Hooking Up: A Novel

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Nov 2017

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3.5-4 Stars

When hooking up becomes more than hooking up.   The author does a good job bringing a jilted bride out of hiding.    Amalie is humiliated and hurt but knows what she needs .    Her salvation and her secret doesn't stay hidden for long then all hell breaks loose.
I enjoy it but at times the characters were a little juvenile for their age.
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OMG! What a twist! I want more Helena!!! 
Amie deserves true happiness and we got a glimpse of her relationship with the devil....ohhh umm I mean Armstrong, in Shacking Up. I couldn’t stop thinking, it’s weird, why is she with him? Does he really make her that happy? However, I didn’t know Amalie’s story, her background with Armstrong, nothing! So when I saw Helena was writing Hooking Up and it was all about Amalie I just had to read it! 

I don’t want to give to much away but if someone is treating you like shit, is always putting you down, always judging you or trying to “fix” you, he is not meant to be with you! Let him go and move on no matter how much it hurts! It will never get better. The one that’s meant for you will treat you like a queen, will always tell you your perfect and that nothing is wrong with you! That’s the man I want and what everyone should have in their lives! 

Amie has always been attracted to the wrong type of guys and maybe that’s because of how she was raised but to assume everyone that looks like the typical bad guy, is a bad guy is what put her in this position in the first place. She needs to believe in herself and believe that her heart will lead her to the right person, even if she thinks that person is off limits. I won’t tell you who that person is that she thinks is off limits but thank goodness it’s him, because I feel like he has loved her from the first moment and would give her whatever she asks for! Helena Hunting could not write this story any better! I could not put it down! There was always something happening, there was no down time in the book at all. There was always something brewing in the background! It was wonderful. When a book makes you feel all the feelings and you can’t put it down, well that’s a 5 star from me! I can’t wait to read the next one! I believe these can be read as standalone, but I would definitely read Shacking Up before Hooking Up! I wonder whose story is next?????

*~*Received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review*~*
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This book was unbelievably SEXY!!!

After reading the authors PUCKED series I knew she was no stranger to sexy and steamy reads, but HOOKING UP topped them all, it was HOT!!!


Amie and and her Hook-Up scorched the sheets wherever they met.

While reading EYE CANDY I fell in love with Amalie. Indeed I couldn't wait to meet her fully. After all, Anarchy Amie sounded like someone I would adore. Additionally I truly wanted Amie to end up with Lex. Consequently my hopes were high!! And I'm happy to announce that the author heard my silent prayers.

If you haven't read SHACKING UP yet, this is what you need to know:

Amalie had the misfortune of being engaged and eventually ended up married to the wrong guy. It all came to a shocking halt during the wedding reception - and I can only say OMG!!!!

What a fantastically emotional and fun ride!

After her wedding reception ordeal, unbeknownst to each other, Amie and Lex headed both to the same exotic location. Due to their chemistry and attraction they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Because their life, family and friends were on a different continent, they decided to have FUN - nobody would know, right! While they explored each other, they realized that there might be MORE than just attraction between them. Obviously when the "honeymoon" was over and it was time to head back to reality, both had trouble letting go. Rather than giving in immediately, they tried to keep distance between each other.

I truly applaud them for trying.

Ultimately Amie wasn't in the right state of mind, since she was still married, even if it was just on paper.  At the same time Lex was feeling bad that he had feelings for his cousin's "wife". Hence their attraction couldn't have happening at a worse timing. Because of that I sympathized with both of them equally. The emotional connection and attraction between the couple tugged and pulled them towards each other to the end that they just couldn't help each other. At the same time family obligations, and a husband who didn't want to be a ex-husband, as well as rumors  - made everything so much more complicated.

With this in mind, may I strangle Armstrong??????

He was a PEST!!!! In other words he was the ultimate character to abhor, despise, and he clearly needed a kick, a smack and a time-out. YIKES!!!!

By now you must know that I'm BIG fan of Helena Hunting. I love her wit. But moreover I adore her skill to write the most hilarious scenes and situations, frankly they are some of the BEST I read so far. For this reason she is one of my MUST READ authors.

In addition, Hooking Up allowed me to catch up with Ruby and Bancroft - which I loved ♡♡♡ Furthermore it seems like there could be a book about Lincoln - it sounds like he might have an interesting story to tell. :D

Review will be live on the blog on October 20th
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Really enjoyed this book. Had me laughing the whole time I was reading it
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.When Amalie really wants something girl just goes for it, “you’re going to let me eff you and you’re going to like it.” Amalie's man is real nice on a girl's ego, “he’s a effing idiot. He doesn’t deserve you, or your traveling *** shop.” He's is always joking around, “what do you want to eat? Apart from the obvious.” He gestures to his crotch with a smile." I loved this book, and I fell so hard for the man was everything.
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➳Forbidden and sexily delicious. That’s what Helena Hunting has to provide in this compelling and forbidden love story…

➳After reading Shacking Up , it was no news that Amelie would be getting her own story. At first, it indeed was a mystery who would become her one true love. It was also known from the start that it would not have been Armstrong out of all people since his actions definitely provided an insight to the true person he is and how much of a hatred I have towards him. After reading Eye Candy the reveal of Lexington being added to the picture became a heart throbbing ”YES” from me. Lexington, not only being the younger brother of Bancroft, but also being somewhat in relation with Amie, shows aspects to being a gentlemen that no one else has portrayed with a mixture of authority, and an ooze of sex that makes you crave for more;
“He’s such an interesting paradox. The intense sexuality he oozes seems to be balanced with this fun side I’m getting to know better. I like that he doesn’t take himself too seriously…”

➳Helena is known for her comedic scenes, and this love story is no exception. Her quirky attributes are demonstrated here and there. From Lexington having blue bacon stripped socks, to Amie bringing a carry-on bag filled with sex toys of every kind, Helena Hunting never misses to bring a smile to my face and a laugh that provides such a tender happiness whenever I read any of her books. 

➳To make this review spoiler free, I will provide with enough information so the story is understandable. From what we have gotten of the previous books that follow up with this story, Amelie is in transit to get married to Armstrong. Actions are being turned and Armstrong becomes the ultimate character in which I had shown the most hatred for. He is an excellent example of men out there who have no dignity towards women and just simply are arrogant a**holes. As Amie tries to move on from such a horrific event of her life, her actions of anger take her to a position in which Lexington has to endure. Though Lex is not against it, he knows the smart thing to do is to let her down and comfort her in a way that connects them in an emotional level. Yes, the attraction towards each other is there, and yes, the forbidden thoughts of having each other in a more carnal way is also present. However, Lex and Amie soon come to a realization that being out in the public in regards to their “relationship” is a bad idea due to the position Amie is in with Armstrong. But their care and compassion towards each other will never go away;
“I’m not supposed to have her beyond this even if I want her. And I do. I can still taste her. I can still smell her. I can still feel her even though she’s gone. Again…”

➳Though Amelie and Lexington learn to object their obstacles once back home, they also learn how much their presence has become something ideal and necessary towards each other’s lives. Helena has provided— yet again— another love story that will have you salivating for more and much more. She is not only the master at keeping great balance of fun and seriousness in a story, but she also provides an insight to her mindset and her idealistic world that I can forever and eternally adore. Though I will say, a certain character was mentioned towards three-fourths of the story that I am really interested in. Do I suspect another story for the mysterious brother that has gone away to boarding school since he was little? If so, then I sure as hell am in!

➳Overall, this was a love story that compels you to read more of Helena’s books. Her writing is impeccable in a way that you really cannot identify a single mistake, but instead get a sense of adoration towards her characters and her fictional worlds. I highly recommend this book for anyone who believes in second chances and in forbidden— but really sexy— love affairs that have you craving for more. This book is indeed a standalone, but it is also highly advised that Shacking Up be read first, and then Eye Candy be read after reading Shacking Up , that way you have a better understanding towards where Amie and Lex come from and also know more about Ruby and Bancroft— the couple from Shacking Up .
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What a sweet and hot read. Read it through in two days and that does say a lot. 
Lately, I've been in a reading-slump. So, I buy books - read 5 chapters and delete it. 
But this book, these characters and this story - kept me consuming. Literally, I devoured it like my favourite chocolate from Läderach or Luxembürgerli from Sprüngli. 
If you know what those two things are - you'll exactly know, how delicious this book was. 

What can I tell you about this book, without spoiling it for you guys?! (Legit, nothing)
So I'll just put the blurb down here: 
Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.
I mean damn, right? 

Well, why should anyone read this book?
If you're up for a really entertaining and steamy romantic comedy - then this book is the right fit for you. 
You'll be grinning like an idiot the whole time and you're body will go up in flames, cuz that's how hawwwt the intimate scenes are. *droooools* *drools again* 
And the story-line: Guys, it's perfection. How everything is just perfect. How everything makes sense. I loved it. Entertainment pure. 

What's different about this book?
Uhm, first things first: The jokes aren't forced at all and everything seems real, as if this story could be real. And as a hopeless romantic, this book made me realise - that everyone will find their soulmate, eventually. :)
Hooking up by Helena Hunting, is not a book, which will leave you speechless and will be a constant company your whole life, but it sure is a damn fine fling. ;) Got it? :p
While the whole fling, you just feel free, careless and happy. That's different about this book. 

Character description:
Two words, amazing and lovable. Really, they are perfect for this book. I would never ever try to chance them. 

If you're looking for: 
- a lil anxiety
- an amazing hero
- an interesting villain
- a lovely heroine
- an amazing plot/storyline
- steamy (and I mean really steamy) scenes
- a good laugh while the whole book
- being entertained 
Then you're in good hands here! 

My opinion:
This book is nothing new, special or breathtaking - but it sure gives you a good time and we all need that once in a while. :)

My rate: 4 out of 5
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