The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

imageBook: The Hook Up
Series: Game On #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Review by: Onnica


The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

Why you should read it: I thoroughly enjoyed this story – I worried it was going to be the standard running-from-love tale, but it actually had depth and I really got to know the characters and understood what made them tick. Drew ‘Battle’ Baylor is the big guy on campus – massively talented and the guy other men want to be. Despite this, he is kind, sensitive and desperate to find someone who wants him for him. Anna could have been a really unlikeable heroine but the author somehow found the right balance. She’s scared of being destroyed by Drew and the effect of his celebrity, which will only intensify – once you understand this, I think Anna becomes more sympathetic as a character. She does some stupid things but she finally recognises that Drew isn’t a bad guy. The story should come with a warning: there are some seriously hot sexy times – the time in the library? Off the charts!

What you might hate: The rules. Why do so many books have ‘the rules’? No kissing on the mouth? Personally, I think Pretty Woman has a LOT to answer for. This isn’t the first book I’ve read that features this idea. So you can let someone put a piece of themselves inside you, but kissing somehow makes things more personal? Please! I hate when characters make dumb rules for themselves for no good reason. As I said before, Anna is a work in progress – she learns a lot about life throughout the book and makes some weird decisions in the book, while Drew is pretty perfect all the way through. I liked the way the story evolved, where both main characters learnt something about themselves and whether they could be together for the long haul. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Rating: 4/5 for a seriously sexy story full of banter, angst and life lessons. The story is long but not repetitive and thoroughly entertaining.

2 thoughts on “The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

    1. Thanks Shenita! Yes it was a lovely surprise of a book actually. I like being pleasantly surprised 🙂

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