THE HOOKUP by Erin McCarthy is available today! Get your hands on this sexy contemporary romance novel now - read a sneak peek below!
About THE HOOKUP
Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .
Sophie: 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. . . .
Cain: 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!
Where do I start with this book? I had some problems with this book, but I also liked it in a lot of ways. I like the person that Sophie was and that she had a little Asperger's. However, I thought that the fact that Cain was an alcoholic wasn't really handled until 95 percent of the book and he didn't feel HE really had a problem until he was made too. Both of these characters are two very different people but are somewhat similar in a lot of ways. They both come from homes that are less than perfect. While Cain comes from a family where his twin brother potentially knocked up his girlfriend and his father was in jail for the robbery of copper theft...Sophie's family has always treated her as if she were the plague because she is super smart, has OCD and maybe moderate Aspergers. She says the first thing that comes out of her mouth and pretty much doesn't mind that it comes out awkward at times. Cain finds this extremely refreshing and sexy. When Sophie goes to a bar with her older, more beautiful sister who tries to make her feel inadequate- she meets Cain who is...a hot mess!! Here's where it gets tricky - He's an alcoholic and doesn't want to change. He likes being one and doesn't see a problem with it. He's got a chip on his shoulder, but there's something about Sophie that he finds interesting and he sets out to change his own mind. What was supposed to be one night, turns into two...and then turns to more.
What I didn't like about this book was all the sexual content, glorified drinking and flippant disregard for the child in the book. Cain's a nice guy, but he drinks constantly and I wouldn't be surprised if his liver was just one large vat of alcohol. He didn't eat, he didn't really sleep and he apparently didn't spend time with family or have any activities that didn't involve drinking more than my weight in liquor. Which is interesting to me is that he's a "functioning alcoholic" and he seems to be able to do it quite well, which tells me that he's been doing it for years and not just a year and a half. It bothered me at times his inner dialogue and the only saving grace was Sophie because I really liked her. Once I started reading, I didn't really want anyone bothering me and I even started the treadmill time over so I could continue with the story. I felt for Sophie - we've all felt awkward and felt like we weren't wanted. This just made me go back to those high school days. I would read this if you're looking for something a little heavier. This isn't a light read and it may trigger some people who have alcoholics in their family or are one themselves.
I was given an ARC copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect anyone else's.
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Read an Excerpt from THE HOOKUP
I saw him the minute we walked into the bar. A guy perched comfortably on a stool, his arms muscular, his grin confident, arrogant. He had short dark hair and a jawline that was sharp and symmetrical. Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, this was no software engineer or physicist. This was one of those manly men that they use for memes on Pinterest and for beer commercials and underwear ads. He was abs and ass, muscles and machismo, and like any other female, I had an immediate reaction to all that testosterone. My heart started to race and my body started to tense and tighten, and grow warm in places that normally only got hot and wet in the privacy of my own apartment. I wanted to fan myself as I stared at him, blinking through the veil of mascara and fake lashes. It was like my vagina stood up and sang. Him. He would be the one. The man to take my virginity and make it a memory. He wasn’t my type, but that wasn’t the point. He wouldn’t be interested in me either, but I knew enough about bar culture to know that if he was here, he was interested in going home with a girl. I could be that girl. I was delusional, of course, a fact I was forced to acknowledge immediately when I realized that despite the fact that my dress had coaxed huge cleavage from my reluctant breasts, the hottie was checking out my sister. So typical. But I couldn’t deny that blondes were more fun. At least more fun than me. I walked past him to the bar and plucked the menu off the countertop, debating how to proceed. Men. The one equation I could never solve.
About Erin McCarthy
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published. When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.
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