From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry standalone 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.
Genre: Romance – Sports
Part of a Series: Yes? Brenda Rothert has another NHL series Fire on Ice but I don’t think this one is part of that series.
POV: Alternating Miranda and Jake
Steam-level: Quite toasty after it warmed up a bit:
This is the second book I’ve read by Brenda Rothert and I have to say that i really like her writing style. Hooked is the perfect mix of story and steam. It makes you think about tough issues about love and loss and runs the gamut of emotions. Miranda is cynical after he last boyfriend cheated on her. She’s independent and feisty. She speaks her mind, hates her boss but knows how to filter her mouth to keep her job. Jake is the arrogant hockey player who’s closed off emotionally and a bit of a jerk (they use a stronger word to describe him but I can’t use that one here). These two clash is a battle of wills and attraction. Throw in a crazy girl that Jake is forced to “exclusively date” and the sparks fly.
Rothert did an excellent job in building emotional and sexual tension. The characters stayed true to themselves while growing as both individuals and a couple. I laughed and cried and found myself smiling throughout the book. I highly recommend Hooked. It kept me engaged and glued to my Kindle.
I received this book for free from the author/publisher via NetGalley. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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