Tuesday 28 January 2020

✤ A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR ✤ Helena Hunting ✤ ALL IN #2 ✤ Excerpt

© Bianca Janeane

• 28 January 2020
• standalone hockey #RomCom
• Book #2 in the ALL IN series

4.75 Stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

Stevie just moved to Seattle - she's a physical therapist fresh out of college. She's also fresh out of boyfriends. She caught her ex cheating - on her birthday, and unfortunately he's working at her new clinic too!
Stevie is staying in her big brother's penthouse. (Rook from the first book just moved into a family home with his wife and baby son.)

Stevie's new next door neighbor is the cherry on top of her crappy life at the moment!
He's running around in his underwear all day long insulting her and looking all hot and sexy doing it.

Bishop is playing for the same hockey team Stevie's brother is playing for - but they're not really friends - at all. Bishop hasn't really found his place on the team yet. And now his thoughts are more on his sexy new neighbor instead of on the game! Plus he's worried about his sick brother / roommate Nolan. PLUS - he's about to be off the ice for weeks, due to a groin injury .... enter physical therapist neighbor Stevie ...


What will happen with Stevie & Bishop?



Another adorable and funny and sparky and sexy Helena Hunting romance!
I just adored Stevie and Bishop - or Shippy - as his brother calls him! LOL!
Stevie and Bishop kind of hate each other on sight. But in Bishop's case, it could be excused, he thought she was a puck bunny trying to break into Rook's apartment!
Their 'courtship' is so hilariously adorable for the reader. I just loved watching them fight and flirt and argue!
Amazing Rom-Com!
Of course we have some not-so-funny problems too - like brother Nolan's disease and Shippy's injury and Stevie's idiot ex and how Stevie's brother kinda hates Bishop.

I felt that Stevie's behavior regarding the whole having-a-famous-brother/boyfriend thing is a bit exaggerated and silly and immature. Ok - it made her highschool time horrible, but still, she's a grown up now and I think she's just too weird about that whole thing. That bothered me a bit, especially toward the end - but at least we don't have this extreme ridiculous over the top misunderstanding or fight or whatever other books love to have! ☺

I still really loved reading it.

Also - Pucked Violet is in it a few short times - in all her unfiltered glory! LOL!☺

A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR was such an adorable + hilarious Hockey Romance!!! I loved it!! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Shippy - he'll be sold out in no time - and this one is MINE!

ARC received for an honest review

Another super cute story from Helena Hunting. And set in my favourite city in the USA that I have visited - Seattle. We are already on a winner!!

I liked the first book A Lie For A Lie, however I freaking loved A Favor For A Favor. I mean, more hockey hotties for me - yes please!

Stevie and Bishop's story is more of a slow burn - with plenty of getting each other revved up, full of hate-filled tension that you just know is going to blow the roof off (or, well, other things 😜 ) when they act on them.

For all the fun and games and sexiness that is Bishop and Stevie, there are characters that I just wanted to nut punch as I was reading.

And Stevie's brother Rook/RJ - you know, our hottie from A Lie For A Lie - was the one who was making me want to do that too a lot of the time.  I understand he wants to protect his sister, but he was an ar$e so much of the time.

And Stevie, I wanted to slap some sense into her at times - she acted like she was still in high school at times, and used what happened back then as an excuse for everything.

But I still love them.

And OMG yes, we get more of Violet Winters at her unfiltered, sex-obsessed, foul mouthed best!

I laughed, I got sad, I got mad - and then I got sad again because the book ended.

I want more, Ms Hunting. Please don't make me wait too long for more.


“Say you were taking a woman to a formal work function. Would you get her flowers or something?” I’ve gone on my fair share of dates, had a few relationships, but I’ve never been one for hearts and flowers or any of that bull. I’m thinking I might need to do that with Stevie, though, since she’s been screwed over pretty hard.

“Is this a date or a favor for a friend?”

“I guess she thinks I’m doing her a favor.” At least that was the impression that I got when I offered to go with her.

“Is that actually what you’re doing?”

“Yes and no.”

“Can you give me a little more to go on?”

“Her ex is going to be there and I don’t want her to go alone.”

“You don’t want her to go alone because you’re worried he’ll be a jerk or he’ll try to take advantage of her?”

“Sure, yeah, that’s part of the reason.”

“Instead of me dragging the information out of you, why don’t you lay it down for me?”

“So, Stevie—”

“Hold up, we’re back to Rook’s little sister?”

“Who else would I be talking about?”

“I thought you said there isn’t anything going on between you, and now you’re taking her to some kind of work function? That’s not a favor; that’s a date. Does Rook know?”

“It’s none of his damn business.”

“I’m not sure he’ll see it that way.”

“Well, he doesn’t have control over her or what she does, or what I do.” I’m agitated now. “She’s not going to that thing alone. I don’t trust that ex of hers, and I don’t want her to end up in a situation she doesn’t like.”

Kingston tips his head to the side. “Dang.”


“You like her.”

“Well, yeah, I like her.” What’s not to like? She’s gorgeous, and she’s funny and feisty; her body is rockin’; and she’s fun to be around, super chill, and genuinely selfless.

“Like you actually want to date her, though.”

I shrug, because what am I going to say? The answer to that is yes, I want to date her, but the timing needs to be right. “I don’t want the ex thinking he has another chance.“

“You really love complicated situations, don’t you?”

“They just tend to find me, is all.”

“When’s this event you’re supposed to take her to?” King asks.


He frowns. “We get back at noon on Saturday.”

“It’s in the evening.”

“You better hope our flight isn’t delayed.”

I hadn’t considered a delay. The only reason that would happen is if the weather isn’t good. “It doesn’t start until five. I should have plenty of time to get home and throw a suit on.”

Kingston nods and taps restlessly on the edge of the pool. “So would you call this your first date?”

“We hang out all the time.”

“‘Hang out’ meaning what?”

“Other than PT sessions, we watch hockey, eat pizza, stuff like that.”

Kingston blinks several times in rapid succession. “That’s it?”

“I pick her up from work a lot.”

“Have you ever bought her flowers before? Brought her any gifts?”

“I brought her over an aloe plant once. But, like I said, it hasn’t been like that.” I don’t get why he’s so hung up on the flowers.

“Again, please try not to take offense, but are you sure you haven’t inadvertently put yourself in the friend zone?”

“How do I know if I’m in the friend zone?” I haven’t had a lot of friends who are girls. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend who’s a girl who isn’t related to me. And I only have two female cousins, whom I see a couple of times a year at family functions. They’re significantly younger than me, so mostly I avoid them.

It’s Kingston’s turn to blow out a long breath. “If you put your arm around her and she gets all snuggly but doesn’t try to take it any further, it could mean you’re in the friend zone.”

I don’t know what my expression must be, but the panic I feel inside quite possibly reaches my face. I feel like it should be obvious that I’m interested. A guy doesn’t spend endless hours with a gorgeous woman who combines weird pizza toppings for shits and giggles. But then again, I haven’t attempted to make a move on her since the almost-kiss. And any conversation I’ve tried to have with her about it has been shut down. In fact, she wants to pretend it didn’t happen. I hadn’t considered that this might be because she actually didn’t want it to happen at all. She seemed just as into it as I was. Or maybe I’ve been misreading the whole thing. “If I’m in the friend zone, how the hell do I get out?”



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Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.