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    A superb read!

    I have started reading it a bit hesitantly as I don't usually enjoy books about football players but this book is different. First of all, the narrative is conducted in two voices, which allows us a sneaky peek into Anna's and Drew's emotions. Secondly, the fact that Drew is the college football star is a deterrent rather than an attractant to Anna, and thirdly, Anna is no wallflower but a sassy heroine even though struggling with her insecurities and her growing attraction to Drew as a fascinating person rather than a celebrity. The book unravels the dark side of being with a college celebrity for someone who is used to staying in the shadows.
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    New adult football romance at its best!

    I consider myself lucky. I first discovered Kristen Callihan right before the release of the prequel Ember, her historical steam-punk romance in 2012. Soon after the first full length novel in her Darkest London series, Firelight, was published and that's all it took for me to know I was onto something special. Fast forward two years and fours books and one novella later to The Hook Up, Kristen's first contemporary romance. I knew without a doubt it wasn't going to be a cookie-cutter new adult novel. There were a few things about this book that took me by surprise. One was how much I loved the story. Especially since it started out with insta-attraction. That's one of my pet peeves. However, as the story continued, it shifted from that initial superficial attraction to something more meaningful and emotionally satisfying. That was my second sign this book wasn't going to be ordinary. Obviously if you're a fan of new adult you've read the cliched romance with the jock, in particular the winning, handsome quarterback of the college football team. Drew Baylor might be all of that, but defining him using those parameters is a disservice. He's confident, honest, upfront, dedicated, determined, and patient. Drew didn't just see Anna and want her. He saw her and KNEW she was it for him. It was just that simple for him. Of course until he opened his mouth to speak to her. (Third hint this book was special.) Convincing Anna to return his sentiments wasn't that easy. Anna might have lusted after Drew's body, but she wasn't willing to think of it as anything more than a hormonal release. I understood her confusion at Drew's interest even if I didn't agree with her. Anna didn't think she was special enough and you add that to what she'd seen of relationships growing up, him chasing her didn't make any sense to her, especially since he wanted more than just her body. The chemistry the two of them had was fiery. It translated into their dialogues with one another, the way they acted around each other, and of course came through when they were touching one another as well. This book made me laugh and made me cry, but all through it, I loved Anna and Drew, and their story. Ironically, as pages were flying by and the story kept getting better and better, I started hoping the book would never end. I didn't want to stop reading. Drew and Anna face some challenges, but they handled them well. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I would've been okay with a cliffhanger, because that would've meant there'd be more Drew and Anna to read later. Of course with Grey, Drew's team mate and tight-end, getting a book, it means I'm going to get to see them anyways, so all is well that ends well. The Hook Up is a book that shines best when read, so pick it up for yourself and find out!
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    The Hook Up

    I adored this book and could not put it down, can't wait for more! Enjoyed this book more than #2 but they were both great.
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    Decent book

    This was a decent book, a little long in some parts. I did enjoy it enough to read the next in the series.
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    Great book

    Great book. Awesome characters and storyline. The author is able to capture and describe the intensity of feelings of the characters.

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