Monday, December 31, 2012

Hooked by Liz Fichera + Featured Freebie

Hooked
When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...


My Rating: 4/5

A lovely romance with some depth. Hooked was a wonderful book that featured a sweet romance and tackled some bigger issues...

Fred is a different heroine, immediately obvious from her name. She is of Native American ancestry and lives on a reservation. Though no one in her family went to college, she hopes to get a golf scholarship so that she can afford to go. So, she decides to join to boy's golf team at her high school. And that doesn't go over too well. With anyone. Fred showed a lot of strength in overcoming the people who hoped to stop her. Despite their comments and actions, she still went to practice and won her team the tournaments. It made me truly like her. She was very easy to relate to and very likable. I can't really say anything negative about her. She was a wonderful lead.

Ryan was a little more difficult. At first, he was angry at Fred for taking his best friend's spot on the golf team. But, that changes after he sees how good she is. Ryan could be very sweet and likable. But he was such a wimp about standing up to his friends. I understand that it would be difficult to go against a long time friend, but Ryan took it too far. He figured himself out and grew a backbone later on, and he made up for it later, so it was only a small bother. Otherwise, Ryan proved to be a wonderful character. Sweet, and-eventually-willing to stand up for what's right. On a scale from didn't like to adored, I think he scored a respectable "infatuated."

The relationship  between Ryan and Fred was complicated, to say the least. They had many issued to overcome if they were to be together: Ryan friend's, social class divisions, ethnic divisions. But, they do overcome them. It just took them a long time. That was my main issue with the book. Their relationship tended to be on a repeat loop of the same thing occurring over and over before they finally broke out of that cycle and got together. It wasn't a major thing, it was more of a bother, so I was still able to really enjoy the book. 

As I mentioned before, Hooked tackles a few bigger issues-social and ethnic divisions and prejudices that run on both sides. Though these issues weren't sugar coated, it wasn't overwhelming or controversial. It was tactfully done. Hooked is, after all, a romance at heart-just with deeper issues added in. I liked that Hooked didn't presume to come up with a panacea for prejudice. It was more about two people overcoming them to be together. 

The plot of this book was okay. It was interested but it did stall in some places. It didn't get boring, it just didn't have me hooked, no pun intended. The ending was well done, but left open for the next book, which, I believe, will be about Ryan's sister and her story. 

So, overall, Hooked did have a few issues but it was still a very enjoyable read. I loved it. Anyone who likes YA romance or a story of overcoming social divisions, you definitely need to read this book.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN for a copy!
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Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical romance that sounds interesting: A Dangerous Game by Julia Templeton. Go forth and get it for free!
A Dangerous GameSalvatore Tremayne has lived with a burning hatred toward the father who denied him his birthright...and the brother who received all the glory. Raised in one of London's most infamous brothels, Salvatore and his partner Nicolette have climbed from struggling musicians to London's most sought-after entertainers. But even success can not satisfy the vengeance Salvatore craves toward his dead father and his heir, the Earl of Kedgwick. 

When an opportunity arises to play at his brother's engagement party, Salvatore puts a plan into motion--Nicolette will seduce the earl, and convince him not to marry the Duke of Durham's daughter. Thereby causing further scandal of the Kedgwick name and denying the earl the rich dowry.

Nicolette, who has no experience with intimacy, asks Salvatore to teach her how to make love, so that she can properly seduce the earl. Little does Salvatore know that Nicolette has been in love with him for years. All of that changes with one night of passion. Now Salvatore is questioning what is more important to him--revenge, or the love of the woman he might lose...to the very man he hates most of all.

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