If I need to describe this book with one word, it will be AMAZING! I loved it and enjoyed every second of it. And if you asked me my favorite Helena Hunting hockey book, it is either the best or the second best since it is really hard to decide between Lance and Bishop 😀 A Favor for a Favor is the second book of the “All In” series. It can be read as a standalone but I totally recommend you to read the first book of the series A Lie for a Lie beforehand.
Bishop plays hockey for Seattle’s expansion team. He is excited to have a fresh start, new city, better conditions and becoming a team captain. However, some of these doesn’t go the way he expects. The picture Bishop paints for others is a-holish, careless, selfish, not dependable playboy, however he is anything but. He is brooding, doesn’t really let anyone in easily but at heart he is caring, sweet, loyal and selfless. I love how he is taking care of his brother and carrying too much responsibility without complaint. I think since this part is something I can relate, it made me love him so much more. Ohhh one more thing, his boxer collection is to die for LOL!
So here is how Bishop and Stevie’s story starts… He is annoyed to be woken up in the middle of the night by hot mess of a woman who is trying to get into his captain Rook Bowman’s penthouse. Of course the first thing that comes to his mind is Rook letting his mistress move up to the team issued apartment while he is playing house with his wife and kid in his newly purchased house. Oh my poor Bishop, stereotyping and being judgmental is not a good thing, you should gather all the facts before acting. As a newly grad school graduate, Stevie moves to Seattle to work as a physiotherapist specializing in sports therapy. Her plans of surprising her boyfriend by arriving couple days earlier so that she can spend her birthday with him goes to hell when she find him in bed with another woman in their new apartment where they purchased everything together. She is adamant about making a name for herself without any help from her brother Rook but thanks to her jerk face ex-boyfriend Joey Smuck, her life turns upside down and she had to ask her brother for help. After spending most of her savings for the apartment she rented with her boyfriend, now she doesn’t have enough for herself so when Rook offers her the penthouse team rented for him, she accepts. She didn’t expect the rude greeting from the hot neighbor. However, later on when she founds her neighbor injured and passed out by his door, she realizes he plays hockey with her brother and all his rudeness is because he thinks she is her brother’s mistress. Then she comes up with her proposal, a favor for a favor. Stevie offers Bishop help with his rehab so that he can get back on ice sooner and in return he will give her a recommendation. Stevie is feisty, smart, pastel hair colored goddess and Bishop is having hell of a time to stay uneffected. The banter and sexual tension between these two was crazy and entertaining. It was amazing to see how Bishop’s relationship with Stevie brings out more fun and lighthearted version of him out. I loved and enjoyed how their relationship evolved and they pushed each other to be better. I would love to say after their rocky start everything was smooth but that would be a lie. Also, Bishop’s rocky and not-so-good relationship didn’t help at all. It was nice to see bits and pieces of Lainey, Rook and little Kody’s lives but to tell you the truth I wasn’t fan of Rook most of the book. It was also good to see a bit of Violet and Alex. Of course as always Violet was hilarious 🙂 Stevie’s friends/colleagues Jules and Pattie, Bishop’s brother Nolan and his best friend/teammate Ryan Kingston are interesting characters that I would love to read more about. Since next and last book of the series will be Ryan’s we will be getting his story soon. I hope we will get a chance to read more about the rest as well.
I loved this book and Stevie and Bishop is one my favorite characters that Helena Hunting has created till now. A Favor for a Favor is an amazingly perfect story, you won’t be able to put it down until you are done with it. If you are looking for a funny, sexy, sweet romantic comedy, this book is just for you.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Yeap, done that already 🙂
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.