Kathleen FullerZondervan / 2022 / Mass PaperbackOur Price$7.294.5 out of 5 stars for Hooked on You. View reviews of this product. 23 Reviews
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Courtney4 Stars Out Of 5Like a Hallmark Movie!September 15, 2021CourtneyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 53.5 Stars
This book reads like a Hallmark movie, which is a compliment because I love Hallmark movies. I could see all of the quirky characters gathering for softball practice or hanging out at Erma's yarn shop. Hooked on You presents the quintessential small town life, including the struggles to maintain businesses and tourism when competing with bigger towns.
For me, the characters were really the heart of this story. Riley is a bit of a hard sell at times just because she's so adamant about pushing people away, so her ending (though sweet) felt a bit quick and convenient rather than the result of a genuine tug-of-war between who she is and who she wants to be. I felt like the author created a gold mine of emotional nuances and I would have loved more depth from them, but that's more of a personal preference.
Overall, if you're a fan of character-driven contemporary romances, you should certainly check this book out.
I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publisher via NetGalley. All expressed opinions belong to me.
Kaye WhitneyMiami, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Crafty Grandma's PredicamentJuly 23, 2021Kaye WhitneyMiami, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Because I love to knit, I was drawn to Hooked on You immediately when I saw the cover and the back cover. Kathleen Fuller has once again filled her book with interesting characters, genuine situations, somber revelations, realistic reactions. I enjoyed seeing people overcome sudden changes in their circumstances, and watching some change their attitude as they matured.
I recommend Hooked on You by Kathleen Fuller most highly.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great start to a new seriesJune 30, 2021KavRCanadaGender: femaleI'm always excited to follow an author into a new genre since I dabble in pretty much everything but science fiction so I was thrilled to see Kathleen Fuller with a new contemporary romance series starting up.
Absolutely love the small town setting -- with a twist. This tired old town with stores on the verge of collapse isn't the usual feel-good backdrop...and I love it! The possibilities for future books are endless and the unique challenges reviving Maple Falls presents to this next generation is so relatable. Lots of story fodder here.
Hayden has always known he has Maple Falls in his genes. He's never wanted to live anywhere else so when his baseball career tanks going home is his soft place to land. His solid family background and hometown hero status makes it easy for him to slip back into town life.
Unlike Riley, whose rough upbringing has her hackles permanently up. It's amazing the girl can walk upright with the weight of that chip on her shoulder! I'm going to warn you right now, be ready to extend some grace to this prickly heroine. She's going to need a large dose before she worms her way into your heart...but she'll do that by the end. Guaranteed.
So we have Hayden who has pretty much sailed through life, admittedly with a few bumps along the way, but he's had the blessing of a secure childhood where all his needs were provided for, from temporal to spiritual all wrapped up in love. Those kinds of deep roots keep a person grounded no matter what life throws at them.
Then we have Riley, whose foundation was built on insecurity and neglect which isn't any foundation at all, really. It's left her with a driving need to prove herself. She's forever waiting to be noticed. To be good enough. Worthy. Successful. Only her idea of success is skewed and she's her own worst enemy with her stand offish behavior and grimly guarded heart.
So, yes, this is an emotional story. The romance stems from a bit of unrequited teenage love and a whole lot of wary stops and starts along the way to the very hard won happily-every after. But there are delightfully funny moments as well, often courtesy of Riley's grandmother and her BBs (Bosom Buddies) who aren't above a little matchmaking manipulations.
I love the way the author has set the stage for future books as we are introduced to a host of appealing secondary characters who definitely need their chance to shine in their own stories! And I want to stick around for Maple Fall's revitalization!
I listened to the audible edition of this book narrated by Lauren Berst and really enjoyed her interpretation of these characters as she brought them to life.
hes74 Stars Out Of 5Hooked on YouJune 11, 2021hes73.5
I do love a small-town setting, so I've been excited to take a trip to Kathleen Fuller's Maple Falls, Arkansas. Hooked on You makes for a charming introduction to the town.
Riley McAllister returns from New York City to her hometown to help her grandmother as she recovers from a broken leg. Of course, her stay is meant to be temporary - but with someone like Hayden Price also back in town and some good-hearted meddling, she may just have to change her plans.
I enjoyed Hooked on You. It is a sweet contemporary romance as Riley and Hayden deal with dreams, home, and falling for each other (though Riley does not make it easy, most certainly). I look forward to more of Maple Falls in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming RomanceJune 8, 2021FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When her grandmother breaks her leg playing for the church baseball team, Riley reluctantly returns to Maple Falls to help run her grandmother's yarn shop on main street.
Being an avid knitter and crocheter I was instantly intrigued by the cover and title of this book, and the fact that it was written by Kathleen Fuller and author who I have enjoyed in the past was the icing on top. The first in what is sure to be a wonderful series, Maple Falls comes to life through its welcoming small town charm and larger-than-life characters. Irma and her Bosom Buddies were an absolute riot, and I hope to see them prominently featured throughout the series because they added so much heart and humor to this heartwarming small town romance.
Riley is a more reserved heroine, she is organized and talented, but likes to keep her cards close to her chest so she won't get hurt. I liked the relationship between her and her grandmother, and the BB's, and I loved how Anita and Harper welcomed her into their circle.
Overall, a heartwarming read with a full cast of characters, Hayden is an amazing guy, patient with and respectful of Riley throughout. There are strong themes of faith and forgiveness, with great character development. Irma had to be my favorite character, with all of her schemes, and love for Riley. A great weekend read with plenty of heart and a cozy small town setting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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