Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Hot as Puck is my first ever Lili Valente read and it's also the first in the Bad Motherpuckers hockey romance series. This was a friends-to-lovers story between twenty-eight-year-old NHL player Justin Cruise and twenty-three-year-old kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Collins. Justin and Libby have been best friends--along with Libby's older sister Laura--since they were children and Justin's accumulated quite a number of owed favors, favors that Libby now intends to cash in. You see, Libby wants a makeover of sorts and she needs Justin to teach her everything he knows about sex. Yes, SEX. Ever since the last guy she made out with decided to become a priest, Libby doubts her ability to not just attract but actually get a guy interested enough to date and have sex with her. She's actually got someone in mind--the vice principal at the school she teaches at. Now, Justin is pretty sure that he can teach his best friend a thing or two--or more--to help her embrace her inner sex goddess, but he's seeing Libby in a newer, sexier light. By the time they're done, Libby may be at the top of his class or under him--exactly where she belongs.
This series starter was a mix of sweet and sexy and all kinds of cute. I appreciated that neither Justin nor Libby weren't spending years pining away for and nursing unrequited crushes on each other. They were honest-to-goodness friends who have always been there for one another. The fact that it took tighter fitting and cleavage-baring clothing for Justin to notice how hot one of his best friends was made me a bit wary about Justin's intentions, but I need to give credit where it's due, because he did make his intentions very clear when he and Libby were beginning to get all lusty over one another. I liked that these two knew each other quite well, yet continued to discover new things because of the new intimacy that was brewing between them. The whole falling in love part did feel a tad rushed, though maybe the fact that they had been friends for so long already created that foundation that would have otherwise taken longer with other couples. Overall, I enjoyed Hot as Puck and I look forward to reading the tales of the more prominently featured supporting characters. This one gets four stars. ♥
Release Date: 03 April 2017
Date Read: 02 April 2017
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