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Madison McIntyre has been sent to Westhaven a small coastal town in Washington for a month. The company Donovan Development which Madison has been working for has not had much luck in winning the small town over on their plan for a luxurious resort center. Madison's assignment is to research and create a proposal that would help win the town council member over to the idea of the resort. She is supposed to present this proposal to the city council meeting before the month is up. For Madison this is her chance to finally prove herself to the big wigs and get further with the company. Madison craves stability and she has played safe her whole life. Some would call her a workaholic. During her stay in Westhaven Madison stays at an Inn own by Ronnie Edwards. She doesn't tell the townspeople who she works for but that she is there for a sabbatical. Ronnie is a matchmaking momma. Her son Dylan Edwards who is a single divorce father is running the fishing charter boat in town. After checking Madison into a room at the Inn Ronnie decides to do some matchmaking between Dylan and Madison.
After their first interaction both Madison and Dylan have some pretty bad preconceived ideas of the other even though there were some sexual sparks flying. Soon though as they get to know one another they both realize that they might not be able to live without the other but lies, hang-ups from previous relationships, luxurious resort plan, and a slimy boss thrown into the mix could rock the boat for this budding romance between Madison and Dylan.
Just like the title of the book I was "Hooked" from the beginning until the very end. This is one of those fast, fun, and entertaining reads that had me smiling from the first page to the last. I love the city girl and small town boy storyline so this was a plus for me. Westhaven seems like my kind of small town and I found myself wanting to get on a plane and find this place so I could meet my own Dylan. The dialogue was witty and smart. I had many laugh out loud moments and I have to admit I had a little tear in my eye by the end of the book not because it was sad but because it was one of those feel good endings. Madison and Dylan came to life in this book and every page with them had me entertained. The secondary characters added to the storyline like Dylan's mother and daughter instead of hindering. The relationship was believable and I love how Kate slowly builds up the sexual part of the relationship. I rooted for Madison when she finally took a stand against her slime ball of a boss and I enjoyed seeing her slowly change from a workaholic little pushover to a strong woman capable of standing on her own two feet. Dylan was sexy, smart, and funny. Seeing him with his daughter had me sighing several times in the book. This book was a very satisfying read and I am looking forward to more books by this author.
Dylan Edwards has been burned by a city woman before, so when his mother attempts to fix him up with Madison he's not biting. He thinks she's too much like his ex-wife. Once he begins to get to know her, however, he reluctantly starts to like her. With secrets between them, however, will any future be possible?
Hooked is a fairly entertaining story, despite its clichéd big-city-woman-hiding-a-secret-agenda storyline. Having read similar stories before, I wasn't sure if I'd like Hooked. Fortunately, I liked the characters. I could sympathize with Madison's desire to prove herself and succeed in her profession, even if I wasn't always pleased with her methods. I could also understand why she would want sweet, sexy single dad Dylan. Secondary characters, such as Dylan's interfering mother and his adorable daughter, were a nice addition. I also enjoyed the small-town atmosphere Kate Davies created. Hooked features a predictable storyline and doesn't break any new ground, but it's a sweet story and enjoyable enough to while away a summer afternoon with.
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