The Hookup Hoax

The Hookup Hoax

by Heather Thurmeier

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A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...

The perfect guy. The perfect girl. The perfect lie.

Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he's desperate to prove that he could be the guy to "pass it on." Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to treat relationships like a contagious stomach flu that should be avoided at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for...

Someone like his best friend's sister.

Sawyer's offer is exactly what Olivia Morgan needs. After traveling around the world for the last five years, the promise of a job and free accommodations is heaven. And sure, maybe Sawyer's a super-hot, charming guy with dimples made for kissing, but he's not willing to be the guy-or relationship-she needs.

All it takes is one hot hook-up before this little hoax gets blown all to hell...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943336289
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Hookup Hoax (Entangled Lovestruck) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Sawyer needs a girlfriend. He’s been focused on the family business and doesn’t do relationships. But his grandparents are ready to give up the lakefront cabin , it’s between Sawyer and his cousin who is already married Tyler. Olivia has traveled the world for five years with a failed engagement behind her. Her brother Aidan’s best friend is Sawyer. Sawyer proposes Olivia come to work for him and pretend to be his girlfriend. Also she can live with John to save for her own apartment. Olivia and Sawyer have known each other since they were kids. I liked this story but really didn’t like the repeating back and forth in Olivia’s as well as Sawyer’s mind how they can’t be together. Then their romance goes on the fast track. Otherwise the story was really good. But it kinda played out with boy needs a fake girlfriend. I did love the characters of Sawyer and Olivia and the ups and downs they went through. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
KristinaKK More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Hookup Hoax by Heather Thurmeier ~ the characters were complex and well-rounded, and the story flowed very nicely. Sawyer and Olivia were definitely the stars of the show but Olivia's over-protective definitely stole a few scenes, as did Sawyer's grandparents. It was so much fun to watch as both Olivia and Sawyer grew from being content with being alone to loving being with someone else. Olivia is charming and Sawyer is definitely sigh-worthy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves friends-to-lovers or fake relationship books; it's a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun romantic story that you can't put down. The character development is so great that you can't help but to root for them to fall in love, and the grandparents are the sweetest. This is the perfect book to curl up with on the couch in front of a fire drinking hot chocolate. I highly recommend it, you won't put it down.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I will never, ever, ever, ever get tired of the fake relationship trope. Like, EVER. I'm drawn to it, like it's the dessert tray. And I'm always happy by the time I finish reading the story. The Hookup Hoax is definitely up there on my favorite fake relationship books! Sawyer wants the family cabin, but he needs to prove he's the right kind of person to give it to. Enter Olivia, his best friend's sister. Since she's been traveling and doing odd jobs, she doesn't really have much to add to her resume to get a job or apartment. Sawyer offers both to her, in exchange that she pretend to be his girlfriend. Seems easy enough, right? Not with the obvious sexual desire burning beneath the surface. And after one kiss--one that wasn't part of the deal--it's even more difficult to keep feelings hidden. When the person you're pretending to date is a person you're told you can't, it definitely causes friction. Will the two of them be able to come out unscathed? The Hookup Hoax has it all--stolen kisses, steamy moments, true romance. I loved the focus on family, and the love that the family has for one another. And that, despite the obstacles, Sawyer and Olivia have a connection they can't deny. I'll definitely be checking out more by Heather Thurmeier. My Rating: Very Good
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Sawyer Sterling is determined to come out the victor. He will get the family cabin which has so many memories. All he needs is a fiancée to convince his grandparents that he will have a family to enjoy it with. When his best friend's little sister needs a job and a place to stay, he knows who will help him. Unfortunately their attraction is immediate and powerful. Will love get in the way? Sawyer is handsome and determined. He won't let his cousin win. He's single minded in his pursuit of the prize. His attitude bothered me. I understood his emotions, but I wanted more from Sawyer. Olivia is a free spirit. She has traveled the world and learned so much. Now she's back and staying with her brother, Aidan. She's intelligent and kind. Her desire for Sawyer is amazing. They have so much in common. She doesn't want to fool his family, but she promised. I liked both characters. They are good together and I felt their love. Their relationship has rough patches balanced with passion. I wanted them to realize what they feel and make the hoax real. I would like to see Aidan find his perfect woman. He definitely has a story to tell. Heather Thurmeier has created a romance that was both humorous and touching. The Hookup Hoax was enjoyable.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this story. Sawyer, who is rich and could have anyone for a girlfriend, wants to get his grandparents' cabin but the only way is by having a "family". Olivia is his best friend's sister and is restless and needs a place to live and a job about backpacking in Europe. This is a sweet yet hot story and it keeps you involved in the story.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* This was a sweet story about Sawyer. A guy who, after losing his parents as a child in an accident, is raised by his grandparents. Fearing that he could leave a wife and kid behind if something ever happened to him, he’s set on bachelorhood for life. But now, not only does he need to focus on work and landing the deal that will put his family’s company out of risk, his grandparents are getting ready to move and pass on the house he grew up in. He needs to show them that he should be the one to get it, and not his married cousin with a baby on the way. And thus the hoax is conceived. He needs a girlfriend STAT, so Gran and Grandpa can see him as someone who could keep the beautiful lake house in the family. He tried a relationship once and it ended in disaster, and any of his hookups wouldn’t get that what he needs is just pretend. The solution appears in the form of his childhood best friend’s little sister, who he hadn’t seen in over 10 years since her parents divorced and she went to live with her mother. She’s nothing like the little tomboy he remembers, but a very beautiful woman who’s spent the last 5 years backpacking around the world. Olivia is ready to plant some roots after being a nomad for so long. Unfortunately no one seems to want to hire someone with her ample but unconventional work experience, and crashing on her brother’s couch is certainly not her idea of permanence. When Sawyer offers her free housing and a temp job in his company as a reference for her curriculum and all she has to do is pretend to be his girlfriend, she jumps at the opportunity. Truly, with her former experience with a guy just like Sawyer, she would never, never, ever be fool enough to fall for him. Nor would Sawyer find that with the right woman, a relationship is just what he needed…no chance of that happening… at all. I really liked this story; there were no surprises, no unexpected twists, just sweet, steamy romance, a bit of lack of communication and a lot of stubbornness. This was a quick easy read, at times I felt it drag a little but nothing that overshadowed my enjoyment of the story. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more from Ms. Thurmeier.
niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
this is another great example of boy falling for best friends sister. sawyer needs a girlfriend and olivia needs a job. now i know what youre thinking and its not like that. this book was very heartfelt and i loved watching sawyer fall head over heels for olivia while trying to fight it. we all know how that works out but this book was great. i loved the grandparents and i can totally see me being that way when im that age. they are i hoot and i found myself laughing when i read their parts. this is a must read and was a great book to be the first read from this author for me. *arc graciously given by entangled publishing for an honest review*
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how much I love the sibling's best friend stories. I've even written one of my own. Thurmeier throws us a unique twist far from the norm. Sawyer is a wealthy man and could probably buy anything he wanted, except his grandparent's cabin. After the death of his parents, Sawyer was raised in the beautiful home. His grandparents are moving and have decided they want Sawyer or his cousin, Tyler, to have the cabin. To win his childhood home, Sawyer needs a girlfriend to show his grandparents he is serious about keeping the cabin in the family to pass on to his kids someday. Olivia is back in the states after backpacking her heartbreak away in Europe for five years. She needs a job and a place to live other than her brother's couch. After dinner with her brother, Aiden, and Sawyer, she gets a job, a place to live, and the chance to play house with the hottest man she's ever seen. There is good amount of will they or won't they in this story that had me flipping the pages faster than an Indy racer on Memorial Day Weekend. The story wasn't all about getting to the next steamy scene, a real relationship percolated between the two as they dragged their collective baggage with them. An exciting twist toward the end had my jaw dropping in surprise. I loved that! It is so refreshing to read a story where I don't have the ending figured out beforehand. If you are looking for a story with substance, outstanding character development, and sizzling romance, The Hookup Hoax is for you. Thanks so much to Heather Thurmeier and Entangled Publishing for granting me with a copy of The Hookup Hoax in exchange for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
When all your dreams became reality -- ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This was a pleasant story that was about a guy who just wanted to have a girl pretend to be his girlfriend so he can save the family company and also get the family cabin to himself since really no one else uses it like he does and his grandparents have said it will go to one of their two grandchildren – him or Tyler. SO Sawyer has to decide how to do these things to save him the headache and hassle….so he comes up with a pretend girlfriend- if he looks settled down, and family orientated, then the family will put the company in his hands and the grandparents will give him the cabin… Tyler is already married with a baby on the way—Sawyer wants that cabin, he is the one who spent all his time there as a kid and he knows he cares about the place and the company.. In the picture comes Olivia Morgan who happens to be his best friend’s sister. She is back in the US after traveling overseas for several years and she was going to stay on her brother’s couch until she could get a job and an apartment but Sawyer sees a way that he can help her and she can help him.  He asks her to be his “girlfriend “ and in turn, will have her be his admin assistant for 3 months and after that, will get her set up and will make sure she will have a job when all that he asks of her is done. She finally agrees and there are sparks between the two. I really do like Sawyer and Olivia together. She challenges him and makes him see things differently and he sees people as people, not objects. Not to say they don’t argue and there is tension, for there is but there is something driving Sawyer, something that is making him driven and Olivia tries to make him see that he may not be cursed like his parents. Do they end up together? Well, I do not want to spoil the ending. I will say, I loved the writing –though at times the story was a bit slow and there needed to be a little more passion between the characters at certain points but overall, this was a good story. I really liked the MC and I hope to see more from this author in follow-up stories for the supporting characters found in this story. My rating: 4.0 stars ****
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
Before you get any further in reading, just try to imagine how it feels to be overrunned. Oh yes -that's exactly how I feel right now after finishing this book not even 20min ago. The story is good. At some points I would even say "very good". I loved the beginning which tries to prepare the reader for a story filled with lots of emotional scenes. And this is what you get as a reader. Not only Olivia, but also Sawyer are both too very individual protagonists who right from the beginning are attracted by each other without actually "being allowed to". I loved the way how this aspect got included until the very end, even if it was clear right from the beginning how this book is going to end. Up to around 80 % I had no problem with the expected ending which was exactly the one I prepared myself for. But I was reaaaaally sad how the ending was presented to the reader. I still am while writing this review because I loved the flow you get into with this book-until 80%. I don't know what happened, because from this point on, everything happened in such a rush. I just don't understand why as the whole book in my opinion definetly deserves not only a longer, but also a more detailed ending! I won't discribe this any further as I also want to , again, concentrate on the good things! I not only love the portagonists, moreover of course also especially the grandparents and all their special lines. The only thing I wished is to get to know more about their background stories which for sure has to exist as you can feel it as various points. > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
The best friend's sibling trope is always a treat for me to read and this one is no exception. Sawyer and Olivia know each other reasonably well, having been friends since childhood via Olivia's brother Aiden. When Sawyer needs a pretend girlfriend to convince his grandparents that he's suitable material for inheriting the family cabin and filling it with an extended family, Olivia is in the right place at the right time - looking for a job and a home while she figures out what direction to go next in her life. For Sawyer, Olivia is a safe bet - she won't misconstrue his intentions and complicate things by wanting an actual relationship. Except Sawyer finds that maybe his feelings about Olivia aren't so cut and dried after all. I really enjoyed this story! I found both characters to be very likeable. Sawyer is a workaholic playboy who is quite happy with his single life and the dating scene - he's not interested in a long term relationship. Olivia is a quirky, fun, friendly woman. She's been on the road for the last 5 years and the chance to settle down in one spot is very appealing for her, as is the job at Sawyer's company where she can put her skills to work. There is a definite sexual chemistry between them now that they've both grown up and it isn't long for that to manifest itself into some steamy scenes. I also liked how they interacted with their families, and despite Sawyer's deception in presenting Olivia as his girlfriend, it comes from a desperation to keep a hold of the memory of his parents and their relationship, all linked with the family cabin. There were some touching and tender moments in the story too as Sawyer and Olivia open up to each other and reveal past heartache.  Overall, it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. 4 stars. 
psee More than 1 year ago
Solid 4 stars Sawyer is needing someone to fake a relationship with in order to get the deed to his grandparents' lake house, the very one he grew up in after his parents' deaths. The problem is they want it passed down and Sawyer has no intentions of a forever with anyone. He is worried his cousin Tyler, married with a child on the way, is gonna get the lake house.  Olivia, Sawyer's best friend's sister is back after five years abroad and boy has she grown up. She also happens to be in need of a job and a place to stay. Sawyer offers her the perfect solution. Fake a relationship to help him, and he will help her. As she has already been hurt really badly before she is in no way looking to start a real relationship, so it seems like a win-win for both of them. Along the way things start to get a little too real for both of them and Olivia is worried she is falling for Sawyer. Without being aware, Sawyer had been falling for Olivia all along too. With changes at work and a surprise neither of them had expected, the chance for anything real seems less likely. This story was cute and I read through it pretty quickly. I liked that along the way Sawyer did show emotions and I enjoyed the relationship he and Olivia had with his grandparents. The ending was a little too easy and too much for me to give higher than the four star rating, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.  Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
3.5**** I enjoyed reading this story.  Sawyer and Olivia knew each other when they were younger and Sawyer is Olivia's brother's best friend.  However there was no secret longing on either part.  I liked this aspect of the book.  It made their coupling that much more enjoyable.  They got to know the people they were now. Their flirty banter was very funny and cute.  Their chemistry was instantaneous.  I liked the way Olivia would support Sawyer in all things and seemed to blend in his life seamlessly.  And it was very sweet the way his family took her in easily.  I adored his grandparents.  They still had it going on. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
KeeperBookshelf-M More than 1 year ago
Sawyer needs to show his grandparents that he should be the one that they give their cabin to in order to see their home continue on with the next generation of love and family living there.  It is totally beside the point that Sawyer never, ever intends to marry or have kids.  No, not happening.  He is not about to build a family and then see it all disappear like it did for him when his parents died.  No, far better to remain single and not take that risk.  There is no way he will see his home, his refuge be given to his stuffy cousin Tyler.  So what if Tyler is married and about to be a father.  It’s his cabin and he will not lose it. Okay, so Sawyer is handsome, hot and tastey – who says a guy can’t be stupid silly too. Olivia is Sawyer’s best friend’s kid sister and the girl who climbed trees with them as kids.  Who knew she would grow up to be so beautiful and sexy?  She has been traveling around the world these last five years, after a breaking up with the man she thought she would marry and live the rest of her days at his side.  Olivia is tired of the nomadic lifestyle and has come back to New York City to set down roots again.  When at a lunch with her brother and Sawyer it is jokingly tossed on the table that Sawyer would her hire for two different jobs – it got her attention.  (sleeping on the brother’s couch gets old fast)  Sawyer would hire her to fill in for someone who was out on medical leave – and to play his pretend girlfriend with his grandparents so that they would see his intention to carry on the family traditions and leave their cabin… to him.  All she had to do was move into his guest room, take the temp job and convince two sharp, intelligent people that he was in love with her and that she’s his perfect girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, I had so much fun reading The Hookup Hoax.  Sawyer and Olivia were perfectly hot, awkward, flirty, embarrassed, sexy and loving with each other throughout their story.  It’s not so easy to keep the pretend thing going when they are so attracted to each other.  Even harder to convince everyone they come in contact with that their feelings for each other are real or pretend or… maybe truly real after all. Both Sawyer and Olivia have issues and baggage to deal with.  If this were a true pretend relationship then none of that would matter.  But somewhere in the let’s pretend game they were playing things started to get real.  They have to decide if taking a risk on each other is the more important thing happening in their lives. What happens when the original stake is no longer as important as the real thing at stake?  Can love overcome everything?  Nope, not going to say any more.  This was a fun read and you need to figure all of that out for yourself.  Pick up The Hookup Hoax to find out for yourself.  Definitely recommend this one.  Sure, it’s a fun read but along the way you’ll care about these two unlikely lovers and hope that they get past their stuff and find that happy ever after they deserve. *I received an e-ARC of The Hookup Hoax from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Ms. Thurmeier's work and it will not be my last. I loved this story! The characters are interesting, very likable and easy to connect with. It is well written and a fresh take combining two very common tropes. I was hooked from the start and throughly enjoyed this flirty, easy read. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Completely entertaining read! This is, as the title suggests, a pretend relationship story. While the premise is nothing new, the writing and characters make this feel fresh and fun. Sawyer and Olivia are fun strong characters and I definitely felt their connection. I really enjoyed this one and think you will too. I highly recommend it.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
When faking it just isn't enough! Sterling Sawyers is a workaholic CEO who doesn’t have serious relationships but, with his grandparents deciding which grandson to pass on the family lakeside cabin to he needs to find a girlfriend quickly. She needs to be someone he can trust and someone he’ll not fall for. His best friend’s sister is ideal for his purposes – articulate, with a business degree and currently looking for a route back into the work place after five years back packing around the world. She’s looking for a HEA, so knows from the start that Sterling is not the guy for her, longterm but this job is just what she’s looking for. The problem for both is that they are attracted to each other and when they kiss the reaction is instantaneously volatile. Can they pretend to hook up whilst avoiding actually doing so? Will love find a way to change their minds? Can Sterling gain the cabin or will his hook up hoax hand it over to his cousin instead? Whilst this was a somewhat predictable story from the blurb it is still well written with well developed characters, realistic conflicts and great scenarios, making it a very enjoyable and an endearing read. The humour in it has you laughing out loud at times – well it did me, anyway! A great story to escape into, complete with its own HEA. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
3.5 chick flick style stars The consummate playboy, Sawyer Sterling finds himself in need of projecting the complete opposite. His grandparents cabin is to be passed on to another family member, and they’re keen to ensure that that continues. As well as Sawyer being the most unlikely candidate for true love and ever after happiness, his cousin may pip him at the post with his wife and 0.5 kid. The cabin holds many memories for Sawyer, not all good, but the whole ambiance grounds him. He needs to be a contender, and therefore needs a woman he can trust to help him pull this off. Olivia Morgan has been chasing around the world for the last five years in her daisy dukes, and now needs to come back to reality. Living out of her backpack and camping on her brother, Aidan’s sofa, she mulls over her necessity to find a job and get herself an apartment post haste. Sawyer and Olivia have known each other since they were kids, but nothing prepares them for the fake out they agree to embark on. A new author to me, I found this a cute read, which traced the fake relationship of Sawyer and Olivia very nicely. Both MC’s came with enough backstory to compliment, and the supporting characters were explored enough to do their job well too. I enjoyed the dalliance between these two, as they negotiated the easy and not so easy temptations of each other. ”One room. One Bed. And Sawyer. One room. One bed. And Olivia. Sh$t.” ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Heart melting, entertaining, endearing fun. The typical relationship of convenience story. I loved it anyway. Sawyer and Olivia were cute together. Although the plot was obvious, it was still an enjoyable read. Received The Hookup Hoax by Heather Thurmeier for an honest review. Fun that leaves you smiling.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
An old tale with a new spin, it is light and entertaining read. I must read for romance lovers and those who like stories about fake-turned-real relationships. I enjoyed reading this light hearted romance. Sawyer is owner of a successful business but having difficulty keeping his company at the top. And now he learned that his grandparents plan to leave their cabin to a family member who will pass it on to next generations. He knows that it can't be him since he has never had a real relationship and never plans to marry. Now that must change or he will lose the cabin, which he has always wanted.  Olivia is his best friend's sister. She is back in USA and who can be better than her to play his fake-girlfriend. But things doesn't go the way two of them planned. They fell for each other. Will they be able to overcome their fears and give each other a chance?
artfullee More than 1 year ago
 A fake relationship that grows into something more; a confirmed bachelor, falling in love with his best friends off-limits sister; and a family that makes you realise what's important. These are the things that attracted me to this book. The Hookup Hoax was an easy to read book, not meaning it had no substance, but rather that I found it easy to put myself in the story, see what the characters were seeing, feel what they were feeling and believe the connection that they had. Sawyer was a confirmed bachelor, never seeing himself married, let alone in a relationship that lasted past the one night stand. His reluctance to form a close connection outside the bedroom initially painted him as a superficial playboy, but it wasn't long before I saw beneath the front that he showed to the outside world. His loyalty to his friends and family, the significance in his life of his grandparents, the way he treasured the memories of his parents and their legacy. Even though the scam that Sawyer concocted made you question the morality of the deception, I understood why he acted so desperately. His heart was in the right place, however misguided his actions were. Underneath it all Sawyer had a conscience, he just needed the right woman to let go of the fear of falling in love, let go of the need to prove himself, and concentrate on what matters most. Olivia was Sawyers best friend Aiden's sister. Having just returned from wandering the world, getting over a painful breakup years ago, she is now ready to settle down and start a family. When Sawyer proposes his scheme to work for him while pretending to be a fake girlfriend for a few months, she takes it on the proviso that they keep the relationship purely platonic. She knows what a player Sawyer is and doesn't want to become another in his long unending list of conquests, but it is an opportunity to work and ease back in to city life. I liked Olivia and found myself wanting the best for her, not wanting her to be hurt by this arrangement. I loved the relationship she had with her brother, both having lived through the painful breakup of their parents marriage. She was loyal and caring, and I felt for her desire to have a close family like the one that Sawyer has with his grandparents. What Olivia and Sawyer don't count on is the attraction they feel for each other. The sparks fly and they find it harder and harder to not give in to their desires. I felt the chemistry between Olivia and Sawyer, their conversation was snarky yet comfortable, flirty and fun, and they just felt good together. I really liked how they didn't just fall into bed together the first chance they got. They really got to know each other first and how they tried to fight their growing attraction to each other was entertaining. I also enjoyed seeing how the bigger story developed, Sawyer's dawning realisation of what was really important, putting things in perspective, and how he went about rectifying his mistakes. He showed his vulnerability while manning up and taking the consequences. Sawyer's grandparents added so much to this story and I loved them, their no nonsense attitude, their sense of fun and adventure, the way they instilled family values in Sawyer. They were an adorable couple. Overall, The Hookup Hoax entertained me from page one till the end. The characters and storyline grabbed my attention and it had enough little twists to make it on its own. I like the authors writing style and will definitely be looking at other books penned by her.