Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[Review] Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

Hooking Up
Title:  Hooking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Format: eARC

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.

​**5 Stars**
Oh man, when I found out this was Amie's story I was so excited. Amie is Ruby's best friend and she's engaged to Armstrong who is a cousin to Bane and Lex. This book can be read as a standalone, but you first meet all the characters in Shacking Up, which is Ruby and Bane's story.

When you first meet Amie in Shacking Up, it sort of feels like her romance with Armstrong isn't really there, but I thought hey, maybe it's legit... and then you read Hooking Up. The entire time you read Shacking Up you could feel something between Amie and Lex, but because it's Lex's cousin nothing happens. Oh, did my heart hurt for this dear sweet girl. Amie wasn't really sure of the romance/marriage herself, but she was thinking positive and hoping things would improve once they said "I do"... that right there should have been a sign! The whole wedding was a fiasco that involved Armstrong, Amie, Bane, Ruby and Lex! It was hilarious and makes your heart hurt all at the same time. So where does she go home here? Well the obvious option was her honeymoon, alone, on Armstrong's dime.

This is where the story gets good. Little Lex and Amie know they would both end up at the honeymoon spot for different reasons. The chemistry between these two is unreal. They were everything I needed them to be. Lex was everything Amie needed and still need. They couldn't stay away from each other, they brought out a side to each other that made you love them even more. Will their connection stay in Bora Bora or will it travel with them back home? What happens with the Armstrong?

I didn't want this book to end. I wanted more Lex and Amie, more Ruby and Bane because these two couples are everything. I seriously couldn't get enough of the romance, the tension, the heartache and the love you feel when reading this book.

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