Donna Reads: The Hook Up (Game On Series #1)

hookupIn 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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Donna Reads: Deep (Stage Dive #4)

deepIn Deep (Stage Dive Series #4) by Kylie Scott, we finally get to hear Lizzy and Ben’s story. Lizzy is Anne’s little sister (Anne being the heroine from the second book in the series). Ben is the bass player in the band. Lizzy has been chasing Ben right from the start. Of the four guys in the fictional band, Stage Dive, Ben is the one that I liked the least. I was hoping for more from this story, hoping that Ben would somehow redeem himself and we’d see that there was more there lurking beneath the surface. Lizzy was great as the kid sister, but as the protagonist of the story, I think she also fell a little short.

It took me a while to review this book. One reason is because I was sad to see this series end. Another reason is that after I finished it, I put it aside and didn’t want to think about it again. I enjoyed the first three books a lot, and I’ve re-read them several times. This last book is not one that I’ve re-read. I don’t know why. Ben and Lizzy just didn’t appeal to me. I liked her better than I did him once the story got going. He remained a jerk as far as I could tell. They do get a happily ever after, but after the crappy way he treats her, I wondered why she was trying so hard to hang on to him. Maybe I should re-read it; maybe there’s something I missed here the first time. I was strangely dissatisfied with this book after loving the others.

Lizzy starts a texting relationship with Ben early on in the series. She chases him like crazy. Their texting was cute. They end up sleeping together at one point, and she gets pregnant from that one time. They then have to figure out what to do with their lives. He keeps wanting to party and does. He was an idiot. That was the basic premise of the book. Since it was the last book in the series, I was hoping that Ms. Scott would write more of an epilogue for the other characters. They were there, but since Ben and Lizzy were so one-dimensional I felt she should have had more of the others throughout their story. It would have made this a more satisfying conclusion for me.

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