Published by Swerve on November 7th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What happens in Bora Bora doesn’t always stay in Bora Bora. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting is a hilarious romance packed with heat, a little bit of drama, and heaps and heaps of sexual tension.
A wedding is supposed to be one of the bride’s most unforgettable events, but Amalie Whitfield’s wedding is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. While she’s waiting for her husband at their reception, he’s busy getting his knob polished. To make things worse, the whole reception area can hear it because his moans and grunts are being blasted all over the room.
To top it all off, when she jumps the first man she sees, which was coincidentally her best friend’s boyfriend’s brother and her husband’s cousin Lexington Mills, she gets rejected. Everything is a mess and Ruby suggests she take a break from it all, to go on that honeymoon without her cheating SOB husband. So she does.
She flies to Bora Bora, only to bump into the same guy she jumped after her wedding day. Lexington knows he shouldn’t flirt with Amie, much less sleep with her, but he feels a connection with her, a connection he felt back when he met her on the same day Armstrong swept her off her feet. Apparently, Amie feels the same way because soon enough they give in to the pull and have the time of their life in Bora Bora.
While they know what they have is more than sex, they can’t act on it just yet because Amie is still technically married. Armstrong refuses to sign the annulment papers and is being difficult as always, and they know things would be worse if people find out about their holiday affair.
Lex is ready to go all the way but something is holding back Amie. She’s been burned before and is afraid to get burned again.
It’s so interesting to see this Amie from the Amie in Shacking Up. Armstrong did a number on her because he repressed her wild and fun nature. Now that she doesn’t care what her d*ckhead future ex-husband thinks, she can go back to being the wild Anarchy Amie her best friend Ruby knew her. I do think she needs to be more careful with her liquor. Girl gets out of hand when she’s had one too many glasses. I love that Ms. Hunting’s heroines, Amie included, are so confident in their sexuality and are not afraid to explore it.
I want a guy who wears cute socks like Lex. I want a guy who’s caring and considerate and cocky like Lex. I want Lex in my life. That man knows how to use his mouth and hands, and he knows how to use his heart, too. He adores his mother, thinks about others’ feelings before his own, and once he’s in, he’s all in. He reminds me a lot of Mr. Darcy, my numero uno.
His relationship with his cousin Armstrong reminds me so much of Mr. Darcy and Wickham’s relationship in Pride and Prejudice, and now that I think about it, Armstrong’s a lot like Wickham, too. They grew up together almost like brothers, but competitiveness, spite and just a difference in attitude ended their relationship. While the one who looks like a bad boy actually has a heart of gold, the other only has the appearance of goodness.
I enjoyed this book but I have to say not as much as Shacking Up. While I don’t blush away from steamy scenes—I love it!—I think this one had a tad too much. It came to a point that I skimmed over some scenes already, hot as they were. And they were definitely hot. I wanted to see more connection between Lex and Amie outside the bedroom or wherever they choose to do the nasty, so that’s why I slashed a half star in my rating.
Other than that, Hooking Up was a very enjoyable read. It’s got Ms. Hunting’s signature hilarious and raunchy banter, confident heroines and the most swoon-worthy heroes.
Oh, and on the last note, someone needs to neuter Armstrong and keep him in a crate. Seriously. I wanted to join in on the d*ck kicking and punching.
Tropes: Forbidden Romance
POV: First Person, Dual POV