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Review ❤️ Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

November 7, 2017
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hooking up helena hunting

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.


Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Swerve
Price: $3.99


 

Ms. Hunting writes characters in such a way that I can see myself becoming fast friends with them. Hooking Up is fun, witty and downright sexy, fans of straight contemporary romances will enjoy this one!

Amelie is prepared to spend the rest of her life with Mr. Not-So-Right. Fate has other plans for her as she and the rest of her wedding guest hear her new husband in a romantic entanglement at her wedding reception. She is mortified and angry that Armstrong would do something like that to her. She goes into full blown panic in her bridal suite and throws herself at his cousin, Lexington.

The whole ordeal gets worst as scandal and propriety is questioned by both of their families. Lexington sends him off to Bora Bora to work on a new project at one of their properties. Amelie is horrified and plans to escape to her honeymoon. You can pretty much guess where she lands.

After reading Shacking Up, I pretty much knew Amelie needed her own story. Armstrong was stuffy and felt wrong.  Lexington and Amelie have a pretty interesting past as they were both intensely drawn to each other. Amelie has always found herself attracted to the bad boy and Lex screams it. When he walks off to get a drink, Armstrong rushes him to warn her of him. That was the first entry way into how she wound up with Armstrong which said a lot. I had to wonder why she would listen to him and start something with him. I guess that is just plot motivation on the author’s part.

Lex and Amelie stay in two separate parts of the island but they are conveniently places together when Armstrong shows up to wreck havoc for Amelie. The two start to bond and have the most steamiest and intense sex of their lives. The chemistry is off the charts in this book.

When the two arrive back in New York, Lex wants to continue but there is the issue of Armstrong. Ugh! He started to annoy me so bad in this book. I don’t know how he continued to behave and act like a spoil child the entire story. He caused so much agony and I saw plenty of opportunities to set him straight.

To be honest this is almost perfect except that Amelie is too confused and scared the entire book for my taste. Even on the last few pages, she is still scared of her love for Lex. Honestly, hands down Lex makes this story. He is patient and willing to subject himself to whatever she wants to ensure she is happy. All women need a Lexington. I just wished the author would have shown more of their emotional connection than the physical.

Overall, this is a hot and steamy light read that is easy to devour. This is a standalone but you do get a glimpse of what happens to the characters from Shacking Up.

~ Samantha

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