Bitter Sweet Heart

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Bitter Sweet Heart by H. Hunting

Publisher: H. Hunting
Publication Date: September 1, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

Book Review

Maverick Waters has always lived a charmed life. With a retired pro-hockey player for a father, hockey has always been a major part of his life. Now he just has to make it through his senior year of college before he can begin his own pro-hockey career. Everything is running smoothly until a mysterious woman floats up to Maverick’s dock on Pearl Lake. The two have a memorable one-night stand and go their separate ways, thinking they will never see each other again, that is until they run into each other on campus. They share a class, but Clover isn’t a student, she’s the professor.

Bitter Sweet Heart is the second book in Helena Hunting’s Love Hearts & Truths series. The first book, Little Lies followed Maverick’s sister Lavender and best friend, Kodiak. If you haven’t read that one, I would recommend starting there. I think Bitter Sweet Heart could be read as a standalone, but there’s a lot of setup in Little Lies that helps the reader understand who is who in the story. I would also recommend reading the Pucked and All In series’, as this series follows the children of those characters, but it’s not as important for context.

The story is told in alternating first-person perspectives between Maverick and Clover. Maverick, Alex and Violet’s son from Pucked is now a college hockey player with plans to go pro in the next year. While Maverick is very confident and self-assured, he deals with anxiety, tracing back to when his sister Lavender was kidnapped when they were children. Maverick feels responsible for Lavender being kidnapped and has grappled with those feelings for his entire life. He makes it his mission to help women feel safe by teaching a self-defense course. Maverick is such a sweet, sensitive character. You can see parts of both Violet and Alex in his personality and I absolutely loved that.

Clover is Maverick’s creative writing professor. When they first meet, neither of them had any idea that Maverick would be Clover’s student, but naturally, this complicates things. To further complicate things, Clover is also still married. Her ex-husband is emotionally abusive and manipulative, and Clover is desperately trying to break free of him.

I thoroughly enjoyed Bitter Sweet Heart. It did a great job of filling the gap I’ve felt since finishing the Pucked series. It has the same charm, hilarious moments, and steam as the Pucked series, while also being a refreshingly new, unique story.

Thank you to Helena Hunting and Social Butterfly PR for the review copy! All opinions are my own.


Synopsis from Goodreads

From the outside looking in, I live a charmed life: hockey legend for a father, my own promising future in the league, a great family, awesome friends. It’s not untrue, but it’s not quite that simple either.

My dad’s advice has always been to make hockey my number-one priority—at least until I make it to the pros. So, going into my senior year of college, I have a plan. I’ll put in the effort required to pass my classes, play hockey like my life depends on it, and avoid relationships. All I have to do is stay focused on the end game, and I’ll walk away with a degree and into a career in the NHL.

It should be easy.

But when a woman literally floats into my dock, just before summer ends and my senior year begins, I can’t resist one last hookup. What harm could a one-night stand do? It’s not like we even exchanged numbers.

Everything is fine until I run into her on campus.

It’s a big school. I should be able to avoid her.

Except she happens to be in my class.

And she’s not a student.

She’s my professor.


About the Author

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NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.


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