Review: Hooked

As you all know, I review for Readers’ Favorite. Every once in a while, I come across a book that captivates me completely. I felt this one would be interesting to share as the author donates a portion of his proceeds to a human trafficking charity.

In my next novel, The Fairest of Them, I talk a bit about human trafficking. It is something that doesn’t just happen on an international level, but often times right in our own backyards.

Cover for Hooked. Courtesy of Goodreads

I had the pleasure to read and review a book by Allen Wolf entitled Hooked.

The following is my synopsis and review:

Hooked by Allen Wolf is a contemporary novel about an autistic man struggling with finding love and happiness. Shawn desperately wants to find someone to spend the rest of his life with, but due to his autism, finds it difficult to even get past the first date. His family is encouraging and protective of Shawn’s heart after he lost his first girlfriend in college. Then, at a party for his work, a dating agency, Shawn meets Violet. He mistakes her for an “ordinary” girl and asks her out on a date. Unbeknownst to him, Violet is actually a prostitute with a difficult past. Still, she takes a sort of pity on Shawn and agrees to meet with him, their relationship growing. Shawn and Violet embark on a new kind of relationship, but can he accept her past and save her from a dangerous lifestyle?

Mr. Wolf’s novel is beautifully written. Rarely will I find myself captivated by a book that I cannot put it down for nearly two hours. I read this book from start to finish in one sitting. Shawn was so sweet and Mr. Wolf really strove to write him as believable as possible. My heart went out to his gentle nature and simple desire to be loved. After all, isn’t that what we all want in life? Violet was a very sympathetic character and I found myself hoping more than anything for a happy ending for the pair. I was also very pleased to see this author donates a portion of the proceeds from his sales to a human trafficking charity. I love that the author raised awareness of local trafficking as it doesn’t just happen to women from other countries. All I can say is, pick up this book and get lost in the beauty of their relationship. Hooked is simply remarkable and was a complete pleasure to review.

Not only did Mr. Wolf raise awareness of trafficking, but touched on the tender topic of autism. All I can say is, bravo. I was blown away! I hope Mr. Wolf manages to turn his novel into a feature film, as is his goal.

This is the link to the book on Goodreads:

If you have a couple hours, sit down and have a read. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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