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Author: Christine Manzari
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: February 3, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
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?
On paper, Cat and Huck are just too different to work. She’s a tattooed skater girl. He’s an all-American boy. They quickly dub each other Ms. Unafraid and Abercombie. And while they shouldn’t work, don’t tell that to their bodies.
A mutual attraction brings them together, quickly leading to an impulsive first date. While these two steer clear of personal topics like family and work, something that will come back to bite them, they get to know each other and learn they are more compatible than they thought. This builds the attraction and leads to a passionate night that is hard to forget.
“God,” he moaned.
“You can call me Goddess,” I purred back, twinning my legs with his to hold him down onto me.
I rocked her world last night. Or she rocked mine. Did it matter? Worlds were rocked. I was sure of that.
Initially, this book seemed predictable. Since they hid so much personal information, it was no shock to me that Cat and Huck were more than strangers who met on a beach. But I was surprised how quickly Cat forgot about her amazing weekend with Huck, reverting to hatred for the guy she previously only knew over the phone. I understood her fears, and reasons for distancing herself, but she shut down so quickly on Huck, she didn’t give him much chance to remind her why they were great together.
The other thing that surprised me about this book was the heartbreaking element within it. Before everything goes to shit at work, Cat receives sad news from her mom that will impact her daily life, and tore at her already fragile heart. The scenes in this book involving Cat and her Mom are so well captured, you can feel Cat’s heart breaking. I was amazed at the strength Cat shows on the outside, despite her pain on the inside.
Although I supported Cat emotionally, I was frustrated with the walls she built up to avoid letting Huck in. But thankfully, he was a pesky fucker, and broke down some of those walls, on occasion. Only for Cat to ruin things minutes later and rebuild the walls. *shakes kindle*
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate Cat’s character. There was actually a lot I liked about her. She’s an independent, creative and driven – something that is often lacking in book heroines. She’s a bit of a hard ass, which led her to be labeled by some as the Wicked Bitch of the West Coast, but she clearly has a life direction, which I can’t fault her for. She carries a don’t-fuck-with-me attitude which actually explains a lot about her experiences with relationships, creating barriers to her heart. If it weren’t for Huck’s persistence and her BBF, Jay’s, meddling, she probably would be a very lonely cat lady. Did I mention her own cat doesn’t even like her?
With her Mom’s situation, this book has a heavy weight to it. But Jay provides the humor to lighten up just about any moment.
“I’m so proud of you, Cat. You’re amazing and you don’t even realize it.”
“Oh, I totally realize it. I’m always reminding you.”
“You’re right. That’s true. I take it back. You’re such a conceited bitch.”
Everyone needs a friend like him. He also provides emotional support for both Cat and Huck, and gives them both a swift kick in the ass when necessary.
You don’t think you need him, but you do. Your heart has had a taste of happiness and now you’re being a complete idiot.
If you are looking for a hate to love romance, where opposites attract, and a persistent male lead will stop at nothing to get his girl, then this your book. You will laugh at times and may shed a tear or two. In the end, Cat will finally open her heart and get everything she deserves back in return. It’s a beautiful thing.
10 ebooks, 5 print copies, $25 Amazon or BN Gift Card
The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.
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