything, even inadvertantly, for them. But suffice it to say, I loved this story! It was so much more than I could have ever imagined! Ms. Hunting will have you laughing your butt off one minute a I never thought I'd use the word precious when it came to Darren Westinghouse, but he's so precious I can't even stand. I'm not going to put my full review here because I know there are so many people who don't do audiobooks and are waiting for the ebook to come out in the Fall so I don't want to spoil anything, even inadvertantly, for them. But suffice it to say, I loved this story! It was so much more than I could have ever imagined! Ms. Hunting will have you laughing your butt off one minute and then holding back the tears the next. Darren ranks right up there with Lance and Randy for me. Pure Pucked Perfection! (view spoiler)[I will say this about the narration- it was fine. I know there are so many people who love SebYo's voice, but I'm not a big fan. I found him to be very monotonous, and he butchered Lance's voice. But Darren's character is so compelling that I kind of "tuned out" the voice, if that makes sense, and just enjoyed the story Ms. Hunting wrote. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 3 out of 5

    Quinn's Quippy Quotes

    So, have you ever been conflicted with a book after finishing it to the point that you're not sure if you loved it or hated it? I wouldn't say hate, hate's a strong word. In my honest opinion, this book needed to come out after Pucked Up. If that would've happened, this would've been a full 5 star read, but I kind of felt duped by Charlene and Darren's relationship. I was waiting for this kinky and ultra sexy storyline, and it just wasn't exactly what I anticipated. Now with that said, I still re So, have you ever been conflicted with a book after finishing it to the point that you're not sure if you loved it or hated it? I wouldn't say hate, hate's a strong word. In my honest opinion, this book needed to come out after Pucked Up. If that would've happened, this would've been a full 5 star read, but I kind of felt duped by Charlene and Darren's relationship. I was waiting for this kinky and ultra sexy storyline, and it just wasn't exactly what I anticipated. Now with that said, I still really enjoyed it. I really loved how both characters were basically novice's with being in a real relationship, therefore why it really hadn't developed in the last 2 years. But unveiling why was kind of surprising as well. And there are some hilarious and super sweet moments in here as well. What I really enjoyed about Pucked Love is how much of the entire group we get to see. I LOVE this crew and I'm always wanting more of Randy/Lily and Poppy/Lance. This audio made me crave to re-read their stories, so that may be happening sooner than later.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader

    Darlene FOREVER!!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    4.5 “firefly” stars Yes! This is the story that I wanted for Darren and Charlene!!! As a long-time fan of the Pucked series, Darren and Charlene’s story intrigued me, but I admit that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about them getting a full-length book. They aren’t my favourite characters and their relationship dynamic is ‘different’, but there was no way I wasn’t going to read this one, and I am happy to say that their story completely captured my heart, and I loved it! This is the story I 4.5 “firefly” stars Yes! This is the story that I wanted for Darren and Charlene!!! As a long-time fan of the Pucked series, Darren and Charlene’s story intrigued me, but I admit that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about them getting a full-length book. They aren’t my favourite characters and their relationship dynamic is ‘different’, but there was no way I wasn’t going to read this one, and I am happy to say that their story completely captured my heart, and I loved it! This is the story I wanted for them! This is what I wanted to see, and I was enthralled from start to finish as we finally get to know this secretive couple. The mystery of Darren and Charlene’s relationship has been simmering away in the background of the series. They haven’t been a focus, but there have been hints of some kinky goings on, and a non-relationship sort of set up that seems to be mainly sex with a bit of a BDSM edge. Well, we knew nothing. Absolutely nothing. And as the truth of their relationship is revealed, I couldn’t get enough of their dynamic. Without being spoilery, they have both have very difficult childhoods that have impacted on the who they are, and how they handle relationships and intimacy. It has led them to a somewhat unconventional relationship that, although solid, is also somewhat tentative. They have been together for two years and their passion for each other is as all-consuming as it was when they first met, it’s the emotional stuff that hasn’t really progressed, with neither of them really sure how to deal with it. This book is an exploration of that as they finally begin to explore their feelings and what it is they truly want, and everything begins to shift. “It’s always going to be me and you, Charlene. Whatever you need, I’ll be that for you.” The changes in their relationship are both helped and hindered along the way with some surprising family drama and the revelation of secrets from the past, forcing a new openness between Darren and Charlene. And the status of Darren’s career and his future in the NHL provides its own strain. All of the pressures combine to put them to the test, and it will take all the strength they have to deal with all they are faced with and find their way forward – truly together. The feels are intense as they finally begin to let it all out, and I loved watching the changes to them, individually and as a couple, as they open up and show their sweet, emotional sides – Darren in particular - which was beautifully romantic and super swoony. “I love you more than you can comprehend. I’ll give you anything you want, Charlene. Just stay with me. Let me love you like I’m supposed to. Let me be exactly what you need.” “You already are.” The rest of the Pucked crew are a big part of the story, of course, as all up in each other’s lives as they are. I loved seeing them take Darren and Charlene’s backs – the girls with their unique brand of support, and the absolute awesomeness that is the boys all offering Darren romantic advice. The scenes with them together are absolute gold! And there’s quite a bit of story progression for the other couples as well, and I loved seeing them living out their HEAs. I loved this book. It was surprisingly sweet and emotional, while still maintaining the hilarity, crudeness and steam that make this series so much fun. Darren and Charlene’s story has been a long time coming, and it was definitely worth the wait to get to know these complex, vulnerable yet strong characters and see them get the happy ending they so desperately deserve. Such a great read – 4.5 stars. Note - the audio was really good, but if I never hear Sebastian York do a Scottish accent again, I will be very grateful! (poor Lance).

  20. 3 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    Audible version It seems like we have been waiting forever for Darren and Charlene's story, so I am glad that I do audio books, as I don't know if I could wait another few months knowing the story is out here. I adored #Darlene's story. I knew theirs was going to be a complicated story from the snippets we had gotten in the previous books, and it was that. However it was also it was less complicated than I had imagined. The story is sweet and sexy and heartfelt. I love that the rest of the Pucked l Audible version It seems like we have been waiting forever for Darren and Charlene's story, so I am glad that I do audio books, as I don't know if I could wait another few months knowing the story is out here. I adored #Darlene's story. I knew theirs was going to be a complicated story from the snippets we had gotten in the previous books, and it was that. However it was also it was less complicated than I had imagined. The story is sweet and sexy and heartfelt. I love that the rest of the Pucked ladies are a big part of Charlene's story. They just had me laughing and wanting to be part of their group. I have been reading the Pucked series since the first book came out, impatiently awaiting for each book to come out. however now it feels like it is all coming to an end, and I am not sure how I feel about it. Please don't end this on us Ms Hunting. I will always want more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The full review can be read on Dog-Eared Daydreams. Okay, allow me to get this out of my system before I start getting into the nitty-gritty of my review for this sixth full-length Pucked book: SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! Pucked Love was...everything. Seriously. Oh, I knew the humor that this series is known for was going to be very much present, and indeed, it was. Then there was the hot sex, and boy, oh boy, was the sex HOT. I'm talking sizzling here. Maybe have your AC or an electric fan handy while you'r The full review can be read on Dog-Eared Daydreams. Okay, allow me to get this out of my system before I start getting into the nitty-gritty of my review for this sixth full-length Pucked book: SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! Pucked Love was...everything. Seriously. Oh, I knew the humor that this series is known for was going to be very much present, and indeed, it was. Then there was the hot sex, and boy, oh boy, was the sex HOT. I'm talking sizzling here. Maybe have your AC or an electric fan handy while you're reading. See, humor and heat are part and parcel of all things Pucked. One other thing that's a given with this series? Heart. Le sigh, how this not only sated my need for angst but also took pieces of my heart with everything DarLene faced. There are a number of twists in this book, a couple I saw coming but most leaving me gobsmacked. These twists don't just involve Darren and Charlene either, though naturally, majority are tied to them. Of course, the Pucked gang is present and everyone accounted for--Alex and Violet Waters, Miller Butterson and Sunny Waters, Randy Balls and Lily LeBlanc, and Lance Romero and Poppy O'Connor. We do get a teeny, tiny bit of Rook Bowman--aka Rookie--but I doubt that he's had enough of a presence to warrant a full-length novel of his own. So...possibly a novella? Yes? Maybe? Hopefully? PLEASE, HELENA HUNTING?! I'm not above begging. Fingers and toes so crossed! Anyhoo, back to DarLene... This book was above and beyond what I was hoping would be their story. Expectations were extremely high, especially given that these two had stirred many a curiosity over the span of several books. Well, consider my curiosity satisfied and then some! I don't know what Helena Hunting's end goal was when she first wrote Pucked, but here we are, six full-length novels, two novellas, and several outtakes later, and her books in this series have spawned a following beyond compare. Sebastian York and Stella Bloom took Hunting's story, and dare I say, have made her--and DarLene--proud. Pucked Love is one of 2018's very best audiobooks. Five-plus stars. ♥

  22. 3 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    If you know me, you know I rarely pre-order and pre-pay for books. I just prefer to wait till they're out. But this book was released as audio before physical book, and I decided I had to go ahead and pre-order it. I thought about saving it for my drive to Book Bonanza, since Helena Hunting was one of my MUST meet authors, but I couldn't wait, and as soon as it was available, I had to start listening. Charlene and Darren have always just kind of been in the background of the other books in a way If you know me, you know I rarely pre-order and pre-pay for books. I just prefer to wait till they're out. But this book was released as audio before physical book, and I decided I had to go ahead and pre-order it. I thought about saving it for my drive to Book Bonanza, since Helena Hunting was one of my MUST meet authors, but I couldn't wait, and as soon as it was available, I had to start listening. Charlene and Darren have always just kind of been in the background of the other books in a way. In the way that Charlene was Violet's best friend and she was dating Darren. Now, I love Violet, and her craziness. But let's just say that Charlene and Darren have their own brand of crazy, sexy, you name it. As usual with one of Hunting's books, I had a ton of notes that I made on Goodreads as I listened to this. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Darren. But after he had a talk with Alex, and I realized that he just wasn't really up on how to have a real relationship, I got to like him a lot more. I loved the stats that Charlene said he kept about their relationship. I loved hearing about where Charlene's box of "I thought it would be fun, but I changed my mind" came from. Charlene's mom killed me. But then most of the parents in these stories are so funny. And then when the girls all went to the sex convention, OMG! I totally knew that Violet was going to have a "sword-fight" with the strap-on. I just knew it. Then Charlene's background at The Harvest Co-op was one that I wasn't sure just how bad it got. That was something that kept going throughout the story, and kept me on the edge waiting to hear just what had happened there. Darren's family issues fit perfectly with Charlene's, well, especially with her mother. I loved the bit about Charlene's candy as well. One funny thing about the story tied in perfectly to something the author said at a panel at Book Bonanza. She said that she has to actually sometimes get into the positions for the sex scenes to figure out how to write them. I was having trouble picturing the final scene in this book, so I told her that and we laughed and figured it out.

  23. 3 out of 5

    vivi books haven

    *****חמישה כובבים מנצנצים ***** הספר האחרון בסדרת ה PUCKED האהובה שלי! בספר הזה אנו מגלים את הסיפור של שארלין החברה הכי טובה של ויולט ודארן השחקן השקט- שבמקרה הוא החבר הכי טוב של אלכס. במהלך כל סדרת הספרים ראינו הצצות קלות לעולם שלהם, הצצות שהותירו את הקוראים עם המון המון שאלות. אין ספק שהלנה הסופרת יודעת איך לכתוב ספרים שגורמים לקורא לצחוק בקול רם. אחרי שקראתי את הסדרה של clipped wings שלה דווקא נחמד לחזור לכתיבה הקלילה והכיפית שלה. הסיפור של שארלין ודארן הוא קצת שונה, כי הוא לא מתחיל מהתחלה, את הה *****חמישה כובבים מנצנצים ***** הספר האחרון בסדרת ה PUCKED האהובה שלי! בספר הזה אנו מגלים את הסיפור של שארלין החברה הכי טובה של ויולט ודארן השחקן השקט- שבמקרה הוא החבר הכי טוב של אלכס. במהלך כל סדרת הספרים ראינו הצצות קלות לעולם שלהם, הצצות שהותירו את הקוראים עם המון המון שאלות. אין ספק שהלנה הסופרת יודעת איך לכתוב ספרים שגורמים לקורא לצחוק בקול רם. אחרי שקראתי את הסדרה של clipped wings שלה דווקא נחמד לחזור לכתיבה הקלילה והכיפית שלה. הסיפור של שארלין ודארן הוא קצת שונה, כי הוא לא מתחיל מהתחלה, את ההתחלה שלהם אנחנו מכירים. זה נחמד לקרוא לשם שינוי ספר שהדמיות הראשיות נמצאות כבר במערכת יחסים ואנו רואים את ההתנהלות היום יומית שלהם. המון צחוק, מעט כאב, דרמה כי בכל זאת חייב דרמה, ואהבה המון אהבה אז ... הספר עשה לי טוב על הלב וזה בדיוק מה שהייתי צריכה. ממליצה בחום למי שקרא את שאר הסדרה, ולמי שלא זה הזמן להתחיל :) אני מתגעגעת לספרים הקודמים !!! אולי הגיע הזמן לקריאה מחודשת עד לפעם הבאה♥

  24. 3 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is not what I expected after Pucked Off, my favorite and only 5 star in the series. I had really high hopes especially when Helena Hunting’s newer releases are almost all 4.5+ for me. This is a story about two people with fucked up childhoods and they both don’t really believe in relationships or love. I’ve read my fair share of fucked up characters and the possibilities these two end up meeting each other is really hard for me to believe let alone relate with them. Also, the character deve This is not what I expected after Pucked Off, my favorite and only 5 star in the series. I had really high hopes especially when Helena Hunting’s newer releases are almost all 4.5+ for me. This is a story about two people with fucked up childhoods and they both don’t really believe in relationships or love. I’ve read my fair share of fucked up characters and the possibilities these two end up meeting each other is really hard for me to believe let alone relate with them. Also, the character development in this book is kind of lacking. The interconnected characters showed up too much for my liking, I like them in their own stories but not when they showed up too much in other couples’.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Torie

    This was the first audio book I have been able to listen to in its entirety. Stella Bloom and Sebastian York do an amazing job making these characters come alive! This is Darren and Charlene's book. #Darlene. Both Darren and Charlene have secrets. Some of the secrets come out as funny and some are sad. Can two people with such horrible childhoods find a way to make their relationship work? Along with these two we also have the rest of the Pucked crew. You know what that means? Violet! "I can't get This was the first audio book I have been able to listen to in its entirety. Stella Bloom and Sebastian York do an amazing job making these characters come alive! This is Darren and Charlene's book. #Darlene. Both Darren and Charlene have secrets. Some of the secrets come out as funny and some are sad. Can two people with such horrible childhoods find a way to make their relationship work? ​Along with these two we also have the rest of the Pucked crew. You know what that means? Violet! "I can't get my doing off!" about had me in tears laughing. Violet is still my favorite female in this series. Darren and Alex are now tied for first place in my heart after this book.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Amanda Koziczkowski

    4.5☆ I am so sad this is over!! I think it was very fitting that Darren and Charlene were the last of this series. There has been so much mystery and speculation about these two I was dying to actually find out more about them. Darren's broken pieces fit with Charlene's broken pieces. They both have baggage from the past and you can see how that has made them who they are and led to their relationship. I really liked learning their dynamics and how they fit. Darren may not know Charlene's favorit 4.5☆ I am so sad this is over!! I think it was very fitting that Darren and Charlene were the last of this series. There has been so much mystery and speculation about these two I was dying to actually find out more about them. Darren's broken pieces fit with Charlene's broken pieces. They both have baggage from the past and you can see how that has made them who they are and led to their relationship. I really liked learning their dynamics and how they fit. Darren may not know Charlene's favorite color or flowers, but he knows her and understands her better than she does. I love how sweet he really is with her and how she is so important to him. We got to see the gang again in all their glory. I am really glad they got a lot of time in this story too. They have become a Pucked family and I am gonna miss their antics. The epilogue melted my heart and was a perfect ending! The audio book was great and I really enjoyed that.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Bee

    Finally we get Darren & Charlene's story. Loved, loved, loved.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    4.5 stars for the audiobook!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Macaela Conder

    I absolutely loved this book! I don't do audio. But for this author and this series.... I had to do it. I loved this couple. You think you know how their relationship is, but you really have no idea. Darren was willing to do anything for Charlene. And he went way out of his way to prove it. Darren is now my #2 Pucked guy. I will definitely get this perfection in paper.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Laura

    My impatience made Pucked Love my first ever audio book and I loved every single second of it. I feel like I have been waiting for Darren and Charlene's story for forever. Their book was the perfect balance of sweet romance, intense heat, and sometimes heartbreaking angst. There is so much more to these two than meets the eye. I thought Lance was going to go down as my favorite Pucked man of all time but I think he may have to share the throne with Darren!!

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