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Too many books and not enough time I say. It was swoony, sweet, and sexy. Everything I love in a romance. Anna Jones is a dedicated college student a 4. Anna Jones is a dedicated college student and the last thing on her mind is a relationship. I love their relationship.

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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.

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. It just makes the ending that much sweeter!

It gets 4. View all 62 comments. 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.

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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.

Or they have the athlete also being a member of a frat. It might be different depending on the schoolbut typically coaches think it would be too much of a distraction and, quite honestly, it would be veritably impossible to do both. 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 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. 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 sometimes it's nice to have a little less dick swinging and a little more dick zipping. Anyway, I loved this and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. View all 75 comments. And it's beautiful to me, but I didn't know how to live under your light. That is only gloss. But, Anna, you light me up.

I don't have a light anymore unless you're there. 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 "The Deal". 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 beginningI 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, "Battle Baylor". 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 Mr. Big Man on CampusAnna 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 hook upsin 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. 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!!! View all 93 comments. No, it walked up to me, bold as you please, you know, just in case I wasn't paying attention.

It did, however, slap me upside my head. 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 be 4.

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: The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all No falling in love. That was just me then? But I digress Meet Anna Jones 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 So when the school's football golden child and resident playboy starts sending her the lusty eyes, she wants none of it Meet Drew Baylor Star quarterback, and the hot commodity on campus that can have any girl he wants without even trying 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. He's slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts. 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 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. Dizziness swamps me. There is no up or down, just Drew. I want to sink into him, drown in his touch. 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. His mouth crashes into mine on the next breath. And my body goes supernova. His tongues slides deep, his lips bruise, and it feels so good that I moan behind it all. It's always like this.

I can't get enough of him. 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. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review For more reviews visit Aug 31, Mysza rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-read. One day, love will creep up and smack you upside the head.

Then you'll understand. A bolt, a pass, a game, whatever. Force it and you'll lose. Patience and persistence is how you win in life. Take your time, look for the solution, and if it doesn't come to you, fall back, reassess, and try again. 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. First and foremost - Drew "Battle" Baylor. For realz, Ultimate. 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. Why won't you let me kiss you, Anna? It's too much. Not when I want everything. And I want everything with you, Anna. Not the player. You didn't know how to live under my light? 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. Don't you understand? I felt like an impostor.

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I kept waiting for you to realize that you'd got it wrong. That I was the girl you were never supposed to see. 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. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I'll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side. 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!

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My lips brush his. So gently it's barely a touch. But it's everything. I feel it down to my toes. Drew sucks in a sharp breath, his body going tight.

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So I do it again. More sure. Clinging just a bit to his lower lip. And then he groans. You're my home Drew. 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. Buddy read with my favorite hoochie Nikki. View all 71 comments. Feb 18, Elle Kennedy rated it it was amazing.

One of my all-time faves. Love this hero so much! View 2 comments. Shelves: fallstars5-starsseptemberarc-or-netgalleybooks. I was hooked from the first chapter with this college romance.

The Hook Up had the right mix of drama, sexy times and swoony moments. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book. Drew has been hit by the dumb stick when it comes to Anna. It would be when I fell in love. Now, he is trying to fix what he said.

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Believe me, I was referring to the best places. I was digging the whole vibe of this story. Drew is a big deal. I was in heaven reading this story. Callihan has plans for more books. Each following book is secondary characters from the first book. To find out when more will be released click here. 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. And damn if I won't have a good time doing it.

Because while I might be patient, I'm no saint. 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.

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I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series about Gray the hot jock who can cook. View all 80 comments.

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Aug 29, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance. 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. 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.

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.

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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. The Hook Up 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. Steam: 3. View all 89 comments.

This book! It made me feel so much! Butterflies, angst, fear, love, hope, pain! I loved every minute of Anna and Drew's love story. The good, the bad and the ugly!!!

Anna: The girl who holds on to the insecurities of her past Drew: The larger than life football star A love story that starts as a hook-up because the girl can't ever imagine that the boy would choose her. I see the star too. I need the dark. A love story where the girl makes the boy feel whole, feel alive for the first time since the death of his parents.

With want and desire. With pain and longing and hope. A slow burn. Two people growing, learning and accepting how they feel. A connection so strong that they couldn't stay away. Too much pride to admit defeat and too much insecurity to take a chance.

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View all 85 comments. May 04, Melissa Ever So Mela rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-finishna-romancenew-adult. The sensation is so unnerving that I can only sit there, my hand fluttering to my chest where my heart struggles to break free Stranger still, it feels as if I know him, have known him for years.

It was like a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head snapped up. One word was playing a loop in my head: mine.

Just NO. And then every time she sees him her nipples get hard, her thighs clench, gets hot and achy, can't breathe right, her pulse skyrockets And I just can't Why you ask? I refuse to submit myself to pages of this.

I'm not a masochist by any means. View all 52 comments. Aug 30, Didi rated it it was amazing Shelves: romancefavoritesangst-in-my-pantsunable-to-put-downhot-as-hellnew-adultbest-ofwhat-a-jock.

I have a tumultuous relationship with NA. I was about to avoid it completely with it's overdone tropes and over-the-top drama. But then I read this book and it changed my perspective completely because sometimes I won't explain what this book is about, just read the synopsis.

But I will get into why I loved this so much and why it's worth reading! This was a beautiful love story, a lovely, fantastic and sexy love story. Drew, being the star quarterback at college falls for the quiet and reserved Anna Jones. She's had a rough time during her teen years and tries to stay away from Drew, the most popular, most coveted person on campus. Their hook-up changes everything and in the most wonderful of ways. This book had an emotional depth not found in other NA books I've read.

It had a maturity that puts it ahead of it's genre. The character growth was probably my most favorite thing to watch. The way Drew's and Anna's relationship developed and evolved was tender, realistic and had my heart doing backflips.

Forget overdone drama, the angst here was on a whole other level. It was relatable, REAL, evocative and crushing at the same time. The sex scenes were incredible and although plenty, they were done in a way that never got boring or mistaken for filler.

They were sexy, raw, intense and dripped emotion. But the real winners here were Drew and Anna. Drew has to be one of the most lovely and excruciatingly beautiful characters I've read in a long time. He never crumbled under the spotlight but remained aware of who he was and that was a different man from the all-star player. I can't say enough about him, so many things that he said left me sighing and tearing up.

His emotional commitment to Anna was nothing short of extraordinary. He was so vulnerable, so willing to put everything on the line to be with her that I wanted to scream over how amazing he was. Anna was a fantastic character as well. I often have a hard time with NA heroines because they seem to be all alike.

Anna was different. And her growth, her eventual realization over what truly mattered left me speechless. Watching her grow into the woman she was meant to be was like coming home. Her and Drew together was electric, charged and completely satisfying. Things happen here and the plot twists had me literally hanging off the seat of my pants.

So many emotional scenes that were so intense, so distressing Just read this! The epilogue was everything I wanted it to be, it was just lovely, just perfect. I can't say enough how much I loved this book! The secondary characters were fantastic and the second book is about one of Drew's best friends, which I really look forward to. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this incredible author!

Thanks so much Jill, had you never read this and convinced me to do the same, I would have missed out on a truly amazing read! View all 86 comments. This is her first attempt at New Adult and I have to say, I was completely impressed with this book. The writing was fantastic. It was emotional, it was funny, it was gripping in a way that I was unable to set this bad boy down once I took a peek at it! You know exactly what I'm talking about, I know you do. Your curiosity is aroused so you turn to the first few pages to get a sample of the writing and before you know it, you're chapters in and promising yourself, "Just a few more pages.

Looking at the cover, sorry but I wasn't too crazy about it. He looks goofy as hell! But please don't judge the book on that smarmy guy. I'm so glad I decided to try this one out. This book has all the signs of a superior book: Un-put-down-able Freaking fire alarm steamy-don't read this in public H. This is not your typical NA fare An abundant amount of 2 Made me laugh multiple times 5My highlighting finger got a really good workout.

On to the story A bad first impression, a heroine with a past that has shaped her to be prickly and sensitive, and a hero not used to getting immediate adoration because of his football stardom not that he enjoys it, he's a pretty humble guy At first sight, Drew is thunderstruck and speechless over Anna.

It's not insta-love. In his own words: I'm not going to say it was love at first sight. Anna is not impressed by his adulation. In fact, it has the opposite effect. They take football seriously down south, and his talent has them clambering for a piece of him.

Anna is a complicated girl. She throws off a tough girl vibe that screams strength, but inside, because of bullying in high school, has body and confidence issues.

Her body has changed since then, but her mind hasn't. Though she had her insecurities, I still liked her. She was funny, independent, intelligent, and loyal. She was the complete package, but doesn't do serious relationships. So when she has a similar reaction to Drew upon meeting him, she puts up a fortress around herself that's she's determined to keep up around him. But eventually, one night at a party, it happens.

The Hook Up. It was the single, most electrifying, life changing experience for both of them. And Ho-lee Hell. Two words. They're hooked.

The problem is, she doesn't want to be. Tonight was obviously an ill-advised hook up for her. And I'm so screwed up because it was the best thing that has ever happened to me. After realizing she can't stay away from him, she erects "The Rules" to keep them from getting too close. No kissing, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and no falling in love. Drew's willing to gamble that he can make her break all those rules. Game on. They really had some combustible chemistry. And the fact that they couldn't kiss added so much sexual tension to the mix.

Never before has so much importance and heat been put into a single first kiss. It's significance is unspoken but plain as day. They give each other untold pleasure but both secretly yearn to explore the intimacy and everything that giving that piece of themselves symbolizes. Best first kiss ever. And Drew? He had a tragic past, but he doesn't obsess over that, he's hot yet sweet, and he's not a manwhore. Yet he was still strong and determined when it came to what he wanted. And that would be Anna.

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Before you know it, not only their sexual connection is drawing her in, but she's found a best friend in him. They talk long into the night, they debate with each other, their sense of humor is the same, and she finds herself not just wanting him but needing him.

Title:The Hook Up Series:Game On #1 Author:Kristen Callihan Release date:September 8, Rating stars Cliffhanger:No HEA: (view spoiler)] This is not a debut author, but she's new to me. Although she's written several books, they are in the historical/paranormal/steampunk genres and I don't dabble much in those.4/5(K).

Just as he needs her. His entire body seems to light up. Like he's plugged in to me. And that energy bounces back over me, lifting the little hairs along my skin, tripping up the steady beat of my heart. I know that now. I've lost myself to him. Drew presses my hand against his sweaty chest where his heart still beats a fierce rhythm. His voice is whisper-quiet but crystal clear.

Of course, I had hoped it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations in many ways. More emotion, more steam, more humor, it was simply more. I must mention however, I did have one pet peeve in this book and that was the hero blushing. FYI, that's not hot-he's not a bride or a virginal heroine. But other than that, I couldn't think of a thing to complain about. The characters weren't perfect, but showed real human emotions and even when I wanted to break out something really hard and smack Anna upside her stubborn little head, I was rooting for them all way.

I loved how this couple grew together and learned a lot about themselves and what they were capable of.

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They gave each other strength and I loved spending time with them!! I'm really excited for the next book in the series with Drew's best friend. View all 48 comments. Aug 27, Sophie's Reading Corner rated it really liked it Shelves: athletesmost-anticipate emotional. She is in college now, trying to stay as unnoticed as possible, but this seems impossible, especially when the quarterback from the football team, Drew Baylor, sets his eyes on her.

Drew may be a local star, but he's not the guy everyone thinks he is. How is he going to make Anna see that, when she's so stubborn and wants nothing from him? Especial 4. Especially after their hook up, which only proves that she also wants him, but doesn't want a relationship with him? The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all No falling in love. The Hook Up was a book that I owned for a while now and I still don't understand why I hadn't read it earlier!

It was really amazing, even though the first part of the book had left me disappointed, thinking 'oh shit insta love is on the menu'. But thankfully the plot had me changing my mind and most of all Drew. His character was so flawless that had me drooling all over him, thinking 'I wish there were guys like him in real life. Because let's face it, Drew was perfect. He was so romantic, every time he opened his mouth my heart was melting.

Every time he did something, I would look like a puppy to my screen, thinking: He broke my heart to pieces and his story was so heartbreaking and his character was so well shaped, I just can't find a flaw in his character and I would gladly have his babies.

I have to admit that I didn't feel the same affection for our dearly heroine, Anna. I could understand her fears and I supported her, but she was pissing me off. Yes, I got where she was coming from, but Drew was so perfect to her and since day 1 he was crystal clear about what he wanted, she was just trying to keep that distance and her whole insecurity just had me in rage, since my heart was aching for Drew.

I may be unfair and harsh and I have to admit that I pitied her by the end, but it was too late for me to consider her likeable when she finally got her shit together.

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And you definitely have to meet Drew! View all 69 comments. Apr 22, Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it it was amazing. OMG Why the hell I wait to read this book?

Ahhhh I'm so in love with Drew. But also their chemistry was so freaking hot too. My God, this book was pure perfection. You won't regret this, trust me!!!

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, /5. Kristen Callihan doesn't shy away from hot sex and even hotter dialogue. Drew Baylor is the star quarterback for his alma mater and Anna Jones the book worm who keeps out of sight. Drew lives up to his position of fame in unexpected ways. He's the down to earth, elusive, witty guy with a killer smile and all kinds of panty melting charm/5.

I'm definetly gonna read the other books very soon. I pull back to look him in the eyes. No one else exists. View all 29 comments. Anyway I digress Life, She insisted, is how you live it and who you live it with, not what you do to make a living.

One day, Love will creep up and smack you upside the head. But hey that doesn't mean he's happy, then one day he see's one girl this girl namely Anna Jones is then ALL he see's but she's a nothing in her eyes, a small fish in a big pond concerning Drew in her eyes. Here we have two people who are moving forward in their lives but not necessarily enjoying what they have cause they have a big whole to fill. You know there's that moment when you need and want its definitely the case for Drew the only thing is Anna rebels and may want him back but won't admit it so there are rules and they go like this: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all No falling in love.

So can Drew break that rule and turn Anna around to his thinking? Anna Jones doesn't know what she wants to do with her life she's at college and all but the only thing she would like is to be in New York, She lives with her friend and enjoys her little life of contentment studying, working but after a not great break up in her past she doesn't do relationships she doesn't want the feelings that go with it nor has she been out recently that is until her friends get her out where she bumps into Drew and where they start their Hook Up now I'm not going to tell you much more about the story just lets say emotions obviously get involved and its time to take a chance when you just know right?

My thoughts Here I am sitting trying the fathom the right words to express how much joy this book gave me, its has the sweet romance and getting to know you feel and then there's the whole I NEED YOU NOW feel, friendship, love and sex its all there, there chemisty was off the charts and majority of this read I was panting in my seat and wondering whats going to happen next I never got bored of it too, really this NA was not inappropriate or unrealistic the maturity of the story gripped me and I was thinking about it throughout the day which to means a good story to me.

To Sum Up The author did a great job at building the tension at the beginning and making me smile at the end Job well done Kristen I'll be awaiting for Grays book coming next Read it, that is all View all 60 comments. These bloody good NA books are making a liar out of me.

I'm pretty sure my profile on Goodreads says something along the lines of - NA are not for me. The Hook Up proved me wrong. I AM into books that suck me in, make me laugh, blush, cry and grumble, teach me something how's that headache Sparkles?

New Adult books seem to have turned a corner. We are not bombarded with chicks who lose their mental capacity because they want a certain blokes attention. It's not just assumed that a guy ONLY thinks with his bits and pieces.

This book grabbed my attention with characters that have goals and work bloody hard to reach them and feel satisfaction when their hard work pays off. Big Red I cringed as soon as I read the words. About the Author Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be.

Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. When she is not writing, she is reading. Read more. Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The writing was mature and well thought out, well edited important now-a-days and the plot was refreshing. Anna is the exact opposite. No kissing, no dating, no sleepovers. Their love started as lust, almost instant lust which can either be unbelievable or it can be well done - this was well done.

It was seriously hot. True, haunting, and dark insecurities. Real fear of falling in love and not having it returned or even the fear of falling in love, period. Anna has her reasons for being who she is and Drew has his reasons for only wanting her. This story was beautiful and real. Also Drew is hot as you know what. There is something so loveable about a story that follows two young adults as they begin to maneuver their way around the end of their childhood, and experience adulthood for the first time.

We spend hours upon hours searching for that perfect book, with the perfect storyline, about two characters who we hope to fall head over heals in love with.

And nine times out of ten, we fail. But then a book like this comes along and completely takes you by surprise. It sweeps you off your feet and takes you away to a world where college frat parties become the starting point of one of the most amazing college romances, and all our troubles disappear. No-one sees Anna Jones.

They never have. Her childhood was one she would rather forget, and after seeing first hand how her mother had her heart broken more than she cared to count, Anna vowed to never become that woman. She would never allow herself to become vulnerable to a man, to fall in love. So she moved cities, started her life again with her two best-friends and believed it was all she needed in her life to be happy. Until Drew. And it hurts. One word was playing a loop in my head: mine. These two have exceptional chemistry.

The witty dialogue and fun banter were what had drawn me to keep reading in the first place. Drew and Anna had a lot of moments where my heart just ached for them. Anna was really struggling with accepting what Drew wanted from her. She had removed the thought of settling down with anyone from her mind, yet Drew wants no-one but her.

This added a whole new level of angst to the story as they navigated their way around these emotions they had no idea had snuck up on them. My heart ached for them both. He makes me feel better than myself. The thought has me withdrawing, sinking into that cold, thick place that chokes me. You should definitely start with this book. Loved it! If you're a lover of NA, contemporary, college sports romance stories you'll seriously love the story within The Hook Up.

The first person point of views alternating between the two main characters worked so well with this author's awesome writing and story structure. I had fun while reading this book. I fell for both of the characters immediately and the two of them together was as intellectually stimulating as it was smoking hot.

Kristen Callihan doesn't shy away from hot sex and even hotter dialogue. Drew Baylor is the star quarterback for his alma mater and Anna Jones the book worm who keeps out of sight. Drew lives up to his position of fame in unexpected ways. He's the down to earth, elusive, witty guy with a killer smile and all kinds of panty melting charm. Anna Jones is smart, shy, beautiful, and quirky trying to find her place in the world. She carries with her a host of issues she tries to repress only Drew brings them to light.

She's quick on the sass and can fire away at Drew's probing like no other. The two of them spark something in each other neither saw coming.

I freaking loved this story. I devoured it in a day because I was so charged by these characters and their presence. The author's writing was superb and engaging. Her knowledge of college athletics was on point as well as the issues and vulnerability of this time in our lives.

Coupled with falling in love without even wanting to during this time made it that much more intriguing to read. It was simple reading with low levels of crazy angst. Just two people discovering each other with good conflict present. Their banter was honestly some of the best parts. The secondary characters complimented the story greatly.

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The level of sex in this story pleasantly surprised me and catapulted Drew and Anna even higher. Strong characters, intriguing plot, excellent writing and tons of romance comprise The Hook Up. I seriously loved it and can't wait to read more. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.

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Please try again. Drew Baylor, star quarterback at his college and well on his way to football stardom. He lost his parents a few years earlier and has no other family.

His football team are his family. Drew has a stunning effect on her but she tries to shut him down and out. It portrayed a wealth of emotions: angst, fear, lust, passion, despair, and all-consuming love. This story gave me tingles! A disappointing read, although I didn't quite make it half way. I had read Idol and Managed and loved both so thought that, although I know nothing about college football, I would give it a try I know nothing about the music industry while enjoying Idol and Managed so why not this?

I felt that there was barely a story: boy meets girl and they have sex, although she will not kiss, they continue to meet and have sex, still no kissing, they reveal a little about themselves, meet for sex etc. It was not badly written but felt lacklustre and lacking any lightness of touch.

I just do not care what happens to any of them. I wasn't expecting this book to be as enjoyable as it was. I loved the tension between Anna and Drew and found that I actually cared about what happened to them.

I found both characters believable and likeable, although Anna was a little frustrating at times. I was moved by Anna's insecurities and a few years ago I had the wonderful experience of being out with a newish boyfriend only to have a former classmate, who hated me for some unknown reason, ask him why he was with me as I was "so square"!

It was secretly very satisfying when he looked so incredulous we did have an amazing chemistry! It sadly doesn't take much for hard earned confidence to be destroyed and I will never understand why some women are so vindictive or predatory! I loved the fact that the book is a stand alone story and I look forward to reading Grey's story next spring.

I also hope we hear a bit more about Iris and her twin. When I started this story I almost put it down. I know that in the college romance genre it is easy to fall into the 'insta-romance' trap, but I've never encountered a book that described 'the deep connection' the two main characters have in the second page.

Did I mention that they just met and neither have been introduced? Despite this inauspicious beginning I decided to plough through and I'm so glad I did. Whilst this college romance doesn't break the mould or offer anything truly new to the genre, it is well written and the characters are engrossing. Anna and Drew may have an 'instant connection' still a sore point for me but they certainly don't fall into a relationship too quickly.

Add this to the fact that the internal struggles of both characters are well fleshed out and compelling, and you can't help but be hooked into their story. If the beginning weren't so poor in my opinion I would have rated this book 5 stars.

A fun and compelling read with truly likeable characters. Will definitely be continuing this series! One person found this helpful. Load more international reviews. This book followed the new adult college romance tried and tested formula of star quarterback falls for shy geeky girl who's always been overlooked.

The Hook Up (Game On #1) Kristen Callihan. Prologue. I'M LATE, AND it's the first day of class. I'd like to lay blame on something-car problems, couldn't find my way to the room, got attacked by a swarm of bees while crossing the quad, anything. But I ride a scooter. I'm a senior, so I . Jan 16,   The Paperback of the The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $35 or more! Due to COVID, orders may be delayed. Thank you for your patience. Book Annex Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores & Events Help Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Brand: Plain Jane Books. The Hook Up, Kristen Callihan, Auto-Edition. Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en 1 jour ou en magasin avec -5de reduction.

As far as I'm concerned there is nothing wrong with that. I've read any number of books along similar lines and will probably read more. However for me this book, whilst well written, lacked a "oh wow" moment although I will probably read book 2 in this series. American college romance, one of my favourites. Throw in a mega hot football star and Drew and Anna attend the same college and are seated together during one of their classes.



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