A LIE FOR A LIE (All In #1)

A LIE FOR A LIE                                HELENA HUNTING

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.
 


MY REVIEW:

This was a fun story to read.  Not a lot to do with hockey but the power f the team spirit and pulling it in to become a family.  How the wives or at least some become the core to help the new girlfriends or wives’ transition.
     We start off with lovesick RJ (Rook/Rookie) a hockey player for Chicago who just returned from Alaska his summer trip during time off.  He’s bummed out because he was hoping that when he went, he would find a note from Lainey.  Saying why she never answered his call last year before his emergency departure.
     You see fourteen months before he met the woman of his dreams, Lainey.  Unfortunately, that’s all he knew.  You see on the flight to Alaska he saved her from choking herself with her own scarf while boarding.  She to him was the most beautiful bumbling naïve natural woman he ever met.  He was over years, the many puck bunnies that throw themselves at players and as a crazy rookie he did his part to do his part.
     Now he wanted more but he just hadn’t found it until she fell in his lap.  Lainey is a woman with a brain for knowledge.  She has three Ph.D.’s, a whole lot of anxiety, and panic attacks.  Which surprised RJ yet made him feel needed.  On the Cessna she was scared to death he was right there for her as she said he is her own personal life-size Teddy bear.
     The conditions she found herself living in while she conducted her study on dolphins and whales were deplorable.  But she made it three days when RJ offers up one of his spare rooms.  On with a bathroom, hot water, and use of a kitchen not hotplate with a sort of roof with major leaks she jumped on his offer.
     Six weeks of bliss until the end and his brother’s wife hit complications during her pregnancy.  He feels obligated to leave for California.  When they were going to go to Seattle together now their plans would change or at least for him.  The thing was he never told her he is a hockey player.  Not a farmer from upstate NY where his family farm is.
     Not knowing his mom had sold the family farm while he was in Alaska and moved to California where his two siblings are now living.  He told Lainey he would call his house phone there in Alaska when he got to California.  He figured then he would tell his truth. 
     This is the thing though in Alaska the summers have horrible thunder and lightning storms.  This one was a terrible one and it knocked out the phone line and then the generator he had set up for was knocked out next.  She had no other choice but to leave for Seattle early.  She left a note which she never found this summer he was heartbroken and so has she been.
     Both think the other wanted each other but only as a summer fling.  Imagine their surprise when the two reunite in Chicago and what secrets they have to tell each other.
     I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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