Wednesday, February 7, 2018

NEW REVIEW! THE HOOKUP (Moonlight & Motor Oil #1) by Kristen Ashley:

"... a great read with a fun, sexy story and characters I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know!" - Craves the Angst

TITLE: The Hookup
SERIES: Moonlight & Motor Oil #1
AUTHOR: Kristen Ashley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 19, 2017
PUBLISHER: Kristen Ashley
PAGES: Approx. 360

RATING: 4 Stars!

When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips through his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head. 

4 Stars!

The Review: 
The Hookup was a great read with a fun, sexy story and characters I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know! This felt like the older books from Kristen Ashley, the ones that made me fall in love with her writing to begin with. I loved Johnny and I adored Izzy. And as always, the surrounding cast of lively characters were a joy to read.

This book starts off with strait-laced, prim and proper Eliza (Izzy) Forrester waking up alone from her hook up, only to see the gorgeous, sexy Johnny Gamble (don't you LOVE that name?) standing outside, drinking coffee and enjoying the peacefulness of his surroundings. 

Izzy is the practical one in her family and isn’t usually the one night stand kind of girl, but something about Johnny called to her the night she met him in Home bar and making the decision to throw caution to the wind and enjoy a night with him was something she couldn’t regret, especially when she realizes he brings out a wilder, more open and confident side to her.

Johnny’s past is doused with disappointment and loss. He has no desire for commitment and when he wakes up from a hook up with the beautiful Izzy, he starts to want things he hasn’t in a long time and it scares him. When his past comes calling, he decides he has to end things with Izzy because he can’t give her the “more” she deserves ... only problem is, he can’t seem to let her go.

I LOVED these two together. When Johnny was open and honest and said he couldn’t give “more”, Izzy understood, accepted it and then moved on in a mature way, hoping they could be friends after the hurt faded. They were so grown up about the whole thing. There wasn’t any miscommunication-hissy-fit-drama and I LOVED that so much! Izzy was hard working, self sufficient and was completely grounded. She was charismatic, spirited and a total sweetheart. It was so easy to connect with her. Johnny was a bit tortured, sexy, a little mysterious and just a whole lot of yummy wrapped up in one hot package! He totally stole the show for me because he was honestly just an all around sweet, awesome guy. And when he decided he knew a good thing when he found it, he’s quick to commit and not do anything that might jeopardize it.

The story itself was fun with a lot of things going on and there was plenty of emotions to keep you totally invested and curious to see what happened next.

I love how this author can pull a beautiful, captivating romance together with amazing characters and entertaining events. She makes it seem almost effortless. This is that kind of book and I’ve already placed it in my reread pile!

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