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Hot as Puck

(Bad Motherpuckers #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,056 ratings  ·  627 reviews
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The NHL's biggest bad boy is about to fall for the virgin next door...

I am the world's biggest dating failure. We're talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure.

But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans--my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL supersta
Published April 3rd 2017 by Self Taught Ninja
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Lissy My theory is that she was misinterpreting what he was saying, or projecting her own ego and fantasy onto what he was saying. I think he was trying to …moreMy theory is that she was misinterpreting what he was saying, or projecting her own ego and fantasy onto what he was saying. I think he was trying to let her down gently but she was being pushy. Also, he was probably trying not to be a dick to an ex-girlfriend for the first time ever and have a meaningful follow-up conversation with her, which she twisted in her own mind into a reconciliation conversation. Finally, I think she probably sensed that Libby had a thing for Justin and was trying to warn her off and mark her territory on Justin. So she was just being a jealous, possessive, class-A bitch.(less)

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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is a second time this month that I'm this giddy over a book. And I swear it's not even that time of month. But it's not like that time of month would ever influence my rating.

➦But all jokes aside, I'm trying to be a professional blogger here.

➦I've been a fan of Lili Valente's romcoms for a while now and I was expecting this hockey sports romance to be of the same funny variety. But it is totally different from what I've been anticipating! Not to say that it doesn't contain fun banter, bec
Renee Entress
5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, and heartbreak.

This is Libby and Justin’s story. Libby needs some help and since Justin is her best friend she decides to ask him for help. Justin will do anything for Libby but what she wants from him is about to change everything. Can he do it and risk losing her forever? If not can he think of her doing it with someone else? Justin will be the only one teaching Libby. But what happens when teaching is not enough? What happens wh
Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski
Ohhh this book was so pucking good!
Justin is a hot hockey playboy who is NOT ready to settle down. He does enjoy crocheting...yup you heard me right!
Libby is a very inexperienced school teacher who just needs a boost of confidence. She also enjoys crocheting, and she taught Justin all he knows.
These two have been friends forever, which is like the totes best way to start out with a hot guy if you ask me. Soooo anywho...they start up a little something-something and the next thing you know they
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lili Valenti remains Rom Com royalty with this latest book which is aptly titled as it is most definitely hot as puck!! I really loved this book! Between the storyline, the laughter, the sexts, the sexy times, and just Justin & Libby, well you get the gist, I loved it all!!!!
Justin is a super hot and sexy hockey player who get this, crochets! Not only that but he poses on social media with his hand-made items. Sometimes with just his those items, wink wink. He is an amazing player both on and o
★ Larissa ~ book crusher ~
4.5 stars

Holy wow! I was so pleasantly surprised by this novel, I still can’t believe it! Just when I thought all hockey romances were starting to sound samey, comes along this true gem of a book. The best way I can describe it is, funny, adorable, sexy and heartwarming. It resembles the Helena Hunting Pucked books for sure, but comparing them is almost a disservice to Lili Valente’s unique and endearing voice. I fell in love with her wit and her style, and honestly laughed and chuckled in deli
Jun 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The NHL's biggest bad boy is about to fall for the virgin next door...

I am the world's biggest dating failure. We're talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure.

But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans--my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL superstar forward, Justin Cruise.

Justin owes me favors dating back to seventh grade, long before he became a hotshot with a world famous...stick. So in return for my undying platonic loyalty,
Stacey is Sassy
Pretty good puck...

I enjoyed this friends-to-lovers short story and thought the main characters were pretty entertaining. I think the main problem with a short story like this is that we don't get a lot of time "seeing" the reformed manwhore become a monogamous and dedicated loving man. Sure, the big gestures mean a lot but I wanted to see them weather a few storms and navigate the choppy seas.

When we first meet Justin and Libby they are not romantically interested in each other. Justin has just
I realize the stories we read are a far cry from reality. I mean we read romance novels, right? But there comes a point where the story is so ridiculous, you simply can't get into it. Our lady lead is a virgin kindergarten teacher who wears super baggy clothes, no makeup, and knits for fun. She catches the attention of a top scoring NHL hockey player who has the perfect body, a beautiful face, and also knits. Yep. You read that right. The hockey player sex god knits..

The two are are old friends
Spoilers ahead, 3.5*

Libby is a virgin kindergarten teacher who's worried there's something wrong with her vagina, after all her only serious relationship her ex turned into a priest after giving her oral. Fed up of her lack of confidence with men because she's crushing on her vp, Libby turns to her friend of over 10 years Justin for help.

Justin is a pro hockey player who's very recently gotten out of a relationship. When Libby asks for his assistance he's surprised both by her request and his su
Nadine Wilmschen
1.5 Stars

You can't escape all the cliches in this one:

- the frumpy, nerdy h who never ever had luck with a guy
- the man whore H who's a professional hockey player
- him showing her how to get the guy she's secretly in love with

You know what's happening...

I don't mind a story line which has been told before if the author tries to make the story special. Unfortunately, there's nothing special about 'Hot as Puck'. It's a short read and that was the only reason for me to finish this book.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one! He's a hot stud crochet knitting hockey star and she the adorable best friends little sister kindergarten teacher. She wants him to teacher her about sex and he more than happy to oblige.Together they are combustible and such a good match.....his declaration of love....beautiful! ...more
Jacob Proffitt
May 11, 2021 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I'm tapping out at around halfway. I like the characters, though Justin is a weirdo (maybe the good kind, depending on your taste. or lack thereof). Their banter doesn't suck, either. But it blew completely past my steam tolerance and that shows little sign of letting up.

No rating because maybe I should have known?
J. Grayland
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Libby Collins, the sweet kindergarten teacher has been friends with NHL superstar Justin Cruise since they were kids, but Libby has a problem her dating skills are terrible and now she wants Justin to teach her how to date successfully. Justin is happy to oblige his friend although he is also a firm believer of the hands on approach, and once these two get their hands on each other there is a chemical explosion that neither expected. I really like this book it was a very sweet but hot read, the ...more
sally ✿
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
my annual smutty hockey book buddy read with my pal arianna continues in 2021 with this book that had very little hockey and also poorly written poetry.

Ambriehl Khalil
⭐️ [3.75/5 Stars] ⭐️
I don’t have a glowing words to say the fact that’s this took friends to lover set up - I’m expecting some slow burn and burning hot chemistry

Nope - I can’t find it , the plot are pretty popular and you can find it on others book that’s not the problem here - somehow back to point one , for two peoples which growing up together and keep reminding readers every so often how they understand each other’s of deeper level at very young age - trust me it’s like looking for a needle in the house of ha
4 Sweet Stars

This book grew on me. I wasn't sure about it at the start but it picked up and the characters were engaging. Justin is a hot shot hockey player who has been friends with Libby for years. Suddenly these two are seeing each other in a whole new light and they both fall hard.
It's a little bit instalove but then they have known each other for years.
Sexy , fun, low angst and a gorgeous HEA. No cheating.
Lori R.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an adorably sweet and sexy and steamy friends to lovers story! I can always count on this author’s books to give me plenty of smiles and laughs, a delicious amount of tingles, and a satisfying amount of warm fuzzies. And the characters are always lovable!! Libby was shy & inexperienced yet eager to learn, and Justin was more than willing to help a friend. I adored these two together!

I listened to the audiobook and the narrators did a great job!
Kiri Fiona
5 Stars…

Holy shit, this was good! I'm jealous of everyone who still gets to read it for the first time.


What I loved:

Quote… He's a shark who roams the open sea banging all the sexiest, most beautiful and successful female sharks, and you're a goldfish who's never been out of your bowl. Quote…

Lili Valente is an amazing storyteller. I have highlights on almost every page. There's something wonderful unfolding all the time in this book, and I just couldn't tear myself away from it. I wanted to absorb it into my bloodstream
Romance Between The Sheets
One of my favorite authors said that HOT AS PUCK was one of the best hockey romances she's read, so with that glowing endorsement I thought I'd be in for a good and enjoyable read. Sadly, I struggled with this book from beginning to end, unable to get into the characters or their story.

I didn't feel any connection between Justin and Libby at all, who suddenly go from a decade long friendship, to friends with benefits, to being madly in love in the span of about a week. I couldn't get over the fa
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really cute friends to lover story that has some humor, sass, and lots of sweet.

I loved how they cared about each other so much already as friends and tried to make sure to be honest with each other as they transition their friendship to something more.

It's make me laugh thinking about a hunky sexy hockey player crocheting. You'll laugh at what he made in the end.

Cute, sweet, and a fast read.
Ivy Deluca
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-Funny friends to lovers romance. I’ve never read a Lili Valente book before, but this has humor, sexy times and hockey - these are a few of my favorite things...not necessarily in that order, so I was ready to go on this ride. Ms. Valente really has a way with a humorous inner monologue and I found myself laughing more often than not throughout this romance.

-Quirky hero and heroine which I enjoyed. Justin Cruise your typical sexy, rough and tumble m
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This was a "cute" story. I found it hard to "get into" Libby the whole "nerdy and crocheting" ughhhhh didn't do much for me.

I really did like both Libby and Justin BUT wished Libby's character had been written a tad bit different for me.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG, the cover photo is Justin!!! Sweet story.
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
3.5 Stars

This was cute and a fun laid back read. I really enjoyed the last half. Personally I would call this a fluff read. Something fun and relaxing but not something that is going to linger in my thoughts for days or weeks after.
It's a fun, light and sweet read! ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read and getting to know Libby and Justin. There was times for me as I was reading that I was getting annoyed with Libby and her way of thinking, but I liked her personality and I thought they were good together! I'm curious to see what happens next between Brendan and Laura ...more
4+ feel-good stars

Bless you BookBub!

(At least in this instance. The rest of the time I curse your freebie-ness as my TBR list fills faster than I can possibly read!)

When this popped up in my email, I had zero expectations. I am not generally a fan of contemporary sports romances, but I just couldn't resist the title. I mean, seriously? A series called "Bad Motherpuckers!? I just had to have it.

And honestly, I was thoroughly, pleasantly surprised. This was feel-good fun at its best.

Nicole P
This was all kinds of awesome. Libby and Justin are lifelong friends and when Libby needs help in the dating/relationships/sex departments she turns to her been-around-the-block-a-few-times friend Justin to help her. What they didn't count on was undeniable chemistry. I love it when people think things won't change once they've seen each other naked. I loved the ebb and flow of the story and was enamored with Justin, not only because he was a hot hockey player but he could crotchet! Come on! *sw ...more
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Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn't be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich's red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.

These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

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“I’ve been dating for over a decade, Libby, and I have never had a man look as hopeful and adorably desperate over me as Justin looked holding up that stupid poem for you. Hearts all over the country are breaking for that goofy, handsome fool, and when you go out there with your sign that says you love him, too, you’re going to put those hearts back together again. And you’re going to give them a reason to believe that maybe their own happily-ever-afters aren’t a hopeless cause after all.” 1 likes
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“Firstly—again, it was far, far better than okay. Secondly—what kind of videos?” I wiggle my brows suggestively. “You mean porn?”

Her blush spreads from her cheeks down the pale column of her throat. “Instructional videos.”

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