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    A New Favorite!!!

    Lili Valente has an amazing talent for writing characters and story lines that I wish I could live! I didn't think anything would be more loveable and laugh-out-loud than the Magnificent Bastard series but this book takes the cake:) When sweet and innocent kindergarten teacher Libby decides it's time to come out of her shell and learn how to entice men, she turns to her childhood friend, Justin Cruise, who also happens to be a all-star hockey player and sex god. With a long-standing friendship it should be no sweat to learn the basics about dating and sex. Or so she thinks... When Justin accepts Libby's proposal to "teach" her how to act around men he never expects to fall for her. After all, he's known her his whole life and never felt an attraction. But sometimes falling in love with your best friend doesn't happen immediately, it happens over time. Now he just has to convince Libby that he wants more than a "friends with benefits" relationship. I cannot say enough good things about this book, I absolutely fell in love with Libby and Justin. Lili Valente writes her characters in such a way that they not only feel like real people but they're people that you want to be friends with. I highly recommend this sweet and sexy book:)
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    HOT HOT HOT

    Hot as Puck is sweet, romantic and HOT as HELL! Justin and Libby have been friends since high school. She was the school geek and well he was the hot jock. They became really good friends when Libby taught Justin how to crochet when he fell ill and needed something to pass his time. Years later... they are still the best of friends. Justin is now a successful NHL player and has his pick of woman. Relationships... he's had them, but when things get too serious he is ready to move on. Libby is a lonely, unexperienced kindergarten teacher. Her last serious relationship ended up dumping her and becoming a priest. So her self esteem and sexual inner goddess, non existent. Libby is tired of being the babbling fool who stumbles on her words when trying to talk to man she likes. She wants someone with experience to teach her how to be and feel sexy, to channel her inner goddess. Who better than Justin, the man she trusts with her heart and soul. Justin has never looked at Libby as more than a cute friend. But when she comes strolling into his birthday bash wearing a tight little number, well he can't get that image out if his head. When Libby proposes a plan for Justin to give her lessons in dating and sex, he is a bit reluctant at first. But when they agree to no strings, "Friends with Benefits", it's a win/win for both of them. What neither of them expected is to fall for one another. Justin and Libby are afraid that what they each are feeling is one sided and will not be reciprocated. They are also afraid that revealing how they feel may destroys their friendship, so they keep their feelings to themselves. Will Justin and Libby find the strength to share how they really feel for one another before it is too late? How will it effect them and others around them? Hot as Puck had me swooning, laughing, crying and cheering. I LOVE FRIENDS TO LOVERS ROMANCES. Libby and Justin's connection and chemistry was off the charts. I felt connected to them from the very start. It was refreshing to see both Libby and Justin's vulnerabilities and how they each complemented and completed the other. Like two broken hearts mending one another to make one. Well written Lili Valente, you keep awing me every time. I can't wait for Brendan and Laura's story in Sexy Motherpucker.
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    5 Stars just not enough. Fantastic romantic comedy

    Well the queen of sexy romantic comedies has totally outdone herself once again. Often times as I read one of Lili Valente's novels I think to myself “she won't be able to top it,” and then she gives us Hot As Puck which left me completely overwhelmed and full of contentment. In Ms. Valente’s usual style, has delivered a fun and entertaining story which is brimming with laugh out loud moments and replete with steamy, hot and sexy romance as well. Justin and Libby have been best friends for years sharing a platonic connection through family and, well, crocheting. But when Libby decides she is tired of her failed attempts at dating, she knows that Justin is her answer, determined that he is the only one who can help her transform from a sweet kindergarten teacher to a sexual goddess. Although hesitant to cross that line with Libby, Justin reluctantly consents to be her teacher, both agreeing they will not let it affect their best friend status. But as the lesson begins it sets both of their libidos aflame and they suddenly realize that their bond extends far beyond mere friendship. But both Justin and Libby are afraid to tell the other how deeply and quickly their emotions are growing for fear of hurting the relationship they already share, especially if Libby’s sister ever finds out what they’ve been up to. Will Justin and Libby be able to find the courage to share their true feelings for each other before it’s too late? Well I fell hard and fast for Libby and Justin. Their bantering through texting as well as their face to face interactions made me giggle. Even now as I’m writing this review I have a smile on my face as I think back on their story. Not to mention the oh-so-hot and sweltering escapades they share together on the couch, in the bedroom and pretty much everywhere else. Their connection to one another goes so much farther than friendship, and it was so much fun reading this book and watching them both discover how deep their bond truly goes. I’m hoping we get a chance to revisit Justin and Libby with future stories as the support characters were just as fun to spend time with. Lili Valente has definitely scored many, many goals with Hot As Puck and has certainly earned a solid five stars, though honestly it deserves many more.
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    Lili is the Queen of the rom com!

    Hot as Puck is Lili Valente's new masterpiece, a standalone hockey romance and it's hot as puck! Lili has become one of my go to authors for romantic comedy stories and I loved every second of this one! The writing is top-notch and the characters have depth and fantastic personalities. Only Lili could write a sexy, gorgeous hockey player who also knows how to use a hooker; a knitting hooker that is! Justin is a famous hockey player known on and off the rink. He's a killer forward on the ice and a lady killer off of it. But, he's not bad at relationships, just bad at the longevity. Libby is one of his best friends from childhood. She's a cute as a button kindergarten teacher with a penchant for baggy, comfy linen clothes. Until she shows up at Justin's birthday party is tight fighting clothes looking incredibly sexy. Justin never saw her as anything other than his pretty friend, but now he can't un-see Libby looking so hot. When she approaches him for dating and sex lessons, he jumps at the chance to be around her more and when the possibility of actually getting to touch her enters the equation, he's 100% on board. Especially when she admits to not wanting more. It's the perfect set up. Best friends who can now see each other naked. Bingo! But, alas, as they always do, feelings tend to get involved and when the thought of losing his best friend and the woman he's fallen for becomes a possibility, Justin needs to act quickly or lose the girl forever. Will Libby believe Justin? Can Justin pull off the grand gesture before it's too late? Oh man did I love this story! I laughed out loud until I was crying and swooned until I was squirming in my seat. Justin is so hot I don't know how he doesn't melt the ice! I loved that there was actual hockey in this hockey romance. It has all my favorite qualities in an outstanding book: humor, sexiness, friendship, sports, innuendo, text messages, foreplay and more humor. If you like to laugh, like hockey and sexy leading men and funny, sweet and sexy leading ladies, this story is for you! "You're just an intense experience for women, I think. Like dry red wine. You either love it or hate it." She's the ocean on a day without any responsibilities in it. She's fresh air and hope and happiness that is both carnal and innocent at the same time.
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    Hot as Puck by Lili Valente

    Lili Valente scores with HOT AS PUCK. NHL forward, Justin Cruise, helps his kindergarten-teacher best friend, Libby Collins, by giving her dating lessons. This contemporary sports romance takes place in Portland. HOT AS PUCK is a fun “friends turned lovers” romance. Admittingly, I instantaneously liked the main character, Justin, because he has the same name as my son, they both play hockey, and have hazel eyes with dark hair. That being said, it got a little weird during some of the scenes, and I quickly had to get my son out of my thoughts when reading the story. I like Justin and Libby. They have been friends since they were kids. Libby taught him how to crochet when he was sick in bed with mono. Neither one of them has ever thought about the other romantically, until his twenty-eighth birthday party, and then they were both in denial. Libby asks Justin to give her dating lessons because she feels she is socially awkward. There are a lot of entertaining dialogs and imagery throughout the story. One of my personal favorites was Libby’s comparison to all massive toothed worms in 1980s movies. You’ll have to read the story to find out what I’m talking about – it’s in chapter six. I also love Libby’s and Laura’s texts. HOT AS PUCK has a great plot. It is well-written and hard to put down. I loved the ending. I’m looking forward to Libby’s sister, Laura’s story with Justin’s teammate/captain, Brendan, SEXY MOTHERPUCKER. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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