In The Hook Up (Game On Series Book 1) by Kristen Callihan we meet star college quarterback, Drew Baylor, and Anna Jones. Drew is hot, and Drew is a big deal on campus. He’s destined for greatness. Anna is not interested in sports; she’s never even seen him play. She’s also not interested in a relationship with a dumb jock.
They meet in a college classroom, and it’s love at first sight for Drew. Anna has issues. She was one of the unpopular kids in high school, overweight, picked on and just different from everyone else. She has been abandoned by her father, and raised by her mother and her strange series of creepy boyfriends. It’s no wonder Anna doesn’t trust men. Anna doesn’t feel that she belongs in Drew’s world and that one day Drew will realize that he’s with the wrong girl. She’s determined that Drew just remain a “hook up” and there are all sorts of crazy rules in the relationship, one of the main ones is that he can’t kiss her on the mouth. That’s too personal. He does kiss her in far more personal places, however, and does so the very first time they are intimate – at a party – in a public hallway, of all places. The sex in this book is hot and explicit.
I really liked Drew, and I loved the chemistry and interaction between the two of them. Drew is not just a dumb jock, and he surprises Anna many times with his intelligence and sensitivity. I also really liked the way that Anna grows throughout the book and how she sticks with Drew through personal tragedy. The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the ending. It seemed too rushed to me. I would have liked a longer epilogue with more detail as to how they got where they are. It just felt hurried to me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book.
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