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The Pilot & the Puck-Up

(The Copper Valley Thrusters #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  5,303 ratings  ·  548 reviews
He’s the biggest, baddest, most spider-fearing motherpucker on the ice…

When you’re named after the king of the gods, the world expects certain things of you.

Tough? Damn right.

Smart? Don’t let the hockey uniform fool you.

Large and in charge? Honey, I’m the biggest, baddest, mother pucking-est machine to ever own the ice. I shoot. I score. In and out of the rink. I don
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published February 16th 2018
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Pilot & the Puck-Up is a stand alone sports rom-com by Pippa Grant. The characters do recur from one book to another but it is not required to read any of them in order to enjoy this.

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Zeus Berger is a professional hockey player, a huge man, feared on the ice, as is his twin brother, Ares. Zeus and his brother are both known for their abilities on the ice, and their antics off the ice. People expect it of him and he is happy to comply. Because of his size, people tend to take him at face valu
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3.5 Stars

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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
You know what I loved about this book? Zeus!! He was everything that was awesome in this story. From his awkwardness at being large in small situations, to his no shame and no filter, to his confidence, to his absolutely enormous heart, this man won my affection within the first chapter.

The way the author described Zeus, and I mean physically, I was on the hunt to find a man like him to visually fantasize about on Google. I found tons!! Way to many to share. Just go look for yourself. Well,
Book-Bosomed  blog
Feb 06, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @39%

Here's what didn't work for me...

The pilot—Joey “Fireball” Diamonte is probably pushing thirty, runs her own business (which has her hobnobbing with celebrities), attended college, and served a six year stint in the military. And yet despite all those life experiences surrounded by men, she’s never gotten down and jiggy with one.

This manwhore/virgin trope has grown so stale it just tastes bad at this point. Why aren’t these heroines allowed to have had some fun??? What is the appeal of
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am ashamed of myself. And yes, I see the irony of the fact that it took a fictional character to get me to open my eyes and realize that I am guilty of judging a book, or two, by its cover. (And in this case the books would be a large and in charge hockey player hiding a heart of gold, and a balls to the wall chick, with an attitude to match, who has never found anyone strong enough to handle her.)

Zeus Berger probably came out of his mother's womb half-man. I say half because there had to be
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, 2018-faves

First person, Dual-POV, HAE. Standalone.

Ever since reading Stud in the Stacks, every single Pippa Grant book gets rocketed to the top of my faves list. Filled with laughs, heart-felt emotion; I can't put them down.

"Call me Fireball. I don't wear lipstick."
"Damn, girl, could've fooled me. Think I need to know your secret."
"I eat my enemies for breakfast and wear their blood the rest of the day."

Joey is a bad-ass. Works and plays just as hard as the boys, and typically bests them in almost ev
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
Okay, seriously, I need a moment for my stomach muscles to relax and for me to dry my tears from laughing so freakin' hard at The Pilot & the Puck-Up. OMG, I haven't had that much fun reading a book in a very long time! This was my first book by Pippa Grant but it will not be the last!

I loved Zeus and Joey. Loved how they interacted. Loved the snark. Loved the banter. Loved how they just connected and got each other. Their relationship was very real, developed on a real time frame. Fun, sexy per
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Doubled up on funny without losing any heart

I think that Pippa Grant is trying to make me look like a liar. I keep stating how much I don't really enjoy romantic comedies but each time I read one of hers I have to make an exception, and each time the books get better and better.  I really thought that nothing could top my love for Knox Moretti, I mean he's a sexy romance blogger, what can be better than that? 

Zeus Berger. That's what. 

It's ironic that my initial reaction to him in the other boo
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is first in the Copper Valley Thrusters series, but the couple from Mister McHottie feature prominently as Ambrosia is Zeus's sister and her husband is a good friend and is a business target for Joey. I felt like I missed a lot of unimportant detail not having read that one.

This book relies on its tone/voice to carry the reader. For me, that worked out great. It's irreverent and boisterous and larger than life. Which fit these protagonists perfectly. This is such an important aspect of the
Radd Reader
Zeus & Joey. Told from dual POV. Pretty much instant love as they were saying the ILY’s within a short time of meeting. I suppose this could be considered a standalone, but it has recurring characters from previous books that play a big role in this story. It has a HEA and an epilogue.

The Characters:
Zeus is a professional hockey player and Joey (aka Fireball) is a pilot that runs a flight adventure company that specializes in providing zero-gravity experiences to the general pu
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Pippa Grant is becoming one of my favorite authors, and with The Pilot & the Puck-Up it's easy to see why. Joey and Zeus are the kind of characters I want to read about. I want to take them home and put them in a glass case, so I can see them every time I sit in the living room. They're just that adorable.

Joey "Fireball" Diamonte is a woman who's used to playing in a man's world. It means she's learned how to duck, parry, and weave - yet still get her job done. Right now, her job is getting a bu
Tina Morgan
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh lord this book and these Berger twins were hilarious!! I’m really enjoying these Pippa Grant books. One of my favorite genres is romcoms and she’s got those going on! Although I did miss one book before this one I didn’t feel like I missed anything much. So these are stand alones but I do want to read it. Now back to Zeus and Joey. Zeus is one of the Berger twins, built like a small building and plays hockey. And the crack up and kicker of the twins. Joey aka Fireball is a pilot. And a no non ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was almost a dnf for me. Not because it made me angry or anything it was just so meh.

I've tried three of Pippa's books and I can safely say I just don't enjoy her version of humor. Its not the fun kind of awkward, you know?

Ares (side character) has been my favorite since book 1 so if she does ever write a book about him I'll read that... maybe.

This heroine was just weird. 30 year old virgin that guarded her 26 year old sister's non existent "virtue" to the point of being creepy. The siste
"I missed you," she whispers in a small voice.
Not my cock swelling now.
No, that's all my heart. Puffing up and sauntering and shaking it's dick at my dick, yelling Suck this, she likes me too.
Yeah, my heart's such a guy. You got a problem with that?
I know Joey.
And I know those three words cost her more than she'll ever admit.

This book was exactly what I was in the mood for, fun, fluffy romance with a funny, takes-no-shit gal and a funny, smarter-than-he-lets-on guy, topped with hilarious inner d
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I wish Zeus could have been done just a little better. I really wanted a story about a rough around the edges brute that meets his match, but instead he was like a 13yo overgrown goof/oaf. I did like Zeus though and look forward to Ares' book. I think the weird disconnect came from PG trying to show his softer side by making him do weird goofy or outlandish shit but it didn't come across as cute or funny it was just stupid. Also it became extremely annoying the breaking the 4th wall or talking t ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Joey has Lady Balls
Why am I always surprised at the emotional intensity of Pippa Grant’s writing? Why, why, why? I keep underestimating the emotional forces at work and then I’m gobsmacked by the unexpected feelings. Oh, dog, the feelings.
What kind of woman do you think it takes to bring Zeus Berger to his knees? Figuratively and literally. It sure wasn’t the kind of woman I expected him to fall for. And that is the genius of Pippa Grant. Bringing it. And bringing it hard. I’m not going to say
Fantasy Land Romance Reader
So I really tried I did. But I could not get into this story. I made it to about 15% and had to stop. It was not something that kept me going. I signed up to read this book looking forward to reading it. I love sports/virgin and romantic comedy so there was nothing in this story that should make me walk away. But it was just a jumbled mess to me. I am hoping Pippa's next book will hit the marks for me. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review. ...more
Alright, we've got an arrogant hockey player, Zeus, who really thinks he is a god, and a confident pilot, Joey aka Fireball, who doesn't have the time or the patience for men. Put them together at a charity event where the side bets can get creative, add in some mutual attraction, and bam! You've got a romantic comedy.

This book was hilarious at times. The spider incident alone was the equivalent of 100 ab crunches. I thought the author was brilliant in other ways too. I especially loved the way
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Let me be the first to say I was completely surprised by this book, and I mean that in the very best way! I was really looking forward to reading this as I really enjoyed Zeus’s crazy antics in Stud in the Stacks, but I have to admit, based on these crazy antics I was expecting this book to be completely over the top. Well, add me to the list of people who have completely misjudged Zeus Berger.

This book is a fantastic romantic comedy. It is sweet and swoony, and it made me laugh over and over ag
1.5 stars.
I really did not like the heroine much in this story. She was so macho and aggressive, it was like a caricature. Not sure why a woman needs to be like a man to prove she can be successful and independent. I hate the term, but some would call this woman a ball-breaker. Nothing wrong with that as a plot device, but that ain't romance for me, because a misandrist is not the stuff of heterosexual romance. Same goes for a misanthrope. That's just a story.

As for the putative hero! We meet h
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 stars

I love Pippa Grant's writing style - her books always have a great sense of humor, and this was no exception. My only issue with this one was that I really didn't feel like I connected much with the h (Joey "Fireball"), but I LOVED the H (Zeus Berger). Maybe because we have met Zeus in previous books?
I would HIGHLY recommend reading Mister McHottie Mister McHottie (Girl Band #1) by Pippa Grant before this book bc the h in that story is Zeus's sister, and the H is his best friend from childhood, so he is in their book, and they
Blodeuedd Finland
She was strangely occupied from keeping her 26 year old sister from boinking, what was up with that?

I am so sad, it was a bit too much for me.

She was unlikable.
He was too much
Funny but plot-less, not my favourite.
But still3Stars because male narrator's voice is a total hawt-ness.
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So so so funny, cute and a good change of pace. Lots of language but still good and punny. Yes, I meant punny. lol
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sports
I didn't enjoy this one. That's wrong, let me rephrase it. I hated the heroine of this one.
I feel so sorry for Zeus cause the guy was amazing. We got to know him a little bit from the previous books but in this one Pippa gives him depth and we get to know the real Zeus. As a mc he was perfect. He found a girl he liked, went after her (again and again and again), fell in love with her, confessed his feelings and all he ever wanted was to have a chance at her. That's it.
Main heroine pissed me off
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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He’s the biggest, baddest, most spider-fearing motherpucker on the ice…

When you’re named after the king of the gods, the world expects certain things of you.

Tough? Damn right.

Smart? Don’t let the hockey uniform fool you.

Large and in charge? Honey, I’m the biggest, baddest, mother pucking-est machine to ever own the ice. I shoot. I score. In and out of the rink. I don’t come early, but I come often, if you know what I mean. And I always leave the lad
Lula Pantoofle
Gosh 75% in and I’m just tired. This book is not for me. I realise that I am not really into hilarious books. I don’t want a laugh a minute rollercoaster ride full of slapstick situations and upbeat banter. Everyone and everything is funny in this book. The wit-o-meter is high.

Sometimes a story tries so hard to be funny that I realise I am just not laughing. Then I stress out thinking I should be laughing.

She knuckle shuffled her nubbin. And now I’m thinking of her digits on her skittle. The o
I first discovered Pippa Grant when I read Stud in the Stacks. I then went back and read Mr. McHottie, which was equally as good. I couldn’t wait to read The Pilot and the Puck-up. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Zeus is funny, charming, and ridiculously lovable. Sparks fly when he meets his match. Joey is a stubborn take no prisoners kind of woman and she more than gives him a run for his money. I really liked this book. Pippa Grant will be an auto buy for me in the future. I’ll ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..OMG this book was hilarious! I loved Zeus, I loved Joey and together they were the ultimate couple...I am still laughing and I will probably will be doing it all night. Thank you, thank you, thank you Pippa I love you. Guys you have to read this book, I am not suggesting it, I am imploring you too I promise you that you will thank. Enjoy!
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Based on @Jacob Proffitt's erudite review of this little gem I decided to queue it up and give it a whirl - and I'm oh, so glad I did. It's a perfect Summer afternoon read - light, frothy, with just enough underpinning of 'reality' (insecurities/yearnings even amongst people who are so absurdly Alpha as to be almost caricature) - I loved the male MC's absolute delight in the MC female's unbelievable skillsets - he's got enough skills for 3 people but that doesn't always help a guy when finding e ...more
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Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she's not reading, writing or sleeping, she's being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip co ...more

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