Review: A Lie for a Lie (All In #1)

***I Received an Advanced Readers Copy through NetGalley in exchange for honest review***

Synopsis | Goodreads

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies. 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.

Review | Rating: 4 stars

First of all, I have to say how much I loved the Pucked series that I read earlier this year. I've come to like hockey romances a lot in the last year and I've been devouring them. An athlete is an athlete whether they are playing a sport I know or not. So, when I saw A Lie for a Lie, I was excited to read it for two reasons, it was a Helena Hunting book and it was a sports romance. Once I started reading, I finally put two and two together and realized this was a spin off series from the Pucked series! I met Rook in that series and he was just coming into the league. I'd thought about him getting a book of his own. It was so freaking nice to see Violet & Alex, Randy & Lily, Poppy & Lance, Miller & Sunny, and Charlene! I loved those characters and they all kept me laughing out loud as they did in this book too. Seeing them as parents was pretty awesome too. But I digress and will tell you my thoughts about A Lie for a Lie. I loved this book so freaking much. I loved the pacing of it and that the romance between Lainey and RJ did. It feel forced or rushed at all. I loved how it started with RJ seeing Lainey again and then jumping to 14 months ago so that we got to see the connection and relationship they had while in Alaska. They were quite cute together and had chemistry for days! And RJ was so darn sweet with Lainey and was always willing to help her deal with her problems and provide comfort when needed. I hated that RJ liked and never got the chance to tell Lainey the truth while they were in Alaska but I totally understood his motives. The story got a bit angsty once the couple was reunited. The big secret Lainey was keeping wasn't really one for me. I pretty much guessed it from the start since I realized what happened when Lainey and RJ said goodbye in Alaska. The beginning of their reunion was frustrating with Lainey being unwilling to listen to anything RJ had to say and for keeping a secret from him. I understood his motives so I wanted her to understand too! But when everything was put in the open i was so happy. I loved again how natural their second chance played out. Nothing was rushed and seeing the two of them get to know each other again and work as a team was so amazing. They were such a perfect couple and fit well together. I loved Stevie, Kody, Kyle, Joy, and Max as well as Lainey's parents and RJ's mom. I cannot wait to see more of these characters in A Favor for a Favor. Stevie is going to be a fun character to read about and I'm excited for the cameos from other characters! This is going to be another one do my favorite series by Helena Hunting! I loved everything about A Lie for a Lie. It was a second chance, sports romance with one more trope I love but won't say because I'm not going to spoil anything! It was well written and naturally progressed and was such a hard book to put down!

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