Authors: Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Dark Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 23, 2017
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.
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35834199-hooked
“Laugh out loud good, 5 stars”
I have never been shy about admitting I love Sorensen’s stories and I’ve always enjoyed the stories of Barbetti’s I’ve read, so when I saw that they were teaming up I and it was a dark rom-com I didn’t know what to expect. I laughed, I cringed/shuddered, I swooned, and I fell for the odd couple. I really truly thought that where I have read both authors I would have a small inkling of when who wrote what, but I never did. It was flawless in transition between the two and now I’m stuck here wondering…do I like them better together then I do apart? One thing I do know is I hope they team up again.
Lucy might look like a Disney princess but she is a hot mess. She’s on parole for her time as a druggie/drug dealer. Lucy has been burned by pretty much everyone in the past so her faith in humanity is low. So when a guy walks into therapy wearing clothes worth more than her car she knows he’s her hit to pay back her old dealer. Only he has a few tricks up his sleeve.
X…poor X… I have never felt sorrier for a dude then I did X. First off, I am sure he is thankful these two women gave him X as an option because his first name is horrible. Second, I feel bad for the guy because his life kind of sucks. He grew up with money, but his mom is bat crap crazy, the extreme helicopter parent that has never stopped hovering. It’s caused so much damage to his psych that he’s in therapy for it, which is how he meets Lucy. They are opposites but you and I both know opposites attract.
At first, I thought these two were like oil and water, but they do. Lucy and X found themselves in a crazy situation and just ran with it. It was a crazy situation and never once did either waver, they always stood by each other. Lucy causes chaos to X’s well laid out plans and he doesn’t care. The way they wrote Hooked reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum stories, they story was too crazy not to believe. I absolutely loved X and Lucy and I hope you will too.
It was incredibly hard for me to pick two quotes from the story that wouldn’t give too much away yet pulled me in to share, I hope you enjoy;
“She was half princess, half bombshell, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why that felt wrong.”
“I looked down at myself, taking in the dress shirt, the dark shoes, and backpack. It was a weird combination, for sure, but this would hardly be the weirdest fare any Uber driver had picked up.”
Writing style- 5/5
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AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS
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.
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.