Hooking Up: A Novel

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Nov 2017

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I loved this book right from the start. Although it shouldn’t be funny with the circumstances it starts off with, I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics of Amelie and Ruby because they remind me of myself and my bestie!!

Hooking Up is the second in this series of characters but can be read as a stand-alone. 
We meet Amie at her wedding reception but nothing has gone to plan due to her dick of a new husband so she decides to go on their honeymoon alone. 

The resort is one of the hotels that Bane’s (Ruby’s bf from Shacking Up and cousin to the douchebag husband) family owns and while she’s there she meets Lex (Sexy Lexy) who is Bane’s older brother and a total hottie!! 

The attraction is instant but Lex doesn’t want to act on anything due to the trouble this could cause Amie...however, Amelie is ready to let Anarchy Amie out to play again with her “tickle trunk” and things soon get HOT!! They both agree that this is just a holiday hook up but secretly both want more. 

Will they be able to work things out when they get back home? Will the past hinder their future??

I love everything Helena writes since discovering the Pucked series and happily read an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!
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Love Amie and Lex! Did not read the first book, so I did not get the back story. I don't think it's necessary. I just loved the story for what it was. Great read!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Another hilarious story by Helena Hunting! She had a unique way of creating a series plot with an oversize of humor thrown in!
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Sexy and fun. Review to follow.
UPDATE:
What happens in Bora Bora stays in Bora Bora...or not ;)

Amalie’s (Amie) husband Armstrong, of like 15 minutes, cheats on her and what does she do? She cuts off her wedding dress, goes all bad-ass ninja, and does her best at a little sexed up sweet revenge. I loved Amie. She wasn’t a doormat, and she didn’t take any BS. I would hang out with her and her BFF Ruby in real life. Then there’s Sexy Lexy. Ahhh Lexington... Amie and Lex’s chemistry was hotter than a beach in Bora Bora.

If you’ve read Helena’s other books, you know you're in for a hot and laugh out loud adventure. You need to hook yourself up with this book!

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I loved the missed chances aspect of this book. To see Amalie and Lex reconnect and all her preconceived notions smashed to bits was great. The chemistry was off the charts!!
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"No was the very last thing I wanted to say to you..."
How do you go about when you hear your husband moaning from pleasure on your wedding day... with another woman? Rage and revenge with the one person he hates most... his first cousin! But... things don't always go as planned because said cousin would never use someone as part of a game. Things get pretty hot and heavy when both Amalie and Lexington conveniently find themselves in Bora Bora, one trying to escape the fallout of the drama she left behind and the latter on business. A man can reject the woman of his dreams only for so long... especially if technically she's his cousin's wife! "Hooking Up" was inevitable... their instant attraction to one another was like trying to fit in a lifetime of physical connection into the few weeks they have together. Are Amalie and Lexington comforting each other in passionate lust to divert from their life or is something more long-term brewing behind the scenes? A steamy and hilarious Romantic Comedy you'll enjoy reading from start to finish. 5 Roguish and Highly Entertaining Stars for "Hooking Up" ... when a humiliating beginning turns into something so much more substantial!
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When I first met Amie and Lex in Shacking Up and again in Eye Candy (Hello, Gladiator Lex), I knew their story was one I NEEDED like air to breathe. The initial flirting, playful banter, and sexual tension was an instant HIGH. After a small hit, I had to have MORE. I also had to know if justice would be served to the A-man with the small pencil down below. Spoiler alert: The sweet justice dished out to the anti-hero A, was the icing on the cake.



Like little brother, Bane, Lexington ‘Lex’ is ALL ALPHA. A god. He so smokin' hot and with a big heart!!! This melt-worthy man OWNS ME for life. Just YES!!! Lex is HERO PERFECTION, a lethal mix of hotness and heart that will have you wishing for a hook up with him.

”It’s okay, baby, I get it. know I’m irresistible.”
 

Amie is back and not the controlled and refined woman she was before. She is a full-on firecracker ready to take back her life! I ADORED her!!! Amie is a sassy and smart beauty, a heroine you’d want as your bestie.

Still nursing wounds from a wreck of a relationship, Amie is out to rediscover herself, recover the old Amie who valued herself most and lived, laughed, and had fun.

One night and it could have been Lex. It always should have been Lex. It should have been the man made for Amie. 

I missed my chance before but maybe now I can be part of what helps put her back together.
 

Collision after collision has Lex and Amie together again. It’s as if a force is pulling them, a strong tide. A force of fate.

”I can only behave myself for so long.”

Maybe I don’t want you to behave.”
 

This hero and heroine EXPLODE TOGETHER!!! Their chemistry is COMBUSTIBLE. Their passion is PALPABLE. Their union is UNSTOPPABLE!!! I felt their chemistry steam off the pages, a blaze of fire that burnt me everywhere!!! 

I crush my mouth to Amelie’s...It’s not a very coordinated kiss. It’s messy and teeth-clashing. It’s want and need. It’s possession. Hers and mine.
 

Together, Lex and Amie were so MAGICAL!!!This hero and heroine are fused by FATE, making their story even more special. These two were created for each other. I loved them both so much!

”Tell me you don’t feel this pull.”
 

Hooking Up is heart-stopping sexy meets saucy and sweet—a romance you’ll want to hook up with NOW!! This story is a sensual SLOW BURN that blazed though me everywhere! I was ENRAPTURED!!! Hooking Up HIJACKED ME from the start, quickly becoming a HIGH, one I felt the whole time reading. I LOVED this romance fused by fate, bathed in blazing heat, and felt with love. I felt the POWERFUL PULL of Hooking Up so hard, a story I couldn’t put down. Hooking Up is ALL THAT and MORE!!!

💋💋💋💋💋 hot and heartfelt ‘Sexy Lexy’ kisses
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This is a super sexy, seductive book perfect for a cozy night in with a glass of wine.
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Well written and an enjoyable story. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
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I love everything Helena Hunting and this book was no exception!
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I just adore this series (Shacking Up)!! Hooking Up is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. This book is funny, sexy, sweet, & so entertaining. I stayed up way late reading this - it was such a fun read!!

I hope there is another book in the series!!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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ALL THE STARS! EVERY SINGLE GD ONE OF THEM! cue the fireworks because this book is deserving of a sparkly light show!

Hooking Up can simply be described with one word: EPIC! I fell hard and fast for Helena Hunting's latest novel. All the sizzle, all the swoon, this one had my heart melting and left me with stars and a few tears in my eyes. By the third chapter I was beyond smitten and in book nerd heaven; total utter book bliss was happening!! Hooking up was everything and so much more than I'd ever expected, hoped or dreamed for when I tapped open this book. It was too easy to devour, chock full of so many fun and sexy times, and with emotions at every flip of the page...GAH! Now I'm left sulking, wanting more! I didn't want it to ever end. Pure 100% Epic! Hooking Up is what book hangovers are made of!!!... and what bbf's should aspire to be *wink*

What should be one of the best days of Amalie's life quickly turns into one of the most heartbreaking and embarrassing scandals to happen in her life, on her wedding day of all days. Her newly dubbed douche bag husband, getting a blowie for all the guests to hear, and it wasn't the bride providing her groom's release. Holy wow. Ok, that's certainly one way to start a book and grab my attention! This is just the icing on the cake because it gets so much more epic and jaw dropping as the story line moves along, hilarious and mistimed chain of events, one after the other. I ate it up, all of it. The angsty drama, yeah, top up my glass cause I'm enjoying this waaaaaay to much!

I love when the heartbroken and jilted bride goes on her honeymoon alone because you know what that means my smut loving book friends! Lots and lots of hot a$$ mf'n sexy times are to be had! And boy are they had. Lubed up and buzzing away, Bora Bora is the place to be *wink* with a Hottie Hook Up things are taking a turn for the better... or are they? Hah. You know they are! Reality can wait a few weeks.

-I lace my hands behind my head and lean back against the pillows. "Have at it, baby." She snorts. "Could you be any more cocky?" "I don't know, you're the one who's full of mine, you tell me." "You should shut up and just lie there and look good so you don't ruin this for me."-

Mr. Hottie Hook Up, sexcapades, the drama waiting to be dealt with back in NY, feelings and love towards another man can't come into play on this solo honeymoon of heartbreak but, ya know... shit happens LOL. The internal battle of right and wrong rages on.

'I came three times. During sex. That's like being told unicorns are real. And then actually seeing one.'

I cannot gush enough about how much I love this book, it's characters and my new author crush on Helena Hunting! I'd have this books babies if it were possible but ya know... paper cuts and stuff lololol oooooook but seriously though, READ THIS BOOK!!!! You'll find out quick what my obsession is all about!

'... and then is all hits me, like a huge cock in the face.'
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I posted the review for the first in this series yesterday while confessing that I read them out of order because #2 was on NetGalley and I had to beg the porny librarian to buy this one for me. The premise here is that Amalie is getting ready to marry . . . . some dude. I can’t remember his name so we’ll just call him Dick Punch since that’s what he needs. Anyway, it’s their wedding day and thanks to a pretty good church PA system, all of the guests get to enjoy the soothing sounds of Dick Punch receiving a blowie from the local whore. I know I know, girls aren’t allowed to call other girls whores, but all bets are off when someone’s got my fiancé’s wang in their mouth. 

Completely humiliated, Amalie doesn’t know how she’ll face everyone. That’s when it’s great to have a best friend to help hide the body step in and take care of things. Enter Ruby who convinces Amalie to cash in Dick Punch’s plane ticket, use his credit cards and take a vacation from her problems.

This next part probably doesn’t matter anymore because I’m sure the cat is out of the bag at this point, but the author requested the love interest not be named, so I’m following orders. I will say, though, now that I’ve read both books that this is the only available dude from book one, so that doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but whatever. Anyway, Amalie and He Who Must Not Be Named (no relation to Voldemort) end up on the same flight going to the same destination and he makes her an offer she can’t refuse . . . . 

If you’re looking for lots of the sexuals, this one has waaaaaaay more than Shacking Up. Unfortunately I didn’t like it as much and it’s all Amalie’s fault.  He Who Shall Not Be Named was definitely splooshable, but she kept killing my ladyboner by being the kind of girl who is the reason why the rest of us can’t have nice things: She was a wimp, she was going to marry a Dick Punch she didn’t really know and who was barfable before he ever got a BJ at their nuptials, and she was a phony to boot and pretended to be all vanilla but then brought a suitcase full of sex toys on their honeymoon to show Dick Punch the “real her” or some such noise. Really? An entire freaking suitcase????  That seems excessive. 

Anyway, this gets 3 Stars which still isn’t bad for me. Ya’ll will probably be able to ignore Amalie, focus on He Who Shall Not Be Named and surprise your husband with a selection from your giant trunk of sex appliances after you finish reading this one.

ARC provided by NetGalley about 152 years ago in exchange for an honest review. Thanks NetGalley!
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This book was hands down amazing! I always love Helena Hunting and her great stories, she never disappoints. 
This was the second book that takes place in her Shacking Up world.
Amie was such a strong female character and I love her character development, I saw so much of myself in her.  I fell in love with the hero- he’s totally swoon worthy 
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DNF at 37% after putting it aside for a long time. Had issues with content and did not hold my interest. I am not adding a star rating as I don't feel I read a sufficient amount to rate it.
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I am loving this new series.  It still has that Helena Hunting feel, but with a different vibe.  Lex and Amie bring steamy to a whole new level.  Even before Armstrong stole her away, in the beginning.  You felt that there was something there.  Chemistry = HOT HOT HOT. 
I love how spending time with Lex, reminded her of who she was, before Armstrong tried to mold her into the perfect wife.  There are some laugh out loud moments in this book, and some heart felt ones.  The episode with airport security was one of the best laughs I have had in a long time, while reading a book.  
I love anything Helena puts out and Hooking Up ranks high on the list of read again books.  

I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
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Hooking Up is one of the funnest, funniest and sexy no-strings-attached stories I've read in a long time. I have not read Shacking Up, so Lexington, Armstrong and Amalie are all characters who are new to me, even though their backstory begins in the previous book. Hooking Up is a standalone, but there were several references to the Shacking Up story that I was unaware of. But in no way did that detract from how much I enjoyed Hooking Up.

Not wanting to name which guy is which here... The humiliation that Amie suffers at her own wedding was just AWFUL -- and her response to it all was EXCELLENT! I loved that the other man didn't take advantage of the situation in the bridal suite (which had me laughing out loud to the point that my kid wanted to know what I was reading!). His turning Amie down just made it that much better when they finally get together on what's supposed to be her honeymoon, no strings attached. Just a rebound.

But when does no strings attached stay that way? I adored the easy relationship between Amie and the guy; it really served to show just how much of a jackass her husband turned out to be. At first, I hated that Amie and the other man didn't come clean about their feelings for one another before she returned to her real life, but again, it served the purpose of making me even more invested in them finally coming together as a couple. 

I loved everything about this book, from the jilted bride, to the revenge sex, to the douchey husband trying to cover his ass, to the intense connection that Amie has with the guy she should have been with to begin with. Excuse me while I now go back and read Shacking Up!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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Hot, sexy and funny as in laugh out loud worthy. The author hooked me with her hockey series but I'm fast becoming addicted to this series as well. Excellent writing and a plot that is perhaps not all that new but it works. The flow is easy to follow and page after page is turned and before you know...you've finished the book.
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Wow!
Talk about a twist within this book.... I did not see the changes coming. And I don’t want to tell you the changes either. But since you will learn this in the very first few pages of the book - Armstrong is a freaking cock blocker and I'm shocked Amie falls for his words in the first few pages. I mean, seriously? Guess you need to read this book to find out what I am talking about. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book beginning to end. Although I will admit, a few parts made me cringe... and I won't lie... I cheated and read the last chapter because I just HAD TO KNOW how the story would end. I know, bad, but I couldn’t help myself!!!

I have read all of Ms. Helena Hunting's books and this one fell in line with what I except from her stories. This is book 2 in a series, but can be read without reading the previous book. Definitely a 5 star read!
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