I can’t believe I’m standing on the steps of Bracken Middle School again.
Ten years ago, this place was my worst nightmare, no thanks to Jack “McSlutbag” Slater, the teacher who blocked my shot at a full basketball scholarship. But time heals many wounds, and I’m only a few months away from earning my undergrad in education, despite the hell Slater once put me through.
Now I’m the teacher. I’ll help kids rather than destroy them. If I can just get through this semester without too many fouls, I’ll be fine.
But it’s not fine. Because when I go to meet my new supervisor, McSlutbag’s sitting behind the desk, looking like a gorgeous, vengeful god ready to mete out punishment for slights—some real, most perceived—committed by the hellion I used to be.
Worse? The cold hatred I once felt for him has turned hot enough to set my drawers on fire.
I want him. In a bad way.
So long, dream internship. Hello, sexy nemesis.
McSlutbag’s about to meet his match. Again.
Kendall Day is a former Teacher of the Year and current Creature of the Beer. Well, that last part isn’t exactly true. She actually prefers vodka over beer.
A juggler of multiple personalities, she also writes erotic romance and urban fantasy under an eerily similar moniker. The fact that the last names rhyme is intentional. The identical first names are a lucky stroke of serendipity.
Everyone knows Ryan Riggs—everyone who follows minor league baseball, that is. He's the player with the hair-trigger temper, the bad shoulder, and the smoking hot looks. He's also a single dad in need of a nanny—which makes him my new boss.
Simple. Except for one thing: We had a one-night stand five years ago.
We're trying to be professional. But it was one of the best nights of my life, and the more I work with him, the more I'm thinking about a repeat.
He's battling his demons, and I might be the only one who can help him win.
Looks like I have my work cut out for me.
And that his best friend has a crush on me.
And that I just moved in with them.
Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?
I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?
He knows where to find me.
And—wait for it—cursed with a deadly allergy to erecto-plasm. As in she’ll seriously swell up and die if seminal fluid even touches her. Which means finding the perfect guy to punch her V card is literally a matter of life and death.
She wants a no-strings summer fling, but she needs someone she can trust. A puck buddy who isn’t going to get overly emotional. Someone who’s as savvy in the sack as he is on the ice.
That’s where I come in. It’s a simple request, really—and one I would be happy to honor.
If it weren’t for the whole life-and-death thing.
If I hadn’t just been traded to a team thousands of miles away from this girl who makes me think not all relationships are a losing game.
If I wasn’t already crazy in love with her.
This arrangement is a disaster waiting to happen, but the heart wants what it wants, and mine wants Bree, danger and all.
PUCK BUDDIES is a sexy, standalone romantic comedy from USA Today bestseller Lili Valente.