Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Hooked | Hearts of Stone by Christine Manzari

HOOKEDIf you ask the confident and snarky skater girl, and she’s in the mood to share, she’ll tell you her name is Cat. She might even tell you that she’s hooked on graffiti, 80s movies, and having fun—the riskier the better. Cat will share a good time with you, but she won’t ever trust you enough to share her heart. It’s protected by secrets and she’d like to keep it that way. 

Cat knows one thing for certain: Love isn’t really her thing.

If you ask the confident and rich pretty boy, he might tell you his name is Huck. He might even tell you he loves a challenge and is used to getting his way. He won’t tell you that his life is a mess because he risked his heart by trusting the wrong girl. Huck is ready for a change, he just wasn’t ready to get hooked on someone like Cat.

Huck knows one thing for certain: Love hasn’t done him any favors, but Cat just might be worth the risk.

Cat and Huck think a one-night stand seems harmless, but when all the little secrets they didn’t share turn out to be toxic truths, they realize how easily a one-night stand (or a few) could ruin everything. 

The thing is, you can be ruined in more than one way. Once you’re HOOKED, what wouldn’t you risk for the chance at more?

4.5 stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

Stop gushing at the cover and look down here – I actually have a review for you to read about. I know it ts definitely one hell of a sexy man cover but I promise the goodies on the inside are just as good, at least in my opinion. Maybe even panty-drop kind of delicious. Book boner swoonage has been activated, let the discussion commence! 

I have a romance preference. I know what you are thinking if you have witnessed anything from my Instagram feed, you know I will give any romance genre a twirl. But my weakness is a very specific collaboration of tropes. Not only do I love a sexy snide type of male character, something about a man with a possessive asshole persona really gets my goats however my biggest goodies that bring me to the book is really simple: Inter-office relationships. More specifically, guy girl hit it off, guy turns out to be girls boss. 

There in lies my immediate love for Hooked.

To be fair, I went into reading this without having any idea of the backbone other than Cat obviously has massive boundaries as a female character, she might appear on the exterior to be fun and collective but really is just guarded individual keeping majority of people at arms length. Then you have Huck, right at the beginning he has the appearance of an overly confident, dripping sexy attitude to match his looks, dubbed the ‘abercrombie’ during introductions; seriously the chemistry of Cat and Huck are on point within the first couple of chapters. The monkey sex is just deliciously steamy. So imagine my surprise when Cat is rushing to work during an early chapter and runs into Huck, her boss. Needless to say this escalates the drama meter to legendary status.

Even with this trope factor though I will be completely honest, I battled with my rating. Part of me wanted to go down to a lower rating because even though my favorite trope is hovering in the story line throughout the novel, it still doesn’t get the broadcast of the full potential I would have wanted. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some steamy moments when the snarky banter and sex tension collide between the pair, but again just didn’t play out the way I personally had hoped. 

Putting that aside, I overall went with the rating I felt Hooked deserved. Mostly because I can appreciate the characters without my personal fantasies playing out, honestly the connection is freaking amazing. Cat is witty, super fun character, slightly annoying from time to time; but none the less she had a relatable personality.  Even when Cat’s drama started to have a lack luster effect on me, more so it just appeared overly active, but towards the end it really just comes down to there is a reason behind who she is as a character thus creating this annoying, slow growth throughout the novel. She definitely struggled with a lot of emotional and mental baggage, which in turn reflected on her outlook on the relationship, her job, just everything – completely second guessing herself. Cat was the hot and cold of the novel hands down.

On top of Cat, Huck was definitely my favorite aspect of the novel. He had his own struggles to deal with yet his growth seemed more steadfast from the start. Not to mention Huck is really just dripping with ‘please sir bend me over my desk now…’ kind of presence. I can’t help but gush over his character completely. I loved his secrets, his development, just his overall backbone to the dynamic. By the end I am melting off of my chair. I mean it, some of those scenes were just – whoah. 

This is my first series in Hearts of Stone Series and I am loving Christine’s writing style. Once I picked this up I couldn’t stop then I bought Hitched and Hated. She is great with the character chemistry she created in Hooked and I am excited to see where this takes me. Ready or not, here I come Hitched! 



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