Hooked by Liz Fichera ~ A Review

When Native American Fredricka ‘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...

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.


Although the cover screamed 'New Adult sexy read', the blurb for Hooked by Liz Fichera caught my eye. I remember Ms. Fichera's first book Captive from Carina Press and I was eager to read more of her Native American heroines. In a genre that's not so culturally diverse, it's awesome to see heroines of color who are living and loving in various stories. Bonus for Hooked for having an NA heroine who plays golf!

I LOVED the first part of Hooked. Getting to know our heroine Fred Oday was a treat and as Ms. Fichera described the scenery of Arizona, I couldn't help going "ahh" at all the locations and names that I remembered from the time I lived there. I sympathized with Fred and rooted for her even through all her adversity as she was seen as the 'other'. Sadly, some of the characters from Hooked were familiar in my own real life (but thankfully none I went to school with).

Although I started out liking our hero Ryan Berenger, things tended to change as the story went on. He wasn't as bad as his best friend (resident villain Seth) who was thrown off the golf team to make room for stellar player Fred, he took a back seat to his friend's antics even as they bordered along cruel. I recognize the fact that this is a YA read and much of the younger characters in this genre tend to stay on the sidelines as spectators in such situations but I would have loved to have seen Ryan stand up more for Fred. Even in the end when he confronts his former girlfriend Gwyneth, he isn't as forceful as he should have been. I also felt that Fred could have stood up for herself more after taking so much bullying and going back and forth with Ryan. The book has a good amount of the big misunderstandings found in romance novels and in romance novel speak, Ryan should have done much more grovelling to win Fred back after all he put her through.

I also wanted to see more of a conclusion to the story at the end. After Fred almost loses her father, I had hoped to see them chat again since most of the book goes to lengths to show how close they are and how much she loves him. I also would have loved to have seen Ryan set Seth straight even after he and Fred helped him out at the end. A few things were left up in the air that I hope have answered in the next book 'Played' or at least in a short story featuring Ryan and Fred.

All in all I enjoyed 'Hooked'. There were a few instances of harsh language used that I could have done without but I appreciate the subject matter of prejudice, hate, love and acceptance among other issues being addressed in the story. I recommend this for readers like me who are looking for more diversity in their YA reading and also for teens who love contemporaries.


Working It Out by Rachael Anderson ~ Book Blast


  Working It Out 

  A chance encounter . . . 

Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.


A chance for love . . . 

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there's something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he's everything she's sure she doesn't want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she's willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.  

 
Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 
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 Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers. Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings. As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.


marcia    Author Marcia Lynn McClure Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.” Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.






   

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