The Hookup: The Jordan Brothers

The Hookup: The Jordan Brothers

by Erin McCarthy

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ISBN-13: 9780525619703
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Series: The Jordan Brothers , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 4,792
File size: 999 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than sixty novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA Award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Adult Reader award, McCarthy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Chapter 1

Nine o’clock to ten o’clock. That is the sweet spot of my day, every day. It’s when the oppressive weight of sobriety has been lifted by the first few drinks. But before eleven or twelve, when I’m shitty and mean because I’ve had too many and I’m trying to get back to my personal happy hour by pouring more Jack down my throat. But you don’t go back. That’s the rub of it. Every night. There’s no going back. You think I would learn that lesson.

But I don’t.

I drink, I chase, I push, I break.

Then I stumble into bed, sometimes alone, sometimes not. Then I wake up with a dry mouth and an anger that simmers on low. It heats as the day goes on until I can hit the bar.

And mentally flip off my day, my ex, my brother, my life.

I don’t really mind my job, which is how I can get out there on the water day after day, busted and hungover. I’m a lobster fisherman, and on the water, where I can chuck my stomach contents over the side if needed, no one gives a shit if I’m a dick. A sour-faced asshole, sullen, quiet, occasionally coughing up a laugh. The other guys are used to me and the fish don’t care. I need the open air, crave it. In town the buildings close in on me, smother me, wrap their wooden clapboard arms around me and squeeze until I can’t breathe.

Funny then, that I love the bar, that I open that door with anticipation, and it welcomes me inside like the kiss of a lover. The low ceilings, the wormy wood, the dim lighting, should make me claustrophobic, but they don’t. Here, I know there will be distractions. Liquor. Conversation. Women. All of which help me to forget about a pair of blue eyes in the solemn face of a two-year-old child, a halo of blond curls around those pink cheeks.

Out on the ocean, I have time to think. Home alone at night, my thoughts strangle me like an extension cord wrapped around my neck, choking out my air.

But here, at The Thirsty Moose, in the arms of my addiction, I am the closest to happy I can be.

My name is Cain Jordan and I’m an alcoholic.

And I have no intention of changing that.

“This is a joke. I’m not stepping foot out of the house like this.” I looked in the mirror and saw a complete stranger. One who looked a lot like my sister, Bella, who was standing behind me in heels, beaming. I was instantly on the verge of an identity crisis, even though I knew the fastest way to achieve my goal for the night was to submit to Bella’s makeover. But damn, it was hard to look at. Like fashionista roadkill. The glam was horrifying, but I couldn’t look away.

Behold, the bedazzling of Sophie Bigelow, “The Girl with the High IQ and Zero Tolerance for Bling.” The look was signature Bella. What I liked to rock was what I called Cute Chic. Combat boots and high-waisted jeans with slouchy, off-the-shoulder sweaters. The vibe of “I cared, but I needed to be comfortable.” This was not comfortable. This was me on sexy steroids.

“But you look pretty,” Bella said, fussing with my hair, which she had diligently curled.

Between the curls, the fake eyelashes, the contouring, and whatever makeup voodoo she had conjured so that my lips appeared double their natural size, I looked like I had a Kylie Jenner fetish. It worked on Kylie. It worked on my sister. It did not do a damn thing for me. Somewhere under my sister’s canvas was the real me. The one who thought mascara and tinted lip balm constituted being made up and who was certain that push-up bras were the invention of the devil.

A niggle of doubt pushed through my previous confidence. I had run the numbers—mathematically, it was guaranteed to work. But only if I could follow through, and right now I wanted to do nothing more than to bury my head in a book and pretend I was a cyborg who was not interested in men or sex.

“Bella, I can’t even see.” I tried to blink and the fake eyelashes didn’t move. They were alien creatures perched above my eyeballs, dominating my view. It was like trying to see the world through the legs of a centipede. “The eyelashes, paired with the shoes, and it is one hundred percent possible I will fall and die tonight.” I kicked the heels off and gave an immediate sigh of relief. Better. I had to draw a line.

She made a face, still playing with my hair. “You know, everyone always accuses me of being dramatic. But because you’re smarter than me, no one seems to notice that you are the world’s biggest exaggerator. You’re not going to fall, so put those back on. You’re a brat, but you’re not clumsy. And this is why we’re doing this—it’s a test run. You’re breaking the look and the shoes in before the wedding.”

Oh, right, the wedding. Otherwise known as “The Wedding to End All Weddings.” “The Fairy Tale Fantasy Nuptials.” “Bella’s Current Reason for Being.” “The Most Pretentious Display of Excess Ever.” And the culmination of Bella’s two-year campaign to get her boyfriend Bradley to take it to the next level. So we were here, at our parents’ summer house in Camden, Maine, getting ready for the big day.

I pushed her hand aside, mildly annoyed that she had said I was exaggerating. None of this was my scene and that was no lie. I was the anomaly in the Bigelow family, the only one generally unconcerned with appearances, which drove my sister and my mother absolutely freaking insane. My father didn’t care, but then my father didn’t care about his family much to speak of anyway. His days and thoughts revolved around making money, golfing, and flirting online with women in bikinis who claimed to be aspiring sportswear models. I know that because I’ve looked, because I’m nosy.

“It’s a beach wedding. Can’t I wear sandals?” I said, because I really, really hate heels. If it’s not flip-flops, Converse, or boots, I don’t want to wear them. Bella is two years older than I am and we have a lifelong relationship that centers around her trying to make me over, and me resisting. Tonight I was going along with it because one) it was her wedding and two) I wanted to get laid.

But I couldn’t resist pushing back on the sandals because Rome wasn’t conquered in a day. I should take this in baby steps. Hair, makeup, tight dress, check. The heels were on a whole different level. Grad school versus middle school. I had asked Bella about wearing sandals to the wedding about three hundred times already and I knew what her reaction would be. She didn’t disappoint me.

She stomped her foot. Like, legit stomped her foot like a toddler, and I fought back a grin. But it was so easy to get a rise out of her, even when I wasn’t actually trying. She always thought I was being stubborn just to be a jerk, but I genuinely hate wobbling around on stilts while my toes are smothered by leather. It’s like strapping toothpicks onto a newborn colt and telling him to walk. Wearing heels is a sport and I don’t want to play.

“Stop asking me that! No sandals! Ugh! We’re not getting married on the sand. That’s why they’re called sand-als.” Her face scrunched up and somehow she made her tantrum look adorable.

Bella was beautiful. She always had been. She was also one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known, her thoughts simple, her heart pure. I felt bad, the way I always did, when I inadvertently goaded her and she fell for it. “I’m sorry, okay. I’ll shut up. But for the record, I want it noted I’m doing that for you, not because I want to, and only at the wedding.”

My sister never seemed nervous when it came to event planning, but it occurred to me that maybe she was. Getting married was a Big ****ing Deal and despite her confidence that she had her wedding and her life carefully planned, maybe she was anxious. I needed to respect that. The whole wedding was, to me, a designer circus, but this was what Bella wanted. What she had always wanted. I was trying to back her, I really was, but I sucked at all of this. I was way more comfortable back at grad school in class than playing right-hand man to the bride. I was too literal. Everyone knew that. I knew that. And sometimes I was too honest, which made people uncomfortable. That was never my intention, but I had never learned the art of conversation, the dance of choreography where everyone speaks in subtext. I’m too factual and generally speaking, that makes for a shit hostess.

Which was why my mother had secretly hired someone to do all my maid of honor duties. She didn’t think I could do it. It made me hugely uncomfortable to be taking the credit for fabulous ideas that were not at all mine, but I had agreed to it because there was no denying I blow at party planning and I didn’t want to disappoint Bella.
“Will you relax?” Bella chastised. “Now, let’s go out and have fun.”

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The Hookup: The Jordan Brothers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Highly recommended. Funny. Highly enjoyed it......!!!!!!!!!
Donatelli 6 months ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is the first book in The Jordan Brothers series. I must admit that I read the second book in this series first (I received an ARC), but I liked the second book so much that I went back and read the first book. This was a fun read with great chemistry between the two main characters. The writing and character development was well done. This was a great start to a promising series, even if I did read this book second. Talk about opposites attracting, WOW, Sophie is a math genius working toward her PhD. Cain is a high school graduate who is very happy being a “lobster fisherman”. Sophie is looking for the right guy to rid her of her V-card, Cain just happens to be up for the task. I really loved the dynamics between these two characters. They did have a rough start and I enjoyed the ups and downs in their relationship. The author was able to show the reader the unpleasant side of Cain, but in such a way that made me like him all the more. I immediately liked Sophie, she was a breath of fresh air, strong, intelligent, with a bit naivety throw in to make her just adorable. I would definitely recommend this series if you are looking for a fun read with some heat. Happy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!
DanieReads More than 1 year ago
I liked this one but I had a few issues. Sophie reminded me way to much of a character in another book by Erin McCarthy that I loved. I just couldn’t get that from my mind. I think Sophie was a little too ok with Cain’s issues. I mean I get she wasn’t judgmental but he was a straight up drunk and needed help. Though I think this was part of the attraction for the two of them. They took each other as they were which was a good thing. I liked Cain and Sophie when Cain was sober. I think they balanced each other out. Cain had so many issues. I didn’t like that just one was resolved. Hopefully the others will be resolved in the next book. I wish Sophie had a serious talk with her family. Her parents were a mess but I think she had mixed feelings about her sister and I think deep down her sister really did care about her. It’s just easy to get annoyed with a sibling. I hope that is resolved in the next book. Honestly the whole time reading this I was curious about Christian and Bella. I really look forward to reading that book.
DanieReads More than 1 year ago
I liked this one but I had a few issues. Sophie reminded me way to much of a character in another book by Erin McCarthy that I loved. I just couldn’t get that from my mind. I think Sophie was a little too ok with Cain’s issues. I mean I get she wasn’t judgmental but he was a straight up drunk and needed help. Though I think this was part of the attraction for the two of them. They took each other as they were which was a good thing. I liked Cain and Sophie when Cain was sober. I think they balanced each other out. Cain had so many issues. I didn’t like that just one was resolved. Hopefully the others will be resolved in the next book. I wish Sophie had a serious talk with her family. Her parents were a mess but I think she had mixed feelings about her sister and I think deep down her sister really did care about her. It’s just easy to get annoyed with a sibling. I hope that is resolved in the next book. Honestly the whole time reading this I was curious about Christian and Bella. I really look forward to reading that book.
DanieReads More than 1 year ago
I liked this one but I had a few issues. Sophie reminded me way to much of a character in another book by Erin McCarthy that I loved. I just couldn’t get that from my mind. I think Sophie was a little too ok with Cain’s issues. I mean I get she wasn’t judgmental but he was a straight up drunk and needed help. Though I think this was part of the attraction for the two of them. They took each other as they were which was a good thing. I liked Cain and Sophie when Cain was sober. I think they balanced each other out. Cain had so many issues. I didn’t like that just one was resolved. Hopefully the others will be resolved in the next book. I wish Sophie had a serious talk with her family. Her parents were a mess but I think she had mixed feelings about her sister and I think deep down her sister really did care about her. It’s just easy to get annoyed with a sibling. I hope that is resolved in the next book. Honestly the whole time reading this I was curious about Christian and Bella. I really look forward to reading that book.
DanieReads More than 1 year ago
I liked this one but I had a few issues. Sophie reminded me way to much of a character in another book by Erin McCarthy that I loved. I just couldn’t get that from my mind. I think Sophie was a little too ok with Cain’s issues. I mean I get she wasn’t judgmental but he was a straight up drunk and needed help. Though I think this was part of the attraction for the two of them. They took each other as they were which was a good thing. I liked Cain and Sophie when Cain was sober. I think they balanced each other out. Cain had so many issues. I didn’t like that just one was resolved. Hopefully the others will be resolved in the next book. I wish Sophie had a serious talk with her family. Her parents were a mess but I think she had mixed feelings about her sister and I think deep down her sister really did care about her. It’s just easy to get annoyed with a sibling. I hope that is resolved in the next book. Honestly the whole time reading this I was curious about Christian and Bella. I really look forward to reading that book.
Kelly Swanson More than 1 year ago
The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers, Book 1) by Erin McCarthy 4 Blunt and Awkward Stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND - ONE CLICK WORTHY Available May 08, 2018 The Local Alcoholic meets The Harvard Genius Sophie and Cain are two polar opposites that work so well together, I really enjoyed reading their story. Erin McCarthy is a new-to-me author so I didn't know what to expect when starting this book, but I quickly became a huge fan of hers, and now I cannot wait for the next brothers' book! This book was so funny, I LOVED the characters!(
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The Hookup is socially awkward vs. Social pariah of his own making. She is the mildly OCD NERD girl. He is the angry drunk. They aren't from the same worlds or even stratosphere. But they work and they both find something more than they ever expected from a hook up.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I went into reading The Hookup with no expectations. Which is weird because I always have some sort of expectation when going into reading a book. So keeping this in mind, I was disappointed with this book. I could not connect with either main character. I thought that the drama on both Sophie and Cain’s end was ridiculous. Because of my disconnect with both main characters, I felt that the sex blah also. Also, there is Instalove, which I can’t stand when I have a disconnect with the characters. But the book did have some good points. I liked that the author chose Maine as a backdrop. I thought that the relationship between Sophie and Bella was sweet. I also thought that Cain’s backstory, while 100% drama filled, was dark enough to make me feel awful for him. Sophie was in Maine to help her sister with the finishing touches on her wedding. While there, she decides that she is going to lose her V-Card to a local. Cain is a local lobsterman who is an alcoholic. He is drinking away the pain of his twin brother sleeping with Cain’s then-girlfriend. Then the girlfriend gets pregnant. Sophie happens into the bar while out with her sister, meets Cain and decides that he’s the one. Both Sophie and Cain can’t keep their hands off each other. What was supposed to be one night turns into two, then three. Before they know it, they are falling in love. But there are huge obstacles in their way. Can their love overcome these obstacles? I did like Sophie but I could not connect with her. She came across as very clinical when it came to sex and what she wanted out of her relationship. There was almost no spontaneity with her character. The most spontaneous I saw her was when she brought Cain home. I did think that her naiveness was cute. I also liked that she didn’t take any of Cain’s stuff. He needed that. She reminded me a bit of Amy on The Big Bang Theory. I did feel awful for Cain. He was devastated when the two closest people to him betrayed him like that. Then, she has a baby and they couldn’t tell if it was his or his brother was the father. Why? Because their DNA was almost the same. So he starts to drink. And drink. And drink. Aaaannnndddd drink. My pity did run out though. His brother wanted to talk, wanted to patch things up between them and Cain refused to. He couldn’t let it go and make peace. He wanted to stay angry. Then he met Sophie and started to rethink things. At one point in their relationship, I wanted to reach through and smack him. He was a grade-A jerk to her during her sister’s bachelorette party. While the author writes a fantastic sex scene (she does), I couldn’t get into it. I felt disconnected from both characters. Plus, Sophie’s reactions to sex was weird. She looked at it like a flipping math problem. Again, my comparison to Amy. I loved that Cain had no shame walking around Sophie’s parent’s house without pants on. That scene where he ran into Bella was awesome. It almost made me wish that Bella was hooking up with him, not Sophie. There is Instalove with The Hookup. I get that Instalove is almost mandatory in most romance novels. I wish that it didn’t happen so much. I am burnt out on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors, Erin McCarthy, has released the first book in her new series - “The Jordan Brothers” - titled “The Hookup.” This series has everything you know and love about Erin’s books - emotion, drama, laugh out loud moments and sexy, intriguing characters. She leaves you on the edge … waiting for the next book! Nothing like a nerdy, yet sassy, leading lady and bad boy twins! *I purchased this book myself (because I read all of this author’s books), voluntarily reviewed this story, and I am posting an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Hookup, even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting--clearly, I hadn't read the blurb very closely (or at all...I suspect my decision making was mostly, "Oh, I like Erin McCarthy...click). It definitely deals with heavier topics than its cover would lead you to believe. Its characters are quirky and believable, though, and there was nearly as much smiling and laughing going on over here as there was groaning and shaking my head (mostly at Cain, I'll admit), so...I'd say even though it ended giving me a different experience than I thought I was going to have, I'm not at all sorry I picked it up. Sophie's OCD and (lack of) social skills made reading from her POV a lot of fun. I loved that Cain, for all of his flaws--which he is not at all blind to, either, which helped make him more likable too--was the one person to see her as she really is and truly appreciate her. Even though he initially was attracted to the outward appearance her sister offered, one conversation with Sophie was enough for him to pretty much start asking, "Bella who?" Things move pretty fast for Sophie and Cade, but it doesn't end up feeling as if their relationship is rushed; the fact that there's a time gap toward the end helps too, and honestly, I was okay with not personally witnessing what happens during that time. We hear what we need to hear about each of their time apart, and are handed a big ol' teaser about something happening to Bella that the next book will apparently reveal--hopefully we'll also learn more there about Cain's family drama there as well, because he wasn't in a place in this book where he could talk to his identical twin about the drama that tore them apart in the first place. Since Cain's future is more of a HFN than an HEA at the end here--he's still got some work ahead of him--fingers crossed that the next book ( The Breakup ) will have plenty of Sophie-and-Cain sightings to assure us that they're heading safely along the path toward an "EA" ending. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Wow this book had me hooked from start to finish. I could not put it down. Cain is an alcoholic Mainer. Sophie is an socially inept Math genius with money. No equation would ever put them together.   I can’t tell you anymore without an spoiler.   I cannot wait for Erin's next book 'The Breakup'.
ShaunaC1795 More than 1 year ago
Close, but something was missing… I thought the premise of this book was great. I like Cain and Sophie as separate characters. I thought their backstory was interesting and I couldn’t wait for them to work out their issues and get to their happily ever after. Alas, the author couldn’t get me there. There was just not the connection that should’ve been there, in my opinion, and I felt rushed at the end.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is book One in The Jordan Brothers series. This is the story of Sophie and Cain. Cain has a block on his shoulder that he isn't letting it go and it is somewhat do to his brother. This upset has him just working, drinking and sleep with or without someone. Cain knows that he is an alcoholic but doesn't have plans to change anything. Sophie is a smart (genius) 25 year old virgin that doesn't have real social skills and boarders on OCD. Sophie is in town because her beautiful older sister is getting married. Her sister dresses her up and takes her to a bar to help her with her social skills and Sophie thinks to use the to loose her virginity. Sophie immediately spots Cain at the bar but he only has eyes for her sister until he learns she getting married. Cain isn't to taken with Sophie at first but the longer he talks to her he finds her adorable and hard to resit. This was a really great read! It almost impossible to put down. Just loved it!
Sheila Lee More than 1 year ago
This book is Rated R for adult language and sexual situations. The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is a book that challenges the reader in many ways. It is a rom-com that had me laughing out loud. Sophie is a socially backwards genius who has never fit into mainstream relationships. She is very literal in her thinking and is brutally honest. She is truthful and blunt because she has never mastered ths art of flirting or dissembling. She has always been compared to her older sister who is more the debutante, leaving Sophie insecure in her own skin. Sophie has one goal in mind during the time leading up to her sister's wedding---losing her V-card and experience the pleasures associated with sex. She meets Cain at a bar and decides he is the one to help her out. Cain has a lot of demons in his personal life, but takes Sophie up on her challenge. Their conversations are hilarious and Cain is intrigued with her. But this book is so much more than a rom-com. Cain is not handling a deep betrayal by family members and turns to a crutch used by many individuals to hide pain: alcohol. This book addresses this substance abuse in a very realistic way. How these two people handle their individual challenges is poignant and masterful. Erin McCarthy has written a book that is thought-provoking. She makes you laugh, cry, reflect on choices and above all, hope in an HEA ending. Her characters have a depth not generally found in a romance novel and you love them because they are flawed and fighting to be better people. Thank you, Erin McCarthy for writing a book that is sympathetic and compassionate, without glossing over the widespread damaging effects of alcoholism!
MissMissy12 More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading the Hook UP I wasn’t too sure about it. Sophie intrigued me and Cain seemed like an SOB….but I kept reading and before I knew it my misgivings were replaced with late nights reading their story. Erin has a way of writing that really appeals to me. Her heroines are relatable and her hero’s are well, they get your imagination going let’s say…. definitely worth your time and money to get this one.
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
The hookup is quick and cute romance, but deals with addiction which is a serious subject. Bella and Sophie decide to go out so Sophie could have a hook up. Sophie is highly intelligent, but her fashion sense is nil so her sister Bella decided to do her hair and makeup. So in a skin tight dress, high fluffed up, and false lashes. So feeling really uncomfortable she goes to the bar where this hottie called Cain is sitting at the bar. Cain is trying to drown his sorrows after a problem with his twin brother and girlfriend. Something clicked and Sophie goes back to Cain’s for a hookup. Normally Cain is only a hook up kind of guy, but something is different with Sophie. Sophie is painfully honest and always herself, and she feel a real connection with Cain and likes him as he is. As a couple I really liked them together, and now I’m waiting for Bella’s story. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
The hookup is quick and cute romance, but deals with addiction which is a serious subject. Bella and Sophie decide to go out so Sophie could have a hook up. Sophie is highly intelligent, but her fashion sense is nil so her sister Bella decided to do her hair and makeup. So in a skin tight dress, high fluffed up, and false lashes. So feeling really uncomfortable she goes to the bar where this hottie called Cain is sitting at the bar. Cain is trying to drown his sorrows after a problem with his twin brother and girlfriend. Something clicked and Sophie goes back to Cain’s for a hookup. Normally Cain is only a hook up kind of guy, but something is different with Sophie. Sophie is painfully honest and always herself, and she feel a real connection with Cain and likes him as he is. As a couple I really liked them together, and now I’m waiting for Bella’s story. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Gauntt More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is my first Erin McCarthy story and I am blown away! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but I was completely pulled into this book - I read it in one setting. Amazing! The writing was flawless and the characters beautifully flawed. Cain and Sophia were both perfectly human characters that you rooted for from the very beginning. This story has all the emotions and there is no way FIVE STARS is enough!! LOVED!! And I cannot wait for the next book!