Hooked On You by Cathryn Fox
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 27, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I’m a bookworm, a mathematician, not the kind of girl a hot lobster fisherman would notice.
Until he did.
I’m not in small town Nova Scotia to hook up. I’m here to settle my grandmother’s estate and sell the B&B, which I soon discover has been overrun with seasonal fisherman and operated on the honor system. The hard-core fishing folks become an instant family––the one I never had. Then there’s the blind pet cow, who has a crush on my hot fisherman, Nate. Okay, technically he’s not mine. I have no desire to get reeled in.
Until I do.
Soon, the little town grows on me, and the fisherman? It’s not long until I take the bait and we’re playing house at the B&B. Things are looking up.
Until they aren’t.
Rumors about a new plant and jobs being in jeopardy start swirling around town like a nor’easter, and all the signs point to my guy being behind the scandal. Should I give him enough line to play it out and learn his true intentions, or cut and run before I’m hooked?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Me: “It’s not you, it’s me.”
This book: *flips me the finger and walks away*
I usually love Ms. Fox’s stories, besides the scorching hot level of her character’s chemistry in the sexy department I’m generally sucked in with their interactions, witty banter and compelling natures. Sadly, this was not the case for me with Hooked on You.
I started off on the wrong foot when our h, Kira is depicted as a “distracted mathematician”. Que in what seems to be an inability to focus and very long inner musings in between actual dialogue, which drives me completely insane.
I have to be honest here and admit to skimming a great deal through the whole book. I started it and I really wanted to like it, but it just wasn’t grabbing me, to the point where I read a couple of other books in between. Still, I was determined to see this one through, if only for the fact that I’ve read a lot of this author’s books and I’ve loved several of them. Once I realized the only way I’d be able to do that was to tackle it as I do some of the Korean dramas now on Netflix View Spoiler »you know, those where each scene lasts 450% more than necessary and you could actually just fast forward from scene to scene and you can condense the one hour of viewing to a 15-minute episode and not miss an important plot point « Hide Spoiler and I started going from dialogue line to dialogue line, and almost altogether skipping their inner monologues, I finally managed it.
I did actually like both Kira and Nate and they did have great chemistry together. She was kind of lost emotionally, and he had some serious family issues to work through so this was a case of healing-together kind of romance. Unfortunately, I saw every single plot twist a hundred thousand kilometers in advance, and that, compounded with my inability to really connect to the characters given their too-long-inner-musing-itis just made it hard for me to get into the story and totally enjoy the experience.
Hooked on You is by no means a bad book, my expectations of what I’d be getting were too high and it just didn’t work for me personally. I still liked the story, it was sweet and heartwarming and I had some fun with the puny humor and easy comradery between all the town’s people. It just wasn’t the book for me.
Rating: 3 Stars
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