Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

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Review: The Hook Up by Kristen CallihanThe Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #1
Published by Self Pub
Release date : Sept. 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.

The Hook Up has been on my TBR for quite some time now, as I have already read books two and three in the series. I kept meaning to go back and see how Drew and Anna started, but just never seemed to find the time. Thankfully, 2016 is all about no pressure or stress when it comes to reading, so I saw this on my Kindle and it became my first official read of the new year!

I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Anna were one powerhouse couple, despite their rocky start. And man was it ROCKY. Drew never could say the right things, thus infuriating Anna. She isn’t interested in dating some hotshot college quarterback and she certainly doesn’t want to be in the limelight that comes with it. I have to admit Anna drove me crazy for a good portion of the book. I definitely understand her self consciousness, but Drew is a good guy and I wish she had opened up to him and stopped fighting their attraction a lot sooner than she did.  She can’t deny she is attracted to the guy, so she treats him like an extended hook up, instead of an actual boyfriend. I always enjoy books where the typical romance trope has been gender reversed. Drew is the one fighting to make Anna see how great they could be together, while she is the one wanting to keep it casual.

They definitely have some seriously sexy times together, but the biggest part that nearly had me dying of anticipation was their first kiss. Kissing is intimate and Anna knows that if she lets Drew kiss her, it will be game over. She won’t be able to resist and keep her wits about her. Seeing Drew ache for that kiss nearly undid me. I wanted it for them so badly! Bravo Kristen Callihan for highlighting the power and importance of a single kiss.

While I may have struggled with Anna initially, she soon became a character that I admired. Something significant happens to Drew later in the book and she is just all kinds of amazing. She becomes the pillar of strength he desperately needs and even when he is at his absolute lowest, she refuses to back down and let him succumb to self-loathing and despair. I knew without a doubt these two would be okay in the end and I was glad that Callihan showcased them overcoming a very realistic issue that is common among athletes.

The secondary characters are wonderful as well. I love Drew’s fellow teammates, especially Grayson and Dex. Their books are to follow and it was fun seeing them for the first time. Grayson especially, is a great friend to Drew and I loved seeing that play such an important role.

Overall, if you love sports romance, I would definitely give this series a shot. They are sexy and fun, but not overly riddled with angst. I love that Callihan details the falling in love part and then has them face obstacles while together as a couple.




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One response to “Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

  1. tonyalee

    I have never been one that has sports romance as a GO TO, weird right? But I love the sound of this one!

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