Title: A Lie for a Lie
Series: All In #1
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: 15 Oct 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

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.

Review

A Lie for a Lie is a terrific introduction to Helena’s new series and ties in fantastically with the Pucked series we know and love; including cameo appearances from some of my favourite characters alongside fornicating whales 😂

Lainey is a complete nerd girl at a genius level, 3 masters degrees to her name and the ability to spew random facts when nervous or anxious (which she is a lot) makes her utterly endearing. She is also terribly sheltered with a helicopter mother as well as being a little naive. Her mother’s overprotectiveness alongside Lainey’s heightened anxiety is understandable when elements of Lainey’s past experiences are revealed. However, Lainey is determined to prove to herself and her mother that she is able to take care of herself and up the level of adulting she is currently stuck on.

Rook (RJ) has taken over Alex’s (Pucked) position as Captain and as such a celebrity of the sporting variety. Being handsome, talented and rich comes with its own set of problems as well as drawing out the crazies. Which is why RJ lies by omission when Lainey doesn’t recognise him when they meet on the way to Alaska. This is not a problem, to begin with, because neither Lainey or RJ expected the whirlwind of passion that occurred between them during their stay in Alaska. Unfortunately, the closer they grew the less opportunity for RJ to confess his true profession.

While their time together in Alaska is short it is intense but also removed from reality where simple things like exchanging contact details do not come into play. THIS causes major problems when RJ is called away urgently due to a family emergency.

Skip forward a year before Lainey and RJ’s paths cross again by fate and a birthday party in an aquarium. A lot of things have changed in the time they have spent apart but not their feelings for each other. Understandably, Lainey is wary of becoming reacquainted with RJ as she questions his level of honesty regarding his feelings.

I completely adored their interactions and RJ’s courtship of Lainey; in addition to Lainey’s character development especially her self-confidence.

A Lie for a Lie is an ingenious progression of the Pucked series into the all-new All In series clearing the path for new characters and situations while keeping a tie to the hockey-verse we know and love.