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A Favor for a Favor

All In, Book 2
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Jacob Morgan
Series: All In Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, 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.

©2020 Helena Hunting (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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LOVED IT

I loved this book so much. i wasn't even half way through and I got sad that it would eventually have to end. it was fun and light but gave a range of emotions. The only issue i'd say it that it read/flowed too quickly (in my opinion) maybe that's just me. I love the author and many of her other works.

The nation was perfect from both Jacob and Erin.
5 starts all round. worth a credit and the money.

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FANTASTIC

loved, loved, loved it I really liked this one it is one of the best books of the series.

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  • bookbruin
  • 28-01-20

The Olive to Your Pineapple

I loved this book so much! I both read and listened to the audiobook. This enemies to friends to lovers romance hooked me right in and was just the kind of slow burn romance I was looking for. It's filled with all of Helena Hunting's trademark wit and humor and there were so many times I burst out laughing while reading and listening to this one. This is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. Characters from the previous book do appear though, and that is where we originally meet the heroine, Stevie, so I do recommend reading A Lie for a Lie for maximum enjoyment.

Bishop is my favorite type of hero - loyal, caring, hilarious, supportive, truly an all around good guy wrapped in a grumpy, ornery, alpha package. I loved that he didn't have some crazy history of puck bunnies and that his main concern was always for his family. The back and forth with Stevie was the best and their innuendo and banter only ramped up the anticipation. What I appreciated most though, was that Bishop listened. I really felt for Stevie and understood why she made the decisions that she did to try to escape from the shadows. Sure it was frustrating at times and I thought she was a little dense to Bishop's actions, but at the same time I can see how confusing it all could be given her history and the start of their friendship. I was disappointed to see Rook act the way he did after falling for him in book 1, but as a younger sister myself, I can see that his heart was in the right place. I enjoyed seeing Alex and Violet from the Pucked series again, but it's Kingston who has definitely piqued my interest (who wouldn't love a well mannered gentleman who drinks milk at the bar!?) I really wouldn't be upset at all if he ends up getting his own book. ;)

The casting of Erin Mallon and Jacob Morgan was fantastic. Both can perform male and female characters so well and they also deliver on all the feels. Their comedic timing is perfect for the lighter moments, but they also can convey so much emotion with the inflections of their voices. This is an amazing narrating duo and I definitely recommend enjoying this one on audio if you have the chance.

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  • shellybelly
  • 27-02-20

Love and don’t love

Okay. While I absolutely love this story, I don’t. I love Bishop with my whole heart. Stevie kinda love. Rook and Alex and King? Not so much. I didn’t think anyone treated Bishop very nicely or fairly. I didn’t like that he didn’t get enough credit or kindness or a wrap up at the end. So while I love the story, I wish it would’ve been wrapped up differently. As far as the narrators: Jacob is perfection. Absolute sexy perfection. Erin is good when she’s doing a woman’s voice. Her male voice gives me the heebies. I can’t dislike it enough. It’s hard when the text says deep voice and she sounds like a pubescent boy squeaking. I just read the book to avoid it and then listened to only Bishop’s chapters to finish the audio. I feel terrible saying that. She absolute perfection as a female voice though. But goodness Jacob does it perfectly as male and female voices.

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  • *****Will I AM! (M.R.S.)******
  • 26-02-20

Great story fabulous narration!

I love the extended family version of these amazing books- as a spin-off of the Pucked sensation this is another great couple in the mix. You’ll love it. Erin and Jacob are primo with Helena quick witted banter.

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  • Liv
  • 24-02-20

Another winner narrated by 2 of my favs, score!

My Spoiler Free Review

I have been hoping for the past few weeks to reread Stevie and Bishop's fall into love story via my Kindle copy so I could highlight my favorite moments since I originally finished reading the audiobook format. Alas, the time to do a Kindle (re)read just hasn't been there and isn't likely to magically become available with all the activities I have on my calendar for February and March. Insert Big. Long. Sigh. Here.

What I loved most about this sports romance novel…
Page-turner / Absorbing listen | Wonderful characters | Realistic | Entertaining | Romantic | Funny | an awesome Read-Along hosted by the author | Easy-to-read / listen-to | Steamy | Happily Ever After

Format read: Unabridged Audiobook (Audible retailer)

Writing style: Dual POVs (Stevie's and Bishop's)

Cover and chapter design gush: I like these colors and the overall style of the cover. I also love the chapter titles that gave us a hint of what was coming the reader's way.

Ratings
Overall ★★★★★

Performances ★★★★★ My ears grinned in delight when I saw that two of my favorite narrators would be pulling me into this hockey romance. Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber never fail to deliver their A-level vocal acting. I always look forward to audiobooks narrated by either of them, so having the two of them cast was extra exciting.

Story ★★★★★
What else can I say that I haven't said before about a Helena Hunting novel? She consistently writes characters that I enjoy living inside of with each new novel.

Stevie and Bishop were interesting leads and the secondary characters in their lives were intriguing friends / family members that round out their lives so well. They had a rocky start / first face-to-face encounter but built from there in a realistic and entertaining way that made this one an early 2020 romance read.

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Coming Up Next in this series of stand-alone novels: A Secret for a Secret (All In, #3) with an expected release date of May 12, 2020. I've already pre-ordered my copy.

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  • Angie McGuire
  • 23-02-20

Worth every second

I loved this book...I loved the characters and I listened to this book on audible, and it was pure perfection. This is a must read and must listen.

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  • brittnie
  • 23-02-20

the olive to my pineapple

I love the banter between bishop and stevie.
the playfulness of the story was really cute.
but also steamy chemistry is developed throughout this slow burn and Stevie comes out of hiding sorta speak.

rj is totally like any big brother in real Helena always does a wonderful job with her stories

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  • christine
  • 22-02-20

I want to be the olive to your pineapple

Omg this is an amazing book. I would not have expected any less. I also love that even those this series can be stand alone books it brings in characters from another series. Helena Hunting is romantic funny and awkward all at the same time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-20

Please don’t ever stop writing about hockey..

I love this extension of the original Pucked series! Every time I think I’ve found a new favorite, you send a new perfect hockey book boyfriend. I loved RJ in the last book, but Shippy got the edge over in this one. And this was my first Erin Mallon listen in awhile and I forgot how much I love her male voice. Jacob Morgan is perfect like always. Great story and audio performances.

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  • Book Obsessed Girl
  • 18-02-20

Loved!

I love a good Hockey Romance and Helena Hunting writes them so well!! A favor for a favor gives us so many laughs with some feels thrown in the mix. This was book was very much needed. I love a good rom com. Ms. Hunting is one of my favorites and will always be a one click author for me. Absolutely a must read/listen!

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  • Jaime
  • 18-02-20

Loved it!

I LOVED this book. This one might be in my top 5 favorite books of hers. It’s fun, sexy, flirty, and well written. The MCs don’t come together very quickly and it organically moves from enemies to friends to lovers. It was really well thought out and had the perfect amount of animosity.

Stevie and Bishop had such great chemistry. I loved the banter and the flirting. I liked that both had good intentions and that Stevie calls Bishop out every time he’s being a jerk.

If I had to compare this book to her other works I’d say that it has the chemistry of Randy and Lily from Pucked Over with the relationship development of Bane and Ruby from Shacking Up. In other words, it’s fantastic.

The narration was pretty good. As usual, Jacob Morgan slayed his parts. He really is one of the best voice actors, in my opinion and not because he has a great voice. He really brings all of the characters to life and makes their feelings known with sighs and inflections not just with the words.

Erin Mallon is okay for me. She actually did a lot better in this one than in any of the other books I've listened to by her. She finally didn't sound angry all the time, which is my biggest complaint with her. What stopped this from being an "A" performance for me was how fast she read her chapters. There were times when there wasn't even a breath from one sentence to the next. It was hard to keep track of who was talking at any given moment because one second it would be Stevie and the next it would be Patty with barely a pause in between. My speed was at 1.0x so it had nothing to do with my setting. The other reason I didn't care for her narration is because of her male voice. She does not even remotely sound like an attractive man. It's almost like a real-life version of Goofy. It's really..bizarre. It made imagining Bishop as an attractive man a little difficult in her chapters and it was definitely distracting. I know a lot of people like her, so that's probably an "It's me, not you" situation.


Despite that, I highly recommend this one. I think anyone would be fine with either the read or the listen.