Hooked: A Novel

Hooked: A Novel

by Brenda Rothert

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Overview

Hooked: A Novel 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 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

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425286067
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 25,614
File size: 994 KB

About the Author

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.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

Miranda

Of course it’s raining. My L train stop is only a quarter of a mile away and I’m actually having a good hair day. Karma is laughing at me as I pull the hood of my sweatshirt up over my head, because this is one of those downpours that will soak through my clothes in a matter of seconds. And thanks to the biting late October downtown Chicago wind, I’m also freezing.

“Damn it,” I mutter as I duck to keep my face out of the pouring rain. Tony’s already going to be pissed that I look like a drowned rat—I don’t need to add rain-smeared makeup to the visual.

I work in housekeeping at Dupont Tower, and yeah, it’s a swanky hotel, but still. You’d think I was posing for a magazine spread for the place by the way my boss, Tony, expects the staff to look every day.

“Are you a clean-cut, polished ambassador for the Dupont?” he always asks us with his well-groomed brows arched. If we can’t say yes, we’re written up and sent home without pay. It already happened to me once when I spilled coffee on my uniform and didn’t have a spare to change into.

Tony’s a real prick, but even he can’t fault me for getting rained on while walking to my train stop.

On the bright side, I was dragging ass when I woke up at six-thirty this morning to get ready for work, and this icy rainstorm has me feeling wide awake. Hopefully with the help of another strong cup of coffee I can stay this way. I was up studying for an exam until two a.m.

Chemistry is the hardest college class I’ve taken so far. It doesn’t help that I’m twenty-five and haven’t even thought about science since high school.

My exam is this evening, and when I finish it I’m going to cook myself the cheesiest grilled cheese ever and sleep hard. I’m only taking two classes this semester, but between working forty hours a week at the Dupont and tending bar on Friday nights, it’s all I can do to keep up.

At this rate I’ll have my bachelor’s degree in . . . six more years. Hopefully then I can get a job that pays enough for me to stop scraping by and eating peanut butter sandwiches the last few days of every month.

Not having to clean other people’s pubes off hotel bathroom floors would be a bonus, too.

I think the rain’s gotten heavier and now I can hardly see where I’m going. A guy passing me on the sidewalk bumps into my shoulder and doesn’t even apologize. Asshole. I encounter plenty of them on my L train commute every day. My plain gray housekeeping uniform draws plenty of condescending looks from people in business suits. Some of them even assume I don’t speak English. Again—assholes.

It’s a good thing I’m looking at the ground, because that’s the only way I realize I’ve made it to the curb. I look up at the light and stop, pulling my soaked coat around me tighter.

Eye makeup stings one of my eyes and I cringe. I only have lipstick in my purse, so hopefully Tony will settle for a fresh face today. Wiping off the mess that’s running down it will be the best I can do.

The light turns and I’m about to step into the crosswalk when a taxi flies past, its tires skidding through a huge puddle and splashing me.

“Nice, asshole!” I yell after the cab as it cruises through the red light.

I look down at myself and groan as people walk around me to cross the street. Mud and bits of soggy leaves are splattered on the skirt of my uniform.

If I show up at work like this, Tony’s more likely to just fire me than write me up. I’m still in my probationary period, and I need this job.

This means I have to go home and change clothes, and I don’t have time for that. I’ll have to take a cab to work to make it on time.

“Shit,” I mutter.

I can’t afford a cab. I’ll have to use the money I’ve been saving for new work shoes. And even then . . . I’ll barely make it.

I jog the whole way home and I’m panting and sweating when I reach the top of the third flight of stairs to my apartment. I throw a dry work uniform, makeup, and a towel into a bag, grab the cash I have stashed in a coffee mug in a kitchen cabinet and run back downstairs.

Once outside, it takes me five minutes to get a cab to stop. On the ride, I use the towel to dry my long, dark hair and then I wrap it back into a bun. Then I wipe off and reapply my makeup.

Traffic makes for a long trip to the Dupont, and it’s 7:59 when the driver pulls up to the back entrance. I don’t even care about the $32 I have to pay for the ride—I just hand over the cash, get out of the car and run in the back entrance.

I frantically change into the dry uniform and stuff my wet one into my bag. It’s 8:04 when I walk into the room for our shift meeting. My shoes are still soaked, and they make a squishy squeak with every step.

Real stealthy.

“Miranda,” Tony says in his fake pleasant tone. “Nice of you to join us.”

“Sorry I’m late.”

“You can stay after your shift to sign your written warning. And please tell me you don’t intend to work in those shoes.”

My forty co-workers turn to look at my wet, black shoes.

Shit.

“No, sir,” I say with a smile. “I have dry ones in my bag. I intend to be a clean-cut, polished ambassador for the Dupont.”

Tony loves it when we repeat the stupid phrases he uses. He nods at me and continues his talk about the new linens the Dupont will be switching to.

Like it matters. It’s our job to change the sheets, not know their thread counts. Tony says we should all feel like we have an ownership stake in the hotel. I say he should stop yapping so much and let us get to work.

Finally, he claps once, his signal for us to get our assignments for the day. I look over the paper he hands me and force myself not to groan.

Miranda Carr: Penthouse suites.

The Dupont has three huge, high-dollar suites, and making them immaculate takes an entire shift. Tony often inspects the rooms after they’re cleaned, and he marks us down if the Dupont logo on the bars of soap isn’t positioned correctly. Every little thing has to be perfect.

I wait for the chatter to pick up and cover the sound of my squeaking shoes, and then I grab my housekeeping cart and stock it with everything I’ll need.

My wet shoes are still squishing through the carpet in the hallway. Fortunately it’s dark so you can’t see any footprints. I’ll have to figure something out when I clean the rooms, because they have cream-colored carpet.
When I get to the first suite, a do not disturb sign is hanging from the doorknob. I’ll have to go back to this room later. I push my cart down the hall to the door of the next suite and knock. No answer.

I run my key card through the magnetic lock and the door clicks open. I push it ajar a few inches.

“Hello?” I call inside. “Housekeeping. Housekeeping coming inside.”

It’s silent. I step out of my shoes and tuck them on a shelf on the cart. I look ridiculous cleaning with bare feet, but at least I won’t leave wet footprints on the carpet.

The penthouse suites are about three times the size of the apartment I share with my sister, Paige. The first room is a massive living area with a bar, two couches, a big screen TV and a library area stocked with classics and a chaise longue. It looks untouched, other than a couple of empty glass tumblers on the bar.

I walk through to the bedroom to strip the linens from the king-size bed. Before I reach it, I have to bend down and pick up a condom wrapper from the floor. Gross.

When I stand up, I see a naked blonde walk out of the bathroom. My mouth drops open in horror.

Ugh! What should I do? Seeing a guest naked is surely going to get me fired.

I’m standing there in horror when she sees me and lets out a high-pitched squeal.

“Oh, shit,” she says with a deep sigh. “You’re the maid. Sorry, you scared the shit out of me.”

“No, I’m sorry,” I say mournfully. “So sorry. I thought the room was empty.”

“Oh, I was in the shower.” She shrugs. “And I’m leaving anyway.”

She doesn’t even seem to care that she’s naked. From what I saw, she’s got nothing to feel ashamed of, but still . . . naked. In front of a stranger. I’d be dead right now.

“I’ll go,” I say, staring at the ceiling in an effort to avoid looking at her.

“Sweetie, it’s no biggie,” she says. “I’m a stripper. My goods aren’t exactly a secret.”

She slips a tiny dress on over her head and wiggles it down past her enormous round tits, the silver belly ring on her super flat stomach and then her completely hairless crotch.

“Is Jake still here?” she asks me with a smile.

“Jake? Um . . . I don’t think there’s anyone here but us.”

Her face falls. “Oh, I was hoping he’d ask for my number. You think I should leave it for him?”

“I don’t know. Maybe?”

She’s so tan and so blond. Her hair is so platinum it’s nearly white. I feel like I’m having a conversation with an actual Barbie doll right now. But she’s not pissed and I’m not getting fired, so that’s something.

“I mean . . . I think I should, right?” she says. “It’s not every day you hook up with a guy like Jake Birch.”

She scrawls her name on a piece of paper next to the bed and then grabs her bright pink purse from a chair.

“Hopefully he’ll call,” she says with a smile.

“I’m sure he will.”

“Really?” She sounds so thrilled by the prospect. I remember a time when I felt that way about men, and I’m really glad I got over it. The entire male sex is overrated if you ask me.

She puts on her tall, strappy shoes and heads for the door, her grin never wavering.

“See you later!” she calls as she opens the door.

“I . . . okay,” I say, letting out a deep breath when the door closes.

Well, that was definitely the most awkward encounter I’ve had at the Dupont. I laugh nervously and then strip the linens from the bed, not looking too closely at the sheets, and start cleaning. It goes quickly. I’m guessing this Jake guy and his Barbie date got here very late last night and spent most of their time in bed.

A glance in the bathroom trash can confirms my theory. There are three—I crane my neck for a closer look—no, four used condoms in there.

Impressive, Jake. I see why Barbie hopes you’ll call.

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Hooked 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great love story, great writing. Positively will be reading more by this author. Mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake started out as a manwhore but changed when he met Miranda. Loved the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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!
JWright57 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Good story, but it really did not do much for me.
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Really enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never seem to be able to put Brenda's books down! I love this story! I want more!!!
Crystal61 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story and an easy read. I would read another book by this author.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Quick sweet read
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.