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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny

(Taking Shots #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I'm just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder "Ox" Maddox's deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I'm powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly
Published May 8th 2017 by Entangled Embrace
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Fun, flirty, sexy... a sweet hockey college romance!
“Just slip.” I reached up and ran my thumb across her bottom lip, my blood pumping hotter at her sharp exhale. “I’ll catch you.”

After wasting too much time pursuing hockey players and one in particular who broke her heart, Lindsay Rivera decided to forsake all things hockey and put school first and now all she has to do is pass her Math class to finish college and move to New York to start her dream internship. Easy
Alex ♈
3.75-4 stars

The best book in this series and actually The reason why I read this series.
By the way, it can be read as standalone.


I like anti-heroines, I like different heroines and I like “bad” girls.
This one wasn’t bad or really anti.
She was a nice person who made some mistakes in the past,
but acknowledged them and wanted to move forward.

I had NO problem that she was sexually experienced.
ZERO problem and NO judgment.
(She was defi
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cindi Madsen Fans, Hockey, Romance
3.5 Math made Terrific! Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
This is a strong entry to the Taking Shots series. We have a young woman who has taken a good look at her life and decide she is making an about face in her behavior. In the past she was a PUCK BUNNY... and now she stays as far away from any Hockey Player as she can.

She is getting ready to graduate and start a hard earned internship in NYC with a newspaper. Only one last class to finish...but trouble is.... her math grades suck... and any tutor
3.5 Bye Bye Bunny Stars

“I’m not afraid of you, Lindsay Rivera. And I don’t give a damn who you used to be—just in case you were worried.”

Lindsay Rivera’s come a long way since her puck bunny days. The college girl who once made aggressive flirting with anything in hockey pads a competitive sport has since been replaced with a studious, hardworking college senior who’s long since given up the college party scene.

And hockey players?

No more hockey players for this lady. Editing her college paper
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
3.5 Jock/Tutor trope with a twist :) stars

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Imagine your celebrity crush, be it Theo James, Jesse Williams, or one of those smoking hot Hemsworth brothers. Now say you meet them in real life and they actually hit on you. That's the insane, tempting level of attraction i found myself trying to resist, and prolonged exposure would be setting myself up for failure

Now, I debated giving this book more, because it probably deserves it, but ba
Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was my first read from Cindi Madsen, and it won't be my last!

Confessions of a former puck bunny, was a fun hockey romance with characters that were fun and easy to like! Lindsay is a girl who spent most of her first years of college worried about guys, and hockey playing guys to be more specific. Needless to say life as a puck bunny didn't go well for her, and now she considers herself a "former puck bunny." She's doing whatever she can to avoid the draw she has toward hockey players! S
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
HOCKEY ROMANCE. Seriously, need I say more?

Lindsay Rivera is no stranger to hockey players. In fact, she spent the beginning of her college career hanging all over them. When she meets her first heartbreak, though, Lindsay realizes she doesn't want to be anything like her mom and depend on men her whole life. Instead, Lindsay has decided to swear off hockey, including hockey players, and focus on graduating, editing the college newspaper, and finding a career she will love after college. But wh
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Cindi Madsen and I found this book to be overall pretty cute. Maybe a little predictable with the drama at the end, but it has a good guy hero which always makes me smile. This read pretty good as a stand alone although I did feel like I missed out on some supporting character development.

Lindsay is almost ready to graduate college and go out to the real world to try her hand at editing. She is going to start in the newspaper business but hopes to become a book edit
Wil Loves Books!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, on-kindle
I absolutely love this series! Definitely one of my favorite hockey series right now. It has those awesome feels. It always reminds me of Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus book, which are also fantastic. Anyway, this is Linday and Ryder's book, if you read Anatomy of a Player, you’ve met Lindsay and you probably wanted to know what’s her story (I know I did!). Lindsay Rivera has left her past puck bunny days behind and has turned around her life. She now concentrates on her studies and graduating.


Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had to get this book partly based off of the title but also because I really enjoyed the other books in this series.

So the very beginning of this book has me all smiles. Lindsay's has sworn off the Hockey men and is focusing on her schooling, Ryder has other ideas and he was relentless in his pursuit of Lindsay.
I think so far this is my fav of the series. The books have both POV's so we really get to see what each other is thinking. These two are so effing cute, there's a little bit of resist
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Sweet, endearing, and fun!!! Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny b Cindi Madsen was your feel good book that made you laugh, smile, and swoon. I really enjoyed the story line of this book as it explores a young woman finding her way and carving out her future as she embarks to life after college.

Lindsey Rivera is a former puck bunny, who decided that she didn’t want to be just like her mother. And so when she was set on her goals to s
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

If you haven't follow me or our blog for long, you might not know of my prior life as a puck bunny. Now, before you freak out about that revelation, let me be clear that my puck bunny life, follows the innocent definition of the term, a woman who enjoys hockey and finds the players attractive. I haven't been close enough other than a posed picture or two, so no grand stories to tell.

This book follows the more blunt definition of the term:
A female ice hockey fan whose interest in the s
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute couple. I liked how Ryder wore Lindsay down without being a stalker or all in her face. The drama was predictable and unnecessary, I felt. (view spoiler)

Again, I did miss a bit more hockey.
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cindi-madsen

This is book four in the Taking Shots series, but all books including this one can be read as a standalone. It helps to know all the people in the world of college, hockey and life that Cindi Madsen so wonderfully created.
We have met Ryder and Lindsay in previous books and now finally get their own story.
While I loved all books in the series I must say this one was my favorite one so far.
I really enjoyed Lindsay and her backstory, even the not so fun parts of her past, but

I really enjoyed Crazy Pucking Love so I jumped (several times) when I saw this book was available on NetGalley.

Lindsay Rivera used to be a Puck Bunny, chasing after any and every ice hockey player for meaningless hook-ups until she got burned and realised that, despite her best efforts, she was emulating her mother by seeking validation from men.

Since then Lindsay has turned over a new leaf, in fact she pretty much hates hockey and everything to do with it, including the players, devoting herse
4 stars

This was a pleasant surprise! I'm a fan of premises with switched roles, like this one with the heroine being the one who has a "promiscuous" past, but it's not often done well (those same heroines slut-shaming other women and things like that). Here the double standards and judgements were handled well.

The heroine was cool, I liked her. But the hero was awesome. He was such an amazing book boyfriend! (Except towards the end, but all things considered his actions made sense.) I LOVED how
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Confessions of a former PB (Puck Bunny) is book 4 in the Taking Shots series but you can read it as a stand alone. The former PB is Lindsay, the editor of the school paper. The hockey player is Ryder aka 'Ox'. Lindsay and Ryder are pretty different. She is about to graduate; he is a sophomore. She is all about words and language; he loves math. His dad was a pro hockey player; her mom is a gold digger. And Ryder is pretty much the only guy who doesn't know she slept with half the hockey te
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this I have to make a few confessions myself:

Confession #1: I didn't realize this book was the last in a series when starting this.
Confession #2: I'm glad I didn't know! If I had known, I would have probably read the other books first and would have for sure hated Lindsay.
Confession #3: I chose this book because of the title and what it implied - a heroine, who (at least at some point in her life) slept with a lot of different men. I already mentioned it in some of my reviews, but
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

I couldn't resist reading Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny. The title and the idea of a former puck bunny confessing her sins really appealed to me. Plus, the book was from an author and series I enjoy, so I knew it was going to be a lot of fun.

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny stars Lindsay and Ryder. Lindsay is a former puck bunny who fell in love and got burned. Since
Jennifer Pierson
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lindsay used to be a puck bunny, but after being hurt, and really taking a serious look at herself, she decided to swear off hockey, and hockey men, to concentrate on graduating college. Of course, this had made her a person who never lets herself have fun anymore, and she's okay with that. Her world is shaken up again when a hockey player named Ryder, takes an interest in her, and no matter how much she tries to keep him away, he's slowly putting cracks in her wall. But can she trust herself wi ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When I saw the title of this book I knew it would be right up my alley. I love reading books about a character that is usually deemed as a bad person/slut in other books.

Lindsey is a former puck bunny she lived and loved the lifestyle until she fell and got hurt by a player she also found herself turning into her mother which she did not like. Lindsey swears to never go out with another hockey player again in order to protect her heart.

Ryder's only focus at this moment is hockey
Pamela Lilley
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story, told in dual POV, follows former puck bunny Lindsay, who has curbed her puck bunny ways for the last year and has no intention of relapsing. Everything hockey is off limits. Sadly Ryder "Ox" Maddox, defensemen for the college hockey team did not get the memo, and he is relentless in his pursuit of Lindsay. It took me a while to warm up to Lindsay, but by the end of the book I was fully invested in her happy ever after. Ryder I was fully invested in from the beginning, no breaking me i ...more
Charlotte Clark
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Love Cindi Madsen's writing, which is smart and entertaining. This fourth installment in the series didn't work as well for me though. I got impatient with Lindsay throwing so many obstacles in the way of Ryder when he was such an all-around perfect guy. To be fair, I generally don't like plots that center on "reformed" heroines -- it's too easy to veer into slut-shaming, though at least Ryder didn't do that in this book. So maybe the description should have steered me away from this one, but I ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC Publishing, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This book is told from both points of view and is the forth book in the series, however as i have not read any of the other books can confirm that it can be read as a stand alone book.

Lindsey has been hurt by a former boyfriend and has therefore sworn off Hockey players (a kryptonite of hers) and it seems of having fun. After a year and with Ryder thrown into the mix, her res
Maria Rose
Cindi Madsen’s new adult college hockey romance series Taking Shots has showcased a variety of characters, but this is the first one that takes a twist on the expected by featuring a hockey player in pursuit, instead of the other way around. Lindsay has ‘been there, done that’ – played the adoring hockey fan and gotten her heart crushed along the way. She’s sworn off hockey players for good, not ashamed of having had several hookups with different players in the past but turning over a new leaf ...more
I have so loved this series. It has all the good stuff! Hot hockey players, real characters that make me feel right along with them, and a great story make them all great. But this one...this one had a little more.

So yeah there's a hot hockey player but he's Ryder. And Ryder is just the best hockey player. He plays defense and his muscles far exceed my expectations! Hehe. He may have carried Lindsay and there may have been stairs involved. BUT what I really loved about him had nothing to do with
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

Lindsay Rivera has decided she'll never fall for another hockey player again, but there's something about Ryder 'Ox' Maddox that dares her to take a chance. Especially since he doesn't give up on pursuing her easily when she's told him repeatedly he'll never stand a chance of winning her over. However, when Lindsay realizes she needs help to pass her math class otherwise she won't be able to graduate, it seems the only person available to tutor her is Ryder. Will she give him a chance or is allo
T.H. Hernandez
I loved the idea of this book -- a girl who used to chase hockey players who realizes she doesn't like who she's become, is pursued by a hockey player. But the execution didn't live up to my expectations. I found Lindsay to be extremely annoying, but I did like Ryder. Lindsay went back and forth between knowing who she is and being unapologetic about it, to being ridiculously unable to control her own hormones around Ryder while keeping him at a distance. I'm frankly shocked he put up with that. ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was a NA and Romantic comedy that I liked alot.

I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, but I didn't feel like it effected my enjoyment of the story. It only made me want to go back and read those books and find out the story behind those couples shown in this one. This story features Ryder, a defensive player on the college hockey team, and Lindsay, a former puck bunny who's trying hard to avoid all things hockey.

This story really kicks off when Lindsay needs help to pass h
Karen Mc
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

I've been around the hockey romance book block a few times and have never seen a former puck bunny's perspective. What a fresh and fun story! Sweet and sexy, Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a slow burn of a romance that oozes angst and pounds with passion!

Ryder and Lindsay's explosive electricity was unstoppable! I felt their chemistry fused with angst combust! The passion fanned those flames of fire, sparking even more desire. How could I not fall for this amazing alpha who has a sweet si
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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, ...more

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