The All In series by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is one I can’t recommend highly enough, and now A SECRET FOR A SECRET, the third stand-alone romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules and playing for keeps is live!
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 existence has been a lie.
I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.
Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.
She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.
Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.
And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.
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5-Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
This book came at a time when I really needed cheering up, and Hunting’s narrative did just that. Warning: drinking hot tea while reading is risky. I spat mine all over my PJ bottoms from laughing so hard! But seriously, A Secret for a Secret isn’t all laughs and giggles, it’s a standalone opposites attract hockey romance with just the right amount of angst, swoon-worthy moments and loveable characters. And of course, as it’s book 3 in the All In Series, I got to meet up with my favourite players and their ladies again.
I confess that Bishop Winslow stole my heart in A Favor for a Favor, but now he’s running a close second with Ryan Kingston, better-known as King to his mates. This guy is perfect! Not only does he have a calming influence on the entire Seattle NHL team, but he’s also a damn good goalie. Ryan likes to live an orderly life and goes out of his way not to the break rules. I chuckled to myself when he got behind the wheel and ooh my, he surprised the pants off me in the intimate scenes. Naughty man!
“Dude, Jake is going to shit his fucking pants if he finds out about this.”
“He already knows.”
But I loved his selflessness, the rapport he has with Bishop and even when a family member rocks the boat, he’s still forgiving. An unforgettable scenario that creased me up was his drink of choice. It isn’t exactly what caused the unexpected and although he liked the flavour, it had its consequences! You’ll see why I saluted Ryan for his reaction to a bombshell dropped, too.
“…I want all your dark secrets to be mine to keep. I want all your pieces, all the things that make you who you are…”
I adored the pivotal part of Ryan and Queenie’s story at the beginning of the book…a little embarrassing for them both, their astonishment was tenfold when they met up again. Queenie’s between a rock and a hard place. Poor past decisions and an uncertain future have made this young woman a little bit anxious. Who better than King to give her encouragement, especially seeing she’s everything he isn’t. To her negative, he’s positive. She’s disorganized, he’s quite the reverse. However, she does have a mean sense of humor and watching her come into her own was a pleasure to read. I do so appreciate solid character development, Hunting hitting the nail on the head with everyone’s personality traits, their shortcomings and attributes.
“And I’m still sorry about . . . how overzealous I was.”
“I happened to enjoy your overzealousness.”
Am I asking too much for Jake’s book because he really deserves one? I wonder if it was only me who felt something in the air. Queenie’s father is a real charmer and the woman who catches his eye plays such an important role in Ryan’s life, that this would be the bomb.
“You have blinders on when it comes to me, Dad, and I love you for it.”
Lavender, River, all the kids–there are a lot of them in this story, are adorable. Their lives and that of their parents is like a lush voyage. With an imagination like the author’s, I’d dance on the spot if there were a second generation series.
“Queenie is a partner. She’s the olive to your pineapple.”
“That sounds awful.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hunting’s captured all the feels, giving her readers a couple of excellent plot twists which I hadn’t bargained for, but were certainly welcomed and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend not just this novel, but the whole All In Series. Bravo!
If you haven’t started the ALL IN series yet, start binge-reading these bestsellers today!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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