REVIEW & EXCERPT: Puck Love by Carmen Jenner
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. Puck love.
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I creep into the room, wincing when my foot hits a creaky floorboard. I still, just inches from the bed, paralyzed by fear. When he doesn’t move, I slowly pull back the covers and slip beneath them, easing my head onto the pillow beside his. Van’s arm automatically wraps around me and pulls me closer. I don’t know if he’s still asleep, and I don’t much care because . . . cuddles. It’s toasty and warm in his embrace, and I snuggle in. Van takes a deep breath in through his nose. “There she is.” “This doesn’t mean anything.” “Sure it doesn’t,” he mumbles, in possibly the sexiest sleep-roughened voice I’ve ever heard. “My fire’s gone out. That’s the only reason I’m here right now.” “Do you want me to come light it again?” I pause for entirely too long. “No. You’re way hotter.” He chuckles. “Than fire?” “Shut up. You know what I mean.” “I’m not really sure I do. I think I’m going to need you to spell it out for me, snuggle bunny,” he murmurs, his warm breath ruffling my hair. Oh, I’ll spell it out, alright. I stretch my toes back and poke him with them. He jerks away, and I plant both of my feet on his warm legs and chortle as he shrieks like a little girl. I snuggle closer, my body spooned by his much larger one, and a beat passes in silence. “Still doesn’t mean anything.” “If I say it doesn’t mean anything, will you shut up?” “Yes.” “If I say it doesn’t mean anything, will you blow me?” “Oh my god, Van.” I attempt to squirm out of his grasp, but he pulls me closer and buries his nose in my hair. He sighs loudly. “Relax, I’m just kidding. Sort of.” “Go to sleep, hockey hero.”
“You don’t need to be afraid of me, Stella. Fear is the only thing holding you back from greatness.”
Carmen Jenner + Hot Hockey Boy + Sassy Country Girl = PERFECTION
Puck Love is the story of NHL Bad Boy Van Ross, and Country Music's darling, Stella Hart. Written in a dual POV in Carmen's hilarious style and full of banter, foreplay and sexual tension!
Stella Hart is troubled, she has everything a girl could want in life except for someone to share it with. Lonely, empty and desperate. Stella runs away from her life and straight into the arms of Van Ross.
"I’m drunk on despair and emptiness. My heart is beating so fast I feel like it might escape, just bust free of my chest and fly away. I wish it could. I wish I could follow it."
I'm a sucker for an athlete and a sucker for a good Sports Romance. And the one thing that an amazing Sports Romance needs is a hot, funny, sarcastic alpha athlete and Van Ross had all of those qualities in spades.
"Heat scolds my cheeks and I close my eyes because the butterflies are filling up my insides again, their wingbeats fan the flames of that familiar burn in my chest. They cram together, vying for room, smothering my lungs, stealing my breath."
Even though Puck Love didn't have the intense angst that Carmen Jenner is so well known for, it still pulled at every heart string. The writing was phenomenal. The storyline addictive. And the characters where some of my favourites. While Stella broke my heart with her troubled and lonely upbringing, Van had me giggling at his antics and filthy words!
I adored the story of Stella and Van. I loved the character development more then anything, the growth within themselves and together was beautiful to read. I loved that the story centred around them and there development rather than Van's Hockey or Stella's music. More often then not when you read a sports romance the majority of the story is taken over by the sport but Carmen wrote Puck Love in such a way that you got the exact right amount of each troupe. The Sports, the music and the romance. A perfect recipe for a perfect story!
Puck Love was witty, filthy in all the best ways, romantic and so very poetic. It had all my favourite things about romance wrapped up in one unforgettable story. Puck Love will stay in my heart for a long time to come and is most definitely an #HEA'sFavourite!
"He kisses me stupid, and for once I’m glad he’s ruining my lipstick, because at least it’s not my mascara."
Meet The Author: Carmen Jenner
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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