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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Number of Pages:352 pages

The Hook Up Reviews

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    Aug 27, 2014

    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.

  • Jill
    Aug 29, 2014

    Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in history of philosophy class. She has no interest in football; he's the star quarterback. And despite their attraction to each other, Anna uses their differences to keep them apart. Until the hook up.

    Drew is a god. Anna is a late-bloomer. Ignored during her high school years, she still carries baggage with her despite developing from ugly duckling to (almost) swan. Still curvy, she's no longer the awkward chubster with frizzy red hair and braces.

    I'm not a fan

    Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in history of philosophy class. She has no interest in football; he's the star quarterback. And despite their attraction to each other, Anna uses their differences to keep them apart. Until the hook up.

    Drew is a god. Anna is a late-bloomer. Ignored during her high school years, she still carries baggage with her despite developing from ugly duckling to (almost) swan. Still curvy, she's no longer the awkward chubster with frizzy red hair and braces.

    I'm not a fan of hook ups, sex-only relationships or new-adult reads. But I am a fan of Kristen Callihan, sports romances and attraction-of-opposites. The first half of

    reads pretty much par-for-the-course for a new-adult novel - first person pov, college-age protags, heavy doses of heartache and angst, traumatic childhood/teen years, the lightning bolts when their eyes first meet, and lots of sex. But it was the second half of the book which impressed me.

    Where the first half was boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy chases, girl gets caught, the second was particularly engaging, watching the growth of not only the protags but also some of the secondary characters, especially one of the footballers who is the hero in the next book. Bonus points also for the dual points-of-view.

    There are numerous sex scenes and despite my recent criticism of a new-adult romance by another well-known author who has also turned her hand to new-adult stories, the sex scenes here are very well-written, steamy, without feeling gratuitous or excessive, (and ultimately boring). What starts as just hook-up sex, becomes more as the development of their romance also brings a true intimacy into their love scenes.

    Both Anna and Drew are likable main characters. Drew is particularly delicious; a well-drawn character with faults, but real depth, and not just a jock.

    is new-adult, and if that's not your cuppa, I'd say pass. But an unreserved recommendation though for readers of new-adult, and for readers who enjoy sports romances with college-age protags.

    3.5

  • Mysza
    Aug 31, 2014

    I was rereading this one to prepare myself for Glamour Gray and got a little ashamed that I haven't written my review earlier because, clearly, I

    I was rereading this one to prepare myself for Glamour Gray and got a little ashamed that I haven't written my review earlier because, clearly, I forgot how freaking amazing it was. It was even better the second time around. I knew I highlighted the shit out of this one the first time and I was surprised to highlight even more while rereading.

    No need to say about a plot here because there are so many wonderful reviews out there so I'll just stick to what I loved about it.

    For realz, Ultimate. Fantasy. Boyfriend.

    Oh yes, he was a popular, hot jock, but a smart one to that. He not only succeeded on the football field but was also a good student. He had his goals and life planned and strived to make it happen. Once he had his sight on Anna, he didn't give up, he was patient in getting what he wanted. When Anna was guarded, he unnoticeably staked his claim. What I liked the most is the fact that he wasn't whoring around. Did I mention that he was a sexy beast? Oh yes, he was and such a dirty dirty talker, YUM! Absolutely swoon and drool worthy.

    She was such a likeable heroine, every girl's best friend material for sure. She was sassy, witty, smart and sweet-natured. Curvy, red hair girl, who used to be invisible, didn't believe that a guy like Drew would choose a girl like her. She had insecurities and let them rule for a while, she even pushed Drew away because of them. She wasn't annoying though, when she finally got her shit together, she fought for Drew and helped him through rough times, she was there for him when he needed her most.

    Now, there was insta lust here, but it worked so perfectly. There was such a great chemistry between those two, you could literally feel sparks flying.

    They had fantastic banter going on, there was so much humor and warmth in their interactions. Not to mention that the sex was off the charts hot and steamy. They slowly, but consequently moved their relationship to next levels. Apart, they were both lacking something, but together, they were so strong and perfect, so intense. That fighting scene at the end, so epic! And that first kiss, OMG that first kiss!

    I can honestly say it is one of my top books ever! If you're into college sport romances with sassy heroines and amazeballs heros you can't miss this one. The writing was refreshing and outstanding, a real gem amongst NA books. I was simply amazed, stunning job

    , keep this up and you have yourself a new admirer/stalker.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Garrett~Dean~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Gianluca & Archer
    Sep 11, 2014

    {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
    Sep 11, 2014

    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
    Sep 14, 2014

    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.

  • Jennifer Kyle
    Sep 16, 2014

    This story is a well done entertaining read. I have read this plot of the hot quarterback falling for the non-Barbie type of girl with issues many times over. However, the author brings her own flare and incorporates great banter and hot sex scenes to the tale.

    When Anna is hit on in her college classroom by the star quaterback of the school's football team she tries to resist. Finally she caves to Drew's charms and attempts to keep him in a hook up category.

    This story is a well done entertaining read. I have read this plot of the hot quarterback falling for the non-Barbie type of girl with issues many times over. However, the author brings her own flare and incorporates great banter and hot sex scenes to the tale.

    When Anna is hit on in her college classroom by the star quaterback of the school's football team she tries to resist. Finally she caves to Drew's charms and attempts to keep him in a hook up category.

    It must be stressed that the author more than delivers the swoon with Drew Baylor. His pov was well done and his feelings for Anna were butterfly inducing. I also found myself feeling very protective of him for the majority of the story he was such a sweetheart.

    While it isn't the most original story, it was fun and I liked the characters. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series about Gray the hot jock who can cook.

  • Amy (Foxy)
    Sep 21, 2014

    I was

    from the first chapter with this college romance.

    had the right mix of drama, sexy times and swoony moments. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a college romance because they all seemed to be very similar. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book.

    The Hook Up begins with an opening scene where it seems to be ‘lust-at-first-sight’ but we quickly find out that our heroine,

    , is a sassy girl who doesn’t

    I was

    from the first chapter with this college romance.

    had the right mix of drama, sexy times and swoony moments. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a college romance because they all seemed to be very similar. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book.

    The Hook Up begins with an opening scene where it seems to be ‘lust-at-first-sight’ but we quickly find out that our heroine,

    , is a sassy girl who doesn’t take any crap from cocky football players.

    has been hit by the

    when it comes to Anna. His mother warned him:

    Well, Drew’s first words to Anna proved his mom’s point:

    I actually laughed when I read that because I knew this boy was in trouble when those words fell out of his mouth. But no fear, Anna, isn’t a pushover girl.

    Poor Drew. Now, he is trying to fix what he said.

    Anna

    Drew

    Anna

    Drew

    Anna

    Drew

    Anna

    Drew

    Anna

    After that interaction, in the first few pages, I knew I was going to love The Hook Up. I was digging the whole

    of this story.

    Drew is a big deal. He’s the QB and the town worships him and his team mates -

    . Anna is struggling with not wanting to live in his shadow and also feeling like she doesn’t belong in his world.

    I was in heaven reading this story. It was one that I didn’t want to end. And I’m happy to see that Ms. Callihan has plans for more books. I got a sneak peek at the first chapter of the next book and I’m so happy we are getting Gray’s story. Yay!

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    **Complimentary copy courtesy, from the Publicist, in exchange for an honest review.**


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