The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
Series: Moonlight and Motor Oil #1
on December 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
The Hookup was sweet, sexy, engaging, had a little bit of drama and a whole new KA universe to dive into.
Izzy and Johnny share an instant and powerful connection but unfortunately for them both they have lots a baggage getting in the way. Especially Johnny’s ex who left him broken-hearted and then decides to show back in town, three years later, right when they’re starting to get to know each other.
Fortunately for Izzy (and all of us, really), Johnny gets his head sorted and out of his ass fast enough to realize he doesn’t want to lose what he’d found in Izzy so he goes full throttle to win her.
Izzy, in turn, doesn’t fight this much and goes all in too. Against all odds, she had a happy childhood regardless of the difficult circumstances. Her experiences in the romance department hadn’t been stellar either. Despite all this, she was sweet, funny, loyal and goofy. She loved and bonded with anyone who’d deserve it and her willingness to open her heart was inspiring.
Johnny was completely drool-worthy. A hard-working (even when he needn’t be) bossy, all-man, alpha mechanic who could be sweet, considerate and really knew what to do in the bedroom (or shower, or barn wall, or tent… you get my drift), he had me in a pile of goo under a minute.
I loved that we got a lot of Johnny’s PoV too, and also got to witness both of them in the process of falling in love. I enjoyed all the family, both blood and chosen, that we got to meet and experience. There is banter, smartassedness and great conversations.
While I completely adored The Hookup, I felt the action could have been upped a little bit. Having recently re-read the first couple of books in the Colorado Mountain series, I can’t help but draw comparisons. I can’t believe I’m saying this) but the ex’s could have played a more significant role in the drama department. Especially in Izzy’s case where all the ingredients for some crazy-stalker-psycho pie where all there laid out.
Without multiple complicated layers of suspense, this is a mostly relationship driven romance. It has lots of feels, crazy hot sextivities, the cutest baby boy, and pets galore. I adored Johnny and Izzy together and all the new characters we got to meet. I did not adore the epilogue. Ms. Ashley, let it be noted since there is only talk of copious amounts of babies but not even one in sight (not even in production stage), I better get lots of babies in the next installment of this series or you’ll have one crazily disappointed reader.
4.5 “I need babies in my epilogues to be happy” Stars
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