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by Brenda Rothert
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


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.

Praise for Hooked

“I loved this book, an awesome romance with some chuckles and a little sexiness. I will definitely be checking out other books by Brenda [Rothert] and I absolutely recommend this book.”—BookSmacked (Five stars)

“A sexy, heartwarming tale, that I truly enjoyed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys sports romance or really contemporary romance in general.”—Where the Night Kind Roam

“Sexy, sweet and totally had me swooning. Prepare to get Hooked.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett

Hooked is sexy, sweet, and full of steam! Jake is pure alpha male and a hockey bad boy. But he steams up the pages with Miranda, a sassy, independent housekeeper. My favorite Brenda Rothert book yet! A total must-read.”USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss

“The heroine is strong and sassy while the hero is impossible not to love. I laughed out loud several times at cute banter and clever lines. I’d recommend a one-click without hesitation!”New York Times bestselling author S.E. Hall

Hooked is a sweet, steamy and romantic story with characters you’ll fall in love with.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

“Brenda Rothert writes a sweet, compelling hockey romance about a bad-tempered hockey player. I enjoyed this emotional story.”—Cocktails & Books

“Brenda Rothert did a wonderful job with this story. It’s a nice read that I enjoyed 100%!”—Cristiina Reads

Hooked is everything that I’ve come to expect from one of Brenda [Rothert’s] books, and more.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
“What a sweet story . . . the banter, the love scenes and the sweet touching moments. It is such an easy and enjoyable read.”—Read-Love-Blog

“Bravo to Brenda! I cannot wait to read more of her books!”—Kelly’s Book Blog

“I loved both characters as they battled through all the hurdles to finding their HEA. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Hooked.”—Books & Boys Book Blog

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Brenda Rothert is the author of Blown Away and the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed working on a wide range of stories. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons.

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Hooked 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
JWright57 9 months ago
Brenda Rothert has become one of my go to authors and just when I think she can't get any better she writes another brilliant read !! Jake is a hot hockey superstar staying in a hotel penthouse while his house is being remodelled all he wants to do is play hockey and have some fun no relationships for this guy well that was until he met hotel maid/student/ bar maid named Miranda, the problem is she needs this job and the hotel has a no fraternising policy ...... This book is a great romance with no real drama just love, it was fun and easy to read and the characters are perfect and they actually talk to each other, I loved watching their relationship grow. Once I started there was no stopping me I had to finish even if I was up half the night. If you love romance and hockey this is a mu
Anonymous 19 days ago
I was hooked on "Hooked"! There were a couple pretty cheesy parts, but I loved the book! Great read!! On to the next Rothert book!
Crystal61 8 months ago
I enjoyed this story. Miranda is working hard at two jobs and attending school to better herself. Her life changes when she meets Jake. Jake is an NHL star with money and an attitude that goes with the fame. Jake reveled in the way she treated him like a person, not a star, and his feelings grew for her as he watched her strength of mind and determination. Opposites attract and it is a wonderful journey through insecurities and crossing of social lines. I recommend this story. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is a sweet story and an easy read. I would read another book by this author.
Lori-Gonzo 8 months ago
I do love a good sports romance. And this one does not disappoint. There was Jake, a very over confident, bordering arrogant, ritualistic, yet funny hockey player. But when he met Miranda, all his charms did not work on her. He had to actually work for her attention. I absolutely loved that she did not give in to him or put up with him. They developed a real friendship and took the time to get to know each other. She was very independent and wanted to stay that way despite him wanting different. He truly became a great man, more human, and gentle. I loved him at the end of their story. The epilogue was bittersweet but perfect. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very good hockey romance, with a struggling college student. I really liked this story of Jake, hockey player, and Miranda, the maid, at the Dupont Tower that he is staying in for his apartment is being revamped. It is a 190 nook page, full of steamy loving, some conflict, and just all around good romance. I love that they became friends first and how Jake was not just a playboy hockey player, but had some depth/deep troubles in his soul that only Miranda could help him with. In return he helps her to enjoy life a bit, that it isn't all about work and school.****
Anlenhart1 9 months ago
This is my first Brenda Rothbert novel and I must say I am "Hooked". This is a fun, sexy novel that features Miranda, a nontraditional college student (she works 2 jobs to pay for her education) and Jake, a star of the hockey world. Jake meets Miranda when she cleans his penthouse in a swanky Chicago hotel. His house is being renovated and he is instantly drawn to her. This book at its best is a story about two people overcoming their differences and finding happiness together. Their is a lot of distractions but overall I recommend this book to fans of new adult and sport romances! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
BananaTricky 9 months ago
A solid four puck-tastic stars. This is the first book I have read by Brenda Rothert. Told from alternate viewpoints it is the story of Miranda, a young, poor, hard-working girl who balances working as a maid in a swanky Chicago hotel with being a bar-tender AND studying. Jake is an egotistical hockey player who happens to be living in the hotel where Miranda is a maid. When the two of them run into each other in his hotel room Miranda is not impressed by his demand that she replace the litre bottle of Evian with smaller bottles, heaven forbid he pour it into a glass, and she tells him so to his face. Instead of being incensed by her 'tude Jake is intrigued and a slow burn romance begins. So far, so much like pretty much any American sports romance right? Wrong. Where Brenda Rothert knocked this out of the park for me (I know, I'm mixing my sports) is that Miranda is principled. She carries on working two jobs. She doesn't like fooling around when she is supposed to be working. And Jake respects that. He also acts 'boyfriend' even before he officially agrees that he is her boyfriend. There is the inevitable issue with another woman but again the slant is different, because Jake is different. Heck, he even tells Miranda up front, without an ultimatum, the reason why he has 'issues' with commitment. Whilst I hesitate to call a novel about a multi-millionaire hockey player and his hotel maid realistic, I thought the characters were well written and likeable. I wanted to be friends with Miranda and go drinking with Jake. I know I say this a lot, but these characters were grown ups! I will definitely look out for other books by Brenda Rothert, she is my kind of author. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
jaxlane 9 months ago
What a captivating read. This is my first book by Brenda Rothert and now I have to go back and read her other books. This is a sweet romance with a bit of sadness and some witty fun thrown in. Jake, a NHL Hockey Player (and a player himself), is staying at the Dupont Hotel while his apartment is being redone. In walks the maid, sassy Miranda who is not afraid to throw down some comments. She is working 2 jobs while putting herself through school. She lives in an apartment in Chicago, with her sister, Paige, who is going to school to be a vet. The two have a very tight bond. The two strike up a conversation with a slow building relationship. Of course there are stumbling blocks. One being Hailey, the team owner's daughter who is a psycho and clings to Jake and what she thinks is a relationship with him. The other is a secret that Jake keeps from everyone about his brother. As the story unfolds, we learn what happened to his brother, Dustin, and how it has caused him to be the way he is in his life. Miranda is his shining life and she makes him a better person. She is not in it for the money or fame that comes with Jake, but for the person that Jake is. I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. 5 stars
bookbruin 9 months ago
Hooked is a sexy and funny romantic read! I devoured this book and didn't want it to end. I loved that the story is told from both main characters points of views. It really helped heighten the emotions and make Jake and Miranda more relatable. There are swoons and sexy times (ahem, parking garage!), but also laughs and just the right amount of drama and angst. Jake and Miranda are great individually, but together they're amazing! I loved how independent and driven Miranda was. She didn't let her go of her own goals and stayed true to herself throughout the entire book. I was glad that she spoke her mind and challenged Jake by always calling him out on his behavior. Her refusal to let Jake just come to her financial rescue only made me respect her more and heightened the connection between our characters. Yes, there was great chemistry and a physical attraction between Jake and Miranda, but their friendship and relationship progressed naturally and didn't feel rushed. I liked that they each struggled to battle their demons and relationship fears. On the outside they live very different lives, but as you peel the layers back, you see how they actually really complement each other. Jake initially comes across as an arrogant jerk, but as the story progresses, you see that it's really a mask and that he has put up a wall around his heart. You realize just how vulnerable and sweet he is and this ups the swoons exponentially. Yes, he makes mistakes, but he owns up to them and resolves things maturely with Miranda, showing how true and deep his feelings run. All of his hockey rituals and superstitions were fun to read about too, though wearing the same game socks repeatedly during a streak sounds pretty terrible! The epilogue was perfect and I loved getting that glimpse of the future. I would love to read more about Jake and Miranda, or her sister Paige, who provided some great comic relief (ahem, getting woken up by books falling onto your head!) If you're looking for a funny and sexy read that's high on swoons and low on drama, you don't want to miss Hooked!
KrissysBookNook 9 months ago
Hooked just might be my favorite hockey romance of 2016! And that's saying a lot because I have read several awesome, steamy hockey romance novels this year. I found my affinity for sports romance novels (hockey romance in particular) about a year ago. When I was introduced to The Locker Room (a Facebook Group) I found that I'm totally not alone and there are many book friends with the same weakness for New Adult sporty reads like I have myself. I also have a weakness for Cinderella-esque type reads. I'm a Disney girl to the core and I'm always cheering for the underdog. So, when I read the blurb for Hooked, I knew that I had to read it. Hockey romance with an underlying Cinderella theme? Yes please! Our BBF in Hooked, Jake, is a super arrogant, conceded, slightly OCD, but crazy hot hockey star. He's renovating his home so he's taken up residence at a local hotel. That's where he meets our heroine, Miranda. Miranda is a driven, sass mouthed, down on her luck, but still gorgeous maid at that hotel. She's assigned his penthouse one day and is greeted by Jake's one night stand from the previous night. Miranda has a teeny mishap in the suit after that awkward run-in. She has to keep this job in order to stay afloat so she does her best to cover it up and go about her day as if nothing happened. Jake and Miranda meet after that and Jake wastes no time barking out his list of orders and mildly irritating requests he has for his stay. Miranda sasses back and piques his interest as he rarely meets a person with the gall to speak back to him like she does. I loved reading both of these characters. They were really well developed and each chapter brought us closer to understanding why they were the way they were. Miranda is one tough chick. She juggles an impossible work schedule with going to school to create a better life for herself in the future. She also has a huge heart. She has a sister whom she adores and once she lets Jake in, she shows him just as much love as she does her sister. Jake also has a large heart... buried deep underneath layers of outward douchery (I know it's not a word... lol). He has to pay for his past mistakes but he owns up to them and does what he can to make himself a better man. This book has a beautiful romance, a story of hope, and some rom-com funnies thrown in to make a truly great read. I give Hooked 5 out of 5 Krissy's Stars. I'm totally hooked on this read and I know you will be too. :P Xo- K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Quick sweet read
JackiesBookWorld 9 months ago
This is the second book that I've read from the author, and I can honestly say that I'm impressed with just how well she executes each story. The other book that I read from her was His, which I highly recommend reading as well. In this story we get to meet Miranda, a college student who is working two jobs while juggling school work as well. When she is meets Jake, one of hockey's hottest bad boy, they have an instantaneous chemistry that neither one was expecting. But the minute she crosses paths with him where she works, she discovers that he is staying at one of luxury penthouses where she cleans. After a little argument she expects him to get her fired, but instead he requests her to be his personal housekeeper, which means that they'll be spending a lot of time with each other, something that she doesn't want to do, especially when he can't stop flirting with her. Miranda knows that she can lose her job, but the more time she spends with Jake, the more she is starting to develop feelings for him. Now she has to decide whether it's worth fighting for a relationship with Jake or not, before it's too late. Jake Birch has the looks and wealth to get just about any girl that he would like, but the minute he met Miranda he couldn't get her out of his mind. Now that she works as his personal housekeeper he will not stop at nothing until he gets her to give them a chance. But being forced to date someone else in order to stay in his team could just end what he wants with Miranda the most, and he has to end it before she can find out the truth. I very much enjoyed reading Hooked, the characters have a sizzling chemistry that will keep you reading until the very end. There is a level of playfulness between them that is undeniable from the very beginning, but they both have secrets that could prevent them from moving forward with their relationship. I liked both of their personalities, Jake is playful and caring, while Miranda is more focused and a bit serious. Their scenes are just so sweet and romantic, it's an overall great story. The ending will literally have you swooning for them, and their happy ending. I would highly recommend it, you will not regret it. :) ***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***
ButtonsMom2003 9 months ago
A hot, sexy story! I haven’t read too many hockey romance stories. Not being into sports much at all I’m kind of surprised at how much I like reading sports related romance stories. Hooked was a fun, sexy story to read. The story is told in first person alternating between Miranda and Jake. Miranda is a maid working at the fancy hotel where Jake is living while his condo is being renovated. She is also attending school and tending bar part time to help pay for her schooling. Jake is the star center, leading scorer and team captain of Chicago’s hockey team. He’s cocky and has a host of rituals he follows prior to every game. When he and Miranda meet while she’s cleaning his suite at the Dupont, she’s less than impressed when he gives her a list of very specific items he wants kept in his suite. She doesn’t take any crap from him and it’s a refreshing change from the women who normally fall all over him. He’s intrigued enough that he wants to see her again – out side of her duties as his maid. This book was a very entertaining story to read. There are a couple of complicated plot points that made the story interesting. Miranda was burned in the past by a cheating boyfriend. Jake’s not always very forthcoming about what is going on with him which, of course, leads to a big misunderstanding between them. I loved that Hooked includes an epilogue that lets us know what’s going on with Jake and Miranda five years down the road. If you like hockey related romance stories you should really enjoy this one. Even if you’re not crazy about sports it’s still a very entertaining and romantic story with the angst factor not over the top. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
khulseman 9 months ago
It's 4:50AM and I've hit the snooze button twice, I should get up to work out but I'm tired. Why? Let's see, I picked up this gem from author Brenda Rothert at 6:45pm the night before and... COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. I love a storyline where I can relate to the characters and become completely invested in the outcome of their HEA. Jake and Miranda were perfect for my fluffy, sentimental heart. Really, I couldn't find fault in this story. So here's where I wax on poetic about why it was perfect for me (and for you because you are reading my review): It's a sports romance - most importantly a hockey one. Who doesn't love a hot, professional athlete? Hello... welcome Mr. Birch to the red line. Hotty Captain guaranteed to steal your heart and leave you breathless without leaving the line. Now, do you have to be a hockey fanatic to love this book? Nope. One thing I loved about Ms. Rothert's story is she didn't dwell on the game play but more of the OCD rituals all professional athletes have. Hockey is well know for the 'playoff beard'. But she went a few steps further to get into the head of Jake by giving the read insight to his rituals. When you play at a high level professionally, you do anything to make yourself better than the man in skates across from you. Ms. Rothert used this for the reader to see past the arrogance and into the human insecurities. Miranda and Jake were completely relate-able as a burgeoning couple. Miranda is down to earth, knows what she wants and the effort to make it there without looking cold or extremely guarded. She wants to make her way and wants to own those pride bolstering moments. She doesn't get mired in her past or how she is 'lesser'. She gives Jake honest and openness he's lacked before. And Jake - is he an arrogant, player? Of course he is. But Miranda gets beneath the 'showman' and shows him what a genuine relationship can bring. To be honest, I haven't felt this invested in characters in a sports romance since Ryker by Sawyer Bennett. (Close your shocked face. Yep, those who know me know how I feel about Ryker & Gray - this couple has joined their ranks). And - Yay for storyline that moved and didn't get mired in the angst!! Did they have a few hurtles to overcome? Yes. But by goodness they handled it like adults. A win for us angst for drama sake haters. (that would be me) If you've never Brenda Rothert before, this is an EXCELLENT start to getting to know her writing talent. If you've read her novels, this one is a sure fire win and you want to include it in your collection. 5+ out of 5 stars
MiekeReads 9 months ago
Hooked is an enjoyable romance with just enough drama to keep it interesting. Jake is a famous Hockey star and Miranda is a student, bartender and hotel maid. They don't really have that much in common (even beyond the obvious) and both are busy with their own lives and dramas. Their relationship builds from a friendship, with Jake being immediately smitten and Miranda being rightly cautious of his interest. Both characters are well developed and do not feel two dimensional. Miranda is someone who is struggling to find enough time and money to complete a degree so she can lead a successful life and Jake is a spoiled entitled sports star, but not really a bad guy. He is someone who has had some hits in his personal life which makes him weary of emotional entaglements and also he is also just a teensy bit paralyzed by guilt. The two characters compliment each other and their relationship is believable. Also, while there is some conflict in the book, it does not get annoying or crazy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sports Romance or Contemporary Romance. I received an ARC in exchanged for an honest review.
sarah53121 9 months ago
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Hooked by Brenda Rothert that I was able to read and review. Hooked was an excellent romance book that I really enjoyed from start to finish. The thing that I will warn readers about is that it does have its fair share of swear words in it and some sexual content that is kind of hot so if those things offend you this is not a book for you but if those things don't bother you this is a must read. I am a huge sports fan so the idea of a big time NHL star falling for a maid was a great storyline for me. I loved how Miranda was a confident character who was not going to let Jake wow her just because he was a great athlete. The banter between the two of them was written so well I could not wait to see what they were going to say to each other in some of their verbal exchanges. I just loved this book as whole and don't want to give spoilers so I am just going to tell readers that they won't be disappointed if they want a great romance book. I am giving Hooked five out of five stars.
cjr1 9 months ago
Miranda is a poor woman working her way through college. when she meets Justin, a celebrity Hockey player who is immediately attracted to this housekeeper, This was a fast-paced, action-packed, steamy book that swept me up from the first page and didn't set me back down until the end!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Miranda is to the point in her honesty. She's working on her degree and juggling two jobs to make ends meet. One job is at an upscale hotel as a maid. She meets Jake in his penthouse suite when she arrives to clean it. She doesn't know or care that he's famous. She's tired and angry that Jake causes her to become flustered just being near the hot tenant! She ends up telling him off in no uncertain terms! Engaging, sports romance between two alphas! Changing isn't easy for anyone. Two people not used to sharing is funny and heartwarming! Entertaining quick read! Book free for honest review.
mamalovestoread22 9 months ago
Jake Birch has met the perfect girl, the problem is he's found himself in a tricky situation, his bosses daughter has taken a liking to him, and it is a well known fact that she gets whatever her little heart desires. So, Jake finds himself dating a girl he has no interest in, and can't really do a damn thing about it, or he'll lose his spot on the team. Now he's stuck with a woman he doesn't a single thing in common with, and falling in love with a woman he can't have... The minute Miranda realizes she's met Jake Birch, hockey's hottest bad boy, she knows it's best if she avoids him at all costs, being around a guy like him can only lead to heartbreak.... but for some reason life keeps putting them in each other's paths. And before long she starts to find that he isn't the man the media has painted him to be, the problem is she has no room in her busy life for a relationship. Once again Ms. Rothert has produced a very addictive and oh so sexy page turner that completely lit my world on fire!! The moment Mr. Birch skated onto the page I was completely taken with him, there is just something about a sexy hockey player that speaks to me, and I have to say I heard him loud and clear!!! His cocky and domineering personality, caring nature, smooth one liners, and alluring hockey star sex appeal lured me in and had me falling hard for him...and had me quickly dedicating a permanent spot on my prestigious book boyfriend list for him! Loved every minute I spent with him, definitely one of my favorite reads this year! If you like your fairy tales a little of the naughty side, and armed with a sexy hockey player looking to satisfy your every desire, then look no further...this book is perfect for you!! I guarantee Mr. Birch will steal your heart and leave you tingling in all the right places!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Lit_Litehosue 9 months ago
I recently discovered Brenda Rothert's books and I am quickly becoming a fan. Hooked was a win for me. I like Jake and Miranda and their story grabbed my attention and kept me in the story from start to finish. Jake Birch is captain of his NHL team and has no trouble getting women (including a certain one who is a bit of a whackadoodle), but He has no interest in a relationship so that works for him. When he meets up with Miranda he doesn't really understand his reaction, but he want more than just a quick romp. Miranda is struggling to juggle two jobs and maintain high enough grades to have the scholarship she desperately needs to obtain her degree so she has no time for a man in her life, but Jake isn't just any man.
Bette313 9 months ago
He's a cocky hockey player. She's a struggling college student. Together they are explosive. May sound like your typical romance but it has a depth that makes this one fresh and enjoyable. Jake Birch finds himself in trouble with the team owners. Their edict, clean up your act or your out. On top of that, after the team owners daughter whines and complains that Jake never called her after he got what he wanted, he's being forced to "date" her. Of course now is when he would meet a woman who actually intrigues him. Miranda wants nothing to do with men. They are the last thing she has time for, so when the hockey hottie she met at the hotel keeps showing up she doesn't give him the time of day. Not willing to take no for an answer, he has the nerve to request her as his personal housekeeper. Now he's getting hard to resist. He's sweet, offers to help her with her studying, and is simply gorgeous. How long can a girl not give in to that?? This was a fun read and one I definitely recommend.
voraciousreaderKB 9 months ago
Hockey Player Alert! I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books. Brenda Rothert writes a sweet, compelling hockey romance about an bad tempered hockey player. I enjoyed this emotional story. It has an engaging storyline and I thought the characters were realistic and I immediately connected to them. Jake Birch is a professional hockey player and he meets Miranda Carr while staying at the DuPont hotel where Miranda works as a maid. Jake is immediately attracted to Miranda’s smart mouth and can not understand why she refuses him when he asks her out. He has never had a relationship but he is intrigued by Miranda and can not stop thinking about her. Women usually fall all over Jake and he is surprised when Miranda has no interest in him. She constantly gives him a hard time and he likes the challenge. Miranda is a very busy twenty-five year old. Not only is she going to school, she is also juggling two jobs. Life isn't easy for her but Miranda never complains. She doesn't trust Jake when she first meets him and has no interest in dating him. She doesn't like his bad attitude or his sense of entitlement. I admire how driven Miranda is; she is strong and also has a sweet and nice side. She doesn't let Jake get away with anything and does not put up with his bad attitude. Jake has some issues he has to work through and he has to learn how to open his heart again. Miranda is the best thing that ever happened to Jake but he has secrets he is afraid to share and his secrets could break them up. This story is told in alternating POV so we know what they are Jake and Miranda are feeling and thinking.
micharch 9 months ago
Miranda and Jake have a dubious beginning. She is a maid at the hotel he is renting a penthouse suite in for several weeks while his apartment is being renovated. She doesn't have a very high opinion of him and Jake is intrigued. Miranda works 2 jobs while going to school and doesn't have time for fools. Jake wants to get to know her and sets about doing just that. Jake has issues with commitment and when he inadvertently captures the attention of the team owner's daughter, things go south quickly. Jake has to walk a tightrope and is torn between not losing his starting position and getting to know Miranda. Miranda had her own baggage with an ex-boyfriend and goes into this relationship trying to protect her heart. Both of them like what they find out when they get to know each other, and they each start to bring out the best in the other. Jake finally confesses about his brother, Dustin, to Miranda and she sets about healing some of his wounds. Jake wasn't perfect and freely admitted that throughout this book. Miranda was a little too proud at points and frustrated me somewhat. Yes, she was honorable working 2 jobs while going to school, but would lament over and over how she wanted more time with Jake. He was more than willing to help her out and even pointed out that there has to be give and take in a relationship in order for it to work. I did like the ending and was quite happy to have received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Dalitza 9 months ago
Sweet, fun and sexy great elements for a great read. NHL star Jake Birch’s womanizing ways have caught up him and now he’s being strong-armed into dating the owner’s daughter or face the bench and it couldn’t have happened at a more inconvenient time. After too many years of women throwing themselves at him because of his money and star status he’s finally met the one who makes him feel alive, sees through his façade and won’t take his nonsense. Can he be enough for her? Can he convince her to take a chance on them? Miranda wants nothing to do with men and has one goal and one goal only which has nothing to do with hockey or a sexy bad boy. She’s working hard to put herself through college. But while cleaning Jake’s hotel room she tramples upon his extreme idiosyncrasies and after his complaints roll right off her he calls management… to request her a his own housekeeper and it’s getting hard to ignore him when the delicious man keeps showing up at her place of work, offering to help her with school and showing her how charming he really can be. Can she have a Cinderella happy ending with him? I’ve only read one other book by Brenda Rothert but it left a good lasting impression so when I saw this Cinderella + hockey combo it was a no brainer and it certainly delivered. The writing is sound with an effortless flow, great characterization and most of all I loved the sizzling attraction and fun back and forth between Miranda and Jake that had me smiling from the start. Even though the banter between Jake and Miranda made me smile in the beginning, it was mostly because of her. Miranda is self-assured, strong, smart and sassy. Those are a lot of “s” words! She didn’t want his money, wasn’t impressed by his fame and didn’t put up with his nonsense. She was really easy to like. Jake on the other hand didn’t just have his manwhore reputation to contend with, he was obsessive bordering on “you need help buddy!” But once we start to get to know him and the things that drive him, we get to see a completely charming and romantic man with a great heart hidden behind tall and thick walls. I felt his pain and fell for him just like Miranda. I very much enjoyed Jake’s relentless pursuit of Miranda. It was fun, flirty, sexy and touching and the hockey backdrop gives their story a layer of excitement. As they start to open up and confide in each other, their relationship builds both physically and emotionally. And in Jake’s case, he’s able to face his fears and past with Miranda’s loving support. Hooked by Brenda Rothert is a standalone contemporary hockey romance told from both points of view with a happy ending. It’s heart melting sweet, swoony, sexy and endearing and left me with a wide smile.