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HOOKED

JANE MAY

Contemporary Fiction
September, 2007

Kensington Books

ISBN: 9780758213624

"Woody" or Clarence Woods, assistant dock master at the Miami Trade Winds Yacht Club, has gone over the edge with desiring the flirtatious, voluptuous waitress, Madalina Dragoi.

But Woody hardly has the money to woo Madalina in a way guaranteed to hook her, so he proceeds to hire himself out to a super-rich, yacht owner who knows nothing of the boat he's bought on E-Bay. After a few hilarious mishaps, Woody manages to leisurely fish one day and his catch is a slapstick, hilarious character turned into a 40 lb. talking tuna, Raymond the Prince.

Things rapidly change as Raymond is a magical fish who proceeds to grant Woody his every wish, including Madalina and all the accouterments guaranteed to impress her. Will Woody find happiness in this fairy tale world where his competition, upper class snobby Todd Hollinshead, seems to fade away from Madalina's attention?

Receiving one's wishes may not be all it's cut out to be in the yearning, lottery-winner world of the average American, but Hooked gives a surface light, airy, funny and romantic side to the "lucky" dreams-come-true scenario. Woody and Raymond's fate certainly portrays a surprising and not-so-surprising ending that will keep the reader thinking about what fate has in store for one's "enchanted" life!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on September 27, 2006

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