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Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

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KA brings these two characters together, works her KA magic, gives them some emotional hurdles to overcome and makes sure there are slammin', hot, sexy times and real connections between them. There will be times when assumptions are made and have to be cleared up But overall this is love story true and true I am more than ready to tackle that tale A one night stand seems to turn into both sort of wanting more Except there is another element floating just out of reach A past romance our fella cannot let go Then it becomes Put up or Shut up time What should be an easy outcome becomes so much more And all because of View all 22 comments.

Oct 15, Shari Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: Who wants to read a romance about a H's love for another woman and the h being second best? Did Johnny love his ex? Did he think they'd get married and have babies?

Did the ex come back into town and want him back? Did he ever conside 3. Did he ever consider getting back with his ex? Did I feel he settled for Eliza? No, I did not. Johnny is 34 years old.

He's been in love before. She left him and broke his heart. That's happened to a lot of us at some point in our life, hasn't it? It's been 3 years since she's been gone, and yes, he's had other short term 'relationships' during that time, but he never led any of them on about having a future with him. He wasn't ready to risk his heart, and didn't want to be unfair to the women he had sex with, so he was always upfront with them.

I actually respected that. He wasn't a manwhore and she left him, so having sex with OW while "in love" with his ex didn't bother me. I think he naturally fell out of love with her, went through the stages of grief so to speak, and by the time Eliza came into his life I dug this chick. She was a good person, a hard worker, loved her sister, loved her friends She was tough, loyal, and sensible!

She liked sex, but had never had a ONS before Johnny and ya know I liked that about her too. I'm not a fan of "hooking up" to tell you the truth. I like emotion with my sex. And of course, we all knew it wasn't going to be a ONS in the end. I liked how things ended btx them, him not hating her, her not hating him.

Him wanting the best for her, her wanting the best for him though she'd always love him and had hoped for that second chance. I hope she finds a HEA with someone else. Why not a higher rating? Honestly, it was too easy! Johnny is too perfect. Besides a sometimes too quick temper, and a need to be bossy scratch that, I like bossy he was the perfect male specimen, husband and father material.

He freaking changed diapers Yes, he broke things off with Eliza after his ex called and said she was coming back into town. And he did seem to be treating Iz like all his other past women at first, but I think both reactions were knee-jerk. But get this people Eliza let him go! Yes, she wanted something more with him and was bummed it wasn't going to work out, but she did not chase after him.

She did not plead with him to give them a chance. She didn't get angry and turn into a shrew. She didn't decide to settle for second best either. She licked her shallow wounds and moved the hell on! It was Johnny who opened his eyes a couple weeks later and chased her!

But the head out of ass came so early in the book it made for a boring relationship read at times. There are the usual paragraphs of dialogue I have to reread to understand, and some still didn't make sense.

There is the usual rambling minutiae of making a cup of coffee or whipping up a batch of guac. I also don't get these women who talk about ALL the intimate details of their sex life with their gfs.

Especially someone like Eliza who was a bit prissy and shy at least outside of bed with Johnny so it seemed out of character. I didn't like Addie walking in on them in the barn, and then blabbing it to everybody. Eliza should have freaked about it. Johnny didn't seem to care either. I wish we would have been shown the confrontation scene with Shandra, not told about it.

The view spoiler [baby kidnapping hide spoiler ] seemed only thrown in for drama sake, and was resolved so quickly I didn't see the point.

Who I imagine the next book might be about. And Margot was a busybody, but I liked her. I just don't understand how everyone can know how special the heroines are in K. So I'm gonna give it a try it's a sad, sad day when I'm not sure I want to read a new K. At least it's not another 20 year separation for stupid reasons, that's something I guess. The book was mostly light and steamy, had little drama not as much as the blurb implied , and would be a nice read when you're looking for something that would make you swoon.

I admit it takes time getting used to their switch in POVs because Izzy's POV was told in first person and Johnny's in third, but overall I liked the way the narrative was written. My biggest issue why I didn't fully fall in lo 3. My biggest issue why I didn't fully fall in love with this book is because the two protagonists seemed too perfect at times. Sometimes, Izzy feels like she came out of a Disney fairytale. She literally has a canary resting on her shoulder when she cooks breakfast in the morning.

Full review to be posted after the holidays. View all 7 comments. The Hookup was emotional,heartwarming,intense,hot and sweet! All these things and so much more. I'm still thinking about Johnny and Izzy. This couple ruined me in a good way, I loved them so much each of them and I feel connected.

I loved their journey, they have some really intense and super moments but at the same time some really sad. The Hookup is a must read, such a beautiful way to start a new series.

I can't wait for the next book!! View all 4 comments. Nov 02, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: The only place I felt safe. KA is back with another sweet and sexy contemporary romance.

Izzy Forrester is new in town and after escaping a bad break up with a stalker ex, she is happy to settle in her new simple life.

When Izzy shares one night with the small town's broody and broken-hearted Johnny Gamble, she was only looking for a quick hookup. But when Johnny and Izzy connect, sparks fly and one night will never be enough. Can Johnny get over his past relationship and give Izzy his whole heart?

And if he does, can Izzy trust Johnny to care for her and give her everything she needs? From the first word on the first page, I felt an instant connection to the characters and their plight.

Both Johnny and Izzy have been through so much and finding each other brought them both comfort and peace through the storm. The supporting characters enhanced the story greatly and I hope there will be more to come from these characters and their small town lives. In true KA fashion, the passion between Johnny and Izzy was smoking hot and although there was a great deal of drama, the story was engaging and truly heartfelt.

Kristen Ashley has and always will be my absolute favorite author. I thoroughly enjoy her writing style and the way in which she transports me to another world. When Kristen Ashley is writing, my kindle and I are ready and waiting for more!

View all 30 comments. Nov 07, NMmomof4 rated it liked it Shelves: This was one that I was worried about because I was worried about the H pining over his ex and hurting the h. Did the ex come back? Did the H and this OW have a romance that the town dubbed as being "epic"?

He was hurt by her leaving him and ruining their relationship for sure, but he wasn't interested in reconciliation. I liked both characters, and I felt like the H was all in for the h, completely present in the 3 Stars Overall Opinion: I liked both characters, and I felt like the H was all in for the h, completely present in their relationship, and not stuck the past.

I also felt like this story, overall, was very similar to others works of hers that I've read. While I did enjoy the characters and the experience of reading their story, I didn't love it. It felt just okay to me. This is Izzy and Johnny's story. They meet one night at a bar and end up hooking up for Izzy's first ONS, but she quickly learns that Johnny wasn't expecting it to be just one night.

They both feel a strong pull towards one another, and there is no denying the hot chemistry they have in bed. When Johnny's ex shows up, he feels the need to hit the breaks on what is developing between them.

When they bump into one another again weeks later, they feel the pull stronger than ever and start up a relationship. There is some family and ex drama, some hot sexy times, and some sweet moments I liked that we got more from the H's perspective in this! It helps me understand where he is coming from and his behavior. Overall Pace of Story: Good until the end -- see closure section below. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.

I appreciated how he took care of those he cared about. She was so strong, loyal, and sweet. She has to be one of my favorite KA hs. I teared up a little, but I never needed any tissues.

Yes view spoiler [The H does push away when his ex returns, but just because he thinks the h deserves better he has no interest in rekindling things with the OW. I would say that the H is the main pursuer of the relationship. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Yes, but not nearly as bad as I expected! He does break things off with the h, but that is because he thinks she deserves better and not because he is pining over the OW.

Yes view spoiler [They are separated shortly 2 weeks? Yes view spoiler [Loss of a parent to cancer off page - through mentions , child abandonment off page - through mention , poverty off page - through mention , cheating side character - through mention , stalking off page - through mentions , kidnapping on page , and domestic violence off page - through memories and mentions. This actually didn't have the closure that I come to expect and love from KA.

I'm disappointed we didn't get a jump ahead epilogue with a concrete HEA. I would call this a HFN ending view spoiler [they are engaged hide spoiler ]. View all 16 comments. Nov 21, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: That is, until she meets Johnny Gamble. Johnny is her first hook up, and an unexpected evening turns into more unexpected nights and days together. But, something unexpected might lead to more of the same and Johnny may be back sooner than Izzy thinks…… I really enjoyed this newest book by Kristen Ashley, I 4 stars!

But, something unexpected might lead to more of the same and Johnny may be back sooner than Izzy thinks…… I really enjoyed this newest book by Kristen Ashley, I never tire of her books. There are some authors that just click with me as a reader, and Ashley has a forever fan in me. Curl up this holiday season with a fuzzy blanket and this cozy story! View all 8 comments. Dec 30, Sophia Triad rated it liked it Shelves: Let me describe to you my experience while reading this book.

I normally do not like books with guys that are emotionally involved with their previous relationships, i. It is never fair for the new girl.

But -although I knew that this is the case in this book-I have decided to give Johnny Gamble a chance. I know that Ashley can create the most delicious Alpha males and I know that she can also create HOWT sex scenes where t Let me describe to you my experience while reading this book. I know that Ashley can create the most delicious Alpha males and I know that she can also create HOWT sex scenes where the above-mentioned Alpha males take charge and you feel that your Kindle will explode while you read them.

So, I was more than happy to read the story of Johny and Izzy. Izzy was as adorable and as cute as I expected her to be. She loves animals, flowers, birds and working hard. The fairytale feeling around her is cute. Her dogs are cute, her cats are cute, the bird on her shoulder is cute, her horses are cute, her kitchen is cute, her clothes are cute, her behaviour is cute. And Johny is a gentleman completely. He loves her cuteness. He craves her adorability. He wants to look after her horses. And he is great in bed.

Completely Disney cartoon fairytale! Which not only I did not mind Until chapter nine, the book was a 5 star lovestory for me. The ex girlfriend had faded away in the background. And Johny was really trying to win Izzy and become part of her cute life. And then suddently in chapter 9, something happens. The ex girlfriend appears and while Johny flirts with Izzy in front of the small town; he decides that it is a good idea to run literally after his ex girlfriend and his ex dog that he has given to his ex girlfriend as a gift when they split.

And Izzy who did not understand what happened, she ran back to her house hiding from the judgmental eyes of the small town.

And I really did not mind that! I was actually happy that finally something happened that could create a bit of angst to the story. I honestly stopped reading at that point thinking that only major grovelling can save Johny now.

And I am crazy for a good grovelling in lovestories. I actually crave it in my books. So, I stopped reading the book there thinking that the good part will start soon Johny appeared, a hot scene happened but there was not any 'I am sorry', only excuses and explanations that Johny did not run after his ex girlfriend, but after his ex dog.

The same dog that he did not hesitate to gift to his ex girlfriend; but he did not also hesitated to run after him and abandoned his new girlfriend in the middle of making out. I was thinking after that explanations that maybe Izzy should apologize to him. Anyway, after that my enthusiasm was dampened. There was a downfall in the whole story. And I stopped caring about what happens next. But I finished the book. Perfect if you need a charmingt little ride in Romancelandia.

No major conflict though contrary to what the blurb leads on Review to come closer to release date. Arc received in exchange for a review. More reviews and book talk at: View all 6 comments. Feb 06, Mo added it. Giving up after about 50 pages. Seems so fucking juvenile. Same old shite from KA. There was a time where she was an auto buy Bored out of my tree from page 1.

View all 27 comments. Dec 19, Alba and Her Secrets.. This has been quite the year for Kristen Ashley and her readers. She has released quite a lot of books and of course, she ended it with a bang! She starts a new series with The Hookup and I already have fallen in love with all these new characters she has presented.

The Hookup is the first installment in the Moonlight and M 4. Izzy falls instantly but Johnny has been in a bad place for several years: It was the beginning of something. If you have been following me since I started blogging, you know by now that Kristen Ashley is probably my absolute favorite romance author.

I always get extremely excited when she announces or releases anything and The Hookup was no exception. This baby practically appeared out of nowhere when KA announced it and, of course, she made it into another outstanding piece of writing. That dress is so fucking hot I want to haul you around to the back, shove the skirt up, rip your panties off and fuck you against The Star. Izzy comes from a difficult past, a past without a father but with a loving mother and sister and an abusive boyfriend.

Johnny, as I said before, is not in the best place either. Also, during the first chapters is not easy for him to see what he feels for Izzy. However that changes pretty quickly! Izzy stoles his heart, body and soul completely with her easy laughter, her beautiful personality and everything that makes Izzy the way she is.

Of course, the same happens for Izzy. Johnny Gamble is the good, settled and sexy man in town and she is not about to pass that up to anybody. When Johnny focuses on her and their happiness together, they become one.

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And can I mention the incredible chemistry these two have? KA is also the queen of alpha males, that is for sure! The sex between Izzy and Johnny is extremely hot and when their feelings also get in the mix, even better!

I loved them, I loved their families again awesome secondary characters! Can I also say, I very much hope that the next story is about Toby and Addie? They are so cute together and with Brooks, they melted my heart!

I am sure KA will deliver a great second installment in this series. I'll be honest I have pretty much given up on KA ever writing a book that comes close to some of her earlier ones.

She used to be an automatic buy for me, but now I pretty much pass them by without a second look. That said, a lot of people seemed to like the is one. Said it was "old school" KA etc. So I figured I would give it a go As much as her early stuff Would I re-read it? But it was an enjoyable read for the most part. It wasn't overly long and drawn I'll be honest I have pretty much given up on KA ever writing a book that comes close to some of her earlier ones.

The sex scenes were hot. All the characters were likable. But compared to some of the utter crap she has put out lately, this one came closet to the KA out old. View all 21 comments. Mar 23, Warda rated it really liked it. View all 5 comments. Johnny Gamble is well known in Blog Review: Johnny Gamble is well known in town. He really likes her…. She has a few drinks, lets loose, and agrees to go to his place. After a night of hot sex hottest she has EVER had her shyness and awkwardness kicks in…..

Because of all the disorder and anxiety in her childhood, she lives a very meticulous and controlled life. A hot, wild night with someone who is virtual stranger is out of her norm and definitely out of her comfort zone.

The Hookup is about a one night stand that becomes much more to Johnny and Izzy. View all 15 comments. Dec 29, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: At least this one was read at the end of the year instead of October or November.

However, the comparison to Motorcycle Man made me say. I did not have a ceiling fan. Then I got to meet the leading man who was very much.

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Especially after learning his name. It also has what may go down as my favorite romance quote of all time. He went for Melanie. And Melanie was the finest being in that book. Even Rhett adored Melanie. Scarlett gets all the attention because the woman is the diva to end all divas. She was just as strong as Scarlett but a whole lot quieter about it, which is strength in itself. That right there is gospel. And dare I forget the reason we all really pick up stories like this. As always, my undying gratitude goes to the pornbrarian for being the dealer of smut - my drug of choice.

Name the time and place and I'll deliver my firstborn over to you. View all 19 comments. Not that long ago, I worked from home and set my own hours which gave me a wee bit of leeway when my favourite author released a new book.

Now, I actually have to walk out my door to go to work and manage my reading time around work hand to my forehead…the burdens we carry.

A couple of hours in the morning and then trying to read after work, without doinking myself on the A new plan A couple of hours in the morning and then trying to read after work, without doinking myself on the head with my Kindle when I nod off, is not a lot of reading time.

So, it was time to adjust.

The Hookup

I decided to listen to The Hookup as well as read. This worked really well for me. Morning reading, listen while in transit to and from work and then a mix of reading and listening when I got home.

It was actually a really enjoyable way to experience this story. Well, the narrators do the hard yards for you. I thought that was pretty cool. Anyways… I really enjoyed The Hookup. The storyline was interesting, the main characters were my favourite type of Alpha meets Quirky, and it was HOT!! Seriously, these guys do not take long to show us that they are very, VERY well suited to each other.

I loved that Johnny was pretty straight with Izzy. Johnny knew that his heart was damaged but pretty quickly realised that Izzy may be the person to fix it. He made it clear he was interested, kept the communication open and always tried to be considerate of her feelings.

I have no problems with a hero who steps up to help with chores whether they are mowing the lawn or washing the dishes. I dream of my hubby saying something like that to me. He brings out the sexy in her…and she likes it.

The Hookup was a very easy story to settle into. Most of the drama is around the couple with them fighting it together, which is the way I like it. I can't wait to meet them again hopefully soon.

Kristen Ashley is still my favouritist author in the whole entire world and I loved stepping into Matlock, Kentucky with the characters she created. I was desperate to start and unfortunately read it too fast which means I was sad when it was over too quick.

The trials and tribulations of a Kristen Ashley Addict. I can't wait for more of the Moonlight and Motor Oil series.

View all 10 comments. Oct 18, Jemima rated it really liked it. December 19, I'll be honest here It will be a cold day in hell the day I hate a Kristen Ashley book.

That's the truth and because of that I feel like this review will seem kinda biased and unfair I'm still going to write it because this book was good.

Kristen Ashley never disappoints. I have read every single book series she has ever w Title: I have read every single book series she has ever written I saw the word Ghost and I literally went "No thank you. I'm not be touching that even with a 10 foot pole" lol. I'm a scaredy cat, you see. Now, The Hookup, wow You know what I recognized about KA's books? The male protagonist in her books have this air of unapologetic, confident vibe to them that is so honest yet not rude. They have this no nonsense attitude to them that whenever they open their mouth to say even the simplest thing- I can't help but smile so wide and feel my inner fan girl squeal with joy.

You know what else I love? Like they say "own it, babe". Eliza is innocent but not in a naive way- more in the- She is not a risk-taker, she's a creature of habit. Her quirkiness is her need for schedule.. If there is something to be said about Lizzie, it is that she is responsible, careful and guarded. He is dependable, understanding He is basically what we ALL want in a badass alpha macho man hahaha.

KA's stories are mostly based on the age old 'love at first sight.. It's the most cliche start to a story, right? But KA does what she does best and writes a damn good book.

If you haven't noticed from my rambling.. I love Kristen Ashley's books.. She has woven her magic yet again with The Hookup.

Was it one of my favourite KA book? I'm being honest here. And if we are on the path of honestly I'll admit one more thing.. For more reviews and giveaways follow my blog at www. Jan 20, Janie rated it really liked it Shelves: I should know though that with her magic, KA would find a way to turn that around. He definitely made some wrong moves in the beginning, one of which was a misunderstanding for Izzy and myself as a reader.

Izzy was sweet, caring and honest. She has the biggest heart and anyone in her circle is lucky to call her a friend or sister. In doing that though, the Johnny she ended up with was a man that any woman would be lucky to call her own. All he wanted was to love her completely knowing he would get that in return.

He wanted to take care of her and give her the sweetest life she could dream up. This has a fantastic group of secondary characters that added to the story without overpowering it. View all 18 comments. This is a little different from KA's usual stories - sweeter, more awwwww-moments. I can't wait for Izzy's sister and Johnny's brother!

This one totally hit the spot at the right time. I'm barely four words into this review and I'm already cringing because I know that I'll be in the minority with my opinion. Well, it's not like we can all agree on the same things all the time, right? I give up, after finally realizing that she's just not the author for me. I have probably read three or four books of hers — very little compared to all the works she's published — but that was enough for me to recognize her writin I'm barely four words into this review and I'm already cringing because I know that I'll be in the minority with my opinion.

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