Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny

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...

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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny Reviews

  • mells_view
    Apr 07, 2017

    This was my first read from Cindi Madsen, and it won't be my last!

    Confessions of a former puck bunny, was a fun hockey romance with characters that were fun and easy to like! Lindsay is a girl who spent most of her first years of college worried about guys, and hockey playing guys to be more specific. Needless to say life as a puck bunny didn't go well for her, and now she considers herself a "former puck bunny." She's doing whatever she can to avoid the draw she has toward hockey players! She'

    This was my first read from Cindi Madsen, and it won't be my last!

    Confessions of a former puck bunny, was a fun hockey romance with characters that were fun and easy to like! Lindsay is a girl who spent most of her first years of college worried about guys, and hockey playing guys to be more specific. Needless to say life as a puck bunny didn't go well for her, and now she considers herself a "former puck bunny." She's doing whatever she can to avoid the draw she has toward hockey players! She's the editor of the school paper, and since she's avoiding fun and guys, that's what she is focused on. Unfortunately, as good as she is in English she isn't very good at Math. So she needs a tutor

    Enter Ryder, starting defenseman on the hockey team at her school, and surprising math whiz. Ryder has had a little bit of a crush on Lindsay since he first laid eyes on her. The more he persists in pursuing her, the less interested she acts. Of course he doesn't know all the details of her puck bunny past. When she reluctantly gets tutoring help from him and they click... it's all down hill from there. Well until they hit a few bumps, and a couple of tiny rocks, and maybe even a few holes in the hill. Ok so they don't have it easy, but easy is boring.

    Lindsay and Ryder have to open up to each other, go outside of their comfort zones, and learn to be the half of another person. Reading about their journey is fun!

    This is book four of the Taking Shots, standalone series. You spend some time with the couples that were in the first three books, but nothing about their storyline is given away in this except who they end up with. I don't think you need to read the others to enjoy this one, but it'd probably help you better understand when those characters pop up! The naughty bits are pretty tame so if you're looking for super smut, this isn't it. It's more about the actual romance of the couple! I'd consider this a moderate angst new adult romance. If you like those, read this book!

  • Jen
    May 12, 2017

    Lindsay Rivera’s come a long way since her puck bunny days. The college girl who once made aggressive flirting with anything in hockey pads a competitive sport has since been replaced with a studious, hardworking college senior who’s long since given up the college party scene.

    And hockey players?

    No more hockey players for this lady. Editing her college paper

    Lindsay Rivera’s come a long way since her puck bunny days. The college girl who once made aggressive flirting with anything in hockey pads a competitive sport has since been replaced with a studious, hardworking college senior who’s long since given up the college party scene.

    And hockey players?

    No more hockey players for this lady. Editing her college paper and pursuing her career dreams are going to have to do for now.

    Ryder “Ox” Maddox, sophomore starting defenseman and hottie extraordinaire, fell for Lindsay the second he laid eyes on her. Sure there are some minor issues, like the fact she once thought she was in love with his roommate, not to mention her unwavering anti-hockey player declaration, but Ryder didn’t get anywhere in life by giving up. Time to show Lindsay what she’s been missing.

    I went into

    expecting a fun hockey romance and for the most part that’s just what I got. Lindsay and Ryder’s push and pull, back and forth was a given but the character reactions to the drama life threw at their relationship was a little unexpected.

    Lindsay broke the norm of whiney NA female characters (thank gawd!) and managed to endear herself to me by the way she chose to handle her life. Growing up, she knew she wanted to be nothing like her mother who flitted from rich man to rich man with the hopes of finally catching one. When she realized her puck bunny ways were emulating her mother’s way of life a little too close for comfort, she buckled down, got serious and realized she needed to be the one to make her dreams a reality, not rely on any man to make her happy. Hell yes to that! I loved the fact that she had the self-realization at that point in her life to take responsibility for her choices and make her own way.

    On the other hand, I enjoyed Ryder’s character but he didn’t exactly wow me. He pursued the hell out of Lindsay but when faced with parental and hockey outside pressures, was never quite sure what to do with her once he got her. I know that realistically this dude’s only twenty and should probably be given some slack, but this is fiction we’re talking about and I never really felt like Ryder actually cared enough about Lindsay to be the man she needed in the long run.

    is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. I should mention I felt at times like I was missing out on part of the story because I haven’t read the other books in the series (mainly Hudson’s book) but it didn’t really detract from my overall enjoyment.

  • Dali
    Apr 24, 2017

    After wasting too much time pursuing hockey players and one in particular who broke her heart, Lindsay Rivera decided to forsake all things hockey and put school first and now all she has to do is pass her Math class to finish college and move to New York to start her dream internship. Easy pe

    After wasting too much time pursuing hockey players and one in particular who broke her heart, Lindsay Rivera decided to forsake all things hockey and put school first and now all she has to do is pass her Math class to finish college and move to New York to start her dream internship. Easy peasy, right? There’s only one catch, she’s not good at Math and the only available tutor is a sexy as sin hockey player.

    Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s plan A is to go to NHL and break more records than his famous NHL father did, his plan B is to become a math teacher, his plan for now is to give his team and teammates his all to help them win the championship tournament and to use his Math knowledge to get the lovely newspaper’s editor to give him a chance. She’s about to graduate, he’s still got two years to before he finishes college, can they find a way to make it work?

    This is my first Cindi Madsen book and hopefully it won’t be the last. I’m going to make a confession of my own, I added this book to my reading list because of its title and the fact that it was set in a college background. I’ve read my fair share of professional hockey romances and enjoyed them very much, but I hadn’t read one where the hero hasn’t reached that level of achievement and I was curious.

    I’m happy to say that my curiosity was rewarded with this very cute, fun and flirty new adult read. I loved getting to know both Lindsay and Ryder as individuals and as a couple who had great chemistry and banter.

    Ryder is a big cuddly teddy bear wrapped up in a magnetically charming and sexy package that also includes a smart, hardworking, determined and chivalrous man. Even though she knew mother loved her, Lindsay grew up with some abandonment and self-esteem issued. During her puck bunny phase she sould self-esteem from other people, but after having her heart broken she picked herself up and took on life by the horns. It was fun to read her confessions and perspective in general.

    As Lindsay and Ryder decide to take a chance on each other even when their worlds and goals don’t align, their relationship builds in a very enjoyable way. That’s not to say they have smooth sailing along the way.

    The writing was solid, the pace flowed nicely and the main characters where fleshed out nicely. I liked having the characters from previous books as an added layer.

    Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is book #4 in the Taking Shots series by Cindi Madsen. It is a standalone sports romance. Told in first person from both points of view and has a happy ending.

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    * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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  • Mandi Schreiner
    May 18, 2017

    This is my first time reading Cindi Madsen and I found this book to be overall pretty cute. Maybe a little predictable with the drama at the end, but it has a good guy hero which always makes me smile. This read pretty good as a stand alone although I did feel like I missed out on some supporting character development.

    Lindsay is almost ready to graduate college and go out to the real world to try her hand at editing. She is going to start in the newspaper business but hopes to become a book edit

    This is my first time reading Cindi Madsen and I found this book to be overall pretty cute. Maybe a little predictable with the drama at the end, but it has a good guy hero which always makes me smile. This read pretty good as a stand alone although I did feel like I missed out on some supporting character development.

    Lindsay is almost ready to graduate college and go out to the real world to try her hand at editing. She is going to start in the newspaper business but hopes to become a book editor one day. To graduate, she must pass her math class and it's giving her a lot of trouble. She decides to go to the school tutoring center, and she runs into the one guy she has been drooling over, and avoiding for some time.

    This guy, Ryder, is a star hockey player for the college team and she has sworn off hockey, and hockey players for almost a year now. Lindsay grew up with a mom who relied on men for financial and emotional support. Going from one guy to another, their family life was never stable and Lindsay swore she would never turn into her mother. But when she started college, she found herself drawn into the hockey world..and the hockey men. She became a "puck bunny" fighting for the players attention and becoming very competitive with the other girls that were hanging around. After a year or two of this, Lindsay decides enough is enough, and quits cold turkey with everything to do with hockey. But now she has the hots for Ryder.

    Ryder was handed a hockey stick when he learned to walk, as his dad was a NHL player and now wants his son to be a star. His parents marriage is a farce, and his father is never proud of him - always there with a critique on how he can play better. But despite all of that, Ryder turned out to be a decent, good guy. He is very attracted to Lindsay, and when he confronts her in the tutoring center, she admits she needs help with math and he admits he is very good with math - so he starts to tutor her. Lindsay is somewhat standoffish, as she is terrified of going back to shaming herself with begging for male attention in the hockey world. But as she gets to know Ryder, her feelings deepen for him and her trust of him grows into love.

    While Lindsay can be a bit prickly in this book, I enjoyed her journey from scared to death to even talk to Ryder, to truly becoming his friend. The romance isn't rushed in this one. Decent sexual tension leads to a solid foundation for a friendship before they attempt romance. Lindsay has no problem hanging out with Ryder, it's going back around his teammates and the other women that she finds intimidating. Knowing she slept with some of the guys, and got in fights with some of the girls, it takes a while for her to gain the confidence to be around them. Ryder is made aware of her past and just keeps it all in the past, which I liked. Lindsay realizes the women she now hangs around with at the games, truly want to get to know her and be her friend, which is nice to see.

    As I said, this is a bit predictable as Ryder's rotten dad, causes rotten trouble at the end, which you can see coming. This causes a fight, and a break up and eventually a reconciliation and the HEA. I wish there had been less drama at the end, and more quality page time with Ryder and Lindsay together. But overall a cute, new adult read.

    Grade: B

  • Talia (Red Hot Ink)
    May 03, 2017

    3.5 Jock/Tutor trope with a twist :) stars

    3.5 Jock/Tutor trope with a twist :) stars

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    May 05, 2017

    She is getting ready to graduate and start a hard earned internship in NYC with a newspaper. Only one last class to finish...but trouble is.... her math grades suck... and any tutor

    She is getting ready to graduate and start a hard earned internship in NYC with a newspaper. Only one last class to finish...but trouble is.... her math grades suck... and any tutor she tries to use all talk Math like it is a foreign language...like gobbledygook.....

    Naturally, the only person who makes Math make sense is Ryder "Ox" Maddox, College Hockey Player. He is into her. She is fighting her attraction. Let the games begin...

    Oh, this ought to be fun, let's see how this plays out.

  • Alex
    May 12, 2017

    The best book in this series and actually The reason

    I read this series.

    By the way, it can be read as standalone.

    I HATE SL*T-SHAMING!

    I LOATHE DOUBLE STANDRADS!

    I SUPPORT WOMEN!

    I like anti-heroines, I like different heroines and I like “bad” girls.

    This one wasn’t bad or really anti.

    She was a nice person who made some mistakes in the past,

    but acknowledged them and wanted to move forward.

    I had NO problem that she was sexually experienced.

    ZERO problem and NO judgment.

    (She was defi

    The best book in this series and actually The reason

    I read this series.

    By the way, it can be read as standalone.

    I HATE SL*T-SHAMING!

    I LOATHE DOUBLE STANDRADS!

    I SUPPORT WOMEN!

    I like anti-heroines, I like different heroines and I like “bad” girls.

    This one wasn’t bad or really anti.

    She was a nice person who made some mistakes in the past,

    but acknowledged them and wanted to move forward.

    I had NO problem that she was sexually experienced.

    ZERO problem and NO judgment.

    (She was definitely

    sl*tty than the h from the 2nd book! I would even say she wasn’t sl*tty at all!!!)

    I didn’t quite like

    she acted in the past, the whole puck bunny attitude, but I didn’t hate it either.

    Our hypocritical society accepts manwhores but judges

    sexually adventurous women.

    I wish the heroine would stood up for herself and said something like:

    Unfortunately, she wasn’t that fierce. It’s a shame!

    I wish she were stronger and less self-critical.

    I wish she were more confident and reckless.

    She said way too often that she was ashamed of her past and she was afraid the hero would judge her and yadda yadda yadda.

    She could have told it one time and !enough!, numerous repeats till almost the end of the book weren’t necessary.

    I liked the hero. It helped of course that he chased her and she pushed away – me like men chasing women, so sue me!

    And there was no OW-drama and no details about his sexual past. I wouldn’t call him a player, I think he was a decent guy.

    He f*cked up a bit toward the end, and he made some mistakes, but the boy was only 20. Looking at his young age I would say he was mature and strong for a 20-year-old man!

    And he groveled. Girls, do you hear me?

    HE GROVELED!

    Nice and long, sweet and lovely.

    Me like GROVEL :-) Grovel is good! Yes to grovel! -> But only if a man grovels.

    (There is no such thing as woman & grovel – non-existent, never ever, just no.)

    Cute epilogue, but HFN. I wanted at least a couple of years in the future!

  • Jessica
    May 15, 2017

    HOCKEY ROMANCE. Seriously, need I say more?

    Lindsay Rivera is no stranger to hockey players. In fact, she spent the beginning of her college career hanging all over them. When she meets her first heartbreak, though, Lindsay realizes she doesn't want to be anything like her mom and depend on men her whole life. Instead, Lindsay has decided to swear off hockey, including hockey players, and focus on graduating, editing the college newspaper, and finding a career she will love after college. But wh

    HOCKEY ROMANCE. Seriously, need I say more?

    Lindsay Rivera is no stranger to hockey players. In fact, she spent the beginning of her college career hanging all over them. When she meets her first heartbreak, though, Lindsay realizes she doesn't want to be anything like her mom and depend on men her whole life. Instead, Lindsay has decided to swear off hockey, including hockey players, and focus on graduating, editing the college newspaper, and finding a career she will love after college. But when a math class threatens her ability to graduate, Lindsay knows she has to find help. To her dismay, that help lies within a very hot, very off limits hockey player. Ryder Maddox wants Lindsay from the moment he sees her and has no idea why she hates hockey players so much. Ryder isn't one to back down from a challenge, though, and is determined to show Lindsay that this hockey player is here to stay.

    Ummm, can Ryder just be a real person? And fall madly in love with me? Because I fell madly in love with him. While I didn't read any of the other books in the series, I had no problem diving into this book and loved how sweet and determined Ryder was. And can we talk about how amazing he was at hockey? While we didn't get that much hockey in the beginning of the novel (since Lindsay was dead set on staying away from him), we got tons near the end and I was loving every minute of the action.

    Now that I've read this book, I definitely want to read the previous books in this series to see the couples that showed up in this story. I loved the support system Ryder had and how Lindsay fell in love with them too. And let's not forget about that chemistry! I loved the chemistry between Ryder and Lindsay and how hard Lindsay tried to resist him. While there were some slower moments, I loved the romance and the hockey this book delivered.

    If you can't tell, this was an awesome hockey romance that I just gobbled up. It was fun to see someone like Lindsay who had changed so much and wasn't throwing herself at the hot hockey player who showed her interest. Um, is she crazy? If you want an addicting sports romance with a sweet, irresistible love interest, you have to pick this up!


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