Hooked on You is a wonderfully sweet slow-burn romance by debut author Jenn Matthews. This is the type of book that I try to read when I’ve had a bad day and want to read something that will make me smile. There are no mysteries or murders that have to be solved here; no violence or deep heart breaking angst. Hooked on You is just a lovely story about two people (Anna Rose and Ollie Williams) who meet in a crochet class, gradually become friends and then girlfriends.
This novel has quite a few positive aspects that I enjoyed. Both the main characters are mature women in their early fifties. Romance really can happen to us more mature folks. The characters are well-developed and likable. This included most of the secondary characters as well, except Liam. I didn’t like Liam, but we are not supposed to like him since he is Anna’s annoying ex-boyfriend. Anna’s coming out as bisexual was handled skillfully. Both characters have different approaches to being out, and I liked seeing this. It seemed very real.
I must admit I’m rather biased toward this book because I’m also an avid crocheter (hooker). I remember having some of the same experiences that Anna had when I first learned to crochet with my grandmother. I also recognized some of the patterns mentioned. The blanket that was Anna’s second project is one of my favorite patterns. I’ve made many baby blankets and throws with that one.
This is a delightful read for anyone who wants a good light romance. It is also a good first novel for Ms. Matthews. I definitely will be looking for more of her writing.
I received this book from Ylva Publishing for an honest review. You can buy a copy here