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An emotional and compelling romance, filled with many secrets to be revealed and cherished by two individuals that learn how to fall in love with each other So this third installment, has officially stolen my heart and has claimed it That s right, Kingston my sexy and very romantic Ryan Kingston has taken a toll of grasping my beating heart and make it beat much faster for all the ways he expresses his admiration towards Queenie In the little things he does, his blushes, his tendernesAn emotional and compelling romance, filled with many secrets to be revealed and cherished by two individuals that learn how to fall in love with each other So this third installment, has officially stolen my heart and has claimed it That s right, Kingston my sexy and very romantic Ryan Kingston has taken a toll of grasping my beating heart and make it beat much faster for all the ways he expresses his admiration towards Queenie In the little things he does, his blushes, his tenderness, his way of being is what draws you in to him.Though the title does indeed say it all Sharing one secret with another is what this story revolves itself around But once they both open up to each other, breaking down those walls in which reveal the truth of Quennie s past as well as prepare and build a future with Kingston Everything about Queenie is what truly draws Kingston to wantingof her, not just because she makes him act like a totally different person when they are intimate involuntarily, but also because her true identity is what makes him fall even deeper in love with herShe s a tornado, and half the time I don t know what to do with her, but still want to get caught up in her vortexWhen obstacles are in the way, Kingston knows to not give up on Queenie because he also knows that there is no going back once he has a claim on her And Queenie knows that being with Ryan is something she cannot pass out on since her heart is the one who takes over for her and her love for himHe s the calm to my storm.My still lake at dawn.My kingThere is no denying at all that Ryan will forever own my heart I am not sure if this is the last installment in the series, though there are many other hockey players in which have been mentioned that I would love to read a book of We just have to be patient and see what else Helena has up her sleeves ARC kindly provided by Montlake Romance, in exchange for an honest reviewFollow Me On Instagram Twitter Prologue Mommy IssuesKingstonI have six different drinks in front of me, ranging from very expensive scotch to some kind of carbonated fruity cocktail that s so sweet I m positive I ll get a cavity if I finish it Despite the variety, I m still having trouble getting drunk Mostly because I m not a fan of the way alcohol tastes, so I ve only had a couple sips out of each glass Excuse me, is this seat taken A soft, slightly smoky female voice draws my attention to the left, where the stool next Prologue Mommy IssuesKingstonI have six different drinks in front of me, ranging from very expensive scotch to some kind of carbonated fruity cocktail that s so sweet I m positive I ll get a cavity if I finish it Despite the variety, I m still having trouble getting drunk Mostly because I m not a fan of the way alcohol tastes, so I ve only had a couple sips out of each glass Excuse me, is this seat taken A soft, slightly smoky female voice draws my attention to the left, where the stool next to mine sits empty.I notice several things as her gray blue eyes, ringed in navy, lock and hold with mine she s pint size and stunning, with long chestnut hair pulled up in a loose ponytail, high cheekbones, full lips, and thick lashes that don t appear to be coated in mascara But beyond how beautiful she is, she looks sad.We match Uh, no, it s all yours Regardless of my sour mood, I push back my stool and stand, partly to make space for her, since the stools are crammed in close together.She climbs into the one next to mine before I have a chance to offer my assistance I m Queenie She holds out a hand, and when I do the same, she slips hers into my palm, sending a jolt of unexpected energy through me The way her eyes flare makes me think she s felt it too Maybe there s something in the air Queenie I smile I m Ryan I don t know why I introduce myself this way No one calls me Ryan except for my parents Even my siblings call me by our last name most of the time In part because of my career choice, where my last name is what most people recognize It s too late now to backtrack Maybe I don t use my last name because my entire identity has been brought into question thanks to today s events Hi, Ryan Her gaze darts down and then back up Our palms are still connected And I m still staring at her.I release her hand and instantly want to find a reason to touch her again.The bartender is quick to spot his new customer I take my seat again while Queenie orders I ll have a vodka martini, extra dirty, extra olives, please Actually, make that two The bartender s eyebrows rise, but he gets out his shaker She stops him when he reaches for the bottle on the shelf behind him and asks for well vodka instead I m not sure what the difference is between the two, but that gets another eyebrow raise from the bartender He fills two martini glasses and drops a skewer of olives into each one He looks to me before he moves on You still doing okay I m fine, thank you I try not to stare at Queenie, but I can see her reflection in the mirrored bar She takes a sip out of one glass and makes a face, then does the same with the other one She transfers one of the skewers of olives to the other glass and downs the whole thing in two gulps.Her shoulders curl in, and she turns her head away, coughing into her elbow Are you okay I ask.She holds up a finger and coughs a coupletimes When she finally looks my way, her eyes are watery and her cheeks are flushed Fine, thanks Well vodka isn t very smooth going down Oh I don t know much about vodka Why didn t you have the other kind, then Because it costs twice as much, and I just lost my job, so I have to get drunk on the cheap stuff She plucks one of the skewers of olives from the still full martini glass and pops one in her mouth I m sorry that you lost your job She gives me another wry smile Thanks I kind of sucked at it, though, so it s not much of a surprise Plus, serving tables isn t my endgame, so this is sort of a wake up call to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life She motions to my lineup of drinks What s going on here I m trying to get drunk too You d have a lotsuccess if you actually drank them Yeah, I know I m not big on alcohol, I admit.She scans me slowly, her grin growing wider once again Can t really say I m surprised to hear that You look like you got lost on your way to a Boy Scouts meeting I used to be a Boy Scout I run a hand over my chest I m wearing a white polo and khakis, which is my usual attire I was even a camp counselor when I was a teenager She throws her head back and laughs God, you re adorable And I mean that in a good way Queenie props her cheek on her fist So tell me why a former Boy Scout and camp counselor would need to get drunk by himself It s a little complicated I pick up one of the glasses in front of me and take a hefty gulp I m the queen of complicated Hit me with it I bite the end of my tongue for a few seconds, debating It s pretty messed up That s okay I m pretty messed up too How about this you tell me why you re getting drunk, and I ll tell you why I m a mess, aside from the fact that I lost a job She holds up her pinkie finger And we can pinkie swear that whatever we tell each other tonight, we ll take to the grave I link my pinkie with hers, and again, that jolt of energy hits me Like the static in the air that comes with a thunderstorm A secret for a secret Exactly Okay I nod once and blow out a breath It s probably easier to tell a stranger this than it is to tell someone close to me I bend so my mouth is close to her ear and say quietly, I found out my sister is actually my mom Queenie leans back and rapid blinks several times in a row I m sorrywhat My sister is actually She waves her hand in the air I heard you Oh my God I don t even know what to say to that Are youokay Never mind That s a stupid question Obviously you re not okay Do you want totalk about it Uh, not really Is that okay I almost feel bad that I don t want to share , especially since she s expressing genuine concern I do feel a little better about the whole thing, considering her shock and empathetic expression Of course it s okay It also totally explains why you have a line of drinks in front of you She chews the inside of her lip I feel like my secret is kind of lame in comparison I m sure it s not And you don t have to tell me if you don t want to I won t be the least bit surprised if she finishes her second martini and leaves, considering my revelation I want to Tell you, I mean She slurps her second martini and exhales a long breath I have dependency issues On alcohol She laughs again God, I love you Her eyes flare I don t mean that literally I just mean you re cute The things you say, justanywayI m not dependent on alcohol, apart from at this moment I m dependent on my dad That s not necessarily a bad thing, though, is it Queenie pops another olive in her mouth and chews thoughtfully He was only twenty when I was born, and he ended up having to raise me on his own So lots of trial and error in the whole how to deal with raising a kid alone, you know And I m really good at messing things up, and he s really good at bailing me out every single time, so I ve perpetuated that dependency, and he sort of inadvertently feeds it Her nose scrunches up Sorry, I m basically unloading all my baggage on you, and you already seem to have enough of your own to deal with Please don t apologize It s good to know I m not the only one with problems I ve never actually admitted that out loud before, so it kind of feels good to unload it, even if it s with a virtual stranger, if that makes sense It does Make sense, I mean I feel like fate has obviously thrown us together tonight for a reason, so I decide I m willing to share a littleI m actually the product of a teen pregnancy too My biological father wasn t in the picture, and my grandparents decided it would be best if they raised me as theirs to give my sistermomand me a better chance at a normal life So I guess that means we both have mommy issues Looks that way, doesn t it I agree You know what we should do, Ryan There s a hint of mischief in her eyes, the kind I might have shied away from before today What s that You game for getting drunk and forgetting about our mommy issues, at least for tonight I m game She pushes my scotch toward me and clinks her glass against mine After we knock back all your drinks, we can do shots My head is pounding.The last time I had a hangover like this, I was seventeen years old.I crack a lid and groan when the light streaming through my bedroom window hits my eyeballs I drag my hand down my face and freeze.Because it smells like sex.I glance to the right, noting the rumpled sheets and the head dented pillow I roll over which makes me nauseous and breathe in the sweet scent of vanilla shampoo.Queenie.After we polished off all my drinks, we did shots Which, based on how I m feeling right now, was definitely not a good idea.And then I brought her home.I throw off the covers and sit up I m naked Again, this is atypical I usually sleep in a T shirt and boxer briefs I find a discarded pair on the floor and pull them on so I can go in search of Queenie.I get as far as the hallway when a yellow Post it stuck to the doorjamb catches my eye.Thanks for taking my mind off of my mommy issues last night And this morning XoQueenieI peel it off, hoping she s left a phone number on the back, but it s blank Which is when I notice the scrap of fabric hanging from the knob I untangle it and realize that it s a pair of women s underwear.A thong, to be exact A ruined thong.And this, right here, is the reason I don t drink Or bring random women home Because now I get to feel equal parts guilty and mortified that last night s sexual therapy session has only warranted a Post it goodbye note 5 stars I ve read a lot of Helena Hunting s books and as much as I ve enjoyed them, I was surprised to find that I hadn t given any of them a full 5 stars until now A Secret for a Secret was such a great read for me It was just what I needed and by far my favorite book of hers Ryan Kingston is a NHL goalie and the good guy of hockey He is respectful, kind, follows the rules and always makes the right calls One night, he s out and drinks a little too much, totally not his normal and has 5 stars I ve read a lot of Helena Hunting s books and as much as I ve enjoyed them, I was surprised to find that I hadn t given any of them a full 5 stars until now A Secret for a Secret was such a great read for me It was just what I needed and by far my favorite book of hers Ryan Kingston is a NHL goalie and the good guy of hockey He is respectful, kind, follows the rules and always makes the right calls One night, he s out and drinks a little too much, totally not his normal and has his first one night stand And six weeks later he finds out his one night stand, Queenie, is the general manager s daughter Yikes Queenie is not quite the rule follower that King is She s a bit wild and impulsive She s trying to become a little less irresponsible and is working for her dad Seeing King turns her world upside down Especially when the one rule her dad gave her was to stay away from the hockey players King and Queenie love spending time together and decide being friends is better than nothing at all Until they can no longer deny the attraction and connection they share They completely balance one another out and make the best friends to lovers coupleShe s a tornado, and half the time I don t know what to do with her, but still want to get caught up in her vortexWe all know Helena Hunting does an amazing job writing steamy scenes and alpha athletes, but who knew she could write the perfect, straight laced, sweet, and most romantic hero I fell so hard for Ryan Kingston and as much as I loved Queenie, King was the best part of this book for me I loved watching Queenie finally find her King If you re looking for a sweet, funny, and steamy romance with a hero that will sweep you off your feet, look no further This is Helena Hunting at her best, and I can guarantee A Secret for a Secret will be on my 2020 favorites listI feel like I ve finally found my person The one who won t try to tame my chaos but will let me live in it and help me balance my impulsiveness with stability He s yin and I m yang He s sugar and I m salt Once again Helena has managed to do what she does best and created a masterpiece, a man you can t help but fall for and a heroine you instantly love A Secret for a Secret is the third book in the All In series and can be read as a stand alone but I d recommend reading them in order to get the backstory of other character in the book When we were first introduced to Kingston I was intrigued He s kind of like Darren from the Pucked series in ways, he keeps himself to himself He s super quiet Once again Helena has managed to do what she does best and created a masterpiece, a man you can t help but fall for and a heroine you instantly love A Secret for a Secret is the third book in the All In series and can be read as a stand alone but I d recommend reading them in order to get the backstory of other character in the book When we were first introduced to Kingston I was intrigued He s kind of like Darren from the Pucked series in ways, he keeps himself to himself He s super quiet and at times quite nervous King is loving and kind and fierce at times when it comes to those he loves It s been quite enjoyable reading this book and unraveling the parcel that is Kingston Queenie, oh this woman has been through a lot She has mommy issues and doesn t feel like she s good at anything and it truly hurts to see her feel like that We get to see just how talented this woman is throughout the book She s determined to be independent and not rely on anyone She s an intriguing character and I just love her so much These two together are polar opposites He s neat, likes everything in place and she s not She s a storm, a chaotic storm and leaves everything, everywhere But put those two together and they work It s so much fun to see Helena truly delivered on this one King and Queenie are two characters that have embedded themselves on my heart and I ll never forget them They re perfectly imperfect and it suits them so well I ve been a fan of Helena s for so long and she never ever fails to bring us a book that ll hook us in and keep us addicted I truly can t wait to see what comes from her in the future A Secret for a Secret is a forbidden, sports romance that s super sexy and adorable all mixed together It s fun, emotional and filled with flirty moments It s a book that you won t want to put down until you hit the last page ARC received in exchange for an honest review I m falling in love with her chaos.I am an absolute sucker for a hero who loves a heroine who doesn t fully love herself I live for a hero who appreciates nearly every single thing about a heroine that she considers a flaw about herself Nothing gives me the feelsthan a hero who knows to give a heroine the space to grow at her own pace, and supports her while she does it Ryan Kingston is all of that, and Queenie is the perfect passionate storm that blows into the calm that is his life.Qu I m falling in love with her chaos.I am an absolute sucker for a hero who loves a heroine who doesn t fully love herself I live for a hero who appreciates nearly every single thing about a heroine that she considers a flaw about herself Nothing gives me the feelsthan a hero who knows to give a heroine the space to grow at her own pace, and supports her while she does it Ryan Kingston is all of that, and Queenie is the perfect passionate storm that blows into the calm that is his life.Queenie and King start as one night of unexpected fun when they both needed it When they are pushed back together as sort of co workers, Queenie being King s bosses daughter, they decide it s best to keep it platonic insert side eye But I think we all know how that song and dance goes This one was just so dang good Of course there is some silly drama, and some laugh out loud moments, this IS a Helena Hunting novel, but at its core this is two opposite souls clicking into place.A Secret for A Secret is a yin and yang love story that will make you swoon hard and feel all of the feels Loved it and loved Queenie and King.Available now ARC 3.5 STARS Give us a chance to get through this together, Queenie Let me catch you when you fall Let me be your safe place to landThis was so stinking cute, y all Like goofy smile on my face the entire time reading sort of cute.Ryan Kingston is definitely a change of pace from your typical professional hockey player The man is a freaking boy scout He doesn t swear He doesn t drink He doesn t disappoint his parents And he doesn t do one night stands He s a guy that was a perf 3.5 STARS Give us a chance to get through this together, Queenie Let me catch you when you fall Let me be your safe place to landThis was so stinking cute, y all Like goofy smile on my face the entire time reading sort of cute.Ryan Kingston is definitely a change of pace from your typical professional hockey player The man is a freaking boy scout He doesn t swear He doesn t drink He doesn t disappoint his parents And he doesn t do one night stands He s a guy that was a perfect kid growing up and then got the shocker of a century from his parents and finds himself reeling at a bar about it One drink and a chance encounter with a beautiful woman leads to another drink and a different encounter entirely But then he finds out that his beautiful one night stand is the GM s daughter and new assistant Ruh roh.Queenie is a free spirit She s never quite found herself and sees herself as a disappointment for her devoted father She can t find a job that sticks and always seems to mess up So when her father tells her that the hockey players are off limits, she s determined to do things right But it s tough to keep it friendly when your chemistry is through the roof and Ryan is determined to do things right with her and date her.Now don t pay my rating any mind, because this is based entirely on personal preference here While I loved the opposites attract thing, Queenie and Ryan weren t my usual cuppa when it comes to characters Ryan was just a bit too sweet for my reading tastes Stop judging me I do love that he still had full alpha vibes even with all that sweetness Queenie was a touch too brash for my particular tastes too Though I did love her fire and spark Ultimately, I loved the story and the characters, even if it wasn t my typical preference I simply adore all things Helena Hunting and this series just does it for me It s tough to follow the perfection that was book two for me, but this one still definitely hit the spot ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on From New York Times Bestselling Author Helena Hunting Comes A New Romance About Trading Secrets, Breaking The Rules, And Playing For KeepsMy Name Is Ryan Kingston, And I M A Rule Follower I Ve Never Been In A Fistfight I Always Obey The Speed Limit I Don T Get Drunk, And I Definitely Don T Pick Up Random Women At BarsExcept The Night I Found Out That My Whole Existence Has Been A LieI Got Drunk And Picked Up A StrangerHer Name Was Queenie, And She Was Everything I M Not Reckless, Impulsive, And Chaotic We Did Shots And Traded Secrets And Ended Up Naked At My PlaceShe Left Me A Thank You Note In The Morning And Her Panties As A Parting Gift But No Way To Contact HerSix Weeks Later I M Sitting In The First Official Team Meeting Of The Season, And There She Is I Neglected To Mention That I M The Goalie For Seattle S NHL TeamAnd Queenie Turns Out She S The General Manager S Daughter 3 5 Stars edit i lowered my rating bc it s been like two weeks and i can t remember anything about it eek Happy release day I feel like I ve been waiting forever for this book but it s actually only been a few months.I love love love Helena Hunting I love her writing and her characters but what I love most is that she s able to write consistently well Not all of her books are winners but a good chunk of them are and when it comes to series, the release dates aren t that painful A lot 3 5 Stars edit i lowered my rating bc it s been like two weeks and i can t remember anything about it eek Happy release day I feel like I ve been waiting forever for this book but it s actually only been a few months.I love love love Helena Hunting I love her writing and her characters but what I love most is that she s able to write consistently well Not all of her books are winners but a good chunk of them are and when it comes to series, the release dates aren t that painful A lot of authors favour quantity over quality and it s super obvious I like that Helena is able to have a good balance between the two of these.I enjoyed this book a lot I was excited to read about Kingston because he was so fascinating in the last book He s truly a sweetheart and I m so glad we got to see that there s a rougher, dirtier side to him I love when a straight edge character loses it a little I actually wish he would have broken down a littleI would have loved to see a physical fight break out, or even just a punch being thrown I know that he s hella responsible but it would have been so satisfying.Queenie is so cute The depth of her character was well done and I appreciated the slow process of her coming to terms with her self worth and having Kingston beside her to help her with that She s a great female character who most definitely has flaws, but they re not overbearing The relationship between Kingston and Queenie was pure and so cute but also filled with steamy chemistry They defs hit it off in the bedroom and there were some incredibly entertaining moments The issue I had with this mostly was Corey I did enjoy this plot device but he was incredibly manipulative and toxic and I don t think that was highlighted enough There wasn t any acknowledgement about the fact that he was manipulative, either He was essentially emotionally abusive towards Queenie and it was brushed over There definitely needed to beattention paid to this and I wanted some exposure and cancelling happening to his character He s a piece of shit and I want to crush him like a bug Overall, I m satisfied with the outcome and I m not disappointed So far I m enjoying this series and it s really nice to see some old characters I like that Violet and Alex are still so consistent in these books Big yes from me FOUR STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author He s the calm to my storm My still lake at dawn My king.Ryan Kingston is the milk drinking, khaki polo shirt wearing, straight laced goalie of Seattle s top ranking NHL team He quickly falls for the one woman who is his complete opposite and totally forbidden Queenie Masterson is the definition of chaos She s also the GM s only daughter Their story is incredibly steamy while light on angst and Helena Hunting s signature comedic sense FOUR STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author He s the calm to my storm My still lake at dawn My king.Ryan Kingston is the milk drinking, khaki polo shirt wearing, straight laced goalie of Seattle s top ranking NHL team He quickly falls for the one woman who is his complete opposite and totally forbidden Queenie Masterson is the definition of chaos She s also the GM s only daughter Their story is incredibly steamy while light on angst and Helena Hunting s signature comedic sense of humor King and Queenie fall into a passionate romance and are a perfect match It s only King s crazy family and a secret from Queenie s past that post a threat to their relationship While I found the story to be entertaining, I wished for the usual laugh out loud moments that I am used to from this author.Here are my overall ratings Hero 4Heroine 4Plot 4Angst 3.5Steam 5Chemistry Between Hero Heroine 4.5 A SECRET FOR A SECRET releases on May 12th US Queenie and King.There was this very sparky one night stand six weeks ago and now they find out that she s working for the manager of the hockey team he s playing for And not only that, but said manager is her dad Her dad quickly initiated a no dating the players policy But they can be friends, right And maybe her dad won t be too mad if they asked nicely if they could date And his crazy family and her secret past won t become a problem soon, right LOL LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN Queenie and King.There was this very sparky one night stand six weeks ago and now they find out that she s working for the manager of the hockey team he s playing for And not only that, but said manager is her dad Her dad quickly initiated a no dating the players policy But they can be friends, right And maybe her dad won t be too mad if they asked nicely if they could date And his crazy family and her secret past won t become a problem soon, right LOL LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN Adorable Another beautiful hockey romance Queenie and Ryan King are soo adorable and funny and awkward Especially sweetheart King He s soo boy scouty and just so good I absolutely adored those two It was so super adorable and hilarious and crazy to watch them fight for their happily ever after I loved that we didn t get this typical misunderstanding you know the one The one romances almost always use no idea why where we fight and break up and it could ve all been cleared up with just one conversation or whatever ugh I hate those I just loved reading this and seeing all the people again Can t wait forI wouldn t mind reading Lavender and Kody s love story one day A SECRET FOR A SECRET was such an adorable funny Hockey Romance I just loved it Run to your nearestfor your own King he ll be sold out in no time and this one is MINE