Jan 28

A Favor For A Favor by Helena Hunting Review

A Favor for a Favor, cover


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A new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

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A Favor for a Favor gets off to a rocky start with a way less than cute first meeting between the hero, Bishop Winslow, and heroine, Stevie Bowman. Bishop is a teammate of Stevie’s brother, Rook, and they have their own antagonistic relationship that definitely colors Stevie and Bishop’s at first. While there wasn’t any romance going on between them in the beginning, there sure was a whole lot of attraction.

Stevie Bowman, a recent grad school graduate in physiotherapy, has had one heck of a bad day. She arrives home a few days early to celebrate her birthday with her boyfriend and gets her own very unpleasant surprise. With nowhere else to go, she heads to her brother’s empty penthouse in the middle of the night, looking every bit of the hot mess her life has suddenly become. The last thing she needs is a super-hot guy in his underwear giving her a wicked tongue lashing for the inadvertent ruckus of her arrival. She dishes it right back, and the tone is set between the two of them.

Bishop is struggling to settle into his new team. His plate is full dealing with his younger brother’s health issues, and he’s being shuffled around on the ice. As if all of that isn’t enough, he gets sidelined the first game of the season with a massive groin injury further complicating his efforts to fit in on the team. He discovers his assumptions about Stevie were way off base, and she proposes a mutually beneficial favor for a favor arrangement. She’ll double up his PT to get him back on the ice, and he’ll give her the glowing recommendation of a professional athlete to bolster her new career.

Stevie begins rehabbing Bishop, and the sparks between them start to fly. I loved their snappy banter, but even more than that I loved how they didn’t rush to act on the chemistry between them. They kept it mostly professional, but the more time they spent together getting to know each other, the more their walls came down. Stevie has struggled with the attention she received as a result of her brother’s fame, and now as an adult, she is fanatical in her efforts to avoid it. This couple grows a lot during this time, and I loved watching them become friends while fighting their attraction to each other.

A Favor For A Favor was a fun take on a quid pro quo scenario, and Helena Hunting brought the heart, the heat and the humor in this swoony, sexy and sweet enemies-to-lovers romance. A Favor For A Favor by Helena Hunting gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo





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