Review: Hooked by Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti

Posted 23rd August 2017 by Natasha / 1 Comment

Review: Hooked by Karla Sorensen & Whitney BarbettiHooked: A love story of criminal proportions by Karla Sorensen, Whitney Barbetti
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Romantic Comedy
Format: eARC
Buy on Amazon USBuy on Amazon UK
Goodreads four-stars

X and I were probably doomed from the start.

That’s what happens when you meet in court-mandated group therapy and then try to steal from him to pay off your blackmailing drug dealer. Former drug dealer, thank you very much. I'm turning over a new leaf and all that.

Which is why I should leave him alone.

Except he tempts me to do things I swore I’d stop doing. It’s that whole gruff, grumbly, anti-social thing he has going on. Him, flame. Me, moth. Something about him calls to me, makes the blood hum in my body. And I don't want that feeling to end.

Lucy Connors is straight-up insane.

She looks like a Disney princess and tries my patience in more ways than I thought possible. Besides the fact that I have to save her cute little ass from jail, I can’t quite figure out how to leave her alone. Even when she’s trying her hand at Breaking and Entering. Especially when it's myhouse she's burglarizing.

Yeah, we were probably doomed from the start.

But that’s the thing about being hooked on something so good, and so bad for you—you don’t walk away when you should.

4 Stars

This book was different. It took a little while to really get into X and Lucy’s story however I am glad I read it. I really loved the idea and plot of this story even though the plot was a little extreme. This story is new and refreshing which made it for an enjoyable read.

The banter in this book was hilarious.

Thanks to Lucy, the mischievous and highly complex Lucy. She brings her bubbly personality tinged with love and criminal actions which really brought her character to life. Reading the first bed scene… I died. She was hilarious and always brought a smile to my face.

“…no one knew I collected each other those damn tea cups myself, to give the appearance that I had someone who loved me enough to give me something they loved. To tell a story as fake as the one about my appendectomy scar.”

X is troubled, you see that from the very start with his quiet demeaner through Lucy’s eyes. He deals with a lot of anxiety due to his mother who has guilted him into his ways and he is lost. He is really isolated before he meets Lucy. But she changes things. He is someone she needs to pay a debt and really forces her way into his life from the beginning. Her cunning ways are what bring them together and give them their HEA. I loved their first encounters and the story picks up from there.

“I know that without him. I wouldn’t be here.”

Their story is a crazy, sweet and a hilarious one. I did enjoy this book. I hope people take their time to read it. It’s a story of a ‘reformed’ criminal and anxiety ridden heir who meet in the craziest of places only to find love.

Review: Hooked by Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti - A Fortress of Books

About Karla Sorensen

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. I’m a writer who wants to make people smile when they read
my words. I own a dog that sheds roughly eighteen pounds of hair every day. I am obsessed with
Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some
people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane
Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my
babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and
I'll love you forever.

About Whitney Barbetti

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos –
especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of
sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except
my hungry stomach.)
As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New
England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.
I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love.
I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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