Author: Christine Manzari
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
If 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?
Cat has the kind of life many young women would be jealous of. She is a graphic designer, skateboarder, graffiti artist and has a gay BFF. She is also beautiful, feisty and doesn’t believe in love! Instead of ignoring the guy who spends the morning watching her workout she agrees to a date. We cannot help but miss the fact that despite Huck’s obvious stalker tendencies, the atmosphere between the pair is sexually charged.
As the we read further Christine Manzari changes the tone of the story. We realise that this is not going to be a straightforward love story and that Cat and Huck are going to have to deal with their own drama before they can finally be together.
Generally a character with Cat’s tough exterior be difficult to connect with, but Christine Manzari allows us to see her confusion, anger, denial and grief as she cares for her mother. Christine Manzari is sensitive, yet clearly knowledgeable about cancer, its treatment and the resulting side effects; because of this we invest our emotions in the story.
Hooked’s narrative incorporates both character’s points of view, helping us to understand their individual feelings and motivations. Whilst Cat is pre-occupied with her mother’s illness, Huck simply wants to convince her that he is genuine, but I think that he seems fairly one-dimensional.
Hooked is a promising debut from the author and it is a book which will be popular with readers of the New Adult Contemporary Romance genre.