The Hook Up

The Hook Up

by Kristen Callihan

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BN ID: 2940150681651
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Publication date: 09/08/2014
Series: Kristen Callihan's Game On Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 11,963
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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The Hook Up 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for sports romance, especially when the sport in question is my favorite – football. When I received this book for review consideration, I'll admit that while I loved the sound of the book, the cover didn't really draw me in. I know, I know. You should never judge a book by its cover. The Hook Up is a perfect example of why you shouldn't.  The casual hook up that turns into more might not be a new storyline, but this one stood out from the pack for me. It was real and emotional and incredibly believable. I loved that it was Drew who wanted more and Anna who wanted to keep things casual. Call me old fashioned, but I still love it when the guy does the chasing. Especially when they chase like Drew does – with all kinds of sexy and swoony swagger.  The best part of this book, for me, was the relatability of the characters. Anna's insecurity might have turned some people off, but I got her. Sure, I wanted to shake her at times because Drew was so... Drew, but I knew where she was coming from. Drew was so hot and sweet and perfect book boyfriend material. I loved how he helped Anna see the real her. The chemistry between them was written perfectly. I felt it all. And the sexy scenes? Smoking hot. I was completely sucked into everything about this book. I couldn't get enough of these characters or their story. There was drama and emotions, but none of it felt too over-the-top to me.  I'm definitely excited to continue on with this series. This was my first Kristen Callihan book, but it won't be my last.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
A Great Male Lead I would like to thank Kristin Callihan for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "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. New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for readers 17 and older." This book charmed me, which is not all that common for books involving sports and casual sex. But the characters are so well crafted that it is almost impossible to resist them. Drew seems to lead a charmed life, but he's suffered his own losses, and is nothing like one might expect of the star quarterback in a southern college. A quarterback being courted by numerous agents, and one everyone is speculating to be the first pick of the first draft when the time comes. Anna is one of those rare southern women who simply couldn't care less about football. She studies hard, gets good grades, but has no real idea what she wants to do with her life. She's also something of a recluse, only going to campus parties when Iris, her roomie/bestfriend, drags her out. Otherwise Anna is content with small gatherings with friends. She hates making small talk, feeling like its a foreign language that she never learned. Of course most of this is tied to her past, where she was the tortured scapegoat in both middle- and high-school. While she's finally past all that, it seems that she's not as far past it as she'd hoped. Which is why she struggles to understand how campus god Drew Baylor could be even remotely attracted to her. And Drew can't fathom what he could have possibly done to make this cute girl cut him off cold. Being the competitor he is, Drew can't resist a challenge. Plus, he really likes what he sees of Anna, not too mention her constant snappy retorts to his comments. The dynamic between these two feels so realistic, as do the reasons for their issues. I imagine it is easier for women to understand Anna, because I think all women have experienced that feeling of not being good enough while growing up. It doesn't matter if they were considered invisible or if they were Homecoming Queen, every woman has moments of insecurity (and that's if they're lucky, as most have far more than random moments). So Ms. Callihan knocked the emotional aspect of this book deep into right field. Sexually this book is primed and charged from the get-go. The tension between our two protagonists is overwhelming, and often feels as if it's about to leap off the page right in front of you. But thankfully the sex scenes, while steaming hot, never dipped into the tripe that used to be found in old romance novels. There were no horrible euphemisms for his cock, and no 'laving' to be found anywhere within these pages. What a relief to read sex scenes that were hot but not smutty or comical in the effort to use genteel language. All the characters had different degrees of depth, and it was enjoyable to have secondary story-lines taking place along with the main story. It made the whole story that much more realistic, since everyone's lives don't come to a grinding halt when someone falls in love. No, they carry on with their own lives, having their own love affairs, break ups, getting or losing jobs - in short they continue to move forward right along with the protagonists. In doing so they offer nice breaks from the intensity of the main tale, as well as adding unforeseen dimensions to said tale. Certainly an entertain read, this book has a little something for everyone, and a lot of something for the protagonists. And I challenge a heterosexual woman not to fall for Drew, even just a little bit, as well as to find themselves in the position where they can resist cheering for Anna in places. Good luck beating that challenge ladies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Wow, this is one fabulous book. Drew and Anna's story was fun, sexy, and heartwrenching all at once. All the reviews I read favored Drew, but I have to say I really liked Anna more. He was a little unrealistic; I truly don't believe a college football star would be that sappy. I'm not sure why everyone was so against Anna. I'm still perplexed. Just because she didn't want such a serious relationship? Drew's friends and even HER best friend Iris treated her so badly. It's not like she was hooking up with others. Their break-up was completely out of left field and the things Drew said were pretty unforgivable. She didn't want to be mauled in public at school because she heard girls saying: "Why is he with HER?" and other hurtful things. Perfectly understandable to me. But I guess without conflict there'd be no book. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed reading this story about love, trust and loss. Do I wish it had been a little shorter? Oh yeah. 345 pages is just a tad too long for my taste, hence the 4 stars. I'm not sure yet if I'll read Grey's story. He was kind of a douche in this book.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I consider myself lucky. I first discovered Kristen Callihan right before the release of the prequel Ember, her historical steam-punk romance in 2012. Soon after the first full length novel in her Darkest London series, Firelight, was published and that's all it took for me to know I was onto something special. Fast forward two years and fours books and one novella later to The Hook Up, Kristen's first contemporary romance. I knew without a doubt it wasn't going to be a cookie-cutter new adult novel. There were a few things about this book that took me by surprise. One was how much I loved the story. Especially since it started out with insta-attraction. That's one of my pet peeves. However, as the story continued, it shifted from that initial superficial attraction to something more meaningful and emotionally satisfying. That was my second sign this book wasn't going to be ordinary. Obviously if you're a fan of new adult you've read the cliched romance with the jock, in particular the winning, handsome quarterback of the college football team. Drew Baylor might be all of that, but defining him using those parameters is a disservice. He's confident, honest, upfront, dedicated, determined, and patient. Drew didn't just see Anna and want her. He saw her and KNEW she was it for him. It was just that simple for him. Of course until he opened his mouth to speak to her. (Third hint this book was special.) Convincing Anna to return his sentiments wasn't that easy. Anna might have lusted after Drew's body, but she wasn't willing to think of it as anything more than a hormonal release. I understood her confusion at Drew's interest even if I didn't agree with her. Anna didn't think she was special enough and you add that to what she'd seen of relationships growing up, him chasing her didn't make any sense to her, especially since he wanted more than just her body. The chemistry the two of them had was fiery. It translated into their dialogues with one another, the way they acted around each other, and of course came through when they were touching one another as well. This book made me laugh and made me cry, but all through it, I loved Anna and Drew, and their story. Ironically, as pages were flying by and the story kept getting better and better, I started hoping the book would never end. I didn't want to stop reading. Drew and Anna face some challenges, but they handled them well. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I would've been okay with a cliffhanger, because that would've meant there'd be more Drew and Anna to read later. Of course with Grey, Drew's team mate and tight-end, getting a book, it means I'm going to get to see them anyways, so all is well that ends well. The Hook Up is a book that shines best when read, so pick it up for yourself and find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love drew! Can we clone him...cant wait to read more
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Took A While to Like... As a senior reader long out of college it took a while to "get into" this book for me since it is the story of Drew & Anna, college seniors... Drew is the allstar quarterback and Anna is the messed up girl who never had a boy look at her in HS and the kid whose father abandoned her because "he wasn't cut out to be a father"... She can't figure out why Drew wants her... As I got into the book (if I buy it I read it) I found the depth of the story really grabbed me.. Well written (a few typos I could have done without) and I couldn't put the book down until finished... Don't know what age group is best but there is a real message in the pages... Recommend it... Read and Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much. You start out thinking that Drew is nothing but a big time player but by the end of the story your so in love with him that you don't even remember what he was in the beginning. Anna is a beautiful girl with serious selfesteem issues. This is a wonderful sexy love story. The chemistry between Drew and Anna is off the charts HOT right rom the start. I highly recommend this book to everyone. And the sex is freakin amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Could not put it down. I want more Drew & Anna!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy fun read. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A longer book than the average romance but needed to flesh out the characters needs, fears, etc. I very much enjoyed this book & look forward to reading the rest in this seies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Singofrit More than 1 year ago
Almost love at first sight This is the first book of the Game On series. It doesn’t have a cliff-hanger ending and the next book in the series is about a different couple, however, the characters from The Hook Up appear in the next book. The book features Drew, who is super popular and Anna, who manages to not garner any attention, until Drew sets his sights on her. Although Drew wants a real relationship with Anna, her own insecurities keep forcing her to keep Drew at arm’s length. Drew will need all of his powers or persuasion to get Anna to give him a chance.
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
The banter between the two main characters, Drew and Anna, had me hooked right away. This was such a witty, sexy, and fun read. I couldn’t help but to feel for Anna throughout the book because I felt like I could relate to what was driving her to think the way she did when it came to Drew and their “relationship”. So happy that I finally read this and looking forward to reading the other books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. Haven't read a book of hers I don't love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The story that was believable and not a far fetched storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Football. Romance. Coffee. Baylor. Jones. I love their story. I loved the best friend, Gray. SPOILER: I did hate that drew had to end his season by breaking his leg, couldn't he just gotten injured for one game. I wanted to read about how he would be #1 overall draft pick. Then I thought the author would make this set back work by having him get drafted in the 2nd round by the same team that drafted Gray and they could stay together but that didn't happen either. Still loved the book but really wanted to see something along those lines.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled along this book by chance, looking for something else and I swear I was hooked from the synopsis!! This series (3 books so far and hoping for more) is a great read. Absolutely could not put the books down! Great young adult series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story. I just wish it would have had a little more of an ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars....Loved this book. Over 300+ pages, and the start of a great series. The story draws you in, and love the funny team mates of Baylor's. There is plenty of emotional issues, steamy scenes, and over all great characters. Read this story, you won't be disappointed.***