Hooked by Betina Krahn is a 90-page story that hooks the reader from page one. The book is part of Harlequin’s More than Words Outreach where famous authors write about real life issues. Betina Krahn recognizes the work of Donna Fischer, the Arizona program coordinator for Casting for Recovery, a national non-profit organization that runs fly-fishing for cancer patients. All that said it is still a romance. Something Krahn does very well.
Stephanie Steele moved to Atlanta to be closer to her family and expand her business. At least, that is what she tells herself. Maybe it is more about her boyfriend, make that former boyfriend, Finn Hartley, and his mellow take one day at a time attitude. The man doesn't share Stephanie’s ambition; she doesn't see how they could merge lives when their outlook differ so much, but that is before the big C hits. Now she has no clue how she can proceed from here.
Finn Hartley is mystified by Stephanie's leaving him and moving across the country. His decision to just deal with it means not dealing with it. At first, keeping him sane is the job of caring for his beloved sister who battles cancer, though it only defeats her in the end Then there are his two daughters with their continuous demands, and his ex-wife who often jump-starts their demand-cycle. It all keeps him busy, but it doesn't make him feel useful. He begins volunteering for Casting for the Cause hoping to make a small part of his life count.
Stephanie spots Finn when she travels back for a wedding. Even though her heart yearns for him, she is unwilling to allow Finn to romance her because she is not the woman he knew before. Finn realizes she is holding something back, and is determined to not let her get away a second time. He is determined to get her hooked.
Hooked really does do that. Hooks and reels you in. I started it at eleven at night and did not put it down until I finished it.
Make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand. It works on so many levels. You may also learn a little bit about fly-fishing too.