Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Series: Hooked #1
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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…GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.
Apparently I’ve been on a good streak when it comes to contemporary romance books lately. First PUSHING THE LIMITS, then DARE YOU TO, and now HOOKED. All have been great novels I struggled to put down and are making me rethink the lack of contemporary novels on my bookshelf.
HOOKED is a romance that will keep you flipping through the pages when you really should stop and study. It takes great restraint to pull yourself away from the developing relationship between Fred and Ryan. Like all the best romances, they didn’t exactly have the best start. Fred is put on the boy’s varsity golf team, taking Ryan’s best friend’s spot (not that she knew that). Ryan didn’t like this much, and was determined to hate Fred. But that doesn’t work out. As soon as he sees Fred play, Ryan’s mind starts to change. Over the course of the novel he becomes less of a douche bag and more of the kind, caring, protective love interest we all want.
I do have to criticise the romance briefly. In my opinion it developed way too fast. A little more build up would have been nice, as well as greater development before their first break up (you know these books. The characters run into complications that split them for a while all the time). They hadn’t even been together for 24 hours before something happened and Fred was an emotional wreck for a month before things smoothed out. Thankfully it did not affect her phenomenal ability to play golf. That would have pissed me off.
Speaking of golf, I’m surprised how much I liked the golf scenes. In real life, I really don’t like the sport. It’s boring and I cannot play at all. Yet the golf scenes in this were some of my favourites. I wanted more. I can’t figure out why, maybe something to do with Fred’s passion for the sport and her mindset as she played. She found great solace in the sport, whether it was playing a round, putting, or simply hitting balls on the driving range. Golf to Fred was sort of what horse riding is to me.
Other than the romance issue, HOOKED is a great light read that still has a little pain, but not too much. I really enjoyed reading it. It was a great little break between relentless study. I’m definitely going to check out the sequel PLAYED, which is about Riley and Sam! If you are looking for a nice little romance, HOOKED is a novel to consider.