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It took me on a very emotional and equally enjoyable journey. I loved Drew from the get go. He's the golden boy of his college. The adored and worshiped Quarterback, "Battle Baylor". One day he is literally knocked on his ass when he lays eyes on Anna Jones on their first day in Philosophy class. While Drew is Mr. Big Man on Campus, Anna is one of those students who just blends in, or so she thinks.
She is like so many young women these days who have experienced some sort of bullying or body shaming due to their weight and even though she's no longer that chubby, awkward teenager from her High School days, that is exactly how she still views herself.
She caught her last boyfriend in the act of cheating on her. This guy was just a regular nerdy dude and so when Drew starts to make the moves on her, not only does he make her weak in the knees, he also has her keeping her defenses up. There's no way this beautiful man is not going to end up shredding her heart into tiny pieces. They both end up having a series of hook ups, in which I swear I could literally feel my panties melting!!! Anna tries to keep things strictly physical and for most of the story she doesn't allow Drew to kiss her on the lips, as she feels that it would lead to intimacy and so much more.
I was screaming from euphoria when it finally happened!! I knew I highlighted the shit out of this one the first time and I was surprised to highlight even more while rereading.
No need to say about a plot here because there are so many wonderful reviews out there so I'll just stick to what I loved about it. First and foremost - Drew "Battle" Baylor. For realz, Ultimate. Oh yes, he was a popular, hot jock, but a smart one to that.
He not only succeeded on the football field but was also a good student. He had his goals and life planned and strived to make it happen.
Once he had his sight on Anna, he didn't give up, he was patient in getting what he wanted. When Anna was guarded, he unnoticeably staked his claim. What I liked the most is the fact that he wasn't whoring around. Did I mention that he was a sexy beast? Oh yes, he was and such a dirty dirty talker, YUM! Absolutely swoon and drool worthy. Why won't you let me kiss you, Anna? It's too much. Not when I want everything.
And I want everything with you, Anna. Not the player. You didn't know how to live under my light? She was such a likeable heroine, every girl's best friend material for sure. She was sassy, witty, smart and sweet-natured. Curvy, red hair girl, who used to be invisible, didn't believe that a guy like Drew would choose a girl like her. She had insecurities and let them rule for a while, she even pushed Drew away because of them.
She wasn't annoying though, when she finally got her shit together, she fought for Drew and helped him through rough times, she was there for him when he needed her most. Don't you understand? I felt like an impostor. I kept waiting for you to realize that you'd got it wrong. That I was the girl you were never supposed to see. Now, there was insta lust here, but it worked so perfectly. There was such a great chemistry between those two, you could literally feel sparks flying.
No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I'll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side. Not to mention that the sex was off the charts hot and steamy.
They slowly, but consequently moved their relationship to next levels. Apart, they were both lacking something, but together, they were so strong and perfect, so intense. That fighting scene at the end, so epic! And that first kiss, OMG that first kiss! My lips brush his. So gently it's barely a touch.
But it's everything. I feel it down to my toes. Drew sucks in a sharp breath, his body going tight. So I do it again. More sure. Clinging just a bit to his lower lip. And then he groans. You're my home Drew. If you're into college sport romances with sassy heroines and amazeballs heros you can't miss this one.
The writing was refreshing and outstanding, a real gem amongst NA books. Buddy read with my favorite hoochie Nikki. View all 71 comments.
Jacqueline Gallagher. I was hooked from the first chapter with this college romance. The Hook Up had the right mix of drama, sexy times and swoony moments. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book. Drew has been hit by the dumb stick when it comes to Anna. His mother warned him: It would be when I fell in love.
Now, he is trying to fix what he said. Believe me, I was referring to the best places. I was digging the whole vibe of this story. Drew is a big deal. I was in heaven reading this story. Callihan has plans for more books. Each following book is secondary characters from the first book. To find out when more will be released click here.
This story is a well done entertaining read. I have read this plot of the hot quarterback falling for the non-Barbie type of girl with issues many times over.
However, the author brings her own flare and incorporates great banter and hot sex scenes to the tale. When Anna is hit on in her college classroom by the star quaterback of the school's football team she tries to resist. Finally she caves to Drew's charms and attempts to keep him in a hook up category. And damn if I won't have a good time doing it.
Because while I might be patient, I'm no saint. His pov was well done and his feelings for Anna were butterfly inducing. I also found myself feeling very protective of him for the majority of the story he was such a sweetheart.
You want me.
I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series about Gray the hot jock who can cook. View all 80 comments. Feb 18, Elle Kennedy rated it it was amazing. One of my all-time faves. Love this hero so much! View 2 comments. Aug 29, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in history of philosophy class.
She has no interest in football; he's the star quarterback. And despite their attraction to each other, Anna uses their differences to keep them apart. Until the hook up. Drew is a god. Anna is a late-bloomer. Ignored during her high school years, she still carries baggage with her despite developing from ugly duckling to almost swan.
Still curvy, she's no longer the awkward chubster with frizzy red hair and braces. I'm not a fan Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in history of philosophy class. I'm not a fan of hook ups, sex-only relationships or new-adult reads. But I am a fan of Kristen Callihan, sports romances and attraction-of-opposites.
But it was the second half of the book which impressed me. Where the first half was boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy chases, girl gets caught, the second was particularly engaging, watching the growth of not only the protags but also some of the secondary characters, especially one of the footballers who is the hero in the next book.
Bonus points also for the dual points-of-view. There are numerous sex scenes and despite my recent criticism of a new-adult romance by another well-known author who has also turned her hand to new-adult stories, the sex scenes here are very well-written, steamy, without feeling gratuitous or excessive, and ultimately boring. What starts as just hook-up sex, becomes more as the development of their romance also brings a true intimacy into their love scenes.
Both Anna and Drew are likable main characters. Drew is particularly delicious; a well-drawn character with faults, but real depth, and not just a jock. The Hook Up is new-adult, and if that's not your cuppa, I'd say pass. But an unreserved recommendation though for readers of new-adult, and for readers who enjoy sports romances with college-age protags.
View all 89 comments. This book! It made me feel so much! Butterflies, angst, fear, love, hope, pain! I loved every minute of Anna and Drew's love story. The good, the bad and the ugly!!!
The girl who holds on to the insecurities of her past The larger than life football star A love story that starts as a hook-up because the girl can't ever imagine that the boy would choose her.
I see the star too. I need the dark. A love story where the girl makes the boy feel whole, feel alive for the first time since the death of his parents. With want and desire. With pain and longing and hope. A slow burn. Two people growing, learning and accepting how they feel. A connection so strong that they couldn't stay away. Too much pride to admit defeat and too much insecurity to take a chance. View all 85 comments. Aug 30, Didi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have a tumultuous relationship with NA.
I was about to avoid it completely with it's overdone tropes and over-the-top drama. But then I read this book and it changed my perspective completely because sometimes I won't explain what this book is about, just read the synopsis. But I will get into why I loved this so much and why it's worth reading! This was a beautiful love story, a lovely, fantastic and sexy love story. Drew, being the star quarterback at college falls for the quiet and reserved Anna Jones. She's had a rough time during her teen years and tries to stay away from Drew, the most popular, most coveted person on campus.
Their hook-up changes everything and in the most wonderful of ways. This book had an emotional depth not found in other NA books I've read. It had a maturity that puts it ahead of it's genre. The character growth was probably my most favorite thing to watch. The way Drew's and Anna's relationship developed and evolved was tender, realistic and had my heart doing backflips.
Forget overdone drama, the angst here was on a whole other level. It was relatable, REAL, evocative and crushing at the same time. The sex scenes were incredible and although plenty, they were done in a way that never got boring or mistaken for filler. They were sexy, raw, intense and dripped emotion.
But the real winners here were Drew and Anna. Drew has to be one of the most lovely and excruciatingly beautiful characters I've read in a long time. He never crumbled under the spotlight but remained aware of who he was and that was a different man from the all-star player. I can't say enough about him, so many things that he said left me sighing and tearing up.
His emotional commitment to Anna was nothing short of extraordinary. He was so vulnerable, so willing to put everything on the line to be with her that I wanted to scream over how amazing he was. Anna was a fantastic character as well. I often have a hard time with NA heroines because they seem to be all alike.
Anna was different. And her growth, her eventual realization over what truly mattered left me speechless. Watching her grow into the woman she was meant to be was like coming home.
Her and Drew together was electric, charged and completely satisfying. Things happen here and the plot twists had me literally hanging off the seat of my pants. So many emotional scenes that were so intense, so distressing Just read this! The epilogue was everything I wanted it to be, it was just lovely, just perfect. I can't say enough how much I loved this book!
The secondary characters were fantastic and the second book is about one of Drew's best friends, which I really look forward to. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this incredible author!
Thanks so much Jill, had you never read this and convinced me to do the same, I would have missed out on a truly amazing read! View all 86 comments. The Hook Up Series: Game On 1 Author: Kristen Callihan Release date: September 8, Rating: No HEA: This is her first attempt at New Adult and I have to say, I was completely impressed with this book.
The writing was fantastic. It was emotional, it was funny, it was Title: It was emotional, it was funny, it was gripping in a way that I was unable to set this bad boy down once I took a peek at it! You know exactly what I'm talking about, I know you do.
Your curiosity is aroused so you turn to the first few pages to get a sample of the writing and before you know it, you're chapters in and promising yourself, "Just a few more pages. Looking at the cover, sorry but I wasn't too crazy about it. He looks goofy as hell!
But please don't judge the book on that smarmy guy. I'm so glad I decided to try this one out. This book has all the signs of a superior book: Un-put-down-able Freaking fire alarm steamy-don't read this in public H.
This is not your typical NA fare An abundant amount of 2 Made me laugh multiple times 5…My highlighting finger got a really good workout. On to the story A bad first impression, a heroine with a past that has shaped her to be prickly and sensitive, and a hero not used to getting immediate adoration because of his football stardom not that he enjoys it, he's a pretty humble guy At first sight, Drew is thunderstruck and speechless over Anna.
It's not insta-love. In his own words: I'm not going to say it was love at first sight. Anna is not impressed by his adulation.
In fact, it has the opposite effect. They take football seriously down south, and his talent has them clambering for a piece of him. Anna is a complicated girl. She throws off a tough girl vibe that screams strength, but inside, because of bullying in high school, has body and confidence issues.
Her body has changed since then, but her mind hasn't. Though she had her insecurities, I still liked her. She was funny, independent, intelligent, and loyal. She was the complete package, but doesn't do serious relationships. So when she has a similar reaction to Drew upon meeting him, she puts up a fortress around herself that's she's determined to keep up around him. But eventually, one night at a party, it happens. The Hook Up. It was the single, most electrifying, life changing experience for both of them.
And Ho-lee Hell. Two words. They're hooked. The problem is, she doesn't want to be. Tonight was obviously an ill-advised hook up for her. And I'm so screwed up because it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.
After realizing she can't stay away from him, she erects "The Rules" to keep them from getting too close. No kissing, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and no falling in love.
Drew's willing to gamble that he can make her break all those rules. Game on. They really had some combustible chemistry. And the fact that they couldn't kiss added so much sexual tension to the mix.
Never before has so much importance and heat been put into a single first kiss. It's significance is unspoken but plain as day. They give each other untold pleasure but both secretly yearn to explore the intimacy and everything that giving that piece of themselves symbolizes. Best first kiss ever. And Drew? He had a tragic past, but he doesn't obsess over that, he's hot yet sweet, and he's not a manwhore.
Yet he was still strong and determined when it came to what he wanted. And that would be Anna. Her complete surrender. Before you know it, not only their sexual connection is drawing her in, but she's found a best friend in him.
They talk long into the night, they debate with each other, their sense of humor is the same, and she finds herself not just wanting him but needing him.
Just as he needs her. His entire body seems to light up. Like he's plugged in to me. And that energy bounces back over me, lifting the little hairs along my skin, tripping up the steady beat of my heart. I know that now. I've lost myself to him. Drew presses my hand against his sweaty chest where his heart still beats a fierce rhythm.
His voice is whisper-quiet but crystal clear. Of course, I had hoped it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations in many ways. More emotion, more steam, more humor, it was simply more. I must mention however, I did have one pet peeve in this book and that was the hero blushing. FYI, that's not hot-he's not a bride or a virginal heroine. But other than that, I couldn't think of a thing to complain about.
The characters weren't perfect, but showed real human emotions and even when I wanted to break out something really hard and smack Anna upside her stubborn little head, I was rooting for them all way.
I loved how this couple grew together and learned a lot about themselves and what they were capable of. They gave each other strength and I loved spending time with them!! I'm really excited for the next book in the series with Drew's best friend. View all 48 comments. The second our gazes connect, hot tingles zap through me, making my breath catch and my nipples harden.
The sensation is so unnerving that I can only sit there, my hand fluttering to my chest where my heart struggles to break free Stranger still, it feels as if I know him, have known him for years. It was like a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head snapped up. One word was playing a loop in my head: Just NO. And then every time she sees him her nipples get hard, her thighs clench, gets hot and achy, can't breathe right, her pulse skyrockets And I just can't Why you ask? I refuse to submit myself to pages of this.
I'm not a masochist by any means. View all 53 comments. She is in college now, trying to stay as unnoticed as possible, but this seems impossible, especially when the quarterback from the football team, Drew Baylor, sets his eyes on her.
Drew may be a local star, but he's not the guy everyone thinks he is. How is he going to make Anna see that, when she's so stubborn and wants nothing from him? Especially after 4. Especially after their hook up, which only proves that she also wants him, but doesn't want a relationship with him? The Hook Up was a book that I owned for a while now and I still don't understand why I hadn't read it earlier! It was really amazing, even though the first part of the book had left me disappointed, thinking 'oh shit insta love is on the menu'.
But thankfully the plot had me changing my mind and most of all Drew. His character was so flawless that had me drooling all over him, thinking 'I wish there were guys like him in real life. Because let's face it, Drew was perfect.
He was so romantic, every time he opened his mouth my heart was melting. Every time he did something, I would look like a puppy to my screen, thinking: He broke my heart to pieces and his story was so heartbreaking and his character was so well shaped, I just can't find a flaw in his character and I would gladly have his babies.
I have to admit that I didn't feel the same affection for our dearly heroine, Anna. I could understand her fears and I supported her, but she was pissing me off.
Yes, I got where she was coming from, but Drew was so perfect to her and since day 1 he was crystal clear about what he wanted, she was just trying to keep that distance and her whole insecurity just had me in rage, since my heart was aching for Drew. I may be unfair and harsh and I have to admit that I pitied her by the end, but it was too late for me to consider her likeable when she finally got her shit together. And you definitely have to meet Drew!
View all 69 comments. Anyway I digress Life, She insisted, is how you live it and who you live it with, not what you do to make a living. One day, Love will creep up and smack you upside the head. But hey that doesn't mean he's happy, then one day he see's one girl this girl namely Anna Jones is then ALL he see's but she's a nothing in her eyes, a small fish in a big pond concerning Drew in her eyes. Here we have two people who are moving forward in their lives but not necessarily enjoying what they have cause they have a big whole to fill.
You know there's that moment when you need and want its definitely the case for Drew the only thing is Anna rebels and may want him back but won't admit it so there are rules and they go like this: So can Drew break that rule and turn Anna around to his thinking?? Anna Jones doesn't know what she wants to do with her life she's at college and all but the only thing she would like is to be in New York, She lives with her friend and enjoys her little life of contentment studying, working but after a not great break up in her past she doesn't do relationships she doesn't want the feelings that go with it nor has she been out recently that is until her friends get her out where she bumps into Drew and where they start their Hook Up now I'm not going to tell you much more about the story just lets say emotions obviously get involved and its time to take a chance when you just know right??
My thoughts Here I am sitting trying the fathom the right words to express how much joy this book gave me, its has the sweet romance and getting to know you feel and then there's the whole I NEED YOU NOW feel, friendship, love and sex its all there, there chemisty was off the charts and majority of this read I was panting in my seat and wondering whats going to happen next I never got bored of it too, really this NA was not inappropriate or unrealistic the maturity of the story gripped me and I was thinking about it throughout the day which to means a good story to me.
To Sum Up The author did a great job at building the tension at the beginning and making me smile at the end Job well done Kristen I'll be awaiting for Grays book coming next Read it, that is all View all 60 comments. Apr 22, Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it it was amazing. OMG Why the hell I wait to read this book? Ahhhh I'm so in love with Drew.
But also their chemistry was so freaking hot too. I laughed, I cried. My God, this book was pure perfection. You won't regret this, trust me!!! I'm definetly gonna read the other books very soon. I pull back to look him in the eyes. No one else exists. View all 30 comments. Sep 12, Beverly rated it it was amazing. Perfectly sweet, perfectly sexy and perfectly addictive! Drew Baylor is the star quarterback on a winning football team.
I am from the South where footballs king, so I totally understood the allure of Drew. The star football player on a winning football team is everything here, and Battle Baylor is everything there too.
Naturally Anna assumes Drew is just like every other jock, perhaps even worse since he is the star quarterback. To her surprise, Drew proved to be anything, but typical and I fell in love with him.
This book is super fun, but also had so much heart. I loved that it had both, so few books do. View all 35 comments. These bloody good NA books are making a liar out of me. I'm pretty sure my profile on Goodreads says something along the lines of - NA are not for me. The Hook Up proved me wrong. I AM into books that suck me in, make me laugh, blush, cry and grumble, teach me something how's that headache Sparkles? New Adult books seem to have turned a corner.
We are not bombarded with chicks who lose their mental capacity because they want a certain blokes attention. It's not just assumed that a guy ONLY thinks with his bits and pieces. This book grabbed my attention with characters that have goals and work bloody hard to reach them and feel satisfaction when their hard work pays off.
Big Red I cringed as soon as I read the words. He certainly picked the wrong girl to say it to. Anna, is not afraid to put Drew in his place when he assumes she'd jump at the chance to be with him. After all he is the star quarterback and practically famous. Neither of them can deny their overwhelming attraction to each other, but while Drew is keen, Anna is friggin petrified.
Both Anna and Drew have reasons for their eagerness and hesitations. We see their relationship stutter and start from the beginning to the end. Both of them are not as confident as they would have everyone believe.
I loved the characters in this story, especially with Anna and Drew's friends playing pivotal roles. There were some deeper issues dealt with that made it seem more realistic. I also liked the way the author showed Drew's reaction, to someone else's reaction, to being on the receiving end of a 6 ft 4 muscle bound man who's angry.
More times than not he cools his jets to make sure they don't feel threatened. Nice to see a football player portrayed with intelligence, control and sensitivity. I'm still not ready to call myself a NA fan, but with this caliber of work, I can't help but be a little keen to try some more. This was my first book by Kristen Callihan and with that much talent, it will definitely not be my last.
To download The Hook Up from site - http: View all 42 comments. I am going all in on this one All of them. I know, I know C'mon, Angie When a book can run me from one end of the emotional scale to the other and actually make me feel the characters emotions, well Stellar writing with great attention to detail, well fleshed out and relatable characters, an emotional journey, and steaminess as well I loved it!
Can't wai I am going all in on this one Can't wait to read more from this author! Well done, Kristen Callihan. Well done. View all 22 comments. Why, Anna? I really enjoyed this a lot! Drew "Battle Baylor" is the star quarterback of his team. With the title, comes the unavoidable fame and attention.
As a result, woman fawn over him. A life changing meeting with Anna, has him wanting for the first time ever to pursue someone to have something serious.
Unfortunately, Anna doesn't have serious on her mind. She wants him to be a hook up and nothing more. Drew has other plans, and won't give up until he makes Anna his. I really loved him. For a guy that had everything and everyone at his disposal, he was quite down to earth.
Sure, at times he could be a bit arrogant but in a very sexy way. I loved the relationship he shared with his teammates. What I loved the most was seeing him try to sway Anna into being in a relationship with him the was more than just sex. He could be so sweet and so caring. He was also very hot, sexy, and alpha.
Anna, I kind of liked at first. She has gone through some things that make her quite insecure about why on earth a guy like Drew could want her. This insecurity is what caused me to not like her so much. She was just so stubborn and it frustrated me that she kept trying to keep Drew as arm's length emotionally. Then at the end, I liked her again because I liked that she finally did something good.
She challenged and cared Drew when he needed it the most. It was so beautiful watching these too interact, especially during those sweet moments that melted my heart.
I know you wouldn't be because, since the moment I laid eyes on you, you're all I can see. There wasn't any over the top drama that dragged things out. There was some angst in this book but it was a good amount. It wasn't all the color of roses as there were some intense moments between the main characters that tugged at my heart strings.
I couldn't put this book down because I loved all of those emotional scenes. I really did like this book, and it's definitely one I would recommend you give a read. Especially to those who love the New Adult genre. I can't wait to see what is next in the series. View all 47 comments. Sep 14, NMmomof4 rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was another book that I had just left a star rating and not an actual review for, so I decided to give it a re-read.
I don't remember it being so deep! We get into these characters on a deeper level then I'm used to with college athlete books. I think that was a good surprise! I love their dialogue. I also love how deeply they cared for and knew each other. I'm increasing my rating from 4 stars to 4. I'm still frustrated with the ending, but you know -- blah blah needs a farther glimpse into the future blah blah -- can you tell I'm tired of writing this?! This is Anna and Drew's story.
They meet in a class their senior year of college. Drew is the star quarterback for the college team, and Anna is not interested in jocks. Drew is instantly interested and starts a strong pursuit of Anna that results in a hook-up.
Anna isn't interested in being in the limelight by dating the football player, so she convinces him to keep it casual and not a relationship even though Drew wants it all. There are some funny moments, some hot sexy times, some sad scenes Overall Pace of Story: It's on the longer side, but I thought it flowed well and I never skimmed. Not in the usual way. It takes a while for the h to develop stronger feelings, but the H feels strongly right away doesn't express love or anything until way later.
H rating: I liked him. I appreciated how he pursued the h. He was also pretty hot! I liked her. She was sassy, smart, and I liked how she came to care for the H. Sadness level: I did shed a few tears, but I never needed any tissues.
Yes view spoiler [ They both push away and also pursue the relationship at times, but I'd say that the H is the main pursuer. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Descriptive sex: Yes, but when separated view spoiler [Both of them see each other out on dates with other people when separated, and this causes jealousy for both of them. No Cheating: No Separation: Yes view spoiler [They are separated for maybe a couple months.
They both go on dates with other people, and the H gets kissed by OW farthest either of them go physically with other people hide spoiler ] Possible Triggers: Yes view spoiler [ Child abandonment h's dad - off page , and loss of parents to an accident H - off page.