Monday, January 15, 2018

"The Hookup" by Kristen Ashley



THE HOOKUP BY KRISTEN ASHLEY

SERIES: Moonlight and Motor Oil #1
PUBLISHER: Kristen Ashley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble. Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant. He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy. Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go. And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips through his fingers. But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her. And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in. That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.

MY REVIEW

Over the holidays, I finally went after a Kristen Ashley's book. I believe this piece of news has just made a few fellow book bloggers particularly happy, since I lost count of how many times they tried to 'push' me there...

I must say, this book started with a bang—pun totally intended—and boy if the bangs after that weren't, err, pleasurably entertaining... Johnny Gamble can be a lot to take, and that perhaps is what really makes you want a hookup to be more than just that. It certainly is so for Izzy and, seriously, how can we blame her? I liked the fact their relationship developed gradually, I liked less what the blurb leads you to believe, though. Yes, his ex girlfriend left Johnny heartbroken, but he doesn't hold Izzy distant because he's still in love with her, and that's not the kind of angst I would have expected to see at some point because of that. Of course, something dramatic happens on the way and there's a good twist towards the end, one that puts you on alert, but it's all quickly resolved and I found that a bit disappointing.

Nevertheless, I still ended up having a good time with this book, there was something with the writing that made me turn page after page without putting my kindle down, so I feel like trying more by this author.

RATING: 3.5/5
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