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Hooked: A love story of criminal proportions

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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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 wh
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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published August 23rd 2017
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Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me just begin by saying OH. MY. GOD. Wow, just wow and some more wows. Right, ok review time.

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

X and Lucy were doomed from the start. Meeting at a group therapy session should have warned them but when Lucy breaks into X's house to steal valuables to pay off her former drug dealer things take an unexpected turn and it's sure is a whole lot of fun to read about.





Lucy's character was interesting, she's head strong and relies on no one but hersel
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Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2017-reads
HOLY MOTHER OF THIEVES!!!!

Lucy is in a dire predicament. To get rid of her ex drug dealer and lead a normal crime free life, she has to rob the rich guy in her therapy group. It's the last thing she needs but desperate times call for desperate measures. Problem is, she is into the guy and every time she is close to him, she wants to rile him up and do bad things to him.

X knows Lucy is certifiable and that he should stay fifty feet away from her. But everything about her makes his pulse race. He
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-  Michelle Claypot_Reads
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first read from these authors and I loved it.
X and Lucy come from completely different worlds and bring out the best and the worst in each other. But strangely they are good for each other.
This story is action packed and moves along at a really fast pace. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the main characters and the chemistry was seriously hot. Plenty of witty banter and laugh out loud moments made this a great read.

I received an ARC of this book
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hooked
By: Whitney Barbetti and Karla Sorensen
4 Stars

When you are forced into court mandated therapy, you go… Whether you gain anything from the therapy sessions or not, that’s a different story.
When you go to group therapy because your therapist recommends you to go, you go…Whether you gain anything from the group sessions or not.

When attending the group therapy sessions, you are introduced to a wide variety of people, that’s for sure!!!

Lucy is a head strong young lady who fends for herself, ma
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Paula  Phillips
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Going into this story, I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to get, but when I saw that it was written by Karla Sorensen and Whitney Barbetti ( mainly Whitney), I knew that I wanted to read it. I have to admit it was an excellent ride and more than I could ever imagine it would take me on. The book starts at a therapy session where Lucy Connors attends as part of her parole and X who suffers from a few things - anxiety being one of them. Lucy has a dilemma as she owes her old drug dealer money ...more
Vanessa (nessreads)
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

5 "X marks the spot" Stars!!!

I am so giddy right now. I freaking loved everything about this story, especially the two main characters! This book was filled with with so many laugh-out-loud moments. My gosh there was never a dull moment.

Lucy was the type of character I love rooting for. She has her problems, but she's stronger because of them. She doesn't know what it's like to need someone because she's always been alone. So it's hard for h
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Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS FOR HOOKED!! You will be hooked from page one in this fast paced, fun sexy story. X which stands for Xavier, is a super rich hot guy with social issues and gets sent to group therapy to talk about their problems amongst each other. Lucy is a beautiful and funny former drug dealer and thief that is in the same group therapy. These two are so different, but yet have so much in common. This story will have laughing at all the bantering between X and Lucy, flipping pages as fast as you can. ...more
Annette Brignac
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun read!

Lucy and X are an adorable match made in heaven. The tale of these two broken souls and their road to healing is a hilarious one! Excellently written and highly recommended!
Mel
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read, hea, reviewed, arc, lol
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 sh
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Briana Pacheco
Sep 07, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: beautiful-cover
DNF @ 52%

I hate to do this becuase I love these authors and I'm kinda in love with X 😏 but I need to come back to this when I'm not a grumpy bitch 😔
Rachel Sherman
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lucy is an ex drug dealer who has spent some time in jail. X has social anxiety, and comes from a family of money. They both have the same therapist who send them to the same group therapy meeting. Lucy notices X has money due to the clothes he is wearing when he walks into therapy. Lucy has some debt she needs to pay off to her former drug dealer. So, Lucy decides to break into X’s house to steal things to pay off her debt. Things don’t go as planned, and Lucy and X end up with a bigger problem ...more
Kimberly Garner
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rom-com-galore
This book was awesome!! The two main characters are so flawed and so screwed up that this works wonderfully. Lucy...what a hot mess that girl is. Former drug user, dealer, klepto, and liar. She has to get her life together or its back to prison for her. X...anxiety ridden mess. While he is built and looks like your typical hero in a book, he is a anxiety riddled mess.
Together these two work, and it's a beautiful thing. Lucy pulls X out of his shell, and makes him realize things are not so bad,
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Jennifer Richey
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow going into this book I was hooked from page 1!! This book is hilarious I laughed so much all throughout the book!!! Wow this book had me from the cover to the title and hooked is that one book you would go and read and come back to because you laughed so much with Lucy And X! I loved reading this book and can't wait to read more from both of these authors!
Brooke Gunderman-Harris
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When Lucy first saw X she knew she had to make an impression. Even if it was in court mandated therapy. Everyone has their issues right? The only issue she saw about X was that he had too much money to care and she needed enough cash to pay off her ex boyfriends debt to the drug dealer from before she was in the clink. She knew X would have enough he wouldn't miss anything.

X first noticed Lucy in group therapy when she tipped over her chair and he
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Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
4.5 stars

***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ***

*ARC*

When I picked up Hooked and started reading the synopsis is what had my curious and interest wondering if this one would be any good or not. Well it was really good. I laughed more than once with Lucy’s antics and her well let’s say her tendencies to umm we will go with the word collect things. Add into the mix X’s own anxiety and quirks then you can just only begin to picture why Hooked had me laughing
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Excessive~Reader
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this book 4.5 stars. I won the arc of this fun, original, and thrilling story.

Let me start with that I loved X and Lucy, a lot. Both were great characters and even better together. She had me laughing at every lie she told. And X had me all kinds of hot and bothered then melting my heart. I wish their story gets a sequel so I can have more of him. It is a HEA and a perfect weekend read.

So why I didn't give it the last .5 points. Given it was an arc there was some editing glitches but
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Whoo Gives A Hoot
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, give-me-books
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
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I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review...

You know what they say...opposites attract...which is exactly what happens with our hero and heroine in this action packed, hilariously funny romance. Right from the very beginning I was hooked into this story and I couldn't put it down until the very end. Xavier and Lucy are nothing alike and come from completely different backgrounds and yet I couldn't think of
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Aubrey B3 Book Blog
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Whitney Barbetti writes a book, I drop everything to read it. Add in the amazing Karla Sorensen and yeah, I will literally drop everything to read it. Kids need food? There's Pop Tarts in the pantry. Go away. I'm reading.

To say I was HOOKED from the very first chapter would be an understatement. I was hooked from the very first two words.

Lucy is our heroin, although she's a little more villain in a sense. Former drug user and dealer, but still a tiny bit of a klepto, she finds herself in co
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Donna
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars....I have mixed feelings about this one. Many readers loved this book, so do not be put off reading this by my review. It was well written and I loved X and Lucy. It was a really good love story, but I hated the story itself, so this alone let it down for me. I would like to read something else from this author as I thought she did a good job with X and Lucy. Lucy had a great sense of humor and X was one sweet, hot, sexy dude. I did do a lot of eye rolling especially where X’s mother w ...more
Hilaria Alexander
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous romcom! I'm completely in love with these two unlikely criminals. Lucy and Xavier were absolutely delightful. A pathological liar with a shady past and a handsome guy who struggles to keep his anxiety at bay. You will not be able to put this book down. The movie nerd in me loved all the movie references. I know the writers have other projects for the imminent future, but I look forward to another collaboration down the road.
Konny
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hooked by Whitney Barbetti and Karla Sorensen is a standalone romance novel.
Meet Lucy Connors, she23 years and made some bad decisions in her life. And now she has to attend a court mandated group therapy. She works odd jobs to makes ends meet.
And then is there Xavier Lockwood- X-. He has major anxies, is a neatfreak. They meet at group therapy and Lucy believes hes her saving grace. Shes her own kind of crazy.
Hooked kept me well entertained. The writing is great, I loved the characters and I ha
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Vicky Wilson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
From reading the blurb I couldn't wait to get my hands on this and I was lucky enough to be gifted an arc for an honest review.

I loved lucy, loved her. She was amazing and funny with a backbone even after everything life has dealt her and I just wanted to hug her. X was awesome too and I loved being in his head and even with all his neurosis he still knew what he had with Lucy. These authors really made something incredible together and I hope there will be more to come from them, even though th
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J.C. Hannigan
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was HILARIOUSLY PERFECT and a lot of fun! I haven't laughed this much while reading a book in a long time! Karla and Whitney work magically together, like peanut butter and chocolate.
Lisa Marie Barrera
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! JUST WOW!! This is a First read from both Authors Whitney Barbetti & Karla Sorensen. They Blew Me Away with Xavier and Lucy's story but it is not your common "I met a Girl & Date her" kind. They meet in a weird environment that most would not meet and she literally falls out of her chair to get his attention. There is Hot Chemistry between them but they don't surrender so quickly. Their story has alot of action, mommy issues which Not by his choice, movie references, drama from her ...more
Charli (charlithebookprincess)
This was such an entertaining story and I was so happy that I received an e-ARC to review early in order to spread the word about this book! This new adult, standalone contemporary romance just had me giggling from start to finish. I love reading stories about two people that meet (and get to know each other) under the most unlikely of circumstances.

The story. I thought the story was well thought out and had a really good rhythm and pace to it. There was definitely never a dull moment with these
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Claudia Pinillos
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this book!! As soon as I started reading I was hooked on X and Lucy and as the book went on I only grew to love them more and more.

Lucy is a hot mess but I loved how self aware she was. She was comfortable in her own skin and willing to face up to her mistakes. She was also a bit of a klepto, but that's another story.

I loved X so much from the very beginning. You understand his anxiety and you just want to wrap him up in a protective blanket and make sure nothing happens to h
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Well well well... these two ladies are brand new to me but boy did they leave a mark... intriguing me with their writing styles and captivating words. Karla and Whitney created an intense, twisted, ultra-steamy masterpiece that had me on the edge of my seat, cover to cover and addicted.

Hooked did just that... hooked me deep from the very start. Lucy and X were unique and quirky in a way that's indescribable yet refreshing. Both were...damaged, imperfect, flawed, and opposite in every way
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Joy Novel Thoughts
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Hooked is unlike any story I have ever read. Karla and Whitney's writing blended so seamlessly that you would never know it was written by two separate people.

What do you get when you mix a former drug dealing kleptomaniac and an eccentric billionaire that has a panic attack at the thought of leaving his own home?

"The fact was unavoidable, Lucy and I were irrevocably tied together in this dark truth."

The beginning of this story was a little slow, but once the action started, things really picke
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Jenn's Book Obsession
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb to this book I knew that I just had to read it. It didn't sound like anything I had read or come across and that intrigued me. I mean just the blurb alone had me chuckling so it had to be good right? And yes! Yes it is! I absolutely LOVED this!

This was such a great collab between these two authors. The story flowed so seamlessly. The characters were exceptionally well written. X and Lucy are without a doubt flawed, imperfect and complete opposites but it worked so great. I
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Sassy Southern
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was just a fun book to read!! I laughed so hard at some points that I dropped my kindle!! I also love to see flawed characters and how they can make each other stronger. X and Lucy was a perfect match even if they didn't look like it. And X having all the flaws that he did and not being the usual alpha male made me fall in love with him even more. But he did have that protective instinct for Lucy. And Lucy oh lord Lucy was a character for sure!!! She had me rolling with some of th
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