A Kiss for a Kiss; All In #4
(An interconnected standalone)
Publication Date: May 28, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Sports/Forbidden/Contemporary Romance
Author: Helena Hunting
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Beautifully written, touching, and heartfelt. Hunting brings this complex story to life with all the feels.
I sometimes forget how much I love and miss this world so, so much. I fell in love with Violet and Alex a while back, but it was a moment I will never forget how Helena completely flipped my world upside down. These characters became like family more with each book and and now we are that grew and grew where I’m now loving on all of the pucked babies.
A Kiss For A Kiss has it’s pulse threaded into every hockey world Helena has created. It’s a beautiful reminder of everything she has written and a sort of peek into the future. It also gave me huge nostalgia where I wanted to start back at the beginning of Violet and Alex’s story and reread each and every book all over so I could relive each character and fall in love all over again.
Back to A Kiss For A Kiss, Hanna has a lot to deal with in this book. It’s been a hot minute since the last All In book came out so I admit I sort of forgot about her. However, it didn’t take me long for her character or storyline to come back, or if you haven’t read any of the books she’s flushed out completely as her own character so don’t worry. The same can be said for Jake. While I do recommend reading the other books to feel the attachment to all the other characters, it’s not a requirement as this can be read on its own for the emotional story itself.
In a nutshell, Hanna is King’s mother, but was raised as his big sister. She was a teenage mother when she had him and well…I’ll leave that there because it’s tied into a lot of emotions in this book along with King’s if you haven’t read that one and want to go back and read that too. Being a mom is a challenge no matter when or what the circumstances are, but Hanna has extenuating circumstances and she really shines with handling everything.
Jake is practically perfect in every way. Yes, he has his moment of freakout…cause hello, he’s just married off his daughter, Queenie, and was on the other side of parenthood, but he’s also a great guy and he really handles everything fantastic when it comes to taking care of people. I suppose that is what makes him a great GM, but…sigh…can I request a Jake…he’s amazing.
Hanna and Jake have instant chemistry, but what I love about this book, is that it’s also different. It’s not all steamy bedroom times, which is more along the lines of this particular series, but this story in particular is deep and really touching. Obviously there are in between the sheets moments, because hello, there is a baby coming, but this story is so much more than that.
It’s beautiful and I love all the tie in’s to other stories. It made me laugh, made me tear up, it really touched on all of my emotions, especially ones I didn’t even know I had. Who knew I suffered from a fear of middle aged panic over having children again, or reliving childbirth (seriously I thought I’d shelved that one), or here is another new one and not a fear, but I’m looking forward to my own daughters wedding and imagining her as a beautiful bride on her wedding day…well now I can truly picture her and I was bawling after reading about it. Helena truly touched me with this book and I loved it.
I was swept up in the art she brings to her worlds and like always I didn’t want to leave. The beauty of the characters that feel so real, it’s as if I’ve spent my lifetime getting to know them and it’s truly painful when the book ends.
I’m Jake Masterson, single dad, and the General Manager of Seattle’s NHL team. I walked away from a career as a player so I could raise my daughter. For the last twenty-plus years, Queenie has been my main priority, but now she’s getting married.
And there’s a small complication.
A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna.
She’s my son-in-law’s older sister. Or at least that’s how they were raised. The truth is a little more scandalous than that.
I’ve been drawn to her from the moment I laid eyes on her. And I spent months trying to keep a lid on that attraction.
Until we finally give in.
It starts with one searing kiss, but quickly ends with us between the sheets—and in the shower, and the hot tub, you get the picture—and turns into months of sneaking around.
Here’s the problem: we live on opposite ends of the country. It can’t be anything but casual. And as I’ve already said…it’s complicated.
But when Hanna finds out she’s pregnant…suddenly things get real serious.