The Hook Up (Game On) de Kristen Callihan

de Kristen Callihan - Género: English
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Kristen Callihan Publisher: Harlequin, Year: 2024 ISBN: 9780369760425

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Re-read: 1/25/22
Re-read: Continuing my book/life slump re-read extravaganza...
Re-read: 5/22/15

What a satisfying read! 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 d Anna a lot. She was pretty level-headed and didn't act 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. 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.


I was a college scholarship athlete and pretty much across the board, coaches prohibited their athletes from rushing or pledging.

It might be different depending on the school, but typically coaches think it would be too much of a distraction and, quite honestly, it would be veritably impossible to do both.

I knew ONE person in ALL my years in college that tried both. And she was pretty much an Alpha Phi (or whatever she was) in NAME only. She was NEVER there and was NEVER able to do anything with the sorority house - because PRACTICE, CONDITIONING, WEIGHT TRAINING, REQUIRED STUDY TABLES, and oh yeah, GAMES - and she ended up just quitting.

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 said, college athletes being depicted as dual athlete/frat peeps?

As much as it kinda worked in books Sweet Home, which I LOVED?


Here the author mentions Drew's early morning weight/conditioning sessions, afternoon classes, game film study sessions, and heavy class load.

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." Yes, it's mentioned he was skank at one point, but that he had supposedly shown no interest in that behavior long before meeting Anna.

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.0-romance-all-time-favorites 5-stars college ...more364 s Christy4,172 34.9k

4.5 stars

The Hook Up is one of those books that has been on my TBR for FOREVER! All my friends loved it, and here I am, picking it up well over a year after it’s release. This, my friends, is a fail moment for me. I seem to be having a lot of those in the book world. Too many books and not enough time I say. My point- if you are a NA fan and are in the same boat as me, READ THIS BOOK! It was swoony, sweet, and sexy. Everything I love in a romance.

Anna Jones is a dedicated college student and the last thing on her mind is a relationship. When Drew Baylor, the hottest guy on campus and star quarterback, starts showing her attention, she doesn’t know what to think. Anna is different than any girl Drew’s met and he’s enamored with her from the start. I love their relationship. How it starts as just a hook up (because that’s all Anna is willing to give) and turns into so much more (due to Drew’s unwillingness to back down and declare he wants more from her).

“You’ve destroyed me, Anna Jones.” I know exactly what he means, because he’s destroyed me too.
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. Drew is super charismatic and you can’t help but to love him. He’s not your typical man-whore athlete. 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.

Besides Anna and Drew, I loved Drew’s friend Gray. I know he has a book, too and here’s to hoping I don’t wait for forever to read it! Anna and Drew’s love story wasn’t easy. The path wasn’t always clear and things were bumpy at times, but aren’t the best love stories always a little rough at first? It just makes the ending that much sweeter!

The Hook Up is one of the better NA books I’ve read this year. It gets 4.5 stars from me and I highly recommend it to readers of this genre!

2021-audio259 s Mo1,383 2

4.5 daisy up your ass stars.

Really enjoyed this one.

First off, the cover for this book is totally off-putting. This is not at all how I imagine Drew to look .

Second off, I usually avoid NA books. Why? Well I am a 48 year old mother of a son who just started university. Don’t want to be reading about that age group. But I do dip in, now and again, especially if I see some trustworthy friends have enjoyed - J*, Alexandra, Lana, being the case here.

I know some had issues with Anna - not me. Takes a lot for a heroine to annoy me but, hey, she was young, 22, give her a break.

I loved Drew. Yeah, he was a jock, obviously he was revered. I am not American but I know Football is BIG in America! My kids go to an International School with a lot of Americans and the fuss they make about Homecoming - Jeez! But you do get into it. Even if I haven’t a clue about the rules. I understand a Touchdown but that’s about it. And I love looking at the Cheerleaders - seriously, who would let their daughter be a cheerleader - no offense meant to anyone.

I was the fat kid in school, I didn’t have a boyfriend. It does mark you. I am now happily married to Tate Jackson - being the fat kid makes you kind of delusional.

As I said, I am not American and don’t follow football. But I have read about jocks. And jock bunnies. Yes, they have the world at their feet. But all could change in the blink of an eye.

Anna thinks Drew is a typical JOCK - cocky, full of himself, loves the ladies, puts out for the ladies.

She was insecure.
We had drama.
We had tears.
We had laughter.
We had HOT SEX!

A very enjoyable read. I look forward to Gray’s story, which is up next.240 s Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog1,260 10.2k

{BR with Alice, Dee, Sophie, and Stephanie}

"You shine so brightly, Drew. And it's beautiful to me, but I didn't know how to live under your light."

"What people see? That is only gloss. But, Anna, you light
me up. I don't have a light anymore unless you're there."

Now this is what I call NA at its best!!
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 beginning , I 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 Campus, Anna is one of those students who just blends in, or so she thinks. She is 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 ups, in 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. Never have I felt I was almost DYING from anticipation for two characters to have that first kiss!! 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!!!

Overall this was a FANTASTIC read and I HIGHLY recommend it to all of you who haven't picked this one up yet!!

angsty-read buddy-reads favorites ...more162 s Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾2,154 13.3k

4.5 Stars

Love, when it came for me, did not creep. 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 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 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.
and just assumed that this was referring to another man-whoring hero as opposed to the heroine. No? That was just me then? Well...this is awkward. 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...of the poetic and emo variety. So when the school's football golden child and resident playboy starts sending her the lusty eyes, she wants none of it...or so she tells herself.

Meet Drew Baylor

Star quarterback, and the hot commodity on campus that can have any girl he wants without even trying...except Anna. 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 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...especially with guys Drew. 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 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 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

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fav-new-author faves favorite-alpha-hero ...more151 s Melissa378 645

This is a new low for me...


The second our gazes connect, hot tingles zap through me, making my breath catch and my nipples harden. 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.
“Anna Jones.” Just her name. That was all she’d said. It was a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head snapped up. And there she was, so fucking pretty that I couldn’t think straight(...) One word was playing a loop in my head: mine.

Ummm...NO. This was in the first 2%. 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...

I refuse to submit myself to 352 pages of this. I'm not a masochist by any means. na-romance new-adult120 s Elle KennedyAuthor 196 books72k

One of my all-time faves. Love this hero so much!122 s Mysza478 403

"You'll see Drew. One day, love will creep up and smack you upside the head. Then you'll understand." "Never force something, Drew. 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." I was rereading this one to prepare myself for Glamour Gray and got a little ashamed that I haven't written my review earlier because, clearly, I forgot how freaking amazing it was. 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 out there so I'll just stick to what I loved about it.

First and foremost - Drew "Battle" Baylor.

For realz, Ultimate. Fantasy. Boyfriend.
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 d 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. "But you won't let me kiss you. 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."
"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."

Second, Anna "Banana" Jones.

She was such a able 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 Drew would choose a girl 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. "You shine so brightly, Drew. And it's beautiful to me, but I didn't know how to live under your light.(...)
Don't you understand? I felt an impostor. I kept waiting for you to realize that you'd got it wrong. That I was the girl you were never supposed to see."

And third, their relationship.

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. "I'm not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more oh, hell-yes-please, I'll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side." They had fantastic banter going on, there was so much humor and warmth in their interactions. 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! "Holding his gaze, I lean in. 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. So I do it again. Stronger. More sure. Clinging just a bit to his lower lip. And then he groans." "You're it for me, Anna Marie.
You're my home Drew."
I can honestly say it is one of my top books ever! 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. I was simply amazed, stunning job Kristen Callihan, keep this up and you have yourself a new admirer/stalker.

Buddy read with my favorite hoochie Nikki. <3 you girl.favorite-read101 s Amy | Foxy Blogs1,645 1,034

Re-read on 10/12/2021
Listening Length: 12 hours 37 minutes.


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. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a college romance because they all seemed to be very similar. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book.

The Hook Up begins with an opening scene where it seems to be ‘lust-at-first-sight’ but we quickly find out that our heroine, Anna, is a sassy girl who doesn’t take any crap from cocky football players. Drew has been hit by the dumb stick when it comes to Anna. His mother warned him: ’My mother once told me that the most important moment in my life wouldn’t be when I won the National Championship or even the Super Bowl. It would be when I fell in love.’

Well, Drew’s first words to Anna proved his mom’s point:
“Hey there, Big Red.”

I actually laughed when I read that because I knew this boy was in trouble when those words fell out of his mouth. But no fear, Anna, isn’t a pushover girl.
”What did you just call me?”

Poor Drew. Now, he is trying to fix what he said.
”Ahh… If I say ‘nothing’, can we move on and pretend it didn’t happen?”


”Relax, I was only trying --”

”Do not, tell me to ‘relax’ when you’ve insulted me, bud.”


”I’m not big.”

I wasn’t trying to insult you. Believe me, I was referring to the best places.”

Eyes up, asshole.”

”Sorry. I’d to say it won‘t happen again, but I honestly can’t promise that, Red.”

”Jesus, you’re unbelievable.”

After that interaction, in the first few pages, I knew I was going to love The Hook Up. I was digging the whole vibe of this story.

Drew is a big deal. He’s the QB and the town worships him and his team mates - The Church of College Football. Anna is struggling with not wanting to live in his shadow and also feeling she doesn’t belong in his world.

I was in heaven reading this story. It was one that I didn’t want to end. And I’m happy to see that Ms. Callihan has plans for more books. I got a sneak peek at the first chapter of the next book and I’m so happy we are getting Gray’s story. Yay!

| The Friend Zone | The Game Plan
Can be read as standalones. Each following book is secondary characters from the first book. To find out when more will be released click here.

**Complimentary copy courtesy, from the Publicist, in exchange for an honest review.**

2014-5-stars 2014-books 2021-5-stars ...more98 s Jennifer Kyle2,492 5,328

This story is a well done entertaining read. 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.

"If she thinks she can hide behind sex, then I'll let her hide until she realizes I'm safe, that actually being together could be something transcendent. And damn if I won't have a good time doing it. Because while I might be patient, I'm no saint."

It must be stressed that the author more than delivers the swoon with Drew Baylor. 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.

"I want you. You want me." A wry laugh escapes me. "Though I think want is too weak a word here. 'Crave,' maybe. 'Am insane for,' definitely."

While it isn't the most original story, it was fun and I d the characters. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series about Gray the hot jock who can cook.

”My world lives in your palm, Anna.” 95 s *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time1,921 3,709

4.5--It Was Never Just a Hook Up--Stars!!

This book! Gah! 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!!!


The girl who holds on to the insecurities of her past...


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 don’t just see Drew. I see the star too. And I’m just Anna. I don’t the light. 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.

“You’ve destroyed me, Anna Jones.”
A love story filled with fear and insecurity. With want and desire. With pain and longing and hope.

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”

A love story filled with ups and downs. A slow burn. Two people growing, learning and accepting how they feel. A connection so strong that they couldn't stay away.

"I'm not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more oh, hell-yes-please, I'll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side."
A stubborn love story, filled with mistakes and wrong choices. Too much pride to admit defeat and too much insecurity to take a chance.

“Don’t you understand? I felt an impostor. I kept waiting for you to realize that you’d got it wrong. That I was the girl you were never supposed to see.”
A perfect love story of the girl no one sees and the boy who only sees the girl.

love81 s Didi865 286


ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT----just ignore the cover! It's NOTHING how the hero is!

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...sometimes you read something so wonderful it reaffirms your faith in an otherwise tired sub genre.
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. AND I LOVED IT. 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 a. 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 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...but they ultimately gave Drew and Anna the ammunition to evolve together and grow into a beautiful and committed couple that could weather anything, if together.
GAH! 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. THIS IS HOW NA IS DONE, this is what I expect from ANY book I read. 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! ;)angst-in-my-pants best-of-2014 favorites ...more73 s Christie«SHBBblogger»980 1,293

Title:The Hook Up
Series:Game On #1
Author:Kristen Callihan
Release date:September 8, 2014
Rating:4.5 stars
HEA: Yes

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. 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." True story here. 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:

#2...Freaking fire alarm steamy-don't read this in public H.O.T. (This is not your typical NA fare)
#3...An abundant amount of #2
#4...Made me laugh multiple times
#5…My highlighting finger got a really good workout.
#6…Supporting characters were just as well built that now I am auto-reading the next book

And the most important one, I just really, really d this authors words.

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)...a very bad combination. 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. No, it was more oh, hell-yes-please, I'll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.

Anna is not impressed by his adulation. In fact, it has the opposite effect. She’s an introverted type of person and he’s so popular, he’s followed on Twitter and Instagram. 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 d 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. When they finally do break that rule, it was AMAZING. 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? Perfection. 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. Her complete surrender.

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. Just as he needs her.

His entire body seems to light up. 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. Lost. 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. "My world lives in your palm, Anna."

This book was a lot more than I was planning on. 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. 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.


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OMG Why the hell I wait to read this book? IT.WAS.AMAZING!!!! Ahhhh I'm so in love with Drew. :) Drew & Anna were so sweet and funny together. But also their chemistry was so freaking hot too. :) I laughed, I cried. My God, this book was pure perfection. ;)

And please do not waste any more minutes and go start this book asap! You won't regret this, trust me!!! xoxo

Ps. I'm definetly gonna read the other books very soon. :-D

"You're so beautiful to me," he says against my mouth.
I pull back to look him in the eyes. "To you?"
He often says that, and part of me wonders if others have said something contrary to him.
"To me." His fingers trace the curve of my shoulder, brushing a lock of hair over it. "When we're together, it's just you and me. No one else exists.”

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4.5 Battle Butt Baylor stars

"You've destroyed me, Anna Jones."

Anna is a regular girl who doesn't know what she wants to do in her life. 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? 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 him in real life.' Maybe there are, I just hadn't been lucky enough to find my personal flavor of Drew ;)

Anyway, thanks to Kristen Callihan now I have another book boyfriend to add to my list. 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 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 able when she finally got her shit together.

"I you just the way you are, Drew Baylor."

Anyhow, I would definitely recommend to my friends this book, because it was cute, funny, steamy and even if it had a little bit drama, it was still a beautiful book. And you definitely have to meet Drew! ;)

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4.5 Stars (Re-Read 6/29/2018)

4 Stars (Originally Read 9/14/2014)

Overall Opinion: This was another book that I had just left a star rating and not an actual review for, so I decided to give it a re-read. I don't remember it being so deep! We get into these characters on a deeper level then I'm used to with college athlete books. I think that was a good surprise! I love their dialogue. I also love how deeply they cared for and knew each other. I'm increasing my rating from 4 stars to 4.5, because I was emotionally invested enough to cry a few times -- and the fact that I've already read this tells me that it's simply that good! I'm still frustrated with the ending, but you know -- blah blah needs a farther glimpse into the future blah blah -- can you tell I'm tired of writing this?!
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