Release Blitz! Hooked by Karla Sorensen and Whitney Barbetti

 

Title: Hooked
Authors: Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Dark Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Blurb
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.

 

CHARLI’S REVIEW

This was such an entertaining story and I was so happy that I received an e-ARC to review early in order to spread the word about this book! This new adult, standalone contemporary romance just had me giggling from start to finish. I love reading stories about two people that meet (and get to know each other) under the most unlikely of circumstances.

The story. I thought the story was well thought out and had a really good rhythm and pace to it. There was definitely never a dull moment with these characters, haha! I found a few things to be a tad too coincidental, but that it just me being nit picky. It was unusual and different storyline, which I highly appreciated.

Lucy Connors. Some would call her a pathological liar, but others would call her great at improvisation. Lucy was entertaining as hell and threw out movie references like nobody’s business. Of course her sarcasm and quick wit were deflecting strategies to hide a deeper pain that she refused to share with anyone, especially someone like X whom she views as out of her league. I loved how Lucy was the perfect balance for X. She was outgoing and not afraid to make a fool of herself. She brought chaos into X’s life…that’s for sure!

Xavier Lockwood. This man. I seriously just wanted to take away his demons, but then he never would have met Lucy, and that would have definitely been a far worse tragedy. X was a very private person who knew what his daily routine was before Tornado Lucy blew into his life. He would do absolutely anything for her which became quite obvious very quickly. I loved how X saw through Lucy’s bullshit and was not afraid to call her out on it because he wanted her honesty more than anything. It was fun to see X finally let loose and go along with some of Lucy’s shenanigans. This man deserved to let go a little bit after growing up under his helicopter mom.

The relationship. I felt Lucy and X were perfect complements of each other and brought out the best in each other. They knew what the other needed without being told, which shows that they were paying attention to each other.

The side characters. The only big one was X’s mom and she was a crazy bitch. Yes, she might have a really good reason for why she is that way she is, but she was the ultimate helicopter mom to X even though he was a 26 year old man.

I would recommend this story to those who like: unlikely couples, breaking and entering, some criminal shenanigans, sandwiches, sexy AF heroes with some quirky habits, and a sarcastic heroine with some dramatic tendencies.

Overall Rating: ★★★/★★★★★

EMILY’S REVIEW

This was the first story I’ve ready by either Karla Sorensen or Whitney Barbetti and I was so excited when I was able to receive an eARC.  Plus this cover is so swoon worthy!  Nothing entices me more than a really good cover!  Hooked is a new adult, stand alone dark comedy romance, and as the authors warn, definitely shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  But buckle up when you start, because you’re in a for a heck of a ride…as long as you don’t mind going 58 mph on a 70 mph freeway 😉

Hooked had me laughing from the very first page, and earned me some odd looks from both my husband and my coworkers.  In fact, at one point, I was banished to the living room because all my giggling was keeping the hubs from falling asleep!  But I just couldn’t help it.  The circumstances in this book were so over the top, and Lucy had a great personality, and I couldn’t get enough of her snarkiness.  This book was so unlike anything I’d read before, and I really enjoyed that.  Not only was the story itself crazy, but the characters were a hot mess…and I mean that in the best way possible.  I’m always up for a little crazy, and these two were bringing it in droves!

Lucy Connors is a 23 year old felon, on probation after serving time in prison for drug dealing.  Xavier Lockwood is a 26 year old, trust fund baby with social anxiety, paranoia, and is completely inept of carrying on a conversation with another human being, especially a beautiful woman.  In all reality, these two characters should not work together, but when they come together in the most outrageous and hilarious circumstances, it’s like peanut butter and jelly.  They are just meant to be.

Lucy was such a likeable character.  She had a lot of quirks, but they really helped form her into the person she was.  Despite all that she had been through, she still kept her sense of humor, and a little bit of lightness in her heart.  It just took her meeting the right person to truly bring it to the surface.

Speaking of the right person, can we talk a bit about X?  This man truly stole my heart.  He was so adorable and I loved seeing him overcome so much as his relationship with Lucy grew.  Plus, he worked out a lot…which means he had abs, and big arms.  All of those are outstanding qualities in a book hero.  So A+ for that attention to detail!

Overall, Hooked was a well written, easy, hilarious read from two authors I will definitely be checking out in the future.  Albeit a bit unbelievable, Hooked is definitely worth taking the time to read, so make sure you check it out next time you’re looking for a swoony hero and a good laugh!

Overall Rating: ★★★ and a half :)/★★★★★

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
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.

TWITTER

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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