Book Review The Hookup by Kristen Ashley

Apr 182019

The Hookup (Moonlight and Motor Oil #1) by Kristen Ashley

When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.


Title: The Hookup (Moonlight and Motor Oil Series Book 1)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: December 19th, 2017
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (360 pages)
Rating: 10/10

If you’re looking for a Book Boyfriend / for sure future Husband, The Hookup is the book for you. I love Kristen Ashley’s books to death, and I like how different her approaches are to each new series. While in the Rock Chicks we had the insta love right in our faces from the beginning, here things are slightly different. Eliza “Izzy” Forrester and Jonny Gamble hook up, but neither one of them expected what happens next, especially a man as heart-broken as Johnny. Even if they connect physically fast, they fall in love slower, much slower.

Izzy moves to Matlock to escape her past and picks the small town her friends are living in. One night, she wants to be friendly and meet some of the town folk but ends in the bed of Johnny Gamble. Sorry for saying his full name every single sentence, but it’s a perfect name and it’s meant to be spoken!

With a quick look at Izzy, Jonny wants her in his bed. Their romantic story is so beautifully written and with smooth reassuring that even if Johnny truly loved another woman before her, she is just right for him. In a world full of loss, they find happiness and peace.

“And love never really dies, but it does fade, as you well know.” He looked back at Izzy. “And when it fades, the part that remains teaches us how to love better the next time,” she said softly, putting her hand on his forearm.”

Throw in some sudden unexpected appearances and some family drama, cheating husbands, mix it up with some kidnapping and you get a beautifully start of a series by Kristen Ashley.
Next in line is The Slow Burn soon to be released. This is a two book series.

Check out the reading order.

The Hookup

The Slow Burn

review here


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