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This information helps us design a better experience for all users. Dec 20, Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance. I have been so fortunate to have read many of these Semifinalists. If this review helps in deciding your voting choice, then I have done my job. You touched on much and it all came together. You did everything I love about your writing but added one special element I cannot stop sharing with everyone You created a man who speaks in complete sentences!
Yes, he is alpha through and through But this time around Nope, Johnny Gamble is a man who can communicate verbally as well as sexually.
That is not to say I haven't enjoyed all your other guys She has overcome a horrific childhood She has a sister with a young nephew she loves and at first, she thinks this is her life. Izzy had just run from her icky stalker-ish ex. She resettled in a town an hour away from where she works.
She learned of this place from her co-worker who seems to be her best friend. Izzy is a rescuer She learned very early on from necessity, to appreciate the beauty of things needing repair. Shabby Chic may have been the style a hot minute ago Johnny Gamble is the mythical creature all women dream of His life wasn't perfect but was night and day to Izzy's. Johnny 's family had been in this small town for generations.
The grandfather opened a gas station and saw how they could become more than that.
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Garage repair, then mini-marts were added and over time and a son growing and having his own Johnny loved the garage and was out there with his dad from the start. Things were good until they weren't when his mother left his dad.
Johnny and his brother Toby were all the dad had left and that was the life these 3 had. They had each other, grandad until he died and lucky for Johnny and Toby, his father's close friends, Margot and Charles. So Johnny grew up with a woman who knew how to mother two young lost boys. She taught them all the right things so that when Johnny fell for his girl, he treated her right. Until Juliet made a choice and she didn't choose Johnny.
That was three years ago and he hasn't smiled or laughed since. Broken, he would still be the polite guy but he had his wall up. He had a few "experiences" over the years Because Love broke him and there was no going down that road again.
KA brings these two characters together, works her KA magic, gives them some emotional hurdles to overcome and makes sure there are slammin', hot, sexy times and real connections between them.
There will be times when assumptions are made and have to be cleared up But overall this is love story true and true I am more than ready to tackle that tale A one night stand seems to turn into both sort of wanting more Except there is another element floating just out of reach A past romance our fella cannot let go Then it becomes Put up or Shut up time What should be an easy outcome becomes so much more And all because of View all 22 comments.
Oct 15, Shari Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: Who wants to read a romance about a H's love for another woman and the h being second best? Did Johnny love his ex? Did he think they'd get married and have babies? Did the ex come back into town and want him back? Did he ever conside 3. Did he ever consider getting back with his ex? Did I feel he settled for Eliza? No, I did not. Johnny is 34 years old.
He's been in love before. She left him and broke his heart. That's happened to a lot of us at some point in our life, hasn't it? It's been 3 years since she's been gone, and yes, he's had other short term 'relationships' during that time, but he never led any of them on about having a future with him.
He wasn't ready to risk his heart, and didn't want to be unfair to the women he had sex with, so he was always upfront with them.
I actually respected that. He wasn't a manwhore and she left him, so having sex with OW while "in love" with his ex didn't bother me. I think he naturally fell out of love with her, went through the stages of grief so to speak, and by the time Eliza came into his life I dug this chick. She was a good person, a hard worker, loved her sister, loved her friends She was tough, loyal, and sensible!
She liked sex, but had never had a ONS before Johnny and ya know I liked that about her too. I'm not a fan of "hooking up" to tell you the truth.
I like emotion with my sex. And of course, we all knew it wasn't going to be a ONS in the end. I liked how things ended btx them, him not hating her, her not hating him. Him wanting the best for her, her wanting the best for him though she'd always love him and had hoped for that second chance. I hope she finds a HEA with someone else.
Why not a higher rating? Honestly, it was too easy! Johnny is too perfect.
Besides a sometimes too quick temper, and a need to be bossy scratch that, I like bossy he was the perfect male specimen, husband and father material. He freaking changed diapers Yes, he broke things off with Eliza after his ex called and said she was coming back into town. And he did seem to be treating Iz like all his other past women at first, but I think both reactions were knee-jerk. But get this people Eliza let him go!
Yes, she wanted something more with him and was bummed it wasn't going to work out, but she did not chase after him. She did not plead with him to give them a chance.
She didn't get angry and turn into a shrew. She didn't decide to settle for second best either. She licked her shallow wounds and moved the hell on! It was Johnny who opened his eyes a couple weeks later and chased her! But the head out of ass came so early in the book it made for a boring relationship read at times. There are the usual paragraphs of dialogue I have to reread to understand, and some still didn't make sense. There is the usual rambling minutiae of making a cup of coffee or whipping up a batch of guac.
I also don't get these women who talk about ALL the intimate details of their sex life with their gfs. Especially someone like Eliza who was a bit prissy and shy at least outside of bed with Johnny so it seemed out of character. I didn't like Addie walking in on them in the barn, and then blabbing it to everybody. Eliza should have freaked about it. Johnny didn't seem to care either. I wish we would have been shown the confrontation scene with Shandra, not told about it.
The view spoiler [baby kidnapping hide spoiler ] seemed only thrown in for drama sake, and was resolved so quickly I didn't see the point. Who I imagine the next book might be about. And Margot was a busybody, but I liked her. I just don't understand how everyone can know how special the heroines are in K. So I'm gonna give it a try it's a sad, sad day when I'm not sure I want to read a new K.
At least it's not another 20 year separation for stupid reasons, that's something I guess.
The book was mostly light and steamy, had little drama not as much as the blurb implied , and would be a nice read when you're looking for something that would make you swoon. I admit it takes time getting used to their switch in POVs because Izzy's POV was told in first person and Johnny's in third, but overall I liked the way the narrative was written.
My biggest issue why I didn't fully fall in lo 3. My biggest issue why I didn't fully fall in love with this book is because the two protagonists seemed too perfect at times.
Sometimes, Izzy feels like she came out of a Disney fairytale. She literally has a canary resting on her shoulder when she cooks breakfast in the morning. Full review to be posted after the holidays. View all 7 comments. The Hookup was emotional,heartwarming,intense,hot and sweet! All these things and so much more. I'm still thinking about Johnny and Izzy. This couple ruined me in a good way, I loved them so much each of them and I feel connected.
I loved their journey, they have some really intense and super moments but at the same time some really sad. The Hookup is a must read, such a beautiful way to start a new series. I can't wait for the next book!!
View all 4 comments. Nov 02, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: The only place I felt safe. KA is back with another sweet and sexy contemporary romance. Izzy Forrester is new in town and after escaping a bad break up with a stalker ex, she is happy to settle in her new simple life.
When Izzy shares one night with the small town's broody and broken-hearted Johnny Gamble, she was only looking for a quick hookup. But when Johnny and Izzy connect, sparks fly and one night will never be enough. Can Johnny get over his past relationship and give Izzy his whole heart? And if he does, can Izzy trust Johnny to care for her and give her everything she needs? From the first word on the first page, I felt an instant connection to the characters and their plight.
Both Johnny and Izzy have been through so much and finding each other brought them both comfort and peace through the storm. The supporting characters enhanced the story greatly and I hope there will be more to come from these characters and their small town lives. In true KA fashion, the passion between Johnny and Izzy was smoking hot and although there was a great deal of drama, the story was engaging and truly heartfelt. Kristen Ashley has and always will be my absolute favorite author.
I thoroughly enjoy her writing style and the way in which she transports me to another world. When Kristen Ashley is writing, my kindle and I are ready and waiting for more! View all 30 comments. Nov 07, NMmomof4 rated it liked it Shelves: This was one that I was worried about because I was worried about the H pining over his ex and hurting the h. Did the ex come back? Did the H and this OW have a romance that the town dubbed as being "epic"? He was hurt by her leaving him and ruining their relationship for sure, but he wasn't interested in reconciliation.
I liked both characters, and I felt like the H was all in for the h, completely present in the 3 Stars Overall Opinion: I liked both characters, and I felt like the H was all in for the h, completely present in their relationship, and not stuck the past. I also felt like this story, overall, was very similar to others works of hers that I've read. While I did enjoy the characters and the experience of reading their story, I didn't love it.
It felt just okay to me. This is Izzy and Johnny's story. They meet one night at a bar and end up hooking up for Izzy's first ONS, but she quickly learns that Johnny wasn't expecting it to be just one night. They both feel a strong pull towards one another, and there is no denying the hot chemistry they have in bed.
When Johnny's ex shows up, he feels the need to hit the breaks on what is developing between them. When they bump into one another again weeks later, they feel the pull stronger than ever and start up a relationship. There is some family and ex drama, some hot sexy times, and some sweet moments I liked that we got more from the H's perspective in this!
It helps me understand where he is coming from and his behavior. Overall Pace of Story: Good until the end -- see closure section below. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings. I appreciated how he took care of those he cared about. She was so strong, loyal, and sweet. She has to be one of my favorite KA hs. I teared up a little, but I never needed any tissues.
Yes view spoiler [The H does push away when his ex returns, but just because he thinks the h deserves better he has no interest in rekindling things with the OW. I would say that the H is the main pursuer of the relationship. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Yes, but not nearly as bad as I expected![Ebook] The Hookup (Moonlight and Motor Oil #1) by Kristen Ashley
He does break things off with the h, but that is because he thinks she deserves better and not because he is pining over the OW. Yes view spoiler [They are separated shortly 2 weeks? Yes view spoiler [Loss of a parent to cancer off page - through mentions , child abandonment off page - through mention , poverty off page - through mention , cheating side character - through mention , stalking off page - through mentions , kidnapping on page , and domestic violence off page - through memories and mentions.
This actually didn't have the closure that I come to expect and love from KA. I'm disappointed we didn't get a jump ahead epilogue with a concrete HEA. I would call this a HFN ending view spoiler [they are engaged hide spoiler ]. View all 16 comments. Nov 21, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: That is, until she meets Johnny Gamble.
Johnny is her first hook up, and an unexpected evening turns into more unexpected nights and days together. But, something unexpected might lead to more of the same and Johnny may be back sooner than Izzy thinks…… I really enjoyed this newest book by Kristen Ashley, I 4 stars! But, something unexpected might lead to more of the same and Johnny may be back sooner than Izzy thinks…… I really enjoyed this newest book by Kristen Ashley, I never tire of her books.
There are some authors that just click with me as a reader, and Ashley has a forever fan in me. Curl up this holiday season with a fuzzy blanket and this cozy story! View all 8 comments. Dec 30, Sophia Triad rated it liked it Shelves: Let me describe to you my experience while reading this book.
I normally do not like books with guys that are emotionally involved with their previous relationships, i.
It is never fair for the new girl. But -although I knew that this is the case in this book-I have decided to give Johnny Gamble a chance. I know that Ashley can create the most delicious Alpha males and I know that she can also create HOWT sex scenes where t Let me describe to you my experience while reading this book. I know that Ashley can create the most delicious Alpha males and I know that she can also create HOWT sex scenes where the above-mentioned Alpha males take charge and you feel that your Kindle will explode while you read them.
So, I was more than happy to read the story of Johny and Izzy. Izzy was as adorable and as cute as I expected her to be. She loves animals, flowers, birds and working hard. The fairytale feeling around her is cute. Her dogs are cute, her cats are cute, the bird on her shoulder is cute, her horses are cute, her kitchen is cute, her clothes are cute, her behaviour is cute. And Johny is a gentleman completely.
He loves her cuteness. He craves her adorability. He wants to look after her horses. And he is great in bed. Completely Disney cartoon fairytale! Which not only I did not mind Until chapter nine, the book was a 5 star lovestory for me.
The ex girlfriend had faded away in the background. And Johny was really trying to win Izzy and become part of her cute life. And then suddently in chapter 9, something happens. The ex girlfriend appears and while Johny flirts with Izzy in front of the small town; he decides that it is a good idea to run literally after his ex girlfriend and his ex dog that he has given to his ex girlfriend as a gift when they split.
And Izzy who did not understand what happened, she ran back to her house hiding from the judgmental eyes of the small town. And I really did not mind that! I was actually happy that finally something happened that could create a bit of angst to the story. I honestly stopped reading at that point thinking that only major grovelling can save Johny now.
And I am crazy for a good grovelling in lovestories. I actually crave it in my books. So, I stopped reading the book there thinking that the good part will start soon Johny appeared, a hot scene happened but there was not any 'I am sorry', only excuses and explanations that Johny did not run after his ex girlfriend, but after his ex dog.
The same dog that he did not hesitate to gift to his ex girlfriend; but he did not also hesitated to run after him and abandoned his new girlfriend in the middle of making out. I was thinking after that explanations that maybe Izzy should apologize to him. Anyway, after that my enthusiasm was dampened. There was a downfall in the whole story. And I stopped caring about what happens next. But I finished the book.
Perfect if you need a charmingt little ride in Romancelandia. No major conflict though contrary to what the blurb leads on Review to come closer to release date.
Arc received in exchange for a review. More reviews and book talk at: View all 6 comments. Feb 06, Mo added it. Giving up after about 50 pages. Seems so fucking juvenile. Same old shite from KA. There are some authors out there that have that same ability with books. She used to be one of them. If a half star was an option, I would have gone that way. The crazy ex boyfriend who broke into her house?
We never hear from him. The ex girlfriend who skipped town and left our hero heartbroken? We hear about her and are told about the confrontation but we don't get to experience it.
Heck, even bringing the deadbeat dad into the story would of done something for it but no we get nothing. Just two people who fall in love and face zero true obstacles. Even the kidnapping was a couple pages and solved with no real trouble. Oh place a phone call and have your brother return the baby please.
If you like almost insta love stories with no conflict this book is for you. I never thought I would write this about a KA book, but what was the purpose of writing the book--other than fulfilling a contract.
The Hookup just sort of meanders through pages with gushy, overly sweet words. The plot is incredibly thin, with almost no drama. KA, where is your spirit? H and h are both so gorgeous; both so full of love and sweetness that they are not only unbelievable, but boring.
Still it was a KA book and was a little better than complete junk. I just wish she would get her old creativity back and write real drama with realistic characters.
I'm in the minority here, but I thought it was meh. Starting with the authors writing style. It's very choppy and distracting to read.
Too much description about stuff that doesn't matter. It felt very passive. Switching from 1st to 3rd person is so annoying to me. The dialog was the best part, but even that was confusing to read at times. Sometimes the dialog dragged as well. The sex scenes were pretty hot, but really, that's it. I thought Jonhny was a jerk.
I did not find him endearing or charming at all. He was sorta misogynistic. He kept telling Izzy "I'm that kinda guy" with things like her lifting heavy stuff.
Or taking care of her own horses. It got so annoying to me because she was doing it just fine without him there. Why did he deem her incapable once he got into the picture? Women are always seen as weak. Yet this guy, and many others, have their masculinity threatened just from looking at pink stuff? He was also so flipping obsessed with money. He wanted to buy her all new things because she never had new stuff. Izzy grew up poor so she knew how to live within her means by finding deals on stuff.
So she would take old things, other people didn't want anymore, and fix them up, clean them up, and make them beautiful. I thought it was insulting that he was insistent that she have all new stuff. It is not love. Nor is it romantic to me. Money and stuff do not equal love. I liked Izzy, but she was a little too perfect. Perfect people in books get annoying. I end up eye rolling until my eyeballs get stuck in the back of my head.