Review: A Secret for a Secret (Helena Hunting)

A Secret for a Secret
Series: All In, #3
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My 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 bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.

I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.

Her 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 place.

She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.

Six 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 team.

And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.

Ryan Kingston has been one of my favorite characters in the All In series, so I was very excited to learn he was getting his own book. I was also a little surprised because everyone knows King has had a long term girlfriend forever. I was so curious to find out what went down with Jessica for him to get his own book!

I have to admit that at the start of A Secret for a Secret I was slightly confused. Things with King and Queenie started immediately, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I had missed something in the last book? I even went back and read, and I don’t think I did. King eventually told me what was up with the whole Jessica thing, but I guess I wanted something more explosive or maybe a Prologue with the information. It wasn’t until I knew what had happened that I felt like I could really be own with Queenie and King’s story. As for that story…

I loved it. I mean, really loved it. Queenie was this self-professed wild, whirlwind of a gal. Everything about her was messy, and I loved that. Her flaws felt real, which in turn made her come to life off the page. She had a ton of insecurities, but was actually a smart and beautiful woman. People just had her hating on herself. King, on he other hand, was a straight-laced good guy. I could totally identify with his rule following nature. I loved his need for order balanced out with Queenie’s haphazardness. Their personalities complimented each other so well. I also loved how they supported each other, especially King supporting Queenie. (I just felt like she needed it more.)

Another great part of this book was all the cameos from previous players. It was nice to see Alex, Violet, Shippy, Stevie, RJ, and Lainey. I also loved the addition of Queenie’s dad and King’s crazy clan. All of these characters added something special to Queenie and King’s relationship. Oh, and I can’t leave out the “villains” of this tale. They also added some GREAT drama.

Overall, A Secret for a Secret was a great addition to the All In series. I loved getting King’s story and meeting Queenie. They were adorable together. I could have kept reading about them. I am really hoping this is not the end to this series because it’s so much fun to read. I need more of these characters!!!

21 thoughts on “Review: A Secret for a Secret (Helena Hunting)”

  1. I hate starting a book and feeling like I’ve been dropped in the middle and don’t know what’s going on. Sounds like this could have benefited from a prologue. But the characters sound amazing!

    1. I think it had a prologue? But it wasn’t about what I was thinking it would be about. It was still really good.

  2. Do you believe me when I say that I still haven’t started this series yet?

  3. I love a book with cameos from other books that I have enjoyed. I don’t think that I have tried this author before and she is one that I have heard so many great things about. I will have to keep my eye out for this. 🙂

  4. Queenie and King are interesting names for what sounds like equally interesting characters.Glad this was a good addition to the series. Great review.

    1. Well, King’s last name is actually Kingston, but it fits so well for the story! 😉
      Thank you!

  5. I really need to read this series. I totally get what you were saying about the beginning of the book. When you feel like you’re missing some information it can be really hard to concentrate on the story. So glad that you ended up loving their story!

    1. I love hearing that! I agree — it’s fun when I find my name especially because it’s not used often.

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