by Brenda Rothert
Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: December 6
5 I’M HOOKED CROWNS
Hooked by Brenda Rothert is a sweet and seductive, an enjoyable read that left this reader with a smile on her face.
The characters drive the plot of this story and are pertinent to what makes the story so much fun. Jake is your stereo-typical sports hero when the reader first meets him: arrogant, a playboy, and temperamental. But his development and evolution as a character throughout the course of the story make him endearing. His tragedy and the resulting outcome has damaged Jake, and the reader becomes sympathetic to his struggles as well as the walls he was erected to protect himself. His interactions with Miranda only serve to make Jake more lovable. He never once mistreats her. He reveres her, protects her, and cares for her because of what she provides for him. Just like Jake, readers will also love this heroine. Miranda is strong and independent, taking on two jobs and putting herself through school. She knows who she is and what she wants, and she is unwilling to settle for less. She does struggle to take help from Jake as the story progresses, but this ties into who she is as a person. Readers will root for these two characters from page one, wanting to see them get their happily-ever-after.
The physically chemistry between Jake and Miranda is good, but what really sold them to me as a couple is their emotional chemistry. Brenda Rothert spends a considerable amount of the novel developing them as a couple with very little physical intimacy, and it pays off. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jake romance Miranda, being privy to all their get-to-know-you conversations, and seeing Miranda help Jake move on from his past. Their relationship, the actual development as a couple, was a true joy to watch, and the physical intimacy, which is also good, is just the icing on the cake.
The plot of this story is fun and sweet and exhibits romance at its finest. Light on the drama and angst, readers get to spend their time seeing two good people fall in love. Are there bumps and obstacles along the way? Sure, but these obstacles are natural and to be expected based on the story line created by the author. The development of the characters, the evolution of Jake and Miranda as a couple, and the resolution of this story absolutely make this book worth it.
Hooked by Brenda Rothert is romance at its finest. I loved every second of the journey she took me on and the characters she created. And, even though she didn’t leave any indication for more books from the cast of characters, I secretly wish for more, which, to me, is a sign of a great book!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.
Miranda: Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?
Jake: I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.
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