Pucked was originally one of the books I read for Quirky Blind Date back in December. I absolutely loved it, and fell in love with this author 🙂
Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?
Riley Silk, captain of the Warrior’s Ice Hockey team at Dalesburg High, doesn’t think life can be lived if love is present. If there’s two things in life he knows to be true, it’s that love causes pain and hockey is his ticket to a better life. He’s worked hard to maintain his Frozen Silk reputation in order to stay focused on his duties and goals.
Audrey Jacobs, the Warrior’s number one fan, believes life can’t be lived without love. She can find love and beauty in the muddiest of situations. Her best friend, Riley, is under a lot of stress at home, so she does her best to brighten his mood whenever she can.
When lines cross and blur, they struggle to keep control of the simplicity their friendship once held. With Audrey’s outlook on life usually surrounded by light, the growing darkness of her doubts and insecurities threaten to deflect her toward the wrong path.
Can she find her true self before her world burns around her? When truths become lies, can Riley find the strength to fight his way through his own personal darkness that clings to his mind and soul? Can he win this face-off that life has dropped in his zone, or will fate take him out of the game completely?
Who keeps the puck?
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were very well developed, and I felt a deep connection with both Riley and Audry. There were a few parts where the story dragged, but overall it was an amazing story and one I’d read again in a heartbeat 🙂
The hardships that Riley goes through with his family were heartbreaking, especially with what his mother did to his father. That kind of emotional abuse can leave lasting scars on people, and you could see the damage it reeked on Riley’s life and how it effected Hannah, his sister.
The way that Audry and Riley’s relationship ebbed and flowed tugged on my heartstrings. They had such a connection to each other, but because of what was happening in Riley’s life, he couldn’t get past his emotional barriers.
The ending was adorable, and I loved the whole scene with the puck. This was just a really sweet and emotional story and I highly recommend it!
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