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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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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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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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#Darlene Was Worth the Wait!

From the start of this series, I have always been intrigued by Darren and Charlene's mysterious relationship. Where the others are often loud and lack a personal filter, Darren and Charlene have always been tight lipped and secretive. This final book in the series did not disappoint and Sebastian York and Stella Bloom did an amazing job bringing these characters to life. York gave Darren the perfect amount of alpha protectiveness and vulnerability, while Bloom was charming and playful as Charlene. Though this is book 7 in the series, it can be read/listened to as a standalone. It would be best enjoyed and appreciated however, if you have read the previous books.

All of Helena Hunting's trademark wit and laugh out loud moments are there, but there are tender and serious moments in Pucked Love as well. I loved the versatility of the narrators to switch from significant and meaningful to lighthearted and hilarious. I don't want to reveal too much, but learning the history and baggage that both Darren and Charlene carry explained so much about their personalities and relationship. I think Darren may be my favorite Pucked hero and honestly, you can't beat the cover of this book/audio ;) It's always fun catching up with the entire Pucked gang and their cameos (big and small) were a wonderful addition. I also loved the overall message of family (blood related or not) and how it played such a huge role in the book. The epilogue made my heart so full and though it's bittersweet to see this series end, I'm happy with the journey Helena Hunting has taken us readers/listeners on. I do hope that this is not good bye forever though and would always be happy to see more from the Pucked world! #Darlene was worth the wait!

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  • 07-31-18

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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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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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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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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A great ending to the series!

The final book in the series is my first read and I loved it! I always listen to the comedy romance books while at work, and my co-workers enjoy making fun of me when I start laughing out loud. This book has plenty of romance, laughter and serious moments. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, and will definitely be going back to read the rest of the series now too!

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Sebatsian and Stella are oustanding!

I'm a late fan of Helena Hunting and didn't discover her until Hooking Up. I've read everything since then and then went back and listened to the entire Pucked series on audio in two weeks. So, when I heard that Pucked Love was coming in audio first, I grabbed it immediately! Helena never disappoints with her sexy, witty banter, fun and hilarious situations and over the top antics we've come to love from these couples! We’ve known Darren and Charlene for a long time and their relationship has always been odd. Not bad odd, just not like the others. Darren is so much more quiet and broody than the other guys and Charlene is tight lipped about their sexual encounters, unlike the other ladies. I loved listening to their story unfold. They are so similar with pasts they are trying to outrun. What happened to them made them who they are. Darren finally realizes he wants more. He wants all of Charlene. She's his firefly and he doesn’t want to catch her, he wants to watch her fly and light up. Charlene isn't used to this side of Darren. He calls, texts, he's attentive and sweet. But is it real? Yes, they've been together for a while, but that doesn't mean things don't change. She's afraid of being caught up like she was in the past. She wants to trust Darren, but trust is so hard for her. She's fragile but not breakable. Darren is commanding but soft. No one knows what to think of the new change in their dynamic, but their friends are all supportive and funny as always. Will Darren and Charlene be able to give in a little to get what they both need from each other? Will their pasts define who they will be in the future, or can they change their destiny? I loved this story! I loved being able to just sit back and listen. The narrators are fantastic and they just breathed life into Darren and Charlene. I heard the emotion in their voices and felt the chemistry. I knew Darren was going to be something else and he was everything I wanted him to be and more!

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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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  • Bee Stevens
  • 08-09-18

Get Pucked now

Loved it. Loved learning Darren & Charlene's back stories. Finally. Love all of Helena's characters. Can't wait to read more.

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  • S Turner
  • 07-23-18

Helena does it again with #Darlene

I popped my Audible cherry with Darren and Charlene's story. Loving the feels Helena. A beautiful story with a sneaky twist

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 07-14-18

A must for all Pucked fans

I adore Darren and Charlene, in fact I adore the whole ‘Pucked’ family. Always great to catch up with them all, and Pucked Love gave me the chance to do just that whilst enjoying another hilarious sexy Helena Hunting read. After 2 years together it seems that Darren and Charlene know little about each other (except how to bring each other to orgasm). All that’s about to change when friends and family start sticking their nose where it’s not wanted. It’s the end of their privacy as they’ve known and loved it, this of course makes for another fantastic Pucked story full of sex, drama and of course hockey. Wonderful writing and narration, because of course I’m too impatient to wait for the written word. A must for all Pucked fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-18

awesome!

this is the 1st audio book I've tried and although I don't think il be convinced to stop reading books I definitely enjoyed it!
I loved this book even if it wasn't the story I had dreamed up for Darren and Charlene! I hope we get a novella of all the characters and their babies soon!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

Darlene at last. Amazing!!

I'm a huge fan of the Pucked series, and have waited a long time to have Charlene and Darren's story. I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved it.
Highly recommend the whole series.
Helena Hunting is an amazing author!!

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  • Heroesinbooks
  • 07-12-18

5 Firefly Stars

I have loved every book in this series. Each couple have been so well written and the stories have gripped me. This was the book I was desperate to read. This was the book that blew the others out of the water. Ms Hunting creates magic when she puts pen to paper and Pucked Love is pure romance with all the sexy and humour you would expect mixed in with some poignant moments. Darren and Charlene are my Top Couple.
HEA? Yes
Cheating? No

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  • Kelco
  • 07-12-18

Perfect

Absolutely perfect. I think we've all waited so long for this story I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations but it surpassed them by a mile. It was boring like I thought it would be, it was perfect.

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 07-26-18

amazing!

A perfect ending to this fantastic series. Will miss all the characters so much but again such a awesome book.

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  • KristenHameeteman
  • 07-11-18

This is everything #darleneforever

Amazing. Just amazing.
Great story and that epilogue!
Whensday....Bahahah pure gold! Wonderful choice in narrators! Sebastian York is amazing. Such a wonderful voice

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 09-21-18

must read 💖💗💖

im in love with these two ..they are perfect for each other..they are so broken but so suited for each other ..her ying to his yang ypu could say .. must read..you will not regret it .. perfect ..💖💕👄💕💖

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  • Maria
  • 07-11-18

I`m completely in "Pucked Love"

Umm I really don`t know where or how to start.
I`ve waited for what feels like a life time for Darren and Charlene`s story, I wasn't disappointed, and it certainly wasn't what I was expecting.
I`m not about to spoil it for the followers of this series that are patiently waiting for the ebook release, but just know that Helena Hunting has once again given us another outstanding addition to this series.
Many surprises for all the "Pucked Fans" so get ready people.
It`s a little sad that this is the end of this fantastic series, I really hope she adds another book with everyone, you know a little look into the future of all of our favourite couples and their little families.
Pssssssss, DID YOU HEAR THAT Helena Bahahaha
Darren, gawd bless his socks and underwear is one of the sweetest, kindest characters I have read in a long time.
But lawd help me, he just wasn't what I was expecting him to be, sneaky Helena lead us up the garden path she did. LOL
Excellent narrative by two very talented voice artist.