New Release & ARC Review: Hooked by Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti



by Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti

A Dark Romantic Comedy


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X and I were probably doomed from the start.

That’s what happens when you meet in court-mandated group therapy and then try to steal from him to pay off your blackmailing drug dealer. Former drug dealer, thank you very much. I’m turning over a new leaf and all that

Which is why I should leave him alone.

Except he tempts me to do things I swore I’d stop doing. It’s that whole gruff, grumbly, anti-social thing he has going on. Him, flame. Me, moth. Something about him calls to me, makes the blood hum in my body. And I don’t want that feeling to end.


Lucy Connors is straight-up insane.

She looks like a Disney princess and tries my patience in more ways than I thought possible. Besides the fact that I have to save her cute little ass from jail, I can’t quite figure out how to leave her alone. Even when she’s trying her hand at Breaking and Entering. Especially when it’s myhouse she’s burglarizing.

Yeah, we were probably doomed from the start.

But that’s the thing about being hooked on something so good, and so bad for you—you don’t walk away when you should.

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4 “hooked on you” stars!

“I’ve been waiting for someone like you for a long time.”

Together, Whitney Barbetti and Karla Sorensen have written an entertaining and hilarious story about two unlikely people finding love in the most unconventional way.

“A classic tale of two people who were never supposed to meet.”

Lucy has made some bad decisions in the past. Now out of jail she attends court mandated group sessions as a reformed drug dealer and addict. However, she is still in hot water because she owes a ton of money to her former dealer who has been pestering her for the money since she was released.

X is basically a hermit, hardly leaving his house and keeping a wall around his heart. He doesn’t let people in and isn’t used to touch. He suffers from anxiety and joins the therapy group that Lucy attends after years of private sessions.

Immediately, Lucy can tell X has money and decides he can make her problem go away. X notices Lucy but has no desire to even talk to her. She has other plans, though, and soon their lives are flipped upside down.

Fantastic banter, hilarious interactions, and sweet and steamy moments made Hooked an enjoyable read. It’s fast paced with a unique storyline and original characters, and I couldn’t put it down. Borderline ridiculous but so entertaining, it’s easy to get hooked on this book.

Sassy, feisty, and a total hoot, just about everything that came out of Lucy’s mouth made me laugh-out-loud. She is quick and witty, and I instantly liked her. Her life is a hot mess and it just gets crazier as the story goes on.

I adored X. With a childhood like his, it’s no wonder why he was awkward and uncomfortable around people. He was vulnerable and perfectly imperfect. He is a sweetheart and I loved watching him acclimate to Lucy’s presence. His feelings snuck up on him and the realization of how he was affected by Lucy made me smile.

The fire that was Lucy was the best kind of destructive force; she burned in my lungs when I breathed her in, and I loved it.

From the moment Lucy got his attention they didn’t have a chance. The sexual tension surrounding them was sizzling and when they finally collided, it was explosive. Things progressed easily between them even if the situations they found themselves in were difficult, and I enjoyed every interaction between them.

This was how addictions started. Like Lucy had tied something around my arm and injected herself into my bloodstream, I would crave her long after she left my bed. She’d leave me with withdrawals, with a sickness that I’d wish to God that I could rip from inside of me, but would be powerless to do so.

Their relationship was intense and wonderful. They ended up being exactly what the other one needed. Lucy accepted X just the way he was and X wanted all of Lucy, including the good and bad.

“I just…” I held a fist over my heart. “I have so much for you right here. It’s big and scary and I’m worried that if I hold onto it too hard, it’ll crack in my hands and shatter at my feet. But I don’t want to let it loose, either…
I want all of that because of you. There’s no one else I’d rather have.”

Overall, Hooked was fun, sexy, and sweet, and I loved it! There was very little angst and the small amount of drama that was present was short lived.  I definitely recommend it if you are in the mood to laugh-out-loud. It’s a great summer read!

*ARC generously provided by the authors and Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review*



About the Authors

Karla Sorensen

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. I’m a writer who wants to make people smile when they read my words. I own a dog that sheds roughly eighteen pounds of hair every day. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.



Whitney Barbetti

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.




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