Pucker Up
Ozzie. He’s the college hockey star every guy wishes they could be. The one every girl wants a piece of. Every girl except me. The only thing I want from him is enough details to write an article for my college paper. But he hates reporters almost as much as I hate jocks. For a girl who was once a high school loser, I didn’t expect him to make me feel special, like I’m the most beautiful girl in the world, so I lie to him about who I am. When I finally decide to tell him the truth, it’s too late. My lie threatens to expose his darkest secrets. And it definitely might break my heart.

Pucker Up Details

TitlePucker Up
Author
ReleaseAug 25th, 2017
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Academic, College, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary Romance

Pucker Up Review

  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Charlotte (Charlie), is a college freshman dying to score a position on the newspaper staff. An aspiring journalist with over the top tenacity isn’t willing to take the editor of the paper’s excuse that he doesn’t allow underclassmen. But when Charlie is offered a position on the condition she can produce the big exclusive nobody else can produce, she jumps at the chance. But when she meets the guy she’s supposed to dish the dirt on, she realizes that telling his story goes against every moral b Charlotte (Charlie), is a college freshman dying to score a position on the newspaper staff. An aspiring journalist with over the top tenacity isn’t willing to take the editor of the paper’s excuse that he doesn’t allow underclassmen. But when Charlie is offered a position on the condition she can produce the big exclusive nobody else can produce, she jumps at the chance. But when she meets the guy she’s supposed to dish the dirt on, she realizes that telling his story goes against every moral bone in her body. It doesn’t help that she starts dating him and falls for him…fast.Ozzie is a reclusive hockey player with skeletons in his closet. He was benched for the playoffs where the team ultimately lost, losses blamed on Ozzie’s absence. Everyone wants to know why but those in the know are about as tight-lipped as they come. When Ozzie meets Charlie he is comfortable with her, trusts her, but what happens when Ozzie finds out that she may have been gathering info on him the entire time?Pucker Up is your standard New Adult novel with plenty of angst. I liked the characters; between Charlie’s persistence and Ozzie’s mysterious past they’re interesting and really bring the story together. The storyline flows well, but the predictability and over-the-top angst make it a three star read. There is just a bit too much going on, to be honest, where Charlie is concerned. The book is told in the first person from Charlie’s POV. If you like angst, this book is surely for you! (And hockey, and New Adult…)I received an advance copy of this title for review purposes.
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  • MammieBabbie
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet and gripping sports romance with all the feels...I haven't read Sara Hubbard before, to be honest i hadn't even heard of her prior to Pucker Up, I'm still asking myself how that's even possible because I am now so eager to read more of her books. Her writing style is addictive and her characters were just sublime. It didn't take me very long to devour this book, and by the time I got to the end I was ready for more. One thing I will say, don't read it in front of anyone who isn't ready t A sweet and gripping sports romance with all the feels...I haven't read Sara Hubbard before, to be honest i hadn't even heard of her prior to Pucker Up, I'm still asking myself how that's even possible because I am now so eager to read more of her books. Her writing style is addictive and her characters were just sublime. It didn't take me very long to devour this book, and by the time I got to the end I was ready for more. One thing I will say, don't read it in front of anyone who isn't ready to be growled at if they interrupt you or anyone who shouldn't hear you drop the F-bomb whenever the poop gets closer and closer to fan.This book made me feel like a certified looney. I'm surprised that I haven't been muzzled and straightjacketed... locked away for my own sanity. The angst in this book is off the charts, and it had me not just on the edge of my seat but also ready to bite and scratch at anyone who came between me and my kindle. I'm telling you now, I was so consumed by this story that I became savage. There was this undercurrent of impending doom, mainly due to Charlie— I'll get to her in a bit —and it made it impossible for me to take a single break from the story. There's a perfect balance of angst and humour, that is injected by by the outstanding cast of secondary characters, that keeps you on a giant emotional ferris wheel. One minute you're on an incredible high and the next you're close to tears. Not to mention that there were moments where my infuriation was hard to contain— I'm surprised my kindle hasn't finger indentations decorating it.Anywho, this is a college romance, and although I wouldn't necessarily say that the sex is explicit, it is actually rather hot. And not in a it does the job sort of way either. Ozzie, most certainly knows his way around the female form, but at the same time it's a bit like he's still discovering secrets. If you now what I mean? Basically, the sex is hot but it maintains a level of wholesomeness and inexperience that fits with the characters. You don't have these two young college characters bonking like they've got it all sussed. Make sense? I felt it really stuck to the integrity and continuity of the story and Charlie and Ozzie as characters. It kept them real and grounded.The plot isn't the most original, BUT it is exceptionally well developed and the twists and turns it give it freshness and zing. I'd personally say it's a coming of age story that tackles issues, ideals and feelings that are very much a reality within that age group and setting. I think that sensitive topics were broached and handled with care and tenderness. Again, it is a credit to Hubbard's writing skill that she can so beautifully and coherently embody the adolescence of the plot and its characters. The character interactions although mature and chemistry filled were  loosened with inexperience and a certain naiveté that is true to the characters'  ages and life. Saying that, I have to say that as characters both charlie and Ozzie were empathiseable and although they were flawed it only served to add rawness and grit.As I've said, this wasn't a trope that hasn't been done before, however, Sara Hubbard did it phenomenally and by the end the characters had gone from adolescents to adults. The progression on all fronts (character and plot) was flawlessly done. There was enough grit to keep it raw and me as a reader on the edge of my seat. Yes, there were times I struggled with Charlie as character because you feel that she needs to man up. Let the past go and move on, but with her backstory it's understandable why she feels the way she does and the same goes for Ozzie. I could not get enough of Puckered Up and I'd be over the moon to have of them. When is enough ever enough? How do you stop a craving? I mean, this story had me at its mercy. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't want more. So much more. 
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  • Jennifer Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    Pucker Up was a story that I enjoyed a ton! At first, it took me a bit to get fully invested in Charlie, (and it could just be because I have been sick), but it didn't take long at all for me to be completely immersed, which led to me devouring it in one sitting. Ozzie is the college hockey star that every girl on campus would give their left kidney to get a piece of. And not matter how hard they tried, no one got him fully. Charlie just wants to get on the paper, so she needs to write a story a Pucker Up was a story that I enjoyed a ton! At first, it took me a bit to get fully invested in Charlie, (and it could just be because I have been sick), but it didn't take long at all for me to be completely immersed, which led to me devouring it in one sitting. Ozzie is the college hockey star that every girl on campus would give their left kidney to get a piece of. And not matter how hard they tried, no one got him fully. Charlie just wants to get on the paper, so she needs to write a story about the real Ozzie. What she didn't count on though, were feelings that quickly developed, or that he wanted to be with her. Especially since she still sees herself as the fat loser that she was in High School, even though she lost all of the weight. But when Charlie's secret comes out, will Ozzie ever be able to forgive her? Sara Hubbard's talented writing style shone brightly with this emotional story. Pucker Up was full of emotional angst, which had my eyes threatening to leak more than once. I LOVED Charlie and Ozzie's interactions, as the spark kept the air crackling with chemistry. But not only were they great, the colorful cast of secondaries gave me a break from the angst, as they kept me laughing a lot! And the added in twists and turns brought out the f-bombs to drop loud and proud. This story was amazing, and I wouldn't mind a bit to have more of these people in the near future! Bravo Sara Hubbard! Another great story that I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!
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  • Sara Hubbard
    January 1, 1970
    Hi, readers! This is my new book and it's releasing next week. It's available for preorder by most book sellers, including Amazon. I really hope you love super sweet and sexy Ozzie. https://www.amazon.com/Pucker-Up-Sara...
  • Lita Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Pucker Up by Sara Hubbard. Charlie is determined to get on the college newspaper. She has a plan and like clockwork has gone to the editor to convince him to give her a place on the paper. The main problem is freshman are not allowed on the paper. She is real driven and is determined to follow her dream. The editor tells her if she can write an in depth piece on the star of the hockey team and he likes the story he will consider putting on the paper. Charlie’s problem is everyone the editor has Pucker Up by Sara Hubbard. Charlie is determined to get on the college newspaper. She has a plan and like clockwork has gone to the editor to convince him to give her a place on the paper. The main problem is freshman are not allowed on the paper. She is real driven and is determined to follow her dream. The editor tells her if she can write an in depth piece on the star of the hockey team and he likes the story he will consider putting on the paper. Charlie’s problem is everyone the editor has sent to get that story has been shot down. Charlie knows if she can get on the paper than she will make her photojournalist father proud. Ozzie is the star of the hockey team. He is very private and has trust issues. He is extremely guarded about his private life and has no intention of sharing his story with a reporter of the school newspaper. Being determined Charlie decides to go to the gym around the time the hockey team is there to workout in hopes of running into Ozzie. I have read several stories by this author and when I had the opportunity to read this book I jumped at it. I am glad I did. This was the story of two young adults who have had a rough time and are just trying to make something of themselves. The journey has been rough and tough but just maybe they’ll be able to heal each other. Outside forces seem to want to get in the way. I finished this book fairly quickly because I couldn’t put it down. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and I give it 4 stars.
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  • Tara Bryant
    January 1, 1970
    Pucker UpBy Sara HubbardSwoon! Hot hockey player and the girl nobody saw in high school?? Sounds like a perfect read. (This Canadian girl might be biased, but the setting is pretty amazing as well). "I close my eyes, enjoy it, almost forgetting what I asked him. I drift away to a world where nothing but right now exists. There is no article. I’m not going to betray him or his confidence. In this moment, I understand how girls fall."All her life Charlie was that girl nobody saw. But when the did Pucker UpBy Sara HubbardSwoon! Hot hockey player and the girl nobody saw in high school?? Sounds like a perfect read. (This Canadian girl might be biased, but the setting is pretty amazing as well). "I close my eyes, enjoy it, almost forgetting what I asked him. I drift away to a world where nothing but right now exists. There is no article. I’m not going to betray him or his confidence. In this moment, I understand how girls fall."All her life Charlie was that girl nobody saw. But when the did see her, it was to make her life miserable. Now being in a new school, taking care of herself, she still sees that loner girl in the mirror until she meets Ozzy. Needing to break a huge story on the mystery hockey star Ozzy, Charlie soon discovers that everyone has a past that has tainted them, and she must decide if her future goals are worth destroying someone's dreams. Ozzy soon learns that sometimes in life it's ok to open up, but can he trust Charlie? "These feelings are so new I’m unsure of what I’m supposed to do next. I’m not used to feeling so much for someone so I’m unable to differentiate want from need. Because right now I need him."This book was sooo good. Pucker Up is filled with so much truth, romance, and hot steamy connections. Sara's writing is strong, and she's not afraid to tackle the real issues in society today. I definitely want more from Sara!! "I don’t have what it takes. I don’t want that life if it means not being able to look at myself in the mirror. I’m not sure if anything is worth that."Tara⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Susan Trewick
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by this author and it certainly won't be the last, I absolutely flipping Loved this book! The story follows Charlie and Ozzie, Charlie is a super driven young woman who wants to be a reporter for the college newspaper. Nothing will stop her, even the editor saying no weekly is only a minor blip to her. When the editor gives her an in, get the scoop on the super talented but very private hockey captain, she's a woman on a mission! But what happens when you fall fo This is the first book I've read by this author and it certainly won't be the last, I absolutely flipping Loved this book! The story follows Charlie and Ozzie, Charlie is a super driven young woman who wants to be a reporter for the college newspaper. Nothing will stop her, even the editor saying no weekly is only a minor blip to her. When the editor gives her an in, get the scoop on the super talented but very private hockey captain, she's a woman on a mission! But what happens when you fall for the said hockey captain? You will have to read to find out. This book was amazing, I laughed so hard! The reader is taken on a journey with Charlie and Ozzie, theres a few highs but also some serious lows, there's some serious swoon worthy moments and others that leaves you with a tear in your eye. Ozzie has a heartbreaking story that leaves him closed off and with trust issues but Charlie comes streaking into his life and turns it upside down. I loved Charlie, she was sassy and feisty, everyone should have a friend like her! I seriously can't wait to see what awesomeness we get from this author next. *** reviewed for sweet & spicy reads-ARC provided for honest review ***
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  • Rhonda Brant
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second Sara Hubbard book, and I must say, I loved it as much as I did the first book, Flawed. Ozzie and Charlie's story is full of humor, heartbreak on both sides, and lots of steamy chemistry between the two. Charlie's "Babcia" was hysterical, as well as Mary. This is a very well written book, kept me engaged and I had a couple of late nights not wanting to put the book down. I think the only drawback for me was the immature dealings with Sam and Piper, I mean they're in college for This is my second Sara Hubbard book, and I must say, I loved it as much as I did the first book, Flawed. Ozzie and Charlie's story is full of humor, heartbreak on both sides, and lots of steamy chemistry between the two. Charlie's "Babcia" was hysterical, as well as Mary. This is a very well written book, kept me engaged and I had a couple of late nights not wanting to put the book down. I think the only drawback for me was the immature dealings with Sam and Piper, I mean they're in college for god sake, can't imagine that actually happening, but it did give the story a twist. Your heartaches for what Ozzie had to go through as a young boy, as well as Charlie, but because of what they went through it made them a great couple. Definitely worth the read.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.
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  • Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
    January 1, 1970
    I have now read a couple of books by Sara Hubbard and I look forward to reading more books by said author. Pucker Up is Charlie and Ozzie’s story. Charlie really wants to work for the College Newspaper and she felt she would do anything to get that position. But, would she really do anything? Even if it meant hurting someone. Especially if that someone is Ozzie? I guess you will have to read Pucker Up to know if she could. Things do backfire for Charlie and now she needs rectify things between h I have now read a couple of books by Sara Hubbard and I look forward to reading more books by said author. Pucker Up is Charlie and Ozzie’s story. Charlie really wants to work for the College Newspaper and she felt she would do anything to get that position. But, would she really do anything? Even if it meant hurting someone. Especially if that someone is Ozzie? I guess you will have to read Pucker Up to know if she could. Things do backfire for Charlie and now she needs rectify things between her and Ozzie.I loved the story and I fell in love with both Ozzie & Charlie. I enjoyed Pucker Up and I look forward to reading more books by Sara Hubbard. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I give Pucker Up 4 stars.
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  • Read.Review.Repeat Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I love hockey romance books, and if the story is based around a college campus, all I can say is sign me up!!!This is my first Sara Hubbard book and it was just great. I must admit it took me the first few chapters to get into the story, but I am so very happy I persevered as this is a really fantastic story.I liked that the two main characters are flawed. Ozzie has some skeletons in his closet and it is up to Charlie to unearth his secrets should she want a position as a journalist on the colle I love hockey romance books, and if the story is based around a college campus, all I can say is sign me up!!!This is my first Sara Hubbard book and it was just great. I must admit it took me the first few chapters to get into the story, but I am so very happy I persevered as this is a really fantastic story.I liked that the two main characters are flawed. Ozzie has some skeletons in his closet and it is up to Charlie to unearth his secrets should she want a position as a journalist on the college newspaper.There are some laugh out loud moments, especially when Charlie first meets Ozzie. The first meet in the gym had me cringing!!!This is a well written book that has very relatable characters.
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  • Sharon Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I love hockey romance books, and if the story is based around a college campus, all I can say is sign me up!!!This is my first Sara Hubbard book and it was just great. I must admit it took me the first few chapters to get into this story, but I am so very happy I persevered as this is a really fantastic story.I liked that the two main characters are flawed. Ozzie has some skeletons in his closet and it is up to Charlie to unearth his secrets should she want a position as a journalist on the coll I love hockey romance books, and if the story is based around a college campus, all I can say is sign me up!!!This is my first Sara Hubbard book and it was just great. I must admit it took me the first few chapters to get into this story, but I am so very happy I persevered as this is a really fantastic story.I liked that the two main characters are flawed. Ozzie has some skeletons in his closet and it is up to Charlie to unearth his secrets should she want a position as a journalist on the college newspaper.There are some laugh out loud moments, especially when Charlie first meets Ozzie. The first meet in the gym had me cringing!!!This is a well written book that has very relatable characters.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book
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  • The Book Fairy Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Persistent is how Charlie can be best described. Her determination to get on her college paper, gets an assignment she never thought she would be able to stomach, but to get what she wants she will have to endure the discomfort.Now she has to lie to get the scoop of the year and possibly ruin some one else's in the process.Osszie the man on campus has secrets that he keeps close to he heart, and no one can get in, until he meets Charlie.A story of firsts, trust and love. A story that is filled w Persistent is how Charlie can be best described. Her determination to get on her college paper, gets an assignment she never thought she would be able to stomach, but to get what she wants she will have to endure the discomfort.Now she has to lie to get the scoop of the year and possibly ruin some one else's in the process.Osszie the man on campus has secrets that he keeps close to he heart, and no one can get in, until he meets Charlie.A story of firsts, trust and love. A story that is filled with deceit and passion both on the ice and off.Charlie and Ozzie will heat you up, make your heart ache and bring a smile to your soul.
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  • Nic *The Wandering Bookaholic* Spears
    January 1, 1970
    Sara, you were completely right when you told me I'd fall in love with Ozzie. I fell hook, line and sinker and what a sweet fall it was. Pucker Up is a sweet college sports romance with all the feels you could possibly want. Charlie and Ozzie were just perfect together and I found myself constantly smiling and swooning over the both of them. But not everything stays sweet. It is college after all.Lies, secrets and conniving arseholes this story is one you will not want to put down. A solid 4* fr Sara, you were completely right when you told me I'd fall in love with Ozzie. I fell hook, line and sinker and what a sweet fall it was. Pucker Up is a sweet college sports romance with all the feels you could possibly want. Charlie and Ozzie were just perfect together and I found myself constantly smiling and swooning over the both of them. But not everything stays sweet. It is college after all.Lies, secrets and conniving arseholes this story is one you will not want to put down. A solid 4* from me for a story I have fallen in love with and an author who never fails to disappoint me. *arc provided in exchange of an honest review*
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  • Maria Angie Mendoza
    January 1, 1970
    This sports romance was a belly laugh funny and poignant romance between newspaper writer in training Charley and hockey captain Ozzie. Familiar with Sara Hubbard reads, I knew to expect unexpected twists, and this read certainly was not your typical sports romance.When Charley scores an interview with the very private hockey captain Ozzie, she got more than she bargained for. The chemistry between Ozzie and Charley was a winning combination. These characters were so well developed and their ban This sports romance was a belly laugh funny and poignant romance between newspaper writer in training Charley and hockey captain Ozzie. Familiar with Sara Hubbard reads, I knew to expect unexpected twists, and this read certainly was not your typical sports romance.When Charley scores an interview with the very private hockey captain Ozzie, she got more than she bargained for. The chemistry between Ozzie and Charley was a winning combination. These characters were so well developed and their banter was hilarious and touching and sexy!The story was fast paced, easy to follow and you'll have to read to find out what happens!4.5 stars!
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  • Danielle Goodwin
    January 1, 1970
    Sara Hubbard's "Pucker Up" is a great read! Normally, books about jocks and books where the relationship starts on a lie don't hold my attention, but this is so well-written and has such a different feel to it that I couldn't put it down. Ozzie is a broken leading man...you definitely feel for him. Felt very real. I feel like I've been Charlie before in my life. This is very different from the other things I've read from Sara Hubbard...seems like she's able to master more than one sub-genre. I w Sara Hubbard's "Pucker Up" is a great read! Normally, books about jocks and books where the relationship starts on a lie don't hold my attention, but this is so well-written and has such a different feel to it that I couldn't put it down. Ozzie is a broken leading man...you definitely feel for him. Felt very real. I feel like I've been Charlie before in my life. This is very different from the other things I've read from Sara Hubbard...seems like she's able to master more than one sub-genre. I will definitely read her again.
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  • Kelly Kemmerly
    January 1, 1970
    Pucker UpSara HubbardI received this ARC for an honest review.This was my second book by Sara Hubbard and I am pleased to say I look forward to reading more of her work. Pucker Up follows Charlotte, or Charlie, an ambitious young co-ed who is after the story of her life. She develops a plan to get the story straight from the star hockey player herself. But her plan takes an unexpected turn when the object of her attention, Ozzie, takes matters into his own hands. Charlie has no choice but to han Pucker UpSara HubbardI received this ARC for an honest review.This was my second book by Sara Hubbard and I am pleased to say I look forward to reading more of her work. Pucker Up follows Charlotte, or Charlie, an ambitious young co-ed who is after the story of her life. She develops a plan to get the story straight from the star hockey player herself. But her plan takes an unexpected turn when the object of her attention, Ozzie, takes matters into his own hands. Charlie has no choice but to hang on and hope she isn’t iced out of everything she thought she ever wanted.Pucker Up was a sweet, compelling romance with characters that most of us who experienced the college life can identify with and appreciate. The years of young love, awkward dorm room rendezvous, and that search for oneself through the haze of classes. Three stars!
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  • Renee at Book Happiness
    January 1, 1970
    I received this for an honest review.. I think this is one story I could just keep reading... I just loved the dynamics between Charlie and Ozzie.. Ozzie is such a hotshot I just freaking loved it... Sara is one of those authors I just get hooked each time with each book she writes...LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!
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  • Nikki Karenina
    January 1, 1970
    I think I want more.
  • Stacy Barr-sooter
    January 1, 1970
    College loveThe sweet and fuzzy feel when you meet and fall in love. Can these two very private people break down enough walls to do just that.
  • Rodgine
    January 1, 1970
    Cute.
  • Layla
    January 1, 1970
    2.5-3 Stars
  • Asna
    January 1, 1970
    the ending is just... I don't know.. out of character? too tame too fast.
  • Yang Yang Bartolome
    January 1, 1970
    No more long reviews. Freaking loved it. 😍😍😍
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