Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Hookup by Erin McCarthy

Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one...


Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot

Being stuck in the same town as my lying SOB twin brother, Christian—who may or may not be the father of the son I’m not allowed to see—is a hell of a reason to drink myself silly after the lobster boat docks each day. Any port in a storm... But Sophie’s different. She doesn’t play around. And she’s becoming a habit I don’t want to break. Because the smartest woman I’ve ever met is also the sexiest—and the only one who makes me want to change.

Don’t miss Bella and Christian’s story in The Breakup!

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Sophie and Cain were a strange couple. While they both allowed each other to just be themselves, I thought that this story had a very young adult feel to it.

Sophie likes numbers – they make sense for her. While she's in town for her sister's wedding, she decides that she no longer wants to be a virgin. There's no muss and no fuss when it comes to her mind being made up. Despite being dressed like a semi-hooker by her sister, Sophie is immediately drawn to Cain.

Cain is not having the greatest of times in his life right now. His family is messed up and there isn't really anything he can do about it. He is drowning in alcohol and hatred. When he sees Sophie in the bar, he can't help but be drawn to her no-nonsense attitude and brutal honesty. He likes her quirks and can't remember the last time he wanted to spend more time with a woman than just one night.

For both Sophie and Cain, they dance around their attraction to each other, but know that despite not knowing each other for very long, they tell each other things that they have not shared with anyone else. Cain is kind of a butt towards the end and it made the ending of the story much more difficult. I also had a lot of unanswered questions in terms of Sophie's sister, Cain's brother, and the family dynamic of both.

Overall, this was a cute story about acceptance and love, but there was just something missing.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆☆
I really loved this book. The characters of Sophie and Cain are very complex and riveting and each have their own set of demons.

Sophie has always been misunderstood. She's different from the rest of her family and she knows it. She's learned to adapt. When she meets Cain and he gets her, she knows that there is something special about him.

Cain has his own demons. He has faced betrayal by his own family and he's struggling to get through the day. He copes with alcohol and thinks he's hiding his problem from Sophie.

Until he realizes that the only important thing in his life is Sophie.

This book has it all and I had all the feels while reading it.

This is the start of a new series, and I think we can look forward to a winning streak here from Ms. McCarthy. Although there is some world building, it is very subtle and just slides straight into the story.

I really enjoyed both lead characters, they are so completely different, and yet it just works so well. Sophie is really well written, with such a wonderfully literal view of life, and yet perfectly capable of developing emotional skills if given the right encouragement and opportunity. Once we see how she is treated by Bella, it is not difficult to work out how she could remain aloof. Cain, however, unexpectedly turns out to be exactly who she needs. I love that he is far from perfect (his drinking may be an issue for some readers), and the twists ensure that we have more sympathy and hope for the situation than I ever expected at the start!

The dissection of their intimate moments, and her inner voice is just fabulous. It has a way of articulating some very real worries, which on occasion are said out loud. Cain just deals with them perfectly, both being light hearted and funny, yet mindful of her naivety. It was hot and freeing for them both.

We get quite few hints as to future plot lines, but never does the story stray far from these two ill-fated lovers – and the ending hints at a great new beginning.

New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than sixty novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA Award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Adult Reader award, McCarthy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy to read and review.

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