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    Stellar Start to a New Series

    Ever read a book that you just expect to end really badly? Well, reading The Hookup had me braced for the train jumping the tracks for most of it. I didn't find the drama in the book angsty as much as tragic. I just could see how easily a relationship between Cain and Sophie would end up really badly. Cain is a drunk. This is not a spoiler as you know within a few sentences of meeting him that he has a huge problem with alcoholism. He knows he's an alcoholic and doesn't know any way besides drinking (and frequent one night stands) to make his life tolerable. Sophie is a sweet young woman who enjoys math a lot more than partying. She is quirky and has issues with social interactions. What she wants is an easy and low drama sexual encounter, what she gets is an alcoholic who she has a large amount of chemistry with. I found this book entertaining and believable. I liked that Cain's alcoholism wasn't whitewashed and that Sophie never tried to save him with her "love." (God bless naive young women trying to save anyone with the power of their love, because they'll just end up bitter old women in the end.) I also liked that Cain never drove drunk. I look forward to the next book in the series as I did enjoy the secondary characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with drama. I received an ARC in exchange of my honest review.
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    A good book

    I liked this one but I had a few issues. Sophie reminded me way to much of a character in another book by Erin McCarthy that I loved. I just couldn’t get that from my mind. I think Sophie was a little too ok with Cain’s issues. I mean I get she wasn’t judgmental but he was a straight up drunk and needed help. Though I think this was part of the attraction for the two of them. They took each other as they were which was a good thing. I liked Cain and Sophie when Cain was sober. I think they balanced each other out. Cain had so many issues. I didn’t like that just one was resolved. Hopefully the others will be resolved in the next book. I wish Sophie had a serious talk with her family. Her parents were a mess but I think she had mixed feelings about her sister and I think deep down her sister really did care about her. It’s just easy to get annoyed with a sibling. I hope that is resolved in the next book. Honestly the whole time reading this I was curious about Christian and Bella. I really look forward to reading that book.
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    Cute read with steam

    The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is the first book in The Jordan Brothers series. I must admit that I read the second book in this series first (I received an ARC), but I liked the second book so much that I went back and read the first book. This was a fun read with great chemistry between the two main characters. The writing and character development was well done. This was a great start to a promising series, even if I did read this book second. Talk about opposites attracting, WOW, Sophie is a math genius working toward her PhD. Cain is a high school graduate who is very happy being a “lobster fisherman”. Sophie is looking for the right guy to rid her of her V-card, Cain just happens to be up for the task. I really loved the dynamics between these two characters. They did have a rough start and I enjoyed the ups and downs in their relationship. The author was able to show the reader the unpleasant side of Cain, but in such a way that made me like him all the more. I immediately liked Sophie, she was a breath of fresh air, strong, intelligent, with a bit naivety throw in to make her just adorable. I would definitely recommend this series if you are looking for a fun read with some heat. Happy reading.
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    Fun clash of opposites

    3.5 stars The Hookup is socially awkward vs. Social pariah of his own making. She is the mildly OCD NERD girl. He is the angry drunk. They aren't from the same worlds or even stratosphere. But they work and they both find something more than they ever expected from a hook up.
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    A book that is thought provoking

    This book is Rated R for adult language and sexual situations. The Hookup by Erin McCarthy is a book that challenges the reader in many ways. It is a rom-com that had me laughing out loud. Sophie is a socially backwards genius who has never fit into mainstream relationships. She is very literal in her thinking and is brutally honest. She is truthful and blunt because she has never mastered ths art of flirting or dissembling. She has always been compared to her older sister who is more the debutante, leaving Sophie insecure in her own skin. Sophie has one goal in mind during the time leading up to her sister's wedding---losing her V-card and experience the pleasures associated with sex. She meets Cain at a bar and decides he is the one to help her out. Cain has a lot of demons in his personal life, but takes Sophie up on her challenge. Their conversations are hilarious and Cain is intrigued with her. But this book is so much more than a rom-com. Cain is not handling a deep betrayal by family members and turns to a crutch used by many individuals to hide pain: alcohol. This book addresses this substance abuse in a very realistic way. How these two people handle their individual challenges is poignant and masterful. Erin McCarthy has written a book that is thought-provoking. She makes you laugh, cry, reflect on choices and above all, hope in an HEA ending. Her characters have a depth not generally found in a romance novel and you love them because they are flawed and fighting to be better people. Thank you, Erin McCarthy for writing a book that is sympathetic and compassionate, without glossing over the widespread damaging effects of alcoholism!
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