Book Title: Shameless Puckboy
Authors: Eden Finley and Saxon James
Release Date: October 27, 2022
Genres: M/M Sports Romance
Tropes: Forbidden Romance
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
After a little mishap in an alleyway with CCTV, my public image needs fixing. Oops?
It might have been a stunt to get the attention of Lane Pierce, San Jose’s new PR manager, but I didn’t realize what the consequences would be when I did it. I’ve got Lane’s sole focus now in all the wrong ways.
He has designated himself as my babysitter, and while it’s fun messing with him, being bound by curfews and rules has never worked for me.
The more I push back, the more I realize what’s really on the line. My career, my future, and maybe even my heart.
Being appointed head of San Jose’s PR department was a dream come true … until I met Oskar Voyjik.
He may be San Jose royalty, but with the stunts Oskar’s been pulling, the team owner is down to his last thread of patience. Which puts me in the firing line. If I can’t turn Oskar’s entitled party boy image around, we’ll both be shown the door.
I have free rein to do whatever it takes, and it turns out whatever it takes is Oskar.
Only, the more entangled our lives become, the more I see the Oskar he’s buried deep down. The one who hurts, the one who’s sensitive and kind, the one … the one I think I’m falling for.
I can’t have him and my career, and if rumors of the professional lines I’ve crossed get out, it’s not only my dream job I can kiss goodbye; I’ll be disgraced from professional sports completely.
If you’d asked me in November of 2021 whether I liked reading Hockey Romances, I would have adamantly denied it. But then, I was introduced to the wonderful world of CU Hockey by Eden Finley and Saxon James, and I have gone down a rabbit hole, trying to consume every piece of hockey romance I can. I have a special place in my heart for the CU Hockey boys, but I also maybe think that the Puckboys series has become my favorite, because seriously, every book is so good and such a fun ride! Shameless Puckboy was no different, and a great addition to the series.
Ever since Oksar’s “babysitter” was introduced in Irresponsible Puckboy, I’ve been looking forward to reading the story between Oskar and Lane. I was pretty sure it was going to be exciting and wild, and I was definitely right. It also ended up being a lot sweeter than I was expecting. Every scene between Oskar and Lane had my heart melting by the end.
Oskar and Lane were attracted to each other from the start, but because of Lane’s position as the team’s PR manager, a relationship between the two was out of the question. But when Lane took over the role of managing Oskar and keeping him out of trouble, the sparks were flying between those two until they created an inferno.
The chemistry between them was palpable, and while I loved that dynamic, I also adored the softer moments between them. Oskar was always wearing a mask, never letting anyone close because of past hurts, but Lane was the first one to look past the mask and try to see the person underneath, even if Oskar wasn’t sure who that was anymore. Lane showed Oskar that he didn’t have to keep others at a distance, that it was okay to let people in.
I also loved how protective Oskar was of Lane. He was always aware of how their relationship could affect Lane’s job, and even though it would have been easy for him to ignore the consequences, he made sure Lane was never in danger of losing his job.
Seriously, their relationship was so sweet, and they stole my heart. I was rooting for them the whole time, while simultaneously freaking out at the possibility of them being discovered. I’ve loved every single couple in the Puckboy series, and once again, I fell in love these two.
Also! I cannot express how much I adore the Queer Collective. It gives me all those found family vibes that I am obsessed with. Every scene between them has me cracking up. I hope beyond hope that we get more books in this series, because I need more Queer Collective in my life. They really made Shameless Puckboy even more incredible than it already was!
There was only one thing that kept Shameless Puckboy from being a five star. There was a choice made at the end (I won’t say what because of spoilers), but I really dislike when that happens in books, and wish there had been some other option. It was resolved, but it still upset me a bit, which is why I took half a star off.
Other than that, though, I loved every minute of Shameless Puckboy, and I flew through it! I read it in one sitting, and was entirely unable to put it down until I’d finished.
If you haven’t started the Puckboy series, what are you waiting for? You do not want to miss the fun chaos and the amazing couples! This book was such a wild and enjoyable ride, and I’m so thankful to have been able to read it.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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About the Author
Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.
She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.
With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.
She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.
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Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.
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