Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Shhh…I have a secret. I hate to admit it, but A Favor for A Favor is only my second Helena Hunting book. I know, I know. Where have I been living given her prolific reading list filled with lots of $exy hockey players and their heroines? Well, apparently, I’ve been living too far under a rock, and I need to come up for air and get to her reading list immediately BECAUSE A Favor for A Favor has everything I love in a rom-com: a cranky hero, a sassy heroine who puts him in his place more often than not, some serious chemistry that quite literally explodes after a serious slow burn, and lots and lots of hilarious banter between the two. Add to that a hero who loves to wear underwear with messages written over his junk and a game of catch the other one in his/her skimpiest of clothing, and you have a BIG hit. Because that is what A Favor for A Favor is…a must-read.
Emotion is a measure for me of a great book. Do you make me cry? Do you make me laugh? Do you make me want to launch my phone or Kindle at the wall in anger or frustration or fright? If you can pull any one of these reactions from me, then you have sold me on your book. Helena Hunting’s A Favor for A Favor did two of these: it made me laugh and it made me shed a tear. That last reaction might seem strange for a rom-com, but everyone knows that a rom-com has to have some level of tension in it because we cannot simply let the hero and heroine go easily into their happily ever after. Right? That is indeed the case for our hero and heroine in Helena Hunting’s story.
However, up to that point, laughter is the best medicine when you have a hero with a serious attitude. From Stevie’s overbearing brother to Bishop’s playboy brother to a cat whose name will make you spit-take to a neanderthal ex-boyfriend to friends that challenge our hero and heroine, there are so many opportunities to laugh out loud. As I turned the page, I wanted more and more of Stevie and Bishop. Their chemistry, their underwear game, his groin injury which leads to so many sentences about his balls, and her handling of his “ball” issue grab your heart and drag you into their feud. These two start out as pseudo-enemies and allow their chemistry to build a slow burn towards their connection. It’s that slow burn and their obvious interest in each other that engages you and makes you fall for them more and more.
Yet, it’s also the hearts of these two that catapult you into this book. It’s clear that each of them cares for the other once their misconceptions are resolved. Reading them fall in love on the page brings about a sense of completion that you hate to come to because it means their story is over. I hadn’t read Stevie’s brother’s book, A Lie for A Lie. And I found myself one-clicking it because this world, the one where Stevie and Bishop reside, quickly became the favorite part of my reading week.
From Bishop’s statement underwear to Stevie’s strength in challenging Bishop, A Favor for A Favor became a favorite rom-com of mine. With hockey players, injured balls, a slow-burn romance, and a heroine who helps a hero live out his depth, Helena Hunting’s romance reminds us that people are brought into our lives to challenge us while loving us. As Bishop falls deeply for Stevie, you can’t help but feel like everything in life is complete. I mean, if a cranky hero with a serious attitude can find his happily-ever-after, can’t we all? And yes, there is more Helena Hunting in my future.
In love and romance,