When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.
Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.
Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.
Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.
He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.
Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.
And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.
But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.
And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.
That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.
4.5 Star Review by Ashley
The Hookup is only the second title I've read from Kristen Ashley (I know- shocking- but I promise I'm getting there). I went in blind- no synopsis or sneak peeks before starting and I devoured it.
Eliza Forrester- sweet, shy, sophisticated.
One night. That's all she was looking for and she didn't even know how to do that well.
Johnny Gamble- contemplative, confident, casual.
No tomorrow. Trying to forget.
Goodness me Eliza was a mess and I loved it. Johnny liked it too. He found her quirks and naivete endearing. And it was refreshing to find someone who wanted just him and not what he had. Someone who liked who he was now, and not the Johnny he was in the past.
These two were opposite in every way. It shouldn't make sense and to some it didn't. But to them it did and it was so fun to see them grow. Individually and as a couple.
The Hookup is a romance lovers dream book. There was some super steamy lovin' and a touch of drama that can only come from a small town. But inside of it all were two people who were hanging onto and fighting for the one thing that made them feel alive. Eliza and Johnny's journey was fun and sometimes raw but it was always honest and it was always them. And that is the magic (that I'm learning a little slowly) of Kristen Ashley.
About the Author
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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