The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

The Hook Up

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his h...

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The Hook Up Reviews

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    If you're looking for your next NA Romance that's guaranteed to make you swoon, make you sweat, and make you smile, then you have definitely found your next read. Kristen Callihan is a new to me author, but will now be gracing my auto-buy shelf because she weaved a story that technically should have been 'been

    If you're looking for your next NA Romance that's guaranteed to make you swoon, make you sweat, and make you smile, then you have definitely found your next read. Kristen Callihan is a new to me author, but will now be gracing my auto-buy shelf because she weaved a story that technically should have been 'been there, read that', yet managed to suck me in so thoroughly that I couldn't bring myself to put it down.

    Now if you're a half-assed blurb reader and occasionally make assumptions like me, you probably read this:

    and just assumed that this was referring to another man-whoring hero as opposed to the heroine. No? That was just me then? Well...this is awkward. But I digress...

    Anna just wants to finish college and figure out what she wants to do with her life. She's not looking for a relationship, and she tends to have a type...of the poetic and emo variety. So when the school's football golden child and resident playboy starts sending her the lusty eyes, she wants none of it...or so she tells herself.

    Star quarterback, and the hot commodity on campus that can have any girl he wants without even trying...except Anna. Inexplicably drawn to the prickly redhead, Drew finds himself tongue tied and blushing whenever their cross path, and it certainly doesn't help that Anna never spares any feelings to cut him down at the knees. He's not her type, he gets it, he just can't seem to stay away from her.

    But chemistry like the one they have, can only be denied for so long, and when something burns that hot it's bound to explode eventually, right?

    What first begins as a scorching hot hookup, soon begins to develop into something so much more, something that Anna is not ready to face.

    The author did an amazing job building a sexual and emotional tension and chemistry that is so palpable you can almost taste it. It's not often when I'll pick up a book where the MCs are going at it pretty much straight away, but that sexual tension continues to not only remain but build between them. The writing was that good.

    Drew was such an endearing character, I fell for him straight off the bat. He wasn't perfect, and he wasn't at all what he seemed. He was not the asshole playboy that Anna assumes he was, he's sweet and charming and at times his emotional struggles never failed to pull at every heart string I had.

    Anna was a different story. This is a girl that due to her dysfunctional family dynamic avoids relationships as a rule...especially with guys like Drew. Throughout much of the book she attempts to keep him at arm's length and with a very clear 'hook up only' label. But before she knows it, she begins to see the man beneath her initial assumptions, and she can't help but start to fall for him.

    I was not expecting this book to be as hot as it was, but the sex was never too much. The chemistry between Drew and Anna was absolutely sizzling, and the best part? It was like that every time they get together.

    Their path to a real relationship was not easy and not without struggle, and I just gobbled it up. Luckily all of the emotion and angst was fitting and there was no manufactured drama that ever took away from the story. By the second half I was so invested in their relationship, I couldn't bring myself to put the book down.

    This is definitely a book I would recommend to any fans of the NA genre, and a series I can't wait to continue with. Really looking forward to Gray's book next. But don't just take my word for it, read this book and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about. You won't regret it, I promise.

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads

    Continuing my book/life slump re-read extravaganza...

    What a satisfying read! I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Anna were both great characters and I really enjoyed their story. They had a lot of chemistry and a lot of passion.

    I liked Anna a lot. She was pretty level-headed and didn't act like a dumbass and do dumbass things.

    And I always consider not hating or being irritated to death by the heroine to be a win.

    The writing was also very good and you could really t

    Continuing my book/life slump re-read extravaganza...

    What a satisfying read! I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Anna were both great characters and I really enjoyed their story. They had a lot of chemistry and a lot of passion.

    I liked Anna a lot. She was pretty level-headed and didn't act like a dumbass and do dumbass things.

    And I always consider not hating or being irritated to death by the heroine to be a win.

    The writing was also very good and you could really tell the author did her research. It was nice to read a collegiate sports romance that seemed to more accurately reflect the life of a collegiate athlete.

    So many times you read college sports romances and the athlete seems to have all this free time broken only by the occasional "big game," which is definitely not the case.

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    I was a college scholarship athlete and pretty much across the board, coaches

    their athletes from rushing or pledging.

    , but typically coaches think it would be too much of a distraction and, quite honestly, it would be veritably impossible to do both.

    I knew ONE person in ALL my years in college that tried both. And she was pretty much an Alpha Phi (or whatever she was) in NAME only. She was NEVER there and was NEVER able to do anything with the sorority house - because PRACTICE, CONDITIONING, WEIGHT TRAINING, REQUIRED STUDY TABLES, and oh yeah, GAMES - and she ended up just quitting.

    There just isn't enough time in the day or energy in the body.

    And if you're on scholarship, you are being paid to play your sport, not attend toga parties and haze freshman.

    So, like I said, college athletes being depicted as dual athlete/frat peeps?

    As much as it kinda worked in books like

    , which I LOVED?

    S.T.U.P.I.D.

    Here the author mentions Drew's early morning weight/conditioning sessions, afternoon classes, game film study sessions, and heavy class load.

    So I found that to be refreshing.

    Also refreshing was that Drew wasn't a raging man-whore up until the very moment he meets "oh my God the one." Yes, it's mentioned he was skank at one point, but that he had supposedly shown no interest in that behavior long before meeting Anna.

    Sometimes it gets old having leading men that have their dick in one girl before breakfast and in a different one after dinner. I get it, they are supposed to be SO desirable, SO magnetic, and oh SO awesome, but

    Anyway, I loved this and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Gianluca & Archer

    {BR with Alice, Dee, Sophie, and Stephanie}

    Now this is what I call NA at its best!!

    I'm asking myself why in the hell did I wait so long to read this book??!! I was told that this was similar to

    . Yes, there were a couple s

    {BR with Alice, Dee, Sophie, and Stephanie}

    Now this is what I call NA at its best!!

    I'm asking myself why in the hell did I wait so long to read this book??!! I was told that this was similar to

    . Yes, there were a couple similarities but the two stories are vastly different in my opinion. If it weren't for the "insta-love" factor in the beginning , I would have given this a solid five stars, but other than that I found myself laughing, swooning, and even shedding a few tears while reading this book. It took me on a very emotional and equally enjoyable journey.

    I loved Drew from the get go. He's the golden boy of his college. The adored and worshiped Quarterback,

    . One day he is literally knocked on his ass when he lays eyes on Anna Jones on their first day in Philosophy class.

    While Drew is

    , Anna is one of those students who just blends in, or so she thinks. She is like so many young women these days who have experienced some sort of bullying or body shaming due to their weight and even though she's no longer that chubby, awkward teenager from her High School days, that is exactly how she still views herself. She caught her last boyfriend in the act of cheating on her. This guy was just a regular nerdy dude and so when Drew starts to make the moves on her, not only does he make her weak in the knees, he also has her keeping her defenses up. There's no way this beautiful man is not going to end up shredding her heart into tiny pieces.

    They both end up having a series of

    , in which I swear I could literally feel my panties melting!!! Anna tries to keep things strictly physical and for most of the story she doesn't allow Drew to kiss her on the lips, as she feels that it would lead to intimacy and so much more. Never have I felt like I was almost

    from anticipation for two characters to have that first kiss!! I was screaming from euphoria when it finally happened!!

    This isn't just a light hearted tale of a popular jock falling for the nerdy plain Jane. There is deep tragedy that these two have endured, and I loved how they eventually end up turning to each other for comfort. Anna ends up becoming fiercely protective over Drew and eventually will find the strength to battle her inner demons in order to save their relationship.

    The angst that develops in the story at times became unbearably painful but I actually live for the angst, so it only made this book that much better for me!! Gotta have that angst!!!

    I didn't think much of Drew's best-friend, Gray, in the beginning of the story, and I wondered how I would even want to read his story, but towards the last quarter of the book he proved to be more than a one dimensional character and I am so very excited to be starting his book next!!!

    Overall this was a

    read and I HIGHLY recommend it to all of you who haven't picked this one up yet!!

  • Christy

    is one of those books that has been on my TBR for FOREVER! All my friends loved it, and here I am, picking it up well over a year after it’s release. This, my friends, is a fail moment for me. I seem to be having a lot of those in the book world. Too many books and not enough time I say. My point- if you are a NA fan and are in the same boat as me, READ THIS BOOK! It was swoony, sweet, and sexy. Everything I love in a romance.

    Anna Jones is a dedicated college student and

    is one of those books that has been on my TBR for FOREVER! All my friends loved it, and here I am, picking it up well over a year after it’s release. This, my friends, is a fail moment for me. I seem to be having a lot of those in the book world. Too many books and not enough time I say. My point- if you are a NA fan and are in the same boat as me, READ THIS BOOK! It was swoony, sweet, and sexy. Everything I love in a romance.

    Anna Jones is a dedicated college student and the last thing on her mind is a relationship. When Drew Baylor, the hottest guy on campus and star quarterback, starts showing her attention, she doesn’t know what to think. Anna is different than any girl Drew’s met and he’s enamored with her from the start. I love their relationship. How it starts as just a hook up (because that’s all Anna is willing to give) and turns into so much more (due to Drew’s unwillingness to back down and declare he wants more from her).

    Drew and Anna have crazy hot chemistry. But their relationship is so much more than that. I loved the tension between them, the push and pull and their banter. Both Drew and Anna were great characters. Drew is super charismatic and you can’t help but to love him. He’s not your typical man-whore athlete. He has a big heart and is truly a great guy. Anna is a bit feisty and snarky and she is the way she is because of how she grew up. I loved seeing Drew tear down her hurdles. I loved that they were both there for one another when they needed each other.

    Besides Anna and Drew, I loved Drew’s friend Gray. I know he has a book, too and here’s to hoping I don’t wait for forever to read it! Anna and Drew’s love story wasn’t easy. The path wasn’t always clear and things were bumpy at times, but aren’t the best love stories always a little rough at first? It just makes the ending that much sweeter!

    is one of the better NA books I’ve read this year. It gets 4.5 stars from me and I highly recommend it to readers of this genre!

  • Mo

    4.5 daisy up your ass stars.

    Really enjoyed this one.

    First off, the cover for this book is totally off-putting. This not at all how I imagine Drew to look like.

    Second off, I usually avoid NA books. Why? Well I am a 48 year old mother of a son who just started university. Don’t want to be reading about that age group. But I do dip in, now and again, especially if I see some trustworthy friends have enjoyed - J*, Alexandra, Lana, being the case here.

    I know some had issues with Anna - not me. Takes

    4.5 daisy up your ass stars.

    Really enjoyed this one.

    First off, the cover for this book is totally off-putting. This not at all how I imagine Drew to look like.

    Second off, I usually avoid NA books. Why? Well I am a 48 year old mother of a son who just started university. Don’t want to be reading about that age group. But I do dip in, now and again, especially if I see some trustworthy friends have enjoyed - J*, Alexandra, Lana, being the case here.

    I know some had issues with Anna - not me. Takes a lot for a heroine to annoy me but, hey, she was young, 22, give her a break.

    I loved Drew. Yeah, he was a jock, obviously he was revered. I am not American but I know Football is BIG in America! My kids go to an International School with a lot of Americans and the fuss they make about Homecoming - Jeez! But you do get into it. Even if I haven’t a clue about the rules. I understand a Touchdown but that’s about it. And I love looking at the Cheerleaders - seriously, who would let their daughter be a cheerleader - no offense meant to anyone.

    I was the fat kid in school, I didn’t have a boyfriend. It does mark you. I am now happily married to Tate Jackson - being the fat kid makes you kind of delusional.

    As I said, I am not American and don’t follow football. But I have read about jocks. And jock bunnies. Yes, they have the world at their feet. But all could change in the blink of an eye.

    Anna thinks Drew is a typical JOCK - cocky, full of himself, loves the ladies, puts out for the ladies.

    She was insecure.

    We had drama.

    We had tears.

    We had laughter.

    We had HOT SEX!

    A very enjoyable read. I look forward to Gray’s story, which is up next.


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