Hooking Up: A Novel
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Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.
I am Hooked to this series!
I was generously given this book as an ARC. This is the second standalone book in the Shacking Up world. Amalie is Ruby's best friend and is engaged to Armstrong, Bane's cousin. In the first book, Amalie comes off as very proper and Armstrong comes off as a jerk. Once gets a sense that all is not well in their relationship.....and in Hooking Up, it all blows up. The story starts off with the aftermath of this blow up. Amalie' s past choices of boyfriends are explained, which sheds light on why she was with Armstrong. Her hero and how she met him is bittersweet.....I couldn't get over the regret! The hero is just perfect!!!!! A bit impulsive at times but just perfect for Amalie. Both he and Amalie end up finding themselves......Amalie comes to terms with her avoidance of deeper relationships and the hero ends up "growing up" a bit and taken more seriously. The sex in this book is definitely hot and plentiful! We also get to visit with Ruby and Bane...so that was a plus. Loved this book and it was a great addition to this series. I think I know who the 3rd book will be about and I can't wait!
I need more Lex and Amie!!
***4.5 ‘Anarchy Amie, Oh God and Tickle Trunk’ Stars***
I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!
Sorry. I had to get that out and now that I have, let me explain.
Upon first meeting Amalie and Armstrong in Shacking Up I had that gut feeling that something hinky, and just wrong, was going on because there could be no way ‘that’ Amalie was Ruby’s bestie. NO. F$%K^&G. WAY. and did hope that they’d break up before the book ended, I know horrible, horrible romance reader, but seriously.... When it didn’t happen I resigned myself to the fact that they’d be in fictional matrimonial h*ll forever because there was no indication at that time Shacking Up would be a part of a series. So imagine my elation when Hooking Up was announced and the blurb came out???
Yes. I squeed and did a happy dance.
And let me tell you. Amie and Lex are addicting! There journey brought out all the feels. The swoons and heart twitterpations were real, the smexy was panty incinerating, the need to grab a spoon and gut a few people oh so tempting and the humor kept things on an even keel as I devoured this book in no time flat.
Lex can be summed up quite easily. He’s a real bad boy and a real good man. He’s all kinds of mischievous, charming alpha male, and when he decides to take control? Hello, Smexy! And while that is a huge draw, what truly hooks you is his heart. He doesn’t let everyone see what he has hidden by that sexy exterior, but once you get a glimpse you realize he is the total package and can’t help but want more.
Amalie aka Amie aka Anarchy Amie. She’s all kinds of feisty and sassy when she really gets going and lets loose and is comfortable in her own skin, even if others aren’t. She does have a bit of a wild streak, hence the nickname, that brings about some interesting situations, but despite that streak, she has a golden heart that shines through the crazy.
Lex and Amalie’s journey to their HEA is all kinds of bumpy for so many reasons and yet when you get rid of all the chaos surrounding them you find that they are perfect for each other. They simply have that thing where their energies just flow well together. The smexy they get up to is all kinds of HAWT! But it’s when they are together, just being, that proves that if they do get the chance, they can have it all. But of course there are some big roadblocks in their journey that need to be worked through and they were all kinds of frustrating on so many levels, but they get handled and I loved how everything worked out in the end.
I totally enjoyed Hooking Up. I was hooked *smirks* from the start and had a difficult time putting it down (aka I kept reading on my phone app when I was supposed to be working...shhhh). While there will be some that may have issues with the entire situation, I’m not one of them. Life happens and sometimes it’s messy. There were a couple of things I wish had been played out a little more, but nothing huge. I loved hanging out with Bane and Ruby and Lex’s family is simply awesome. Armstrong...well...he’s a twatwaffle. Hooking Up can be read as a standalone, and I suppose it technically is since there is no series it falls under, but it is connected to Shacking Up and I think you’ll have more fun if you do read it first. Think of them as interconnected standalone’s (?) And it looks like we’ll be diving into this world in the future and it’ll revolve around one of the characters I really to know more about so YAY! Can’t wait to get my hands on that one!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
5 Permanent Hook-Up Stars! ⭐️
This was one deliciously sexy book and I loved every freaking minute! It was laugh out loud hilarious, but also packed an emotional punch when necessary. I couldn't get enough of Amie and her Hottie hook-up! Though this book can be read as a stand alone, it would be best enjoyed after reading Shacking Up and the novella Getting Down, since that is where all the characters are initially introduced.
The book starts off with a bang (or I guess more accurately a blow!) and you can't help but get wrapped up in all of the fall out from Amie's disastrous wedding. I know that I wanted to throttle her arrogant and unfaithful groom more than once for the offenses he committed. It was heartbreaking to see Amie's world crumble to pieces and to see her confidence so shaken. Readers will cheer her on though, as she rediscovers herself and her sexuality. When fate intervenes and brings her and a familiar piece of man candy together in paradise, the sparks really fly! Their chemistry was scorching hot and I loved the two of them together! It was especially fun and steamy when they got into the carry on that Amie so hilariously had to explain to airport security ;)
Hottie hook-up was everything Amie needed and was so patient and supportive. Watching their relationship evolve and change was amazing. Sure, there were some missteps and speed bumps along the way, but in the end their connection was undeniable and that epilogue left me with a huge smile on my face.
Another thing I loved about the book was being able to catch up with Bane and Ruby! Getting an update on their relationship and future was so wonderful! I am still a devout member of the Church of Banecock, though I will say that Hottie hook-up gave him a run for his money! I hope that Helena Hunting will continue to write many more books in the world of these characters! You definitely don't want to miss this sexy romantic comedy!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*