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The Hook Up
     

The Hook Up

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by Tawna Fenske
 

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Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler

Overview

Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks through the First Impressions door looking to take her business to the next level, he feels his carefully constructed “never-get-attached” walls crack.

As Ty and Ellie maneuver through a minefield of wardrobe malfunctions, plumbing mishaps, and the world’s most awkward accidental dirty talk, discovering they have more in common than scorching sexual attraction threatens to crumble Ty’s walls for good…

Each book in the First Impressions series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Fix Up
Book #2 The Hang Up
Book #3 The Hook Up

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781640631717
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/03/2017
Series:
First Impressions , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
17,403
File size:
1 MB

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CHAPTER 1

"Come on, you worm-slurping pile of —"

"Hey, Ty!"

Tyler Hendrix looked up from the handheld boom mike he'd been fighting with and saw Miriam Ashley, co-owner of First Impressions Branding & PR, in the doorway of his office. From her vantage point, she seemed unsurprised by Ty's colorful string of profanity.

He gave a respectful salute from behind his desk. "Hey, boss."

Miriam rolled her eyes and ambled into the room, her very pregnant belly preceding her by a good half-mile. "Are you planning to drop the 'boss' thing anytime soon?"

Ty grunted in response but set the mike down on his desk. She'd been his boss for more than six years. Even though Ty was now a partner in First Impressions and the head of their new offshoot video studio, he'd probably always see her as the one in charge.

"You're officially Speak Up's first guest of the day," he said as Miriam eased into the chair in front of his desk. "I'd offer you a drink, but all I have is lukewarm beer left over from the open house party."

"Tempting, but I'll pass," she said. "Actually, I just came by to remind you about my sister-in-law. You're renting her the conference space for some after-hours sales parties?"

"Right, yeah, of course." Ty said a silent thank you for the reminder. Setting up a brand new company in a brand new space had been hell on his schedule. What was the deal with the sister-in-law again? Tupperware parties or something. It didn't matter much to him, as long as she paid rent on time and left the room tidy afterward. He picked up the mike again and began wrenching on it. If the damn clip would just —

"I hope you don't mind, but I told her you'd give her a few tips," Miriam said.

"Sure," he muttered. "Don't buy boom mikes from discount photo supply websites."

"Tips about business," Miriam clarified. "I told her everything you've done to get this place up and running, and she was hoping to pick your brain a little."

"Sure, no prob." He stole a covert glance at his watch, trying to remember when his next client was due. An hour, maybe? God, he was so far behind on email and —

"I have to run, but nice job here." She started to heft herself out of the chair, and Ty jumped up to lend a hand. She waved him off and rested a hand on her belly. "Please. Even if I can't go more than ten minutes without peeing, I can still launch myself from a chair to run the universe."

"Peeing and running the universe sounds like the pinnacle of multi-tasking."

She grinned and ambled toward the door. "The place looks great, Ty. Nice work."

"Thanks." He tried to keep his voice even, but the compliment made his chest balloon with pride.

As she vanished out the door, he sat back down and booted up his computer, toggling to the client management software. He scrolled until he found details on his first appointment of the day. L.E. Birmingham was the owner of a company called Pin Action. They manufactured custom bowling balls and other accessories for the avid bowler. Not really Ty's cup of tea, but he'd done his homework. The guy wanted a full multi-media plan, and Ty already had a spreadsheet full of ideas.

Footsteps in the hallway pulled his attention to the door. He looked up to see a stunning blonde wearing a red dress that hugged every luscious curve. She had legs that went on for miles and hair that slid over her shoulders like a golden curtain. Her eyes were the most mesmerizing shade of blue he'd ever seen, and when she smiled at him, Ty knocked the keyboard onto his lap.

"Are you Ty the video guy?" She gave a tense laugh. "Sorry. I didn't mean to make a poem out of your name. I'm a little nervous. I'm L.E."

This was L.E. Birmingham? Ty's voice had stopped working, so he bought himself some time by righting his keyboard and shoving the boom mike to the edge of his desk. That's what he'd tried for, anyway. He pushed too hard and the mike hit the floor, making them both jump.

Ty stood up. "You're L.E."

"In the flesh."

Do not think about her flesh. Do not think about her flesh.

"I'm so sorry," Ty said. "I wasn't expecting you quite yet."

Her cheeks pinkened, and she touched a hand to her chest. "Oh, no. It's my fault. I'm sorry. I emailed asking if I could swing by early, and I thought —"

"No, it's fine." He waved her into the room, annoyed with himself for coming off like a disorganized jackass. "Totally my fault," he said. "I've gotten a little behind on email, but it's fine. Come on in. Everything's fine."

Jesus, Ty. Say "fine" one more time so she thinks you're a monosyllabic idiot.

He cleared his throat and extended his hand. "Sorry, let me start again," he said. "I'm Ty. Welcome. It's great to meet you, L.E."

"Likewise," she said and took his hand.

Her grip was firm, but her palm warm and soft. Ty caught a whiff of something flowery and did a quick reshuffle in the part of his brain that expected the owner of a bowling ball company to smell like sweaty shoes and beer. Holy shit. He'd pictured a balding guy with a paunch, not a stunning blonde with eyes the color of the ocean.

You are officially a presumptuous, sexist asshole, he told himself. There's one more trait you got from your old man.

"Thanks for coming by, L.E.," Ty said when he finally gained control of his mouth. "Can I get you something to drink?"

"No, thank you. You're very kind, but if I start chugging water, I'll just have to pee, and then —" She grimaced. "Sorry. I don't usually talk about pee within seconds of meeting someone. Did I mention I'm nervous?"

Ty laughed, utterly charmed by her. It wasn't the first time he'd had a client confess shyness in the presence of so many video cameras, or even the first time in the last fifteen minutes that someone in his office had talked about peeing.

But it was the first time he'd felt so undone by a client.

"No need to be nervous," he assured her. "The cameras aren't on, and I promise I don't bite."

Not unless you ask me to, he thought, then wanted to kick himself again. Get a hold of yourself, Hendrix.

"Have a seat." He gestured to the chair Miriam had just vacated and tried not to stare at her legs as she settled herself and crossed one lush calf over the other.

L.E. rested her hands in her lap, glancing around the room. "This is a nice space. I hope you don't mind, but I peeked around a little. The restrooms, the conference room — all the décor in this place is amazing."

"That's all Miriam and Holly," he said. "The co-owners of First Impressions. I'm just here to run the new offshoot video studio and visual media lab."

"Speak Up, I know," she said. "I've heard all about it. It's an impressive endeavor, growing the business like that."

"It's a lot of work, but we're up to the task." Ty cleared his throat and commanded himself not to stare at her like some love-struck teenager. God, L.E. Birmingham would look terrific on camera. His brain was already whirling in a hundred new directions, thinking about video marketing strategies and whether she'd be game for being a public spokesperson for the Pin Action brand. What a great angle to add oomph to a fairly dull-sounding product line.

"Let's talk about your business," he said. "How long have you been running it?"

"Let's see ..." Her brow furrowed, and she lifted a hand to sweep a few strands of golden hair behind one ear. "I started the company with just a small online presence when Henry was five. That's my son — he's six now and in first grade. Anyway, the company sort of took off several months ago, and sales have been going crazy."

"I heard about that," he said, ordering himself to stop having lewd thoughts about her. The woman was a mother, for crying out loud, which probably meant she was married. Even if she wasn't, Ty had a strict policy against dating single moms. No way in hell was he opening that can of worms.

Still, he dared a glance at her ring finger, surprised to see it bare.

Focus on her face, jackass.

Ty met her eyes again and cleared his throat. "You've got some impressive numbers."

"Thank you." Her expression was surprised and pleased all at once. She settled against the back of her chair and relaxed. "I'm very passionate about the business," she added.

"I can see that." Ty did his best not to consider what else she might be passionate about. He was a professional, dammit. One who stayed the hell away from single mothers for their own damn good.

He rested his hands on the desk and did his best to focus on bowling balls. Not sea-blue eyes or mile-long legs or beautiful blondes who smelled like flowers. Bowling balls.

"Tell me more about the company," he said.

*
Ellie Sanders crossed her legs and tried to focus on this business meeting instead of on the stupid-hot video guy with brawny arms and eyes so dark he must have ordered them from a catalog to match his jet-black hair. Her new dress itched like crazy, and she wasn't sure whether to play it cool or to dive in and talk about dildos.

Because that's what she needed to do. Her brother's wife had arranged for Ellie to rent the conference room for her after-hours parties, but she'd also urged Ellie to pick Ty's brain.

"He's one of the sharpest visual marketing experts I've worked with," Miriam had told her over dinner. "Super straightforward and no-bullshit, plus he's got tons of experience getting a new business up and running. You'll love him."

The fervor in Miriam's voice had made Ellie nervous. "You're positive he won't mind talking about a sex toy business with a total stranger?"

"Positive," Miriam had assured her. "The guy doesn't faze easily."

So here Ellie was, feeling more than a little awkward. It was the first time in weeks she'd worn anything besides yoga pants, and it was clear she'd gone way overboard in her effort to dress like a professional. But at least she'd made it here, and Ty seemed willing to talk business strategy. She'd only planned to pop in and introduce herself, maybe check out of the space. Miriam must have asked him to give Ellie some special treatment.

Hottie video guy was talking again, so Ellie reminded herself to pay attention. And maybe to start thinking of him as Ty and not "hottie video guy."

"I had to admit I was taken aback when I visited your website," he said.

Ellie clutched the armrests on her chair. "You already visited my website?"

God, please don't let him be a prude.

She sat up straight and did her best to look like a smart, capable, professional woman and not a perv.

"It was very eye-opening," he said. "I had no idea there were so many different styles and colors and options available."

Ellie smiled and tried not to sag with relief. "We pride ourselves on having something for everyone," she said. "After all, no two people have the same tastes and preferences and turn-ons, so it's important to offer something to make everyone happy."

Was it her imagination, or did his eyes widen a little when she mentioned turn-ons? Maybe she should be playing this cool, not getting too explicit about any of Madam Butterfly's products.

"I see what you mean about being passionate about your products," he said. "I'm betting that really shines through to your customers."

"I hope so," she said. "I'm just getting started with the more face-to-face stuff, instead of just online marketing. To be honest, I wasn't sure that's the way to go."

"I can tell within five minutes of meeting you that you made the right call," he said. "The personal touch goes a long way in your business."

"That it does." Ellie smiled and tried to figure out if he was making a sex-toy joke or just being professional. Hello, awkward.

"I was impressed by some of the new products the company is rolling out," he said.

She nodded, amazed he'd done so much homework. Miriam wasn't kidding about how seriously he took his job. Ellie tried to think of something smart to say about Madame Butterfly's new offerings. Something Ty might relate to.

"The new Gentleman's Choice line will take some guys' game to a whole new level." Ugh. She wanted to kick herself. Would he take that as a come-on?

But Ty just smiled and folded his hands on the desk, and Ellie tried not to ogle his biceps. Or his forearms. Or his chest. Or — really, she should just study his pencil holder or something.

"I was noticing that new glow-in-the-dark line," he said. "There's some terrific visual marketing appeal there."

"That's a great point." Dammit, she should have brought a notepad or something to write this stuff down.

Ty picked up a letter opener and tapped it a few times on the edge of his desk before setting it down again. "If you're open to making a few videos, we could do some cool things in the studio with the glow-in-the-dark stuff. Maybe switch off the lights and have you hold one up and move it around a little. It's not too heavy for that, is it?"

Ellie laughed and shook her head. "No. It's definitely one of our biggest models, but I can handle it."

Ugh, did she sound too eager? He was right — the new Glow Bright Joy Stick vibrator was an awesome product, but no way in hell was she waving one around on camera. Showing it at a party was one thing, but video was different. Besides being camera shy, she didn't want to sit there in the carpool line wondering if the other moms had watched footage of her wielding a giant, glowing penis.

But if an average, slightly-exhausted single mom could embrace her sexuality and talk candidly about adult products, maybe she'd inspire other women to do the same.

"I guess I'm open to considering video," she said carefully. "Is there a way to, um ... keep it subtle?"

"We'd play it however you like," Ty said, shoving his shirt-sleeves up and distracting Ellie with his arms again. "The important thing is for customers to actually see the products. I also think you'd get a lot of mileage out of how-to videos."

Ellie swallowed hard. This was not what she'd expected, but she wanted to keep an open mind. "What do you mean?"

"Maybe something where you showcase some of the different techniques. Like I was reading up on 'angle of entry' and how not everyone understands the importance of that."

"Oh. Right, yes, it's very important." Ellie forced herself not to frown. He was offering free advice, so it wasn't her place to shut him down. And he'd clearly done his homework if he knew about Madame Butterfly's line of g-spot vibrators angled for maximum pleasure. It was true plenty of women didn't know how that worked. Maybe an educational component would be helpful.

He was still talking, so Ellie told herself to listen instead of fretting about the prospect of starring in some trashy late-night cable TV infomercial. She could politely decline later, right?

"Reading about the angle of entry stuff was actually pretty fascinating," he continued, "I had no idea a four or five-degree shift can have such a huge impact on the strike pocket."

Strike pocket? Huh. Plenty of her customers used cutesie slang terms for their vaginas, but that was a new one on her. Ellie licked her lips. "It certainly makes a difference," she said. "The sensation is totally different when you have it just right."

Ty grinned and flattened his hands on the desk, and Ellie ordered herself not to stare at them. God, how long had it been since she'd been groped by anything that wasn't battery-powered? Much too long if she was breaking out in hives just sitting three feet from an attractive man.

"I was reading up on some of the other industry terminology," Ty continued, and Ellie snapped her gaze back to his face. "Have you ever thought about writing a few educational blog posts?"

"Blog posts?" Ellie folded her hands in her lap. "What did you have in mind?"

"Maybe something about whether you're a squeezer or a stroker and how that might impact your overall ball handling."

"Oh." Ellie flushed, surprised he'd gotten so graphic so quickly. Not that she was complaining. It was refreshing, honestly, to be around a man who was so candid about sexuality. "I hadn't thought about doing anything quite that specific. You think there'd be enough readers who'd find it interesting?"

"Definitely. Your customers are hungry for information. They're looking for something no one else is giving them, so there's no sense beating around the bush."

(Continues…)



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Meet the Author

Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.

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The Hook Up 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
What a great quick read on a summer day!! I fell in love with Ty and wush i could meet one! What a gentleman
Lori-Gonzo 14 days ago
I first have to say how much I totally loved Ty. He was amazing throughout the entire book, even when he was wrong. He was such a protector, giver, and understanding. He and Ellie were perfect together. I love stories that grab a hold of your heart and make you say, "Awww!" This one did. This was such a fun and sweet sexy book. I loved it from the very first page and swooned at the end. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Nicolerko 14 days ago
I've loved the previous book in the series and this one was no different. I just gobbled this one right up. One if my favorite things is the humor. I laughed quite a bit and I enjoyed every minute. I liked the interaction between Ty and Ellie's little boy Henry. Henry is a little pistol. One of my other favorite parts is the banter between Ellie and Ty. They have great chemistry. The epilogue was fantastic because learning about Ty's childhood it was just perfect. I liked that characters from the previous books make an appearance. I loving seeing them enjoying their HEAs. I highly recommend this book!
Robyn_Nichole 15 days ago
Ty and Ellie have such a funny "meet cute" start in this book. I seriously LOLed. This sexy sweet romance kept me laughing all the way through and fanning myself from the red hot scenes. I really am enjoying this series by Tawana Fenske. Ms Fenske knows how to make you blush from some hot romance one minute and roll around laughing the next. :)
Steph_B 20 days ago
4.5 Stars! Ellie meets Tyler in the middle of a misunderstanding, but right from the start sparks fly between these two. The attraction is so obviously mutual. Tyler is glad to help Ellie. He just never planned on meeting someone who would change his future plans. Now, he is not sure how to live without her or her son. This was my first read by Ms. Fenske, I was happy reading and enjoying such fabulous humor and heat. These characters were a joy to read. And I will definitely be going back to read the rest of this series. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this fantastic story!
Crystal_Yawn 20 days ago
This was a cute, heartwarming story. It's about growing from a hook up to so much more. Learning you are more than your childhood but what you take from that childhood and put forth as an adult. The characters are fun and quirky. Henry is an awesome little kid anyone would be proud to call their own. Ellie has a great job and spunky personality that makes you want to love her. Ty has a rocky past but has turned into an awesome man, if only he could see it. Well worth the read
Sandy-thereadingcafe 21 days ago
3.75 stars--THE HOOK UP is the third installment in Tawna Fenske’s contemporary, adult FIRST IMPRESSIONS erotic, romance series. This is online $ex toy entrepreneur and single parent Ellie Sanders, and videographer Tyler Hendrix’s story line. THE HOOK UP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous books is revealed where necessary. Ellie is the sister of Jason Sanders, and Tyler is partnered with Miriam Ashley-Sanders (The Hang Up #2). Told from dual third person perspectives (Ellie and Tyler) THE HOOK UP is a romantic comedy of errors wherein Tyler mistakes Ellie for someone else as he offers his assistance with her online company using a myriad of unintended sexual innuendo that jumps over the line pretty fast. From bowling balls to blue balls to condom covered water pipes Tyler’s introduction to Ellie Sanders finds our couple immediately attracted to one another but Tyler’s less than stellar upbringing and Ellie’s disaster of a first marriage finds our couple wanting a friends with benefits only relationship that turns into something more. But Tyler’s past refuses to go away affecting his emotional stability and his relationship with the woman he loves. What ensues is the building romance that falters when Tyler walks away from a potential future with Ellie Sanders. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense THE HOOK UP is a fun read with a little bit of romance, sex, heartbreak and love. Jason and Miriam (The Hang Up) play secondary and supporting characters. We are introduced to Ellie’s son Henry, as well as Tyler’s sister Anna, and their father John. Several minor characters come and go throughout the story line. THE HOOK UP is a sweet, sexy story of romance with a little bit of humor, fun and conflict. The premise is heartwarming; the characters are realistic and encouraging; the romance is passionate. THE HOOK UP is a spirited and spicy-perfect for a lazy summer afternoon on the beach.
BookSnuggle 21 days ago
The Hook Up (First Impressions) by Tawna Fenske This is single mom Ellie Sanders and Tyler "Ty" Hendrix's story. This is a funny and sexy story of two people that find out they have more in common than you would think. Neither one want a relationship but would consider a hook up. Will this turn into more? A great read for the beach or when you just need a fun escape. Lots of funny and hot situations. FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
2kasmom 21 days ago
This is the 3rd book in the First Impressions series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. In order to avoid spoilers, and have a better grasp of the series, I recommend reading in order. Ellie meets Tyler in the middle of a misunderstanding. Right from the start there are sparks flying between the two of them. The attraction is obviously mutual. Tyler wants to help Ellie. He just thinks she does something else for a living. He never planned on meeting someone who would change his future plans. Now, he is not sure how to live without her. With all the fun I have come to expect from this author, I was happily reading and enjoying the humor and heat. These characters were a joy to read. I think this book fits well in to this very sexy series too. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange by Netgalley and its publisher, for an honest review only.
etoile1996 22 days ago
the third book in tawna fenske's first impressions series, the hook up, pairs up single mom ellie sanders with video producer tyler hendrix. their meet-cute is one of those mix-ups you can see coming from a mile away and yet still manages to be so funny. tyler thinks he's talking to l.e. birmingham owner of a bowling supply store, however he happens to be talking to ellie sanders owner of a sex toy shop. so, you can only imagine how the talking at cross-purposes and sexual innuendo goes with such ripe material. it's funny and sweet. both ellie and tyler are so embarrassed but also drawn to each other. he keeps finding ways to get close to her. and she's happy that he's interested. but wary too, because she has a disinterested ex-husband and co-parent, and she's not really willing to put her heart on the line for someone who won't stick around. tyler isn't sure he knows how to stick around. he has a deadbeat dad and a youth filled with disappointing foster families. after his grandmother passed away no one looked out for him. so how is he supposed to get involved with a single mom of all things? how can he be trusted to be around her kid? he definitely doesn't believe he's got it in him. and ellie doesn't deserve to be someone's tryout for commitment. this romance is sweet and funny and a little bit sexy. tyler, for all his issues, is a good guy. and how he makes ellie and her son happy shows that he's better at the commitment thing than he thinks. **the hook up will publish on july 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
trosado 22 days ago
4.5 STARS! Tawna Fenske never ceases to surprise me. With how the story begins and my preconceived notions, this book had me thinking it was going to be a simple, sexy rom-com. Yet, as I began to read about Ty's internal struggle with his past along with a subsequent visit from aforementioned past, I was hit with all of the emotional "feels." My heart simply broke for him. Along with Ty's past comes Ellie's having to deal with her "dead-beat" ex-husband. Fenske wrote with such clarity and realism that I couldn't help but think she's writing from personal or a close second-hand perspective. Regardless, it made for compelling reading. In true-to-Fenske form, this is a romantic comedy with a dose of real life relationship insecurities that ends with a sigh and smile-inducing finale. Her stories are ALWAYS a pleasure. (I voluntarily read an advanced copy via Netgalley of The Hook Up. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.)
kwb50201 22 days ago
Got my hands on an early copy of the hottest new romantic comedy by @TawnaFenskeBooks. I laughed, I blushed, I may have even sniffled once or twice.
Vicki101370 22 days ago
The Hook Up is book three in the First Impressions series by Tawna Fenske. When new partner at the firm First Impressions offers to help single mom Ellie Sanders with a space to have parties for her online sales company, and later to help market her product line, he knows two things. One - she is far too good for him, and two, he'll do anything to help her out so that she'll keep coming back to visit. When Ellie proposes so no-strings-attached fun, Ty is on board from the word go. The only problem is that the connection between them seems much stronger than a casual fling But before they can move on, Ty has to get oer his troubled past and realize he's a far better man than his father ever was. I was so excited to learn that there was going to be a third installment in the First Impressions series, because I enjoyed the first two so much. Ty and Ellie are a fun couple, and Tawna Fenske's humor shines through from their first encounter. But don't let the humor fool you! There's a lot of fire between these two characters, the chemistry is not to be missed. If you haven't read this series yet run (don't walk) to your nearest ap and one click it today!
SuzyTN 22 days ago
This story has just the right amount of everything! Sex toys, single parenting (adorable child Henry), and sex on a stick hot guy. Ellie has just the right amount of sassy and sweet. Ty is fighting really hard not to break his rule.....never date a "mom". The characters chemistry is off the charts and quite believable. Loved this book!
Anonymous 22 days ago
The Hook Up is a sweet romance based on interesting preconceived notions & first impressions! Ellie & Ty both had LOL moments, which are always much appreciated. Their characters were well developed and intriguing. I really enjoyed the bowling ball conversation!
Anonymous 22 days ago
This was such a fun read! I loved Ellie, I loved Ty, and I LOVED Ellie + Ty! I started reading this at the airport and continued reading on my flight. I'm not a fan of flying, but I was disappointed when my plane landed because I hadn't finished the book yet. It was sweet, sexy, and funny - everything I know I'm going to get when a pick up a Tawna Fenske book. I was lucky enough to snag an advanced copy of this book to review. I am always delighted to when Tawna has a new release and I'm never disappointed. Love her. Love her books.
Abilicious 22 days ago
I love Tawna Fenske's writing style and her witty banter between her characters. The beginning of this book started out with a HILARIOUS misunderstanding that neither Ty or Ellie got at first. I was getting strange looks while reading this in public. Tawna always has me laughing at loud throughout her books. There was a realness to both Ty and Ellie that I think any reader can relate to. Their story was sweet, tender and sexy and one I couldn't put down! I highly recommend this read! *I submitted a request to the publisher to read and voluntarily review an uncorrected advanced reader's copy of this book*
ashleyb67 22 days ago
I LOVED Ty and Ellie and Henry too. I laughed so hard in the first chapter that I cried and had to compose myself before I could continue reading. The chemistry between the characters is electric and jumps off the page. It also helps that the characters are real - they have real life backstories, real life cringe-worthy moments, and real life pain - that makes them feel as if they could be the couple next door or your best friends. The story is tight, moves easily, and has SO MANY laughable moments. I read this book in one sitting, and it was worth ignoring everything in life for a few hours. From bowling balls to leaky pipes to Batman tattoos...this is a must read, especially if you like a hot hero, a strong heroine, and a ton of laughter with your romance.
Splashesintobooks1 22 days ago
What a giggle out loud story this proved to be right from the start! This is one of those books where you laugh till you have tears streaming down your face - well, I did, anyway! For example, imagine a handsome hunk giving you tips on how to market 'pleasure toys' . . . . whilst he's actually thinking he's giving you tips on how to market bowling balls!! I had to read excerpts out loud to my husband Get ready for some hilarious accidental sexual innuendos, misunderstandings and laughs  from the very beginning and just keep on happening throughout this brilliant story! The characters are well developed with sufficient angst and turmoil in their past to have a noticeable impact on their attitudes and behaviour in the present. There's also Ellie's son, the delightful Henry, what a sweetheart! If you're looking for a romance with characters who aren't looking for love but find it anyway, one where things don't go smoothly but keep you guessing (and laughing), then look no further - you'll hopefully love escaping into this romantic comedy as much as I did! When you've done that, I recommend you also seriously consider reading the first two books in this brilliant series - 'The Fix Up' and 'The Hang Up' as both are also great reads IMHO. I requested and was lucky enough to receive a copy of this novel from the publishers via NetGalley. I chose to read and honestly review it.
teetee1968 22 days ago
"Maybe something about whether you're a squeezer or a stroker and how that might impact your overall ball handling." Part of the miscommunication when one person is talking about bowling balls and one person is talking about sexual aids. Oops! I do love the way Tawna Fenske tells a tale! I love the humor in this book as much as I love the romance. Ellie & Ty are really a great couple to get to know. The story is fun, with moments of seriousness and a bit of hotness. Overall fun -a great summer read!!
DanaStrotheide 22 days ago
I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved the first two books in this series (though they don't necessarily need to be read in order), and this third book didn't disappoint. In fact it might be my favorite of the whole series. I found myself laughing out loud enough that my husband kept asking me what was so funny. The dialogue between Ellie and Ty was hilarious. The opening scene with them and a misunderstanding of what Ellie was selling made me snort. I also loved the dynamic between Ty and Ellie's son Henry; who is pretty witty in his own right. The characters are relatable and real. The sexy bits are super sexy and the comedy is spot on. This book is definitely a funny, sexy winner. Fenske nailed it (heh) again. :)
kaitnolan 22 days ago
Like all of Fenske's book, this one did not disappoint in humor or heat. Who knew fixing a kitchen sink could be sexy? Ty is a marvelous, badass marshmallow of a hero (totally my type, as that's the kind of guy I married) who wants SO BADLY to be a good guy and believes he's not because Reasons. It's wonderful to see him fall for shero Ellie (sister of hero Jason from Book 2 in this series) and her boy Henry--and screw it all up because he doesn't think he's what's best for them. Very satisfying conclusion. Two thumbs up.
sbart84 22 days ago
A pure laugh out sexy romance from the first page. Single mom, Ellie sells sex toys when she meets Ty, a marketing guy from First Impressions. Neither are into lasting relationships but a casual hook up would be perfect, or is it. Ellie's son, Henry is just a hoot. Adds so much to the story. Great characters with flaws but they work it out together. Great chemistry!! Still in love with Henry. I highly recommend this fun romance
Linda_Grimes 22 days ago
THE HOOK UP bowled me over from page one (you'll understand the reference when you read the book). Once again, Fenske has plumbed the depths of humor and passion (ditto on this reference), leaving me both wheezing with laughter and fanning myself, often at the same time. Ellie and Ty are a match made in Fenske heaven. And Ellie's son, Henry, adds to the equation in a delightfully moving way. All in all, the perfect summer read. Don't miss it!
Linda__ 22 days ago
Loved this book! It started as a fairly predictable romance between two characters that had no interest in a relationship, but ended up hooking up. Then the author added such depth to them with the back story and their current struggles that I just couldn't put the book down. This novel has it all - lovable, relatable characters, and a great story. It had moments that made me smile and moments that brought a tear to my eye. If you enjoy the genre, snag this book and put it at the top of your TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list