Author: Liz Fichera
Series: Hooked series
I was pretty excited to read this book. It had an interesting twist on the usual high school love story and I couldn’t wait to see just how Fichera had the story unfold.
The book opens right away with Fred joining the team. For Fred, this golf team means the opportunity to do what she loves and possibly got a college scholarship. A college scholarship would mean the chance to do something more than waitressing with her life.
At first, Ryan is annoyed that his best friend Seth’s golf team spot is given to Fred, no tryout needed. He doesn’t see it as fair and doesn’t see how she could be good enough to compete with the boys. After their first tournament, his opinion starts to change, even though Seth is still set on making her life miserable. It doesn’t help when Ryan starts to have more than friendly feelings towards her. Not only does Seth see this as a betrayal, but Ryan’s maybe girlfriend, Gwyneth, isn’t too fond of his feelings either. Pretty soon, Seth and Gwyneth start to bully and antagonize Fred in retaliation.
The romance between Ryan and Fred has a slow build. At first, Ryan came barely stand to look at her. After their first tournament, he starts to respect her and that builds into a tentative friendship. From there, a sweet little love starts to grow. It’s a sweet romance and it just makes you smile and feel good.
The one thing I wish was different about this book is Fred’s reaction to the bullying. I wanted her to stand up for herself just a little bit more. She didn’t have to be confrontational, but there were some moments when I wish she would have said or done something more.
Overall, Hooked is a great book and it’s definitely one I’d recommend. The golfing twist keeps it fresh, but the love keeps you happy.
Thank you to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.