*I received a free copy of A Lie for a Lie from Montlake Romance via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
Series: All In #1
Published by Montlake Romance on October 15, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.
Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.
A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.
HHunting has become an author I can count on to deliver compelling characters and stories, and A Lie for a Lie didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderful feel-good, second chance romance.
Lainey and RJ had me giggle-snorting over their meeting. Their romance quickly advanced to something much deeper and meaningful though. Sure they had chemistry that was palpable but in each other they found someone who accepted and appreciated them for who they were. If only RJ had been completely honest about himself from the beginning…before it was too late. Fate seemed determined about these two and they managed to find one another again. But when all secrets are revealed, will their second chance blossom or wither?
I adored Lainey and RJ. Lainey was adorably brainy and awkward. RJ, despite being an NHL hockey player, was down-to-earth and compassionate. I appreciated how HHunting had them develop and grow as characters, especially Lainey considering her anxiety issues.
The story had a little predictability with one plot thread but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I admired how both Lainey and RJ handled accepting their second chance and the revelations it brought about. Overall, A Lie for a Lie was sweet and romantic, the perfect pre-holiday read for me. But you don’t have to wait for a holiday to pick it up. 😉
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