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A Secret for a Secret

(All In #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  10,757 ratings  ·  1,362 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existenc
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Montlake
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Giorgia ~ Reads
4.5 Stars

This was simply beautiful. I can confidently say it was the best out of the series so far.

While there is nothing extraordinary about it, everything just fit together so peacefully. King and Queenie call each other the calm and the chaos respectively, and I find that description so beautifully fitting.

They are truly good for each other in an opposites attract kind of way, but it goes way beyond that as well. Usually opposites attract but they also burn through the novelty and excite
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, favorites
An emotional and compelling romance, filled with many secrets to be revealed and cherished by two individuals that learn how to fall in love with each other...

So this third installment, has officially stolen my heart and has claimed it! That's right, Kingston... my sexy and very romantic Ryan Kingston has taken a toll of grasping my beating heart and make it beat much faster for all the ways he expresses his admiration towards Queenie. In the little things he does, his blushes, his tendernes
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

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I’ve read a lot of Helena Hunting’s books and as much as I’ve enjoyed them, I was surprised to find that I hadn’t given any of them a full 5 stars… until now. A Secret for a Secret was such a great read for me. It was just what I needed and by far my favorite book of hers.

Ryan Kingston is a NHL goalie and the good guy of hockey. He is respectful, kind, follows the rules and always makes the right calls. One night, he’s out and drinks a little too much, totally not his normal and has
Helena Hunting
May 11, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


Mommy Issues


I have six different drinks in front of me, ranging from very expensive scotch to some kind of carbonated fruity cocktail that’s so sweet I’m positive I’ll get a cavity if I finish it. Despite the variety, I’m still having trouble getting drunk. Mostly because I’m not a fan of the way alcohol tastes, so I’ve only had a couple sips out of each glass.

“Excuse me, is this seat taken?” A soft, slightly smoky female voice draws my attention to the left, where the stool next
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again Helena has managed to do what she does best and created a masterpiece, a man you can’t help but fall for and a heroine you instantly love.

A Secret for a Secret is the third book in the All In series and can be read as a stand-alone but I’d recommend reading them in order to get the backstory of other character in the book.

When we were first introduced to Kingston I was intrigued. He’s kind of like Darren (from the Pucked series) in ways, he keeps himself to himself. He’s super quiet
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Give us a chance to get through this together, Queenie. Let me catch you when you fall. Let me be your safe place to land.”

This was so stinking cute, y'all! Like goofy smile on my face the entire time reading sort of cute.

Ryan Kingston is definitely a change of pace from your typical professional hockey player. The man is a freaking boy scout. He doesn't swear. He doesn't drink. He doesn't disappoint his parents. And he doesn't do one-night stands. He's a guy that was a perf
Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m falling in love with her chaos.

I am an absolute sucker for a hero who loves a heroine who doesn’t fully love herself. I live for a hero who appreciates nearly every single thing about a heroine that she considers a flaw about herself. Nothing gives me the feels more than a hero who knows to give a heroine the space to grow at her own pace, and supports her while she does it. Ryan Kingston is all of that, and Queenie is the perfect passionate storm that blows into the calm that is his life.

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He’s the calm to my storm. My still lake at dawn. My king.

Ryan Kingston is the milk drinking, khaki & polo shirt wearing, straight-laced goalie of Seattle’s top-ranking NHL team. He quickly falls for the one woman who is his complete opposite and totally forbidden. Queenie Masterson is the definition of chaos. She’s also the GM’s only daughter. Their story is incredibly steamy while light on angst and Helena Hunting’s signature comedic sense
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Queenie and King.

There was this very sparky one night stand six weeks ago and now they find out that she's working for the manager of the hockey team he's playing for. And not only that, but said manager is her dad!

Her dad quickly initiated a no-dating-the-players policy. But they can be friends, right?

And maybe her dad won't be too mad if they asked nicely if they could date??

And his crazy family and her secret past won't become a problem soon, right?? LOL!


3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was cute. I had liked the H in the previous book in the series, so I was happy to get him again and that he got a HEA. I like the opposites attract type stories and we definitely get that here. I did, however, struggle with the h after a while. I like my hs confident and where they are still strong in their vulnerability. I understand that her mom messed her up, but it kind of bugged me that she didn’t actively try to work on that damage — especially since she was
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Helena Hunting Fans, Romance
4.5 Rules to Be Broken Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
We have heard over and over again, opposites attract. When there is an agreement over the ages about something like this, it is no surprise when it turns out to be true. Helena Hunting took this idea and made it one of the core meanings in A Secret for a Secret.

Ryan Kingston, the goalie for Seattle's NHL team, is trying desperately to get drunk. He has lined up numerous potent drinks and is struggling to down any of them.

Were they made incorr
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'The calm to my storm' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Who fell in love with the sweet Ryan Kingston in the All In series? THIS GIRL! And I loved him even more after reading his wonderful love story with his queen, Queenie. How freaking adorable is that? I love me a funny, sugary sweet and steamy sports romance and Helena Hunting is one of the best authors at those. Obviously, she did not fail with this whole series and neither with A Secret for a Sec
❤️ Nanda ❤️

🎧 Audiobook Review 🎧

I'm still on my busy week/month/life after covid, and couldn't stop to actually read a book! So thanks to Kindle unlimited with audible narration, I've been able to grab a few listening moments between my work and drive.

This book is one of those included on the program, and it was on my May's TBR before the next release A Kiss for a Kiss.

This is my favorite series by Helena Hunting and I can say that A secret for a secret is a favorite book too!

Since the first bo
4.5 King and Queenie Stars

(My musical muse for this book is Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs)

She’s a tornado, and half the time I don’t know what to do with her, but I still want to get caught up in her vortex.

This third standalone book in the 'All In' Series is a true Opposites Attract romance. Rumour has it you should look out for the quiet guys and Ryan Kingston certainly packs a few surprises.

Queenie and King meet and hook up for one night , which is uncharacteristic for both of them. Fate int
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I LOVE a good guy hero, and King is one of the sweetest with a heart of gold. This was another great audio in the series!!
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Romance books are full of bad boys who swear, drink too much, treat their parents with no respect and cheat on their partners. And yet, countless readers continue justifying their behaviour and find excuses for them. And there are very few (too few) books where the protagonist is a good man, caring and thoughtful, has principles and lives according to them. I don't know about you, but I find this kind of guy irresistible.

Ryan Kingston (AKA King) is a goalkeeper. His job is to save and protect. H
Bex |
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
★★ 4.5 stars! ★★

Hockey romances and Helena Hunting go together like pineapple and olives on pizza (hint: it’s a good thing and if you haven’t read A Favor for a Favor, you need to do that ASAP!). She infuses humor and heart into all of her books, but I have a huge soft spot for the hockey players. A Secret for a Secret is a friends-to-lovers sports romance that has a bit of the forbidden, but the best part is the characters with all of their glorious quirks.

Abandoned by her mother at a young age
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR/ Montlake Romance)


Ryan Kingston grew up in Tennessee, and has always been polite, respectful, and big on manners and morals. Hockey is his passion, and he’s lucky to be living his dream playing professionally. He’s a goalie for an NHL team in Seattle, and is the team’s levelheaded golden boy with the wholesome image. He’s a rule follower who always does the right thing. He rarely drinks alcohol, and doesn’t do one night stands. Then he finds out his
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
This one was my EVERYTHING! The H (KING👑) in this story is the BEST OF THE BEST!

Cassidy (cassidyreads)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my absolutely favorite book by Helena so far! This is the 3rd book in the All in series and it follows Queenie Materson and Ryan Kingston and it makes a great addition to the series. It was a little bit of a forbidden romance because Queenie is the hockey GM's daughter and now she is working for the team. This story has a great romance, lol moments, an opposites attract trope, a shy hero and secrets. King is one of the best hero's from Helena. He is swoony, caring, a good guy, shy and of ...more
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
3 Boy Scout stars

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This was very cute, nauseatingly cute and sweet and King is definitely not the type of jock I ve read about until now. Did I liked him? well yes and no. Yes he is polite and a gentlemen, but way to proper for my taste. The excessive apologizing for the "wet humping" and the intimate contact with Queenie was OTT . I mean, I get it, you don't usually do this, is not your style blah blah, but get a grip man!
Also, he is a 30 yo man, with lots
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
Oh man, the good boy, rule follower sure took me by surprise in A Secret for a Secret and I loved every second!

Ryan’s followed the rules his whole life. Never making waves. Following the straight and narrow. Did it because he heard all about the disaster his sister and brother made of their lives—and didn’t want to make the same mistake.

Until he learned just about everything about his life was a lie. And on the night he learned the truth, he met a woman—Queenie—who’d been everything he never kn
Spoilers ahead, 3.5* not quite 4 but bumped up because of the non manwhore H (yayyyyyy)

Full review later but for now I really liked King, Queenie like her name, grated a tiny bit. All in all I'm liking this series

No cheating
Ex drama both his and hers
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Cosy Stars

A light and easy read, the main characters were enjoyable individually but especially together.

Kingston's family - oh boy they're an experience.

Acquired via KU.
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Helena has entrenched herself pretty firmly in the Rom-com genre. Her PUCKED series just keeps on giving, the characters delighting us whenever they make an impromptu appearance, Esp Violet.
Then she suddenly surprises you with a heartfelt story like this one. she can extract tears from your eyes as adeptly as he can make you spit out your drink with sudden bursts of laughter
"Thank Baby Jesus riding a freaking Unicorn"


Earlier two books - A Lie for a Lie and A Favor for a Favor had a lighter v
➵ Hero: 5. Just as the blurb says, Ryan Kingstone is a Boy Scout, a rule follower. He doesn’t swear. His drink of choice is milk. He’s also incredibly patient, tender, caring, thoughtful, always put together and utterly perfect. He’s also an NHL star.
"He's the calm to my storm.
My still lake at dawn.
My king..."

➵ Heroine: 5. Queenie is his complete opposite. She’s wild and spontaneous with a giant secret and the Seattle’s NHL’s general manager’s daughter but knows she’s found her soulmate in

Oh boy, this book was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of it!

This Book In 5 Words:
Amazing. Sexy. Addictive. Passionate. Phenomenal.

King was absolutely AMAZING...and exactly what I hoped he'd be: a stand-up amazing man, but with a secret edge to him that only came out around his "Queen," our lovely main character, Queenie, who I adored! She was sassy, pure chaos to King's calm, and flawed in a very realistic and authentic way. I loved both her and King to bits! Their chem
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, audiobook, steamy
This is third in a series and folks from the other books are relatively present here. Plus, we meet and get to know King fairly well in A Favor for a Favor so I definitely recommend reading the others first.

I finished this over a month ago and simply neglected to review it. Which makes me sad. King is as awesome as I suspected from the prior book, but I liked even better that we see some of the flaws at the heart of his careful deliberation. I liked Queenie, too, but details have faded. I even l
Izzie d
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story.
Quite angsty.
Ex drama from the Hero and heroine.
No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.
None man-whore Hero.
Forbidden love troupe as she is the managers daughter.
Lots of scenes with previous characters and couples from earlier books in series and other series by this author.
Book Snob Sue
If all Boy Scouts were like this...yeah, sign me up, because I absolutely loved this milk drinking follow the rules sweetheart. And here’s why, behind closed doors…he is naughty af and I loved it so much. “I took the Boy Scout out of the polo and unleashed a very dirty man.”... #DIBS. He is hands down my favorite hockey player, I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we all love to adore him, he’s that kind of guy. So freaking sweet. Ryan aka King and his Queenie these two meet at a bar, attem ...more
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Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

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