BOOK REVIEW — The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.
That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on

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“I’ve just experienced the hottest, most erotic, life-changing sex of my life, and I don’t think I’m going to get a repeat. Tonight was obviously an ill-advised hook up for her. And I’m so screwed because it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Omgggg!!!! Where has this series been all my life!! What an utterly addictive college romance I never thought I’d fall in love with. Boy oh BOY was I wrong!

There is something so loveable about a story that follows two young adults as they begin to maneuver their way around the end of their childhood, and experience adulthood for the first time. We spend hours upon hours searching for that perfect book, with the perfect storyline, about two characters who we hope to fall head over heals in love with. And nine times out of ten, we fail. But then a book like this comes along and completely takes you by surprise. It sweeps you off your feet and takes you away to a world where college frat parties become the starting point of one of the most amazing college romances, and all our troubles disappear.

“I think you’re beautiful,” he says softly.
“Beauty fades,” I choke out.
“Not when it comes from inside.”    

No-one sees Anna Jones. They never have. And they’ve made her feel ugly, unworthy and isolated in the process. Her childhood was one she would rather forget, and after seeing first hand how her mother had her heart broken more than she cared to count, Anna vowed to never become that woman. She would never allow herself to become vulnerable to a man, to fall in love. So she moved cities, started her life again with her two best-friends and believed it was all she needed in her life to be happy.

Until Drew.

“He’s slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts.”

Drew Baylor is the gorgeous quarterback everyone loves. In fact he’s probably one of my favourite book boyfriends right now. But underneath his confident exterior, there’s a lonely guy longing for someone in his life. After the death of his parents, he was left with more than enough money to support himself, but that wasn’t enough. Until the gorgeous, firey, stubborn redhead sitting next to him in class leaves him completely speechless, he’s never wanted anything more.

“She glared at me. I didn’t care. One word was playing a loop in my head: mine.”

This story begins as a seriously addictive friends – with – benefits arrangement, where regular hook-ups set the pages of my kindle on fire in every single chapter. These two have exceptional chemistry. The witty dialogue and fun banter were what had drawn me to keep reading in the first place. The epilogue was one of the best I’ve ever read. I’m always looking for a book to draw me in and hook me from the very first chapter, and this book did just that.

Drew and Anna had a lot of moments where my heart just ached for them. Anna was really struggling with accepting what Drew wanted from her. She had removed the thought of settling down with anyone from her mind, yet Drew wants no-one but her. This added a whole new level of angst to the story as they navigated their way around these emotions they had no idea had snuck up on them. And I’ll be honest, I put my kindle down a few times for a breather. My heart ached for them both.

“Drew doesn’t make me feel like myself. He makes me feel better than myself. As if there is a little broken part in me, rattling and loose, and whenever he’s near it falls into place and tightens. The thought has me withdrawing, sinking into that cold, thick place that chokes me. I’m beginning to need him too much.”

Among the heartache, there was so much love. And there was heaps of fun banter between Anna and Drew as well Anna and her best-friends Iris and George – and these scenes had me smiling like an idiot! Their romance was a gorgeous, hot mess that I couldn’t get enough of. It made me kick myself for waiting so long to give this series a go, but I’m sooooo glad I finally did!

You should definitely start with this book. I’ve added the rest of the series below in order. I’ve now read book 1 & 4 (read my review here), and feel as though you can read them on their own, but as always, the interconnecting stories and characters are always nice to know from the beginning.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Game On Series reading order

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4


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