A Lie for a Lie (All In #1) by Helena Hunting [arc review]
It is no secret I am a big fun of Helena Hunting and will read anything she writes. A Lie for a Lie was yet another great work by her. A favorite? nope, but it might just be yours. It was a great book.
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.
The Review: 3 Stars
The first half of the book was a pure delight. Rook was sweet, kind, and ever so sexy. Lainey was adorable, cute, and fun. They truly made the perfect couple. The way they met made me smile and so did the way their relationship progressed. They got to know each other without the pressures of the outside world. It was understandable that he kept a secret from her and I can't say I blame him for it. All in all, the first half of the book had me swooning.
The second half however includes a trope I actually dislike. When they were having their very last time together I knew it was coming, it was obvious. And when it happened I can't say I was pleased. It fits the title of the book and fits the plot and it all works. If you like that particular trope (ask me, I won't spoil it for everyone) you will love the book. It just sadly isn't one I usually enjoy.