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.
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I have been SO looking forward to Amie’s story since we met her in Shacking Up, and Getting Down in the Eye Candy anthology just ramped up the anticipation! Hooking Up was definitely worth the wait with lots of heat, humor and emotion.
Amie has had her doubts about marrying Armstrong for quite some time, but a desire to make her parents proud had her pushing those doubts to the side and becoming an unrecognizable version of herself. But when Armstrong’s infidelity during their wedding reception is broadcast over the PA system for everyone to hear, she is DONE! She goes Bridezilla meets Hulk on her wedding dress and throws herself at the man she finds hiding away from the festivities in the bridal suite but is further mortified when he turns her down.
See, in this book, we find out that Amie met two men one fateful night not so long ago: the man she should have been with, and Armstrong who decided to steal her away from him. (If you have read Getting Down then you will know who that other man is, but I am trying to honor the publisher’s request to keep the hero’s name out of my review and it’s not easy!! ) It’s that other man who is hiding out to try to escape thoughts of what could have been, and saying no to a distraught Amie is the last thing he wants to do but he knows he has to. Things are going to be messy enough as it is and he has no desire to further complicate her life. When they both end up on the same plane to Bora Bora and find themselves sitting next to each other for the duration of the flight, Fate is clearly trying to send them a message.
What happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither can deny that feelings are getting involved despite their best intentions. Their chemistry is off the charts, and Amie is finding his combination of sexy, dirty talking, sweet, tats, and glasses to be her kryptonite. But technically she is still married on paper because Armstrong is a delusional ass who refuses to sign the papers in his pursuit of maintaining a perfect image and making her miserable at the same time. Once they return home, the angst level kicks up a bit and Anarchy Amie is shelved again, but now that she has let her fun side out to play again, locking it away permanently is not an option.
Hooking Up was a fabulous read! It was everything I was hoping for, and once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down again. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Hunting has in store for us next, but I will savor this one for awhile.