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.
The only reason I bought and started this book was because an author, well authors, I follow religiously posted the cover reveal to The Game Plan, book three in the series, and I swear I started drooling immediately. Don’t believe me? Click here to check it out yourself. And since I’m the type that typically needs to read a series in order, I bought The Hook up and holy hell did I get sucked down that damn rabbit hole from the opening chapter. I didn’t even bother being sneaky and read on my phone at work, I just picked up my Kindle and read. I became totally invested in the characters, all of them even though I wanted to throttle a few a time or two, and just needed to know what would happen next with them.
First off, I adored Drew. Sweet, good head on his shoulders and determined. All that rolled into a sexy package makes for an extremely lethal combination. And what’s even more sexy is that while he knows those around him see him as a football god, he doesn’t let it go to his head. He understands the role he plays as quarterback and roles with it because he does care about the game and his teammates and will do what needs to be done to make sure they all succeed. But as any mere mortal, Drew isn’t perfect. While he, himself, is comfortable in his own skin he doesn’t always see that others may not be the same, though he thinks that they should.
Anna and I had a bit of a love/wanna smack relationship throughout the book, though in the end I really did end up liking her. I did read some of the reviews prior to starting the book, both the good and the not so good, so I had an idea of what was coming and what I saw in Anna was that when she was in her comfort zone she was confident and I loved her snarky and quick witted mind, but when she wasn’t her insecurities took over and she became her own worst enemy and could be whiney and capricious. But the thing with Anna is that I got it. I could empathize with her and that was one of the reasons I kept me reading was because I wanted to see if she could get past it all.
Anna and Drew’s relationship was a major roller coaster ride, but it was pretty much guaranteed to be that way based on the title of the book and what the opening sentence of the description states, so I was prepared for it. I don’t typically enjoy an overabundance of angsty drama where one of the main characters is constantly doing the whole ‘pulling closer with one hand while pushing away with the other’ thing, but I found myself to be more intrigued by it than irritated. Not that I wasn’t irritated, but the sweet and sexy moments that showed just how good they were together out did the angsty b.s. at every turn and because of it got a really well rounded view of their courtship. While Anna’s issues were the most prevalent throughout the story, Drew isn’t without his own and I really liked getting to see both sides of the coin when it came to these two.
To say that the writing was engaging and hooked me is quite redundant, but it needs to be said again, though I will say that my one true issue is that at times it felt as if the story just dragged. I absolutely loved it as a whole and give Ms. Callihan major props for not cutting corners with Anna and Drew’s story, you definitely get the full meal deal here, but there were times when I wanted things to just get to the next step. Outside of Anna and Drew’s roller coaster of a relationship, I loved the secondary cast of characters. It is no secret I love well a well written supporting cast and that’s what we have here. Iris drove me nuts, but she is a great bestie to Anna and George, I hope he gets his own story. Grey, Diaz, Dex and Rolondo were all awesome, and knowing that Grey and Dex get their own books is truly icing on the cake. I loved the scenes when they were all together and could feel just how much they all truly cared about each other.
The Bottom Line: I’m absolutely hooked and cannot wait to see what happens with Grey Grey.
Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.