Hooked by Brenda Rothert is such a sweet, endearing, and romantic story that captivates the reader with its character development and its dramatic love story. This story, featuring Jake and Miranda as the protagonists, hit the new adult shelves this upcoming holidays; December 6th!
p style=”text-align:center;”>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.
Like your every-so-often sports story, this one had me hooked! HA HA! Get it? Hooked? Yeah, I know I’m not funny. What is so special about this story though, the story of Miranda and Jake is the instant connection they both have with each other. The story is the same as any other, Miranda is in college and is trying her very best to keep with her classes while still holding two steady jobs. One of them being a maid in a high fancy hotel, while the other job is at a bar. Jake is an NHL player (hockey) and he is trying his best to keep his reputation silent, without any drama, without an involvement of the media, and most of all without being kicked out of the team.
Miranda has a past, (as well-being cliché) she stopped dating due to her previous relationship where the guy she dated, Nick cheated on her. This problem arises towards Miranda and Jake’s relationship because of what Jake has to do to stay in the team. (No spoilers, read the story to find out.) Their chemistry though, is very strong and really romantic. You don’t expect for Jake to be a romantic when you first encounter his pov in the beginning of the story, but his character development is present and it’s an interesting development to witness.
The important point of the story of how Jake has to keep his other relationship a secret really bothers me. Yes, it does bring a sense of drama to the story but even though it is a cliché action, an already told part, there was simply something not entertaining or flowy about the fake relationship. I believe it bothered me the most because when ever his mind came around the idea of telling Miranda about the fake relationship, it wasn’t very often. So to the reader, it gives the impression that he doesn’t care if he keeps it a secret. I guess that’s just something to process…
In general, Branda Rothert did a wonderful job with this story. It’s a nice read that I enjoyed 100% reading!
Goodreads Rating: 4.5 HOCKEY PUCK STARS!