Hooked

Hooked

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 ba...

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Title:Hooked
Author:Brenda Rothert
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:225 pages

Hooked Reviews

  • Talia (Red Hot Ink)
    Sep 20, 2016

    Cocky NHL player meets broken, humble woman. What's new under the sun, right? No, wrong. So, so wrong.

    Sure, the blurb may sound cliché, but there's nothing unoriginal or boring about this book.

    Let's proceed with order:

    : at first, he got me curling my nose because he was being super assholish, and got me: "ahem... am I supposed to fall for him?" But then things changed really fast as we go

    Cocky NHL player meets broken, humble woman. What's new under the sun, right? No, wrong. So, so wrong.

    Sure, the blurb may sound cliché, but there's nothing unoriginal or boring about this book.

    Let's proceed with order:

    : at first, he got me curling my nose because he was being super assholish, and got me: "ahem... am I supposed to fall for him?" But then things changed really fast as we got into

    mind. I loved how he realized almost immediately that he wanted Miranda and not just in the physical way.

    Also, we discover many other facets of his personality, namely his soft, broken and altruistic sides. His past story, which we discover only gradually, is a major part of who he is, having shaped the man he's now and having created also some obstacles in their relationship. It was honest, though, without any unnecessary drama-llama. To sum it up, Jake may seem an arrogant asshole, but in truth he's one hell of a book boyfriend, caring, sweet. Sure, he fucks up, but it stems from his inexperience when it comes to committed relationships rather, not from arrogance or mean intentions.

    : she's the kind of heroine you want to be friends with. I simply adored her. Her witty banter with Jake, her sarcasm, her being solidly grounded on Earth. She works two jobs to pay for her tuition and I loved that she was a maid. It made for interesting dynamics with Jake at first. It was like a modern Cinderella tale, if Cinderella didn't put up with any of the Prince's bullshit and was a sarcastic spitfire. She was a highly relatable character, being burned by love and focused on her education rather than on finding her "forever". Sassy, yet sweet.

    As a couple, Jake and Miranda are simply outstanding. They are best friends first, but their chemistry is off the charts and we have some really hot moments.

    . They slip into a relationship kind of naturally, going out on dates, spending time together. And as the story proceeds you can really tell they are made to be together. No one of them is perfect, but they complement each other.

    The angst level was really low and the story was highly focused on these two characters and how they got together. The only other significant element was a certain psychotic bitch.

    : now, saying that I loved her would pass as weird. So I'll say that I loved the role she played. Generally speaking, deranged characters are right up my alley, but I haven't read of many "psychotic" females, while have come across plenty of stalkers, maniacs and such of the male gender. Anyway, what was so great about her is that at the beginning you don't realize how crazy she is. Sure, her oral skills leave a lot to be desired and she's a clingy, needy lass, but apart from that I didn't think much of it. Then, as the story progressed, I realized something was not quite right with her. What I appreciated even more was that, when the story finally came to the point that her "relationship" (do not take it literally. If you read the book you'll understand) with Jake came out, Miranda and Jake were already at a point where it was clear that he would never cheat on her, so they resolved things quickly and with maturity (Plus, just gotta love a guy willing to beg on his knees, right?).

    All in all, it was a great read. The style if definitely more than good and the dialogues witty and captivating. The characters will sojourn in my heart for a long time and I'll make sure to pick up other books by Brenda Rothert.

    P.S.: I don't know why, but with Miranda's economic status and the amazing MTB relationship, it reminded me of

    by Prescott. Just thought I'd put it out there, in case you wanted to check it out. Although, warning: the plot is completely different, darker and features a fighter, not a NHL player.

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  • NiCoLeTa E.
    Sep 12, 2016

    This is the second book of Brenda Rothert that i have read and sure, it won't be the last....

    I enjoyed and this story very much, but to be totally honest with you, there was something that it was bothering me in the story.... Some things were so abrupt and that left me confused at the end...

    I needed more explanation and more time for the solutions, i think!!!!

    Overall, it was a nice story with great heroes and intriguing plot...

    And, hell, there was a cocky, hot ho

    This is the second book of Brenda Rothert that i have read and sure, it won't be the last....

    I enjoyed and this story very much, but to be totally honest with you, there was something that it was bothering me in the story.... Some things were so abrupt and that left me confused at the end...

    I needed more explanation and more time for the solutions, i think!!!!

    Overall, it was a nice story with great heroes and intriguing plot...

    And, hell, there was a cocky, hot hockey player in it and I am such a succer for those kind of guys!!!!

    From one hand, we are having

    ....

    She is working her ass off between two jobs as a hotel maid and a bartender, she is going to school and she is sworn away from any kind of relationship with the opposite genre since she had a bad experience in the past...

    The poor girl has no time for anything else and one of her bosses are a real asshole toward her...

    But i liked her character very much.... She was sassy, opiniated and she didn't tolerate bullshit from noone.

    And then one day, Jake Birch stepped into her path and everything turned upside down...

    From the other hand, we are having

    ...

    He is famous, gorgeous, sexy, cocky, arrogant and a little bit of an asshole toward everyone...

    He is a hockey player, the star of the league and captain of his team...

    Hockey is his biggest love and he is very religious to what he is doing...

    He is a player and he doesn't have any steadiness in this area of his life...

    He is also having his own problems and secrets that are making him more closed off!!!

    For the next six weeks, Jake is about to live in Dupont hotel as his new apartment is under construction and there's a surprise waiting for him... A surprise with beautiful curves, sassy mouth and a maid's uniform....

    Jake and Miranda are starting with the wrong foot but noone can't deny that there is a great attraction between them...

    And from that moment, Jake is pushing and Miranda is pushing back, but for how long???

    None of them was waiting for the other... but they can't seem to stay away from each other...

    But there are some problems that standing between them...

    Their status for once, Miranda's trusting issues and the results of a past hook-up for Jake with some girl that he shouldn't have got involved....

    And now, Jake is forced to date a woman that he doesn't want when for the first time, he actually wants to be with a woman...

    I liked very much Jake and Miranda...

    In the beginning, i didn't like the way Jake was handing the matter of Hailey, but i liked his determination in some point. I liked how he opened up to Miranda and when we discovered the other side of him... I liked that he wasn't backing up with Miranda and he was taking his time with her...

    As for Miranda, i really admired her for everything she was accomplishing on her own and i liked how proud she were... I liked that she could put Jake in his place and that she opened up her heart to him...

    Those two were a great match and i liked them, even though I was having minor problems to be persuaded by some of their actions...

    As for Hailey??? What can i say about her??? This girl was crazy!!!

    And I was mad with Jake's coach that he forced him to do something like that!!!

    It was wrong from many aspects!!!

  • Jen
    Dec 13, 2016

    What can i say?

    was an enjoyable reading experience but it probably won't stick with me in all honesty. Both Miranda and Jake left the crazy to other folks, luckily, so their relationship was able to proceed without a whole lot of drama. Miranda managed to endear herself to me by NOT using Jake as a sugar daddy and after reading the "let's get naked" times, I'm more than ready to hunt down my very own NHL player a la Jake. How hard can it be?

    What can i say?

    was an enjoyable reading experience but it probably won't stick with me in all honesty. Both Miranda and Jake left the crazy to other folks, luckily, so their relationship was able to proceed without a whole lot of drama. Miranda managed to endear herself to me by NOT using Jake as a sugar daddy and after reading the "let's get naked" times, I'm more than ready to hunt down my very own NHL player a la Jake. How hard can it be?

  • Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
    Sep 16, 2016

    The story centers around Miranda, a housekeeper at a hotel.

    and Jake, cocky hot hockey star who becomes attracted to Miranda when she is ahem, servicing his room.

    Over time as they are together the chemistry builds

    and their relationship blooms.

    But then we have the problem of Jake's relationship with the owner's daughter....

    Hayley doesn't like the word, No.

    This was a quick, enjoyable read, a little predictable and cheesy at times but also some nice surprises in ther

    The story centers around Miranda, a housekeeper at a hotel.

    and Jake, cocky hot hockey star who becomes attracted to Miranda when she is ahem, servicing his room.

    Over time as they are together the chemistry builds

    and their relationship blooms.

    But then we have the problem of Jake's relationship with the owner's daughter....

    Hayley doesn't like the word, No.

    This was a quick, enjoyable read, a little predictable and cheesy at times but also some nice surprises in there. I even teared up a few times. Would def recommend to readers.

  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    Oct 29, 2016

    I think I'm going to have to get into hockey. I never followed it before but if this book is any indication the men alone are worth checking out!!!

    I enjoyed this book. Not too much drama but the right amount of chemistry, which is much appreircated.

    The plot is simple and expected....poor girl going through college, rich sports play and lots of really hot sex....not to shabby.

    Jake loves hockey, it's his life and willing to do anything to keep himself in the game. Too bad for him i

    I think I'm going to have to get into hockey. I never followed it before but if this book is any indication the men alone are worth checking out!!!

    I enjoyed this book. Not too much drama but the right amount of chemistry, which is much appreircated.

    The plot is simple and expected....poor girl going through college, rich sports play and lots of really hot sex....not to shabby.

    Jake loves hockey, it's his life and willing to do anything to keep himself in the game. Too bad for him it involves dating the owner's daughter. He doesn't really care for this but what can he do? Of course he finds someone he really wants to get to know during this time, Miranda. He doesn't want to lose Miranda but he knows she's not up for sharing.

    Miranda is a beautiful, confident women who knows where she is going and how to get there. She never expected to me Jake but when she does, she can't deny their connection.

    Their relationship progresses in a natural way.

    Here's the problem....how is Jake going to play by the rules of hockey when his heart has a different playbook in mind.

    He risks losing his girl and his career. Poor baby.

    He just wants Miranda to give him another chance and he is willing to give her his heart if she will let him start all over again.

    I enjoyed this book. It was fun and sexy and a wee bit spicy. Perfect!!!

  • Perry ★TBBSisterhood Blog★
    Dec 27, 2016

    This is my first Brenda Rothert book and wow! I'm thoroughly impressed! I literally just finished this book and I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. It was such an enjoyable ride, beginning to end and I was hooked! (no pun intended).

    The premise intrigued me from the get go. I'm a sucker for hockey romances and cinderella type plots. This book delivers on both counts and it does so in spades. A lot of

    This is my first Brenda Rothert book and wow! I'm thoroughly impressed! I literally just finished this book and I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. It was such an enjoyable ride, beginning to end and I was hooked! (no pun intended).

    The premise intrigued me from the get go. I'm a sucker for hockey romances and cinderella type plots. This book delivers on both counts and it does so in spades. A lot of the times, authors will set a story within a sports world they know nothing about just to cash in the money. The sport they choose, be it football, hockey or soccer or whatever, is there just as a background prop but this book was different. I could tell the author knows her hockey enough to deliver a believable story. She got the ritualistic, superstitious aspect to the sport very well, even if Jake was an extreme case. And if you think it was all about hockey, I can assure you that's not the case. The sports angle never overpowered the story. It beautifully complemented it.

    The premise is both simple and intriguing. Miranda Carr works as a maid at the hotel where Jake Birch is staying while his apartment is undergoing renovations. They meet, sparks fly and a beautiful romance ensues. There's a believable set of conflicts that kept me interest through out the story. Jake may be your typical womanizing athlete on the surface, but he carries quite a bit of emotional baggage on his back regarding his estranged family. Miranda is suspicious of men after being burned one too many times. She's hardworking, strong, honest and straightforward, maybe even a bit cynical about men. She doesn't have time or energy to date. There's also the daughter of the owner of Jake's team, who happens to have an unhealthy obsession with him. This further complicates things.

    Is this book groundbreaking? Not really. Is it thoroughly unique? Maybe not, but it was so likeable and easy to read, so romantic, heartlfelt and sweet that I couldn't help but love every moment. I adore hockey and I'm a big Chicago Blackhawks fan, so I'm sure that helped as well.

    But mainly, the characters were just so nice and so easy to root for. I loved Jake. It was amazing to see his emotional walls coming down due to Miranda. And Miranda was an extremely likeable heroine, worthy of the HEA she got. The epilogue was sweet and wrapped up the story in a neat bow. The story was very well paced and flowed seamlessly. There was just something very grounded and realistic about Jake and Miranda's relationship, even with the fairytale aspect the story had. It satisfied my hockey romance sweet tooth and then more!

  • Dali
    Nov 22, 2016

    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 an

    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.

    * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    Nov 30, 2016

    It's sweet and a little bit dirty. It's got banter, drama, emotions, and a brooding and moody hero to boot.

    This story is about Jake. He's a successful hockey player. He's the Captain of his team and he's dealing with some emotional demons that usually have him acting as more of an A-hole than a gentleman. The heroine is Miranda, a young woman who's working two jobs to make ends meet while putting herself through Business school. She's been burned one too many times and has all

    It's sweet and a little bit dirty. It's got banter, drama, emotions, and a brooding and moody hero to boot.

    This story is about Jake. He's a successful hockey player. He's the Captain of his team and he's dealing with some emotional demons that usually have him acting as more of an A-hole than a gentleman. The heroine is Miranda, a young woman who's working two jobs to make ends meet while putting herself through Business school. She's been burned one too many times and has all but lost faith in mankind.

    These characters became friends before becoming lovers. They instinctually knew that this time was different. That their time together was special. And I found the evolution of their relationship beautiful. The author did a great job of throwing in a real wacko to stir the pot, but overall, this story was low on angst and the emphasis was placed on the connection between the characters.

    I recommend this story to anyone looking for a sweet and sexy sports romance!

    December 6, 2016

  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    Dec 04, 2016

    It takes a lot for

    to balance between studying in College and working two jobs as a hotel housekeeper by day and a bartender at night at the same time. Despite financially struggling, she's optimistic and industrious. She dreams to have a luxurious life and she'll not stop working until she reach her goal. Having a relationship isn't her priority .. at the moment.

    is a rich, famous, cocky, and

    It takes a lot for

    to balance between studying in College and working two jobs as a hotel housekeeper by day and a bartender at night at the same time. Despite financially struggling, she's optimistic and industrious. She dreams to have a luxurious life and she'll not stop working until she reach her goal. Having a relationship isn't her priority .. at the moment.

    is a rich, famous, cocky, and pompous NHL player. While staying on the hotel suite, he's fascinated with Miranda when she called him out about his rudeness. Since then, he requested the hotel management that she's the only one who can clean his room and gets to know her more during their encounters. Their conversations are interesting, witty and sweet, he finds Miranda beautiful inside and out. He worked his way to date her by being charming, nice and thoughtful. It was genuine and he intends to keep her. He just needs to be more open about his own issues and feelings.

    The characters and their relationship are well developed, the story and little drama is entertaining and the romantic scenes are red-hot. I haven't read anything by Brenda Rothert and I like her writing style. Surely, I'm going to read more of her novels.

  • Pearl Angeli
    Dec 12, 2016

    I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say

    really

    me. It was cute, sexy, and angsty in equal measure.

    and

    's story is one that you can categorize as a fairytale kind of love story. Miranda is unlike any other girl. She's hardworking and goal-driven. Working in housekeeping at Dupont Tower as well as at Lucky's nightclub while studying at the same time to pursue a business degree is such a tough thing to do. For her, her dreams and ambitio

    I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say

    really

    me. It was cute, sexy, and angsty in equal measure.

    and

    's story is one that you can categorize as a fairytale kind of love story. Miranda is unlike any other girl. She's hardworking and goal-driven. Working in housekeeping at Dupont Tower as well as at Lucky's nightclub while studying at the same time to pursue a business degree is such a tough thing to do. For her, her dreams and ambitions are more important than relationships. Until she met the super hot but grumpy ice hockey player Jake Birch. She wasn't supposed to fall in love with him, but their connection was too strong to deny so it wasn't easy for her to resist him.

    I totally loved the chemistry between these two. It was too apparent and strong. There was no moment in this book where I didn't find myself swooning over how cute they are as a couple. Both Jake and Miranda were likable characters and despite some of their flaws, it wasn't difficult for me to connect with them. Jake had issues and personal baggage but he was easily redeemable which I really loved. I also loved the way Miranda cared about Jake and supported him all the way until he was emotionally healed.

    The story was well-balanced in a way and the sports aspect was also on-point. Although the romantic development between the characters moved a little faster than I anticipated, it was understandable since the story's pacing was also fast. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves New Adult sports romance!