Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 28, 2020 by Montlake Romance
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Favor for a Favor is the second book in Helena Hunter’s All In series, which is a spin-off of her Pucked series, and follows Rook’s (main character from A Lie for a Lie) younger sister Stevie and teammate Bishop. The two meet when Stevie moves in to Rook’s empty apartment, which is across from Bishop’s, after finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her, and immediately decide that they don’t like each other.
Bishop doesn’t like Stevie off the bat because he thinks she’s his married teammates mistress (it’s her brother), and since Bishop is rude to her, Stevie doesn’t like him either and keeps antagonizing him. The two have to start working together when Bishop gets injured during a hockey game. He wants to get back to playing as quickly as he can, so in addition to doing physical therapy with his team’s physician, he’s also working with Stevie.
This book was so fun. It was a hate to friends to love story, which in turn means it was pretty slow burn. I loved reading about how Stevie and Bishop tried to get on each other’s nerves and antagonize each other as much as they could. I also loved seeing their relationship progress to more after they start spending more and more time together.
I was super frustrated at how Stevie didn’t set any boundaries with her ex, and let him continuously walk all over her and get too close to her physically, and keep talking to her. I know that this character had to be pushy because it was part of a plot point of the story, but I just wish Stevie was able to stand up for herself more in that situation. Besides this I didn’t have any issues with the story and loved everything else about it!
Like every other Hunting book I’ve read, I binge read this one as quick as I could and could barely put it down (even when it was late and I could barely keep my eyes open). A Favor for a Favor also has Hunting’s humor, which had me laughing out loud throughout the novel. Helena Hunting is officially an autobuy author for me, and I can’t wait to read what she publishes next!