Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Hooked By You by Jessica Buss - ARC Review


She’s a goddess in heels. Absolute perfection. Well, almost.
Samantha Fox is the heiress of Fox Sporting, my new management team. As one of the best wings in the NHL, I have never shied away from a challenge, and she is definitely a challenge. But if her company representing me doesn’t stop me from wanting her, the fact she’s engaged should, right?
But the noticeably absent sparkle from her left ring finger makes me question. I vow to myself that I’ll find out what that’s all about. And if she’s single, I plan to make her mine. Or at least, mine for the night. I just need one taste of the divine.


Off-limits. That’s what he is. Lucas Bouchard is the prestigious new client acquired by my family’s company. From what I know, not only is he an amazing hockey player, he’s a humble and generous philanthropist too. Also, he’s a walking aphrodisiac.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve just broken off my engagement to a cheating, using loser. Every time our eyes lock, I find myself captivated. But he’s not for me. No matter how many times I remind myself of this, though, it doesn’t compute. Plain and simple, I want him. And keeping my distance might prove impossible.

Without going into too much detail, this is my 2nd pass at this book, and this title's rewrites solved the issues I had with the previous version; the book let us know both characters and showed more than it told.

I ended up enjoying this title. I liked Samantha and I also liked Lucas. I liked getting to know them and felt the dialogue and description of the characters worked overall for the story. There were moments where I felt very connected with them and that's essential for a strong romance story.

There were still some parts that felt a little over dramatic, but that's my opinion and while I thought it was too much I believed the characters didn't, which makes not totally buying it something to do with me and not the writing.

That said, while I understand why it was written as it was, it did leave me feeling like I missed a little bit of them being together as a lot of the story was spent with them dealing with the reasons they weren't and figuring out what they wanted. So I guess what I'm saying is that while it worked, I was also left wanting more of them as a couple as I was enjoying their dynamic.

While it's been rewritten, this is the debut novel by this author and it's definitely got enough going for it, both with the writing and the characters, that I'm definitely interested in reading the next book in the series.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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