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Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.
For far too long, Anarchy Amie has been leashed…confined in the restraints that Armstrong forced upon her when they started dating in order for them to be deemed a ‘respectable’ couple in the eyes of the social elite.
And what does Amie get for meeting all of Armstrong’s demands??? Sub-par vanilla sex, fake orgasms, and a marriage that would have never happened if Armstrong’s true nature was revealed and if Amie didn’t feel the need to find a ‘good boy’ to tame her crazy ways.
But what’s done is done and in the aftermath of what will go down in history as the Wedding Reception from Hell or Blow-Gate actually provides Amie with an opportunity to release Anarchy Amie on the beaches, in the dance clubs, and in an all-inclusive luxury hotel in Bora Bora and find a way to work through the humiliation and heartache that she feels with a hook-up of the hottie variety and as fate would have a certain Sexy Lexy is in the same location, and he is more than willing and incredibly able to free Amie from the conservative shackles that still bind her due to marriage and help her exhibit her less than class self in the dirtiest and naughtiest ways.
Ever since Helena Hunting introduced Lexington Mills to readers, I’ve been impatiently waiting for his book and then when I read Hunting’s contribution to Eye Candy and witnessed how Lex gravitated towards Amie and the chemistry that sizzled between them despite pencil-dick Armstrong’s claim on her, I became a one-woman cheer squad for Lex and Amie to explore their mutual attraction and boy does Hunting give them the perfect setting to be one another’s ‘temporary diversion’ and maybe even more if Lex has anything to say and do about it.
I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to a bevy of kickass heroes in the worlds that Helena Hunting creates, and I’ve adored the lot of them, but Lexington Mills is in a class of his own. I love how much of a paradoxical man Lex is; some people perceive him as a ‘good-time guy’ with not much substance, and while he tends to play up that idea, only doing what he HAS to do and nothing more, Lex is not that simple of a man. There’s a depth to him that few see because they choose not to and their opinion of him does not matter to Lex because he knows the kind of man he CAN be and he proves that with how he handles his business while in Bora Bora and when he returns home and how he shows another side of himself to Amie – the side that allows her to be herself and to explore how free Lex makes her feel just by simply being around him.
I would choose Anarchy Amie over reserved and demure Amalie every single time. I can’t say that I blame her for going with Armstrong because he does appear to be the ‘safer’ choice and the complete opposite of the bad boys she dated in her wilder days, but she should have gone with her gut instead of feeling like marrying him was the best choice to make. But once she’s done with Armstrong, she’s DONE and Helena Hunting does a fantastic job of transforming Amie into the woman she was before Armstrong, which is exactly who she has always been at her core and it’s the woman who Lex can’t get enough of, even when their sexual liaisons were not supposed to continue once they returned to their ‘normal’ lives.
Armstrong definitely gets the douche award for everything that he is and for every single despicable and demented word and act that he says and does to Amie and Lex. If there was one man who deserved to catch every STD on the face of the Earth, it would be him because he is that much of a slime ball.
Helena Hunting definitely has me HOOKED on her stories and her characters and I can’t wait to see what she brings readers next!
4.5 Poison Apples
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.