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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
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
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3.5 Stars

Review to come.......................
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, do
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
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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
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
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 books
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
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
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 ...more
Ambriehl Khalil
[5/5 Stars]

Okay. This was easily the most fun I’ve ever had while reading a book. Ever. I don’t know how it’s possible that I literally had a smile on my face the entire rime, and I giggled so so much. Did this book have any real substance?? Nope. Did I love it anyway? Hell yeah. It was just fun.

It was light and funny and Joey is probably my favourite heroine maybe ever. She is what I would slap under the definition of bad bitch. She’s ruthless, funny and independent. I’m so tired of the whole
"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
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
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
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
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.
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
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (1/30/2019)!

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
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!
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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
A lot of fun to read

I had a great time reading this! Zeus and Joey were so funny and I loved their banter. When Zeus goes to that charity dinner dressed as an ugly woman I laughed out loud and that pretty much set the tone for the book. Joey was awesome and kick ass and a super tough chick who no guy could handle until Zeus. she put him in his place and he knew how to give her crap right back. I liked the supporting characters also, especially Manning and Gracie. The book went by quickly and I
Funny but plot-less, not my favourite.
But still3Stars because male narrator's voice is a total hawt-ness.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Can't get enough of these books. I really enjoy diving into the cast of interconnected characters. It's so adorable to see them interact. I actually have read a bunch of the books that come later before I read this one, so for example, I had already read Ares's story before I read Zeus's, so it was kind of nice to see Ares's characterization in this book.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book. Both Zeus and Joey are such lovely people with good hearts. Books like these always restore my faith
Cee Cee Houston
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my DOG in heaven!!! Yeah, you might think that’s a weird thing to say but you haven’t had the supreme pleasure of reading The Pilot and the Puck-Up by Pippa Grant yet. Once you do, you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
This is the third book in Pippa’s series on connected standalones. It feature Zeus Berger and Joey Diamonte who goes by the nickname Fireball.
The Force and the Fireball. I wonder if Pippa ever thought of using that for the title of this hilarious, snort-laugh out loud book. I
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joey “Fireball” Diamonte is a woman that doesn't take crap from anyone and especially from men. She's didn't get where she is today by being some damsel in distress needing a knight in shinning armor to come rescue her. And the last thing she needs is this hulking tall drink of water.

Zeus Berger is a brute on and off the ice and no woman has ever made him think about love, fairy tales, and all that jazz. The only thing that scares him are spiders and maybe his sister. But he's about to meet his
Kim May
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love romantic comedies then Pippa Grant is an author you definitely need to check out. This is only her third book, but I would put her up against any of the long term authors of this genre and she would far surpass most of them. Her books are nothing like any other romantic comedy books I’ve read. They are hilarious and ridiculous with a good dose of sweetness and sexiness. Her books will actually have you laughing out loud while others are giving you the side-eye because you can’t stop ...more
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So sorry for my late review but right after I began reading my ARC I struggled with an awful cold.
I was like my brain cells were totally frozen, I spend one week in foggy haze.
So while I laughed out loud with the opening scene, I was unable to appreciate what came after.
So I stopped reading it until yesterday, not wanting to give a lukewarm review because of my dumb mind!
I’m glad I did it, because I really enjoyed this book.
I had to reread the few chapters I didn’t fully enjoyed at first, but
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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 ...more
“She’s staring at me, which, yeah. Of course she is, because I’m babbling like a fucking fourteen-year-old girl swooning over fucking Prince Manning. But this is Fireball, and you never know what she might be thinking. So I cut a glance at her to see if it’s an I’m considering it stare or if it’s an I’m letting a loony bin drive me around on a golf cart stare, and—“Fuck!” 0 likes
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