Book Review: Hooked

Title:  Hooked

Author:  Brenda Rothbert

Series:  Standalone

Release Date:  December 6, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

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Hockey star Jake Birch realizes his dress shirt is missing from his hotel room.  When he questions the spunky maid Miranda Carr, he gets a little more than he bargained for.  Jake is handsome, rich, and cocky.  Miranda is sarcastic, hard-working, and beautiful.  They’re a match made in romance heaven.

What I liked:  I really liked both main characters and the emotional depth Rothbert delivers.  On the surface you have a hot, rich athlete who falls for a struggling, but head-strong maid.  Initially, I thought “been there; done that”, but there is much more to this story.  Rothbert does a phenomenal job building a strong connection between our MCs.  There’s more to the story than just a sizzling romance.  While I’m not typically a fan of the slow burn technique, it works well here.   The writing is superb.  There’s a lot of witty banter between Miranda and Jake and I loved every minute of it.  Again, the main characters are amazing – Miranda is bold, sarcastic, down to earth and hard-working.  Jake is hot, rich, sometimes enigmatic, and cocky, but not in an OTT way.  What more can you ask in a hero?  It was great experiencing these two great characters come together.

What didn’t work for me:  I take all the blame for a couple of my issues with this book, but I couldn’t figure out why Miranda’s sister doesn’t seem as hard up as she is.  Why does she have a car and why is Miranda always having to borrow her clothes?  I know I’m crazy for even noticing that, but they should be equally “broke” in my opinion.  My sister wouldn’t have it any other way LOL.  I also not a huge a fan of the psycho, whiny, stalker antagonist, but it didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of this book.

Overall, this a great emotional read.  The book is well-written, both main characters are likable, and there is a lot of emotional depth.

I rate it:  four-stars

*Advance copy provided via NetGalley

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