Review: Hooked by Brenda Rothert

hookedFrom 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.


Hooked was my first Brenda Rothert book, and I enjoyed the hockey romance.  It’s a sweet story about a well known hockey player wooing a college student with two jobs.  Jake is trying to shake his bad boy/ player reputation, and Miranda is trying to earn an academic scholarship so she can quit her second job as a bartender.  While most women throw themselves at Jake, Miranda is not interested in his fame, fortune, or attitude.  Naturally, this makes her even more attractive to Jake… Their romance, while slow to develop, is based on mutual respect and trust.

There are a few obstacles in their way: the hockey team’s owner’s daughter is obsessed with Jake, Miranda’s work/ college schedule rarely works with Jake’s practice/ games/ travel, Jake’s estrangement from his parents, Miranda’s stubborn streak, and their vastly different incomes.  They find their way through these challenges, and it’s a sweet romantic story of opposites having more in common than you’d think.  Any fan of sports romance will enjoy Hooked.


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71chn8-s3l-_ux250_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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