Monday, 12 December 2016

Hooked - Brenda Rothert - Review


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.

4.5 Stars 

I am a huge Brenda Rothert fan. When I think of this book 'Maid in Manhattan' and 'Cinderella' come to mind. Whilst Jake is an NHL player, this book is much more than just a sports romance, its a sweet, romantic and endearing story. This book is quite fast paced, but it's incredibly entertaining.

Jake Birch is so much more than he appears at the beginning of the book. He comes across as an arrogant, egotistical ass, but he's really quite a complex, endearing and like-able character. He's a damaged individual with a past that haunts him. Once you see past the alpha arrogance, you see a a sweet, caring, loving and giving man. 

Miranda is his perfect match strong, sweet, stubborn, sassy, independent and sarcastic, she's my type of heroine. She really makes Jake work for her attention right from the get go. I loved the shared banter between this pair. Miranda has principles and she sticks to them. 

This book has a few twists in particular a secret relationship that was quite intriguing and the laugh out loud moments kept me completely enthralled from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more of Ms Rothert's work in the future. 

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.