Where It Begins

(A Pucked Novella)

by Helena Hunting

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new story in her Pucked series. The untold story of Skye and Sidney, and the origin story where Vi and Miller are teens when their parents start dating and fall in love…

I accidentally grabbed the wrong drink at the coffee shop. On the upside, the hot guy it belonged to chased me down to kindly swap with me. On the down side, the reason I grabbed the wrong drink in the first place is because the hot guy had just caught me checking out his ass…sets.

In my defense, his rear view is rather magnificent.

In true, humiliating form, I word-vomited a bunch of horrible nonsense. Including an unnecessary explanation of the trauma I’d evaded thanks to his chasing me down. Nothing could ruin my lactose-intolerant day faster than my one true nemesis: dairy.

I did not expect him to ask me out on a date after that.

I also didn’t expect the date to go well since my tendency to truth-vomit is high, and not everyone finds that quality endearing.

But apparently he does. Because he asks me out again.

And again.

Sidney Butterson (yes, it’s a weird last name) ticks all my boxes.

He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s employed and he’s ridiculously hot.

There’s one catch.

We’re both single parents. With teens.

And if our kids don’t like each other?

Well, we’re doomed.

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An Exclusive Interview with Helena Hunting

Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?

I’ve always wanted to tell Skye and Sidney’s origin story, who are the parents of Violet and Miller from my Pucked series. Being able to write adults with teens who are trying to date, and hoping like hell their kids are going to like each other was too fun an opportunity to pass it. It was such a joy being able to write the story that took place BEFORE the whole Pucked universe happened.

If someone were to narrate your life, who would you want the narrator to be and why?

Rebel Wilson. I think she’s hilarious and I just love her as an actress. Her comedic timing is amazing.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?

The dragon from The Never-Ending Story. He was just so loveable. And who wouldn’t want a fluffy dog dragon to fly around with.

If you could watch one scene from this book be played out like a movie, which one would it be and why?

The scene after Skye and Sidney’s weekend away when they come home and realize their kids threw a party. That would be a magical scene to see come to life.

What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten out of politeness?

Once my husband made roasted red pepper soup and it was truly awful, but I choked it down, just for him to say how shocked he was that I had eaten it because he thought it was horrible. I was reasonably annoyed. And then we realized he’d used PICKLED red peppers instead of roasted ones. That was his first and last attempt at making soup.


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.

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