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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.
Hockey Player Alert!
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
Brenda Rothert writes a sweet, compelling hockey romance about an bad tempered hockey player. I enjoyed this emotional story. It has an engaging storyline and I thought the characters were realistic and I immediately connected to them.
Jake Birch is a professional hockey player and he meets Miranda Carr while staying at the DuPont hotel where Miranda works as a maid. Jake is immediately attracted to Miranda’s smart mouth and can not understand why she refuses him when he asks her out. He has never had a relationship but he is intrigued by Miranda and can not stop thinking about her. Women usually fall all over Jake and he is surprised when Miranda has no interest in him. She constantly gives him a hard time and he likes the challenge.
Miranda is a very busy twenty-five year old. Not only is she going to school, she is also juggling two jobs. Life isn't easy for her but Miranda never complains. She doesn't trust Jake when she first meets him and has no interest in dating him. She doesn't like his bad attitude or his sense of entitlement. I admire how driven Miranda is; she is strong and also has a sweet and nice side. She doesn't let Jake get away with anything and does not put up with his bad attitude.
Jake has some issues he has to work through and he has to learn how to open his heart again. Miranda is the best thing that ever happened to Jake but he has secrets he is afraid to share and his secrets could break them up. This story is told in alternating POV so we know what they are Jake and Miranda are feeling and thinking.
He's a cocky hockey player. She's a struggling college student. Together they are explosive. May sound like your typical romance but it has a depth that makes this one fresh and enjoyable.
Jake Birch finds himself in trouble with the team owners. Their edict, clean up your act or your out. On top of that, after the team owners daughter whines and complains that Jake never called her after he got what he wanted, he's being forced to "date" her. Of course now is when he would meet a woman who actually intrigues him. Miranda wants nothing to do with men. They are the last thing she has time for, so when the hockey hottie she met at the hotel keeps showing up she doesn't give him the time of day. Not willing to take no for an answer, he has the nerve to request her as his personal housekeeper. Now he's getting hard to resist. He's sweet, offers to help her with her studying, and is simply gorgeous. How long can a girl not give in to that??
This was a fun read and one I definitely recommend.
I recently discovered Brenda Rothert's books and I am quickly becoming a fan. Hooked was a win for me. I like Jake and Miranda and their story grabbed my attention and kept me in the story from start to finish.
Jake Birch is captain of his NHL team and has no trouble getting women (including a certain one who is a bit of a whackadoodle), but He has no interest in a relationship so that works for him. When he meets up with Miranda he doesn't really understand his reaction, but he want more than just a quick romp.
Miranda is struggling to juggle two jobs and maintain high enough grades to have the scholarship she desperately needs to obtain her degree so she has no time for a man in her life, but Jake isn't just any man.