Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Cindi Madsen)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Bottom of my TBR

Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.


Once again, read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, though this time I finished it before she did, eheh, so check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

A while back I read the third book of this series, Crazy Pucking Love, and while I liked it, it didn’t blow me away or anything. I mainly had issues with the character’s back stories and the fact that I thought something was missing. I had no such issues with this one.

I thought the writing was way better on this one, and the dual POV worked way way better. Lindsey and Ryder had super distinct voices, so I loved the dual POV on this one. Also, Lindsey’s confessions throughout the book just made it all better.

I really liked both main characters. I loved Lindsey and I thought she was such a strong girl. I understood her fears and doubts, but I also loved that Ryder saw right through her and fought for his girl. Ryder was a pretty great character all on his own. I loved the connection and the chemistry between the two of them. The romance was sweet and strong, as it was based on a mutual understanding and thorough knowledge of each other.

The main conflict was predictable, but again, I felt it was understandable. And I was afraid for a little bit that Lindsey would try to put her dreams on hold, like Megan tried to on the previous book, but I’m glad that it didn’t came to that, and they found a perfect solution for both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet NA hockey romance, and it made me want to pick up book 1 and 2 of this series. Give it a chance.

Operation Prom Date (Cindi Madsen)

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.


This has to be the cutest, most adorable teen Entangled romance that I’ve read in a while! This book is all kinds of amazing 😀 .

I had read one book by Cindi Madsen before, but it was a NA book, Crazy Pucking Love, and I wasn’t impressed by the book or the writing. But this one is a totally different story. Operation Prom Date is told in the first person, dual POV, and it’s fun and light, and it makes so many pop culture references that my heart was just about to explode from happiness.

Which leads me to the characters, and oh boy, these 2 were kind of great. Kate is a serious student, super smart, who loves to watch tv shows and ship the couples in them… but she wants a fairy tale moment and that’s why she is convinced that she has to go to prom with Mick. I really liked Kate, I thought she felt real, because she had so many different sides to her. I liked to read about her.

Cooper though… WOW! The guy is kind of dreamy. I loved that he didn’t keep the different parts of himself hidden, he truly didn’t care what other people thought, and he was happier for it. I liked that he knew what he loved, even if felt trapped by his dad’s choices for him. I loved that he put friendship and Kate’s needs ahead of his own, because that is love.

I’m a fan of these kinds of romances, where the girl thinks she wants one guy and ends up falling for the guy who is right next to her, and it was super well done here. The author managed to show their friendship and how much they meant to each other as friends, before the romance crept in the way, and that just made the romance all the better.

I shipped them… BAD! They were so cute together, and they talked about everything, from the most inconsequential thing, to very deep and heavy stuff, and their connection was so well achieved.

To sum it up, if you’re in the mood for a very cute and heartwarming teen romance, with a slight dose of angst (small), give this one a chance, I’m telling you it’s very worth it!

March TBR

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Last month I had a huge TBR, but I managed to read 15 books, and most of the books were ARCs, so that was cool. I’m lowering my TBR for this month, but hoping to still manage to include a few more reads.

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  1. A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott –  I actually started this one yesterday and it’s heartbreaking and beautiful so far
  2. Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
  3. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I started this one, because it will take me a long time to read it… stupid protected pdfs…
  4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  5. Egomaniac by Vi Keeland – Weak moment yesterday, and I started this audiobook while carrying my luggage around, and then I finished it before I went to sleep…
  6. Sugar, We’re Going Down by M. H. Soars
  7. Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs
  8. Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen
  9. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  10. Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Dating, #1) by Cindi Madsen
  11. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  12. Could You Love An Apple? (Love Stories #2) by Becky Jerams
  13. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
  14. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Crazy Pucking Love (Cindi Madsen)

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I just met the girl of my dreams. Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss. Megan is completely off-limits — her brother makes that very clear — and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right? The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.


I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days to check out her review of this book.

I requested this book because of that blurb, also, it’s a Hockey NA Romance, and I usually love those, so it was a no-brainer. I haven’t read the previous two books in the series, and even though it is said that each book is a standalone, and you don’t necessarily have to have read the other ones to read this one, I have to say that I think I would have liked it better if I had. There is a huge delay on the full story of Dane, and the events of book 2 are heavily mentioned during the book, and I have to admit that I felt a bit lost sometimes.

The writing didn’t blow me away, I have to say. It was ok, but that was it. But the dual POV was well done, and the main characters’ voices were very distinct. The pacing was not great though, and it made the book slow and kind of boring.

So, now let’s talk about the characters a bit, because this was my main problem with this book. I kind of wanted to like Megan, but I just couldn’t connect with her… She had been through a lot, and I felt for her a bit, but I felt like those events were never fully explained. I applauded the fact that she wanted to be more herself and not care what other people thought – good for her – but then she goes and puts her wants and dreams on hold for a guy she just met, and it felt just so so wrong.

Then we have Dane… Yeah… not a fan of his either. Again, I understood where he came from, but also again, those reasons weren’t totally fleshed out or truly resolved. This guy felt a lot of guilt, and so he decided that he wasn’t good for Megan and so they couldn’t be in a relationship, except that they are, and then he goes and does some stupid things, she forgives him, he does it again, and so on… God, it was exhausting!

Their relationship was kind of sweet, and I did see the connection and the chemistry, my only problem with it was their indecisions and how they dealt with the fact that they wanted and felt different things.

I did not like their main conflict at all, it was just a huge NO for me. I couldn’t understand how Megan was willing to put herself on hold, and while I understood why Dane did what he did, it still felt wrong.

Overall, I thought this book was OK, I had a few issues with it, and it was slow, so I think it might not appeal to every romance lover. But the connection between these two is good, I just wish it had been explored slightly differently. I’m on the fence about reading the rest of the series though, because I’m kind of curious, but at the same time, not really up for a disappointment…

November TBR

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I did awesome with my TBR from last month. From the 15 books I’d said I’d read, I read 12 of them (and then I read 8 more). So I’m pointing for 14 books this month that I really need to read, mostly because they’re ARCs. Also… WOW! Half of my TBR is YA… o_O

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  1. Stroked Hard (Stroked #3) by Meghan Quinn (which I already finished and it’s so GOOD!)
  2.  The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt
  5. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru(Creative HeArts #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
  9. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. The Keeper by Jillian Liota
  13. On the Fence by Kasie West
  14. Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame

October Book Haul

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Once again, I didn’t haul that many books this month… mostly eARCs. 🙂


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