Review: The Hook Up (Game On #1) by Kristen Callihan

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Summary:

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

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.

Review:

I thought this was the usual NA book, which was what I was looking for honestly, but it turned out to be kind of different.

“Never force something, Drew. A bolt, a pass, a game, whatever.” His dark brown eyes held mine. “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.” 

On the one hand we do have the insecure, quiet girl catching the attention of the hot quarterback. But for starter, this time we have the girl wanting only to hook up, while the guy wants more and that was refreshing. But there’s more. Anna was on the chubby side in high school, and due to the stupidity of people in high school she was often mocked or ignored all together, so she fought with insecurity for a long time.

“Anna, baby, you would never be the girl I didn’t see, whether we had met now or in high school.” He pulls me in close, rubbing his nose along the tip of mine. “Don’tyou understand? I know you wouldn’t be because, since the moment I laid eyes on you, you’re all I can see.”

In college that changed a little, she became curvy and that is definity something boys like. (Points to the author for defying beauty standards) Plus, Anna is actully pretty badass. That, though, was something that maybe was a bit at odds with her insecurity, but I loved it nonetheless.

“What people see? That is only gloss. But, Anna, you light me up. Drew. Not the player. You didn’t know how to live under my light? I don’t have a light anymore unless you’re there.”

Drew was adorable. I didn’t like him at first, much like Anna, but then he grew on me with every kind gesture and his determination to be patient and win Anna over, letting her choose the pace of their relationship.

“I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.”

It wasn’t love at first sight, as Drew so eloquently explained, but I think at the end it escaleted a bit too quickly. Anyway I really loved this book and the characters, it was funny, cute, and steamy. Can’t wait to read Gray’s story next!

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