Review: The Pucker Next Door by Sara Ney

Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Ooh, this was a cute read! The Pucker Next Door is the brand-new standalone college hockey romance from Sara Ney. I'm not sure if it's the first in a new series, if it's really meant to be a true standalone, aka not interconnected to anything else Ney has written or intends to write. Either way, this new book was fun and features a hockey player, his flirty neighbor, and a squirrel possibly squatting inside bedroom walls. Oh, and the male main character happens to be a virgin. (That's NOT a spoiler. It's right there on the cover of the book, so don't come after me saying I spoiled it because it isn't mentioned in the blurb.)

College junior Lizzy Campbell didn't quite believe her roommate's warning about a squirrel on the loose in the house they were renting, but she gets undeniable proof of its existence once she lays eyes on it. Needing a rescue, Lizzy runs over to the house next door--the one occupied by five of her college's hockey players. Brodie Stockhausen is a senior and a hockey player expected to be one of the top picks in the next pro draft. Sure, he's noticed Lizzy before, but he doesn't have time to do anything more than that. But now, it seems she always wants to spend time with him. Will it stop when she learns his secret?

The whole squirrel situation was certainly humorous, and that epilogue from Nutty's perspective does make me think that there could be at least one interconnected book, but that's just me doing that thing we're advised not to do (which is to assume). Brodie and Lizzy were a good couple, with a number of interactions that highlighted that they did click well together. This does end in a happy-for-now, which I think is more than okay because they're still young with a whole lot of living still to be done. They were kind of sweet and kind of steamy. The Pucker Next Door was entertaining enough to earn itself 3.5 stars.

Release Date: 29 April 2024

Date Read: 28 April 2024

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