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Available in audio first, a sizzling new stand-alone by New York Times best-selling author Helena Hunting! 

As an NHL player, relationships haven't been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that's what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. 

Until Charlene. She's like a firefly. She's elusive, and if you catch her she'll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. 

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I'll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I've let her set the rules in our relationship. 

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her. 

We're all broken. We're all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most. 

©2018 Helena Hunting (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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AMAZING....

I couldn't wait for Darren and Charlene's story and Helena defiantly didn't disappoint! I hope there will be more in this series ❤️

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Saved the best for last!

I have anxiously waited for Darren and Charlene’s story since Pucked came out and it was so worth the wait! I admit that I was originally disappointed that it was coming out on Audible so much earlier than print and was going to wait it out until November. But it was Darren! There would be no way I would be able to wait that long knowing the story was out there so I broke my audiobook cherry... and I’m so glad I did!
This story is everything. It has the humour we crave from Helena and I found my self laughing out loud and then looking around to see if anyone was watching me. The sexy times were SMOKING!!!!!! And confirmed what I had a feeling would happen... Darren is by far my favourite Pucked man. The twists and turns were quite a surprise and I couldn’t predict the outcome or pause the story to do “real life” things because I just had to know what was going to happen. The feels! Oh the feels! This story combines all the fun of the Pucked world with the sensitivity of the Clipped Wings world.
Absolutely a 5 star story and I can not wait for November to read it again!!!!

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fantastic book!

Loved this one, but disappointed with Sebastian York's attempt at a Scottish Accent Haha ❤

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  • Dar
  • 2018-07-14

5 "I'll never put a lid on you" stars

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Darren and Charlene, the mystery on what has been going with them has been alluded to, hinted at, and teased at in almost each book up until this point. What is the nature of their relationship? What is up with the pearls? Why doesn't Charlene share details? Doritos mean, what? The answers are all addressed, and what you think, even as you start the book, is not what it is

What it is is a million times better, and while listening to this book, I laughed like a loon, I cried as my heart ached for both Darren and Charlene, singularly and together, and smiled with absolute happiness for them, and their friends, as everything came together, and lives fell into place for everyone. All of Charlene's and Darren's pieces fit so perfectly, everyone but them saw it, even when no-one completely understood what their pieces were, and that was a testament to how wonderful they are together

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What a way to end the series

I have enjoyed every book in this series and I think this is the perfect way to finish the story. Saying that I am sad it’s over. Darren and Charlene’s story maybe my favourite one.

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  • Jess F
  • 2018-07-12

Worth The Wait

As a Pucked Series fan, I have wanted Darren’s story since the beginning. It was everything and I couldn’t be happier.

Darren and Charlene have been a mystery. I enjoyed getting to know the real deal behind their relationship, and their personal stories. Charlene is wonderful, but Darren. Oh sweet Darren. He is on the top of the list of ultimate book boyfriends.

The narration was amazing and kept me engaged. Do yourself a favor and listen to this story.

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  • Melissa B.
  • 2018-07-21

5 Pucking Amazing Stars

Hands down off the charts AMAZING!! Darren and Charlene's story is one I've been waiting for and it was definitely worth the wait! Being able to get the insight into Darren and Charlene individually as well as their relationship was eye opening, intriguing and craziness. The epilogue was the highlight for me and I'm going to miss these characters so much!

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  • 2018-07-31

so pucking good!

loved it, I love the whole series, I hope theres more soon to come, this book answered so many questions that I've had for years!I love that it was released on audible first!

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  • Jessica Amaya
  • 2018-07-31

Love Darlene!

It was amazing to find out the reality behind Darren and Charlene's story. The wrenches thrown into that closet involve the kind of shenanigans that Helena Hunting has brought to the entire Pucked Series.

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  • Big_Foot_Girl
  • 2018-07-30

She did it again!

I freaking loved every second of it. I was worried about listening to it because I’ve only read the other books. I enjoyed the audible story just as much as the others. This world that Helena created brings me joy and laughter every time I visit.

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  • Lisa M. Mandina
  • 2018-07-30

Strap-on sword fights & The Harvest Coop Candy

If you know me, you know I rarely pre-order and pre-pay for books. I just prefer to wait till they're out. But this book was released as audio before physical book, and I decided I had to go ahead and pre-order it. I thought about saving it for my drive to Book Bonanza, since Helena Hunting was one of my MUST meet authors, but I couldn't wait, and as soon as it was available, I had to start listening. Charlene and Darren have always just kind of been in the background of the other books in a way. In the way that Charlene was Violet's best friend and she was dating Darren. Now, I love Violet, and her craziness. But let's just say that Charlene and Darren have their own brand of crazy, sexy, you name it. As usual with one of Hunting's books, I had a ton of notes that I made on Goodreads as I listened to this. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Darren. But after he had a talk with Alex, and I realized that he just wasn't really up on how to have a real relationship, I got to like him a lot more. I loved the stats that Charlene said he kept about their relationship. I loved hearing about where Charlene's box of "I thought it would be fun, but I changed my mind" came from.

Charlene's mom killed me. But then most of the parents in these stories are so funny. And then when the girls all went to the sex convention, OMG! I totally knew that Violet was going to have a "sword-fight" with the strap-on. I just knew it. Then Charlene's background at The Harvest Co-op was one that I wasn't sure just how bad it got. That was something that kept going throughout the story, and kept me on the edge waiting to hear just what had happened there. Darren's family issues fit perfectly with Charlene's, well, especially with her mother. I loved the bit about Charlene's candy as well.

One funny thing about the story tied in perfectly to something the author said at a panel at Book Bonanza. She said that she has to actually sometimes get into the positions for the sex scenes to figure out how to write them. I was having trouble picturing the final scene in this book, so I told her that and we laughed and figured it out.

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  • Adirondack Reads Romance
  • 2018-07-29

Entertaining narration with a hilarious story!

I'm a bit of an audio book junkie, so when I found out that the latest book of the Pucked series was releasing exclusively on audio before the print book, it took me a second to let that info sink in and then I did a little happy dance! When I found out it was about the elusive Darren and Charlene, I added it to the top of my TBR (listen) list and circled the release date.

After listening to the first chapter, I was a goner. The narrators, Sebastian York and Stella Bloom, did an excellent job in performing the story - adding unique touches and voice inflections to keep the listener's attention. Sometimes in audio format, it's the story that keeps one engaged. This had the winning combo of both the narration and excellent story line.

The dynamic between Darren and Charlene was unexpected. You know how they say it takes a village to make a man? Well, I felt that it took a small village to keep this couple together.... the entire Pucked gang to be precise.
You see, Darren and Charlene's reationsihp started oddly enough with a request to sign an NDA. Charlene refused to sign. Darren didn't push. An unspoken trust was built. However, unspoken trust leaves a lot of grey area. It's that grey area that starts to build some miscommunication test the true stability of Darren and Charlene's relationship. Despite them being together for a few years, they have emotionally kept each other at arm's length. Yet, as their relationship grows more serious, they discover there's more about each other, especially their past, they'll need to figure out before they can reach their HEA.

As in all other Pucked books, this story was not short of funny and awkward situations, sexy times, and lots of angst with ALL THE FEELS. But I think the incorporation of all the other characters, especially Violet, Randy, and Lance helped bring this story full circle. We got to see a different side to each character of the gang; how they interacted on a friendship level, and how they came together to support each other.

I would highly suggest hearing this story on audio. If you're a first time audible.com subscriber, you can even listen to it for FREE with their trial.

5 STARS!

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  • Brandi-Lets Read Romance
  • 2018-07-28

I'll never put the lid on your jar.

You know you’ve been curious to see what’s up with Darren and Charlene. We all have. And now, seven—god is it really the seventh book—later, you get to see behind the scenes to Charlene and Darren’s relationship. What’s with that pearl necklace? What about the Doritos? So many questions and we’ve gotten exactly zero answers.

Until now.

That’s right. Pucked Love has all of the pressing answers. And you’re not going to believe them until you read them for yourself.

Plus, I’m not going to spoil this slice of Pucked perfection, so just go read the book. You’ll be happy you finally have the answers. You’ll be happy to see Alex, Miller, Randy, and Lance. You’ll be happy to see Vi, Sunny, Lily, and Poppy. You will be happy this book exists.

Because it’s good guys. And I don’t mean good, like a glass of wine after a long day. I mean good like a glass of wine, a foot rub, and a hot bath after a long day. Yes, it’s all those things. It’s perfect. The perfect story for two imperfect people.

Helena Hunting keeps getting better and better. Every time she releases a book, I grab it. Every time she gives me characters to love, I fall hard. And every time, I become a little more smitten, a little more gone, a little more everything for these characters that mean so much.

The new characters, the old characters, the characters we haven’t even met yet. All of them have a special place in my heart, but none quite like Darren and Charlene.

"Charlene is like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. So I don’t trap her. Not for long, anyway. I might enjoy watching her burn for me, but in the end I always set her free. Over and over, I let her fly away, even though it goes against every instinct I have."

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  • KindleKat64
  • 2018-07-24

Hands down favorite in this series!!

I absolutely loved everything about this story!! Let me start by saying the narration was on point by both of these amazing narrators!! They really brought Darren and Charlene to life. Darren is simply the sweetest! He is such a good man despite his slightly broken pieces. I spent most of my time just swooning over him. I love Charlene! She is so strong yet so vulnerable and is clearly so affected by her past and once you hear about it you will certainly understand. Their 2 years together in what is a different kind of relationship really seems to work for both of them, until it doesn't any more. Things change, feelings change and that will either set them free to be who they want to be as a couple or ruin them forever. Such an amazing story about, healing, trust and ultimately love. Awesome to catch up with all the other couples from previous books!

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  • Sara-Jane Bennetts
  • 2018-07-23

Best one yet!

Oh my gosh this book was everything!!! Best end to an amazing series. Loved it!

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