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Thursday, December 8, 2016

InkSlinger PR Presents: Hooked by Brenda Rothert; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #Review

HOOKED by Brenda Rothert is now LIVE! 
Rating:   4.5 Stars

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from InkSlinger PR and from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.

Miranda: Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?

Jake: I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.

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My Thoughts:

Miranda Carr is stretching herself thin.  She may also give a few readers a wakeup call on how those people with thankless jobs are looked at and treated.  Jake Birch is having a really bad day.  It’s interesting to see his rituals that he has as part of his job.  He also seems to be a man who takes women for granted.  One word that I think of while reading about Jake is “swagger”.  One thing that fascinate me about Miranda was that she wasn’t immediately impressed by his “charm”. 

Miranda is a young woman with goals that she wants to achieve.  She’s like a lot of people who have made personal sacrifices in order to accomplish their long term goals.  Jake is a man who is kinda there but maybe his ego gets in his way sometimes.  Is he a man who believes in his own press?  Or is he a man whose outward persona doesn’t match what is actually on the inside?  Will that persona keep him from finding happiness?  Maybe he’s something of a jerk – just a little bit?

I loved to see how these two characters seemed to “dance” around each other for a while – building tension as the story progresses.  You find yourself waiting for Jake’s other shoe to drop and to see what the backlash will be.  Coming to love Miranda’s character, sometimes you have to wonder if she could do better.  But this just makes for a good author – she takes the time to get us invested in the characters she has created and we won’t settle for anything less than a happy ending.  I so look forward to seeing what I’m going to enjoy next from Ms. Rothert.



Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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