on July 3rd 2017
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Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.
Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks through the First Impressions door looking to take her business to the next level, he feels his carefully constructed “never-get-attached” walls crack.
As Ty and Ellie maneuver through a minefield of wardrobe malfunctions, plumbing mishaps, and the world’s most awkward accidental dirty talk, discovering they have more in common than scorching sexual attraction threatens to crumble Ty’s walls for good…
Nick arrived right on time, looking gorgeous in faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. How did he always manage to start the butterflies fluttering in her stomach? Just by standing there with the setting sun framing him? She was in trouble.
“Hi beautiful, ready to go?” He clasped her face in his hands and planted a soft kiss on her lips.
Returning his kiss, Sophie wound her arms around his neck and deepened it. She couldn’t resist. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, hugging her close to his broad chest.
“Mmmm, feel free to greet me like that every time I come over,” he said, lips curved up into a sweet smile.
Heat washed her cheeks and she returned his smile. “Let’s go. Prepare to be blown away by the movie snack of the century.”
Determined to keep things light and enjoy the movie before “the talk,” Sophie thrust down the lick of panic bubbling in her gut. She’d accomplished next to nothing all afternoon, instead wrestling with whether she needed to tell him about Doug.
The angel on her shoulder whispered to tell him because if they were going to have any kind of relationship, even a friends-with-benefits one, honesty and trust were vital. The devil urged her to zip it. They’d only known each other a few weeks. What if he lived up to his “Player of Laguna” reputation and expected only a fun fling? Even though he seemed deeper than that. What if she scared him off with a premature talk?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Tyler Hendrix is awaiting his next client, an L.E. Birmingham of Pin Action, or so he thinks. Never would he have imagined such a glorious blonde would be at the head of a bowling supplier. After several very awkward minutes, Tyler realises his mistake: Ellie Sanders’ business is sex toys! Tyler, while a very handsome fellow doesn’t date much, and he’s thinking that dating a client might not be so bad, after all his business partner Miriam did. Ellie’s friend Miriam hinted that Ellie might start thinking about a fling. Ellie has been burned by her ex-husband, and since she has a six year-old son, she hesitates to consider a relationship, but a hook-up might not be a bad idea, especially if she has to work with someone as delectable as Ty!
THE HOOK UP has plenty of little unexpected and lovely surprises: Ellie’s son Henry is a cancer survivor, but it’s a fact and not an occasion for tear-jerking excesses, but it was a nice touch. I also enjoyed very much that Tyler was not your average arrogant skirt-chaser; he’s actually a tad bumbling and although professionally, sometimes personally tongue-tied in a very realistic and charming way. Ty is a kind and honourable man, who however has personal family issues which colour his outlook on dating, especially single mothers. I was not sure how I felt regarding Ty’s reasons for his reluctance to commit, but it was superbly handled by Ms. Fenske, without uncalled-for unpleasantness and drama. Both Ellie and Ty are very engaging characters, as is little Henry, who felt like a real little boy and was not merely window-dressing: his presence was an integral part of the plot. Ty’s cussing, which he retained from his grandmother, is totally hilarious.
As the title implies, THE HOOK UP happens, and I loved how the obvious initial sexual chemistry honestly led to more. The romance progressed naturally, with a few bumps, and I was so rooting for Ellie and Ty to become more, as they glided into a relationship, and the ending was particularly rewarding; very well done!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.