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!
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*
I got my first look at Amalie and Armstrong in the Halloween anthology called Eye Candy. I hated Armstrong with a passion! What in the world is Amalie doing with him? I was happy to see she was getting her own book so I could see her kicking him to the curb.
Normally I wouldn’t be able to relate to why someone would put up with a man that is so obviously wrong for them but after learning a bit about Amalies background, we see why she’s trying to force herself into this box for him.
While I wish she would have wisened up sooner, I’m glad that she realizes him for the skum he is before the signatures on the marriage certificate is dry. Finally, we were going to get to see Amalie shine. Thankfully she didn’t let Armstrong manipulate her anymore but the one that really stole the show was the one who helps hers get over Armstrong.
The true Hero of the story was sexy, charming and just a tad bit of a bad boy that made him irresistible. The way he took care of Amalie was seriously hot! He’s just one of those characters you want to read over and over again. I hope we’ll see more in this series.
ARC provided by NetGalley.