I’m always excited to read a new Helena Hunting book because I love everything she writes. I couldn’t wait to start this one and I am happy to say, it's another winner. This is an enchanting, fast paced, witty story with characters that are easy to relate to and like. The characters have a great connection both sexually and mentally. There is a lot of dirty talking and the sex is incredible between them. There are also fun secondary characters.
Lexington and Amalie start a relationship while Amalie is going through a divorce with Lexington’s cousin, Armstrong. Lexington and Amalie can’t resist each other and keep their relationship a secret. They care about each other unfortunately, the timing is bad.
Lexington is a flirty, fun loving, sweet talking guy and I immediately fell in love with him. He’s a bad boy but a good guy and he gets along with everyone. For years, Lexington and his cousin Armstrong have had a competitive relationship and it has always caused problems.
Amalie has a knack for choosing the wrong guy and getting into trouble. She has always been rebellious but she is trying to mend her ways. Amalie marries Armstrong for all the wrong reasons. I enjoyed Amalie. She has a snarky attitude and is feisty and sweet. You don’t want to miss reading this one.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Love this series! Couldn’t put it down! ❤️❤️❤️
Helena Hunting...every time I think i can't love a book you write more than I did the last, you prove me wrong lady!!! I loved this book!
Hooking zip was amazing! It was such a fun read, it was hot, sexy, hilarious, the banter and dialogue, OMG I LOVED IT...I literally was glued to my iPad they entire book!!!
I'm a huge fan of your books so I knew Amie was going to get a phenomenal story and couldn't wait for it! You didn't dissapoint!
Poor girl, after her wedding disaster she ends up in Bora-Bora on her "honeymoon " to escape all the mess for a while!!
Armstrong is such an idiot, I disliked his character, a lot!
Enter Lex!!!!! Loved these two! Sparks fly, holy hotness! I loved him so much!
The support of each other, from the awesome secondary characters... a huge, awesome group of people in this series. Apart from Armstrong of course 😉
Highly recommend this entire series and every book by this author ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This year’s must read
When i read about Amie in Shacking Up, I couldn’t wait to have her story told. She was engaged to Armstrong, who we all know was nowhere near good enough for her. Hooking Up held me captive from the first page, and much like other books of Helena’s, there was definitely a lot of comedy.
One thing I didn’t like, though, was how long the annulment dragged on for. I didn’t feel like Lex and Amie truly had the time to spend getting to know each other, because Amie was married through almost the entire book.
I definitely recommend this book, and even if you haven’t read Shacking Up, it can be read as a stand-alone.
By Heather San
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hooking Up. The characters are well written, with strong unique personalities and mannerisms that set them apart from other characters not only in this book, but all other books that Helena has previously published. The storyline sucked me in from the very first page. I actually had to stop reading at about the 65% mark to be social and within minutes of returning home I got myself comfortable to continue reading. It's fun when a book does that for me!
The balance between humor and seriousness was there. Making me laugh out loud at one line then minutes later shake my head in frustration.
It is my understanding that this can be read as a standalone, however I highly suggest you read Shacking Up and Going Down (short story in the Eye Candy anthology) before diving in. I think it will make your reading experience that much more enjoyable.
Helena Hunting is a new author to me but after reading Hooking Up I will definitely be reading more of her books! I really enjoyed this one. It's fun, very sexy, and has characters you just can't help cheering for.
On what should have been the best day of her life Amalie Whitfield is humiliated in a way no bride should have to face. During the reception no less. In an attempt to get away from it all and forget what shamble her life is in Ami decides to go on her honeymoon alone with no intentions of staying alone once she gets there! The Person she runs in to and could definitely help her forget is the last person she should want but he's the only one she craves. Will he be the most fun she ever had or the worst decision she ever made?
A great read that I would definitely recommend.
By Burton 74
I got my first look at Amalie and Armstrong in the Halloween anthology called Eye Candy. I hated Armstrong with a passion! What in the world is Amalie doing with him? I was happy to see she was getting her own book so I could see her kicking him to the curb.
Normally I wouldn’t be able to relate to why someone would put up with a man that is so obviously wrong for them but after learning a bit about Amalies background, we see why she’s trying to force herself into this box for him.
While I wish she would have wisened up sooner, I’m glad that she realizes him for the skum he is before the signatures on the marriage certificate is dry. Finally, we were going to get to see Amalie shine. Thankfully she didn’t let Armstrong manipulate her anymore but the one that really stole the show was the one who helps hers get over Armstrong.
The true Hero of the story was sexy, charming and just a tad bit of a bad boy that made him irresistible. The way he took care of Amalie was seriously hot! He’s just one of those characters you want to read over and over again. I hope we’ll see more in this series.
ARC provided by NetGalley.
5 Permanent Hook-Up Stars! ⭐️
This was one deliciously sexy book and I loved every freaking minute! It was laugh out loud hilarious, but also packed an emotional punch when necessary. I couldn't get enough of Amie and her Hottie hook-up! Though this book can be read as a stand alone, it would be best enjoyed after reading Shacking Up and the novella Getting Down, since that is where all the characters are initially introduced.
The book starts off with a bang (or I guess more accurately a blow!) and you can't help but get wrapped up in all of the fall out from Amie's disastrous wedding. I know that I wanted to throttle her arrogant and unfaithful groom more than once for the offenses he committed. It was heartbreaking to see Amie's world crumble to pieces and to see her confidence so shaken. Readers will cheer her on though, as she rediscovers herself and her sexuality. When fate intervenes and brings her and a familiar piece of man candy together in paradise, the sparks really fly! Their chemistry was scorching hot and I loved the two of them together! It was especially fun and steamy when they got into the carry on that Amie so hilariously had to explain to airport security ;)
Hottie hook-up was everything Amie needed and was so patient and supportive. Watching their relationship evolve and change was amazing. Sure, there were some missteps and speed bumps along the way, but in the end their connection was undeniable and that epilogue left me with a huge smile on my face.
Another thing I loved about the book was being able to catch up with Bane and Ruby! Getting an update on their relationship and future was so wonderful! I am still a devout member of the Church of Banecock, though I will say that Hottie hook-up gave him a run for his money! I hope that Helena Hunting will continue to write many more books in the world of these characters! You definitely don't want to miss this sexy romantic comedy!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
I need more Lex and Amie!!
By Kahea46/Books n Wine Blog
***4.5 ‘Anarchy Amie, Oh God and Tickle Trunk’ Stars***
I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!
Sorry. I had to get that out and now that I have, let me explain.
Upon first meeting Amalie and Armstrong in Shacking Up I had that gut feeling that something hinky, and just wrong, was going on because there could be no way ‘that’ Amalie was Ruby’s bestie. NO. F$%K^&G. WAY. and did hope that they’d break up before the book ended, I know horrible, horrible romance reader, but seriously.... When it didn’t happen I resigned myself to the fact that they’d be in fictional matrimonial h*ll forever because there was no indication at that time Shacking Up would be a part of a series. So imagine my elation when Hooking Up was announced and the blurb came out???
Yes. I squeed and did a happy dance.
And let me tell you. Amie and Lex are addicting! There journey brought out all the feels. The swoons and heart twitterpations were real, the smexy was panty incinerating, the need to grab a spoon and gut a few people oh so tempting and the humor kept things on an even keel as I devoured this book in no time flat.
Lex can be summed up quite easily. He’s a real bad boy and a real good man. He’s all kinds of mischievous, charming alpha male, and when he decides to take control? Hello, Smexy! And while that is a huge draw, what truly hooks you is his heart. He doesn’t let everyone see what he has hidden by that sexy exterior, but once you get a glimpse you realize he is the total package and can’t help but want more.
Amalie aka Amie aka Anarchy Amie. She’s all kinds of feisty and sassy when she really gets going and lets loose and is comfortable in her own skin, even if others aren’t. She does have a bit of a wild streak, hence the nickname, that brings about some interesting situations, but despite that streak, she has a golden heart that shines through the crazy.
Lex and Amalie’s journey to their HEA is all kinds of bumpy for so many reasons and yet when you get rid of all the chaos surrounding them you find that they are perfect for each other. They simply have that thing where their energies just flow well together. The smexy they get up to is all kinds of HAWT! But it’s when they are together, just being, that proves that if they do get the chance, they can have it all. But of course there are some big roadblocks in their journey that need to be worked through and they were all kinds of frustrating on so many levels, but they get handled and I loved how everything worked out in the end.
I totally enjoyed Hooking Up. I was hooked *smirks* from the start and had a difficult time putting it down (aka I kept reading on my phone app when I was supposed to be working...shhhh). While there will be some that may have issues with the entire situation, I’m not one of them. Life happens and sometimes it’s messy. There were a couple of things I wish had been played out a little more, but nothing huge. I loved hanging out with Bane and Ruby and Lex’s family is simply awesome. Armstrong...well...he’s a twatwaffle. Hooking Up can be read as a standalone, and I suppose it technically is since there is no series it falls under, but it is connected to Shacking Up and I think you’ll have more fun if you do read it first. Think of them as interconnected standalone’s (?) And it looks like we’ll be diving into this world in the future and it’ll revolve around one of the characters I really to know more about so YAY! Can’t wait to get my hands on that one!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
I am Hooked to this series!
I was generously given this book as an ARC. This is the second standalone book in the Shacking Up world. Amalie is Ruby's best friend and is engaged to Armstrong, Bane's cousin. In the first book, Amalie comes off as very proper and Armstrong comes off as a jerk. Once gets a sense that all is not well in their relationship.....and in Hooking Up, it all blows up. The story starts off with the aftermath of this blow up. Amalie' s past choices of boyfriends are explained, which sheds light on why she was with Armstrong. Her hero and how she met him is bittersweet.....I couldn't get over the regret! The hero is just perfect!!!!! A bit impulsive at times but just perfect for Amalie. Both he and Amalie end up finding themselves......Amalie comes to terms with her avoidance of deeper relationships and the hero ends up "growing up" a bit and taken more seriously. The sex in this book is definitely hot and plentiful! We also get to visit with Ruby and Bane...so that was a plus. Loved this book and it was a great addition to this series. I think I know who the 3rd book will be about and I can't wait!