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 heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?
Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…
Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.
That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All’s fair in love and football…Game on.
New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for readers 17 and older.
Anna Jones is at college and though she seems to be drifting somewhat, she's really doing quite well. Oh her life is far from perfect but she has good friends, she's getting good grades but there's just something missing. Anna is what some would describe as a late bloomer and unfortunately her confidence in her own appeal suffers because of it. The last thing she expects is for the gorgeous quarter back Drew Baylor to notice her but notice her he most certainly does!
Drew is well aware that many of his fellow students see him as a star but he has worked long and hard to achieve his position on the football team and now with the playoffs around the corner it looks like his dream is about to come true. If he could just get the sexy Anna Jones to realise his interest in her is real and not a joke, then life would be well almost perfect. She is obviously as aware of him as he is of her but for some strange reason she has just repulsed all his advances of friendship. Everything changes though when one night they meet at a party, barriers come down and Anna's walls crumble but it's just a onetime thing right? A hook up and as consenting adults that's fine but there's something between them Drew wants to explore and he’s used to winning!
Well what an amazing start to this series. I am not a fan of contemporary romance stories but from the very beginning this author’s authoritative writing style just grabbed me and pulled me in. Great dialogue from these two main characters who quite literally seem to spar with each other and it's fun to read as they figuratively dance around. I think that's what really works here, the fact these two people are written as vibrant and often bold characters but it's the sexual chemistry they share that lights up the pages! This is a seriously sensual read that will see readers needing to take their own ice bucket challenge, but it's so much more than just meaningless sex. The emotional attachments formed and the slow road to trust and acceptance makes this a wonderful story that kept my attention right until the end.
Two people who both need what the other can offer but opening your heart and risking rejection takes a brave step. Sometimes appearances can be deceptive and all too often we presume things about others that often leads to mistakes. I loved Drew and thought he had so much depth and Anna learns to trust which is often easier said than done. The author is not finished with these characters though and the next book features another of the team players and I suspect he will live up to the name "player"!
I was offered a copy of this to read as I had previously reviewed Ms Callihan’s paranormal books and I am so delighted to leave this honest review.
Whilst I personally will always prefer paranormal romance, The Hook Up was riveting and is recommended to lovers of contemporary romance. Thank you Ms Callihan for such an entertaining read.