Kristen Ashley's THE HOOK UP ~Review~

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes the first standalone in the exciting new Moonlight and Motor Oil series—THE HOOKUP—releasing December 19, 2017!



When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.





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Tanja's Review


There’s no other author more perfectly suited for the holidays than Kristen Ashley. Her books are filled with love, honesty, family, and a soothing approach to romance that makes this reader swoon. The Hookup doesn’t start out as a slow-burning like-to-lust romance. Oh no, friends. It literally wakes you up in the throes of it all. All kinds of unexpected goodness wait for you, dear reader.

Izzy is kind, generous, and adorably driven to care for all God's creatures. She has so much on her plate that she is taken by surprise when it comes to Johnny. Johnny has a past known by all in his small town. He finds himself surprised and enamored by the newer resident in the best possible ways. As always there will be twists, turns, roadblocks, and strife, but with the ever-present search for a happily ever after, The Hookup is just the spice you're looking for!

I liked the spicier twist KA delivers in book one of the Moonlight Motor Oil Series. Although this is still sweet, it is most definitely a more erotic and sensual read. She still delivers it with the ever-present family driven and wholesome overtones found in most of her characters, however. KA has given us a great read that perfectly encompasses the feel of the holiday season.



5 Stars

~Tanja








About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.




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