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Summary

The rules: No kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all.... No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy, right?

Too bad he's committed to making her break every rule....

Football has been good to Drew. It's given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there's one problem: She's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it's up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she's truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Kristen Callihan (P)2021 Tantor

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Rollercoaster of a story

This is a really good listen with lots of twists and turns, not all of them predictable, but does have a HEA

The narration was excellent. Maxine Mitchell is particularly good as the male characters , don’t know how she does it. Teddy Hamilton as always sounds a bit dirty and a bit naughty!

Both Anna and Drew are likeable, although usual miscommunication and frustrations ensue. Have to say Iris was a really crap friend imho, so we could have done without her.

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goes in my top 5!

I am a sucker for sports romance series and I've read a lot of them and I'm telling you, this one totally deserves your time and attention, it goes in my top 5!
The story is so much deeper than your usually phisical attraction and falling in love, it touches sensible subjects in a vary mature way.
Definitely read, you will not regret!

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Well gosh…

I wasn’t expecting this when I started. I mean, sports romance… it tends to strike a certain tone with very few exceptions. I was so not ready for Drew, Mr. Total Devotion and Anna, Ms. Silently Crippled By Her Own Self Esteem. I wasn’t ready for a total overview of their relationship, including two pretty brutal arguments that, honestly, felt familiar from moments in my own marriage. I wasn’t prepared for sharp writing, poignancy, and excellently balanced steam.

Yeah, I wasn’t ready for this story. I flipping loved it. It was so well paced, well balanced and wonderfully told.

My one nitpick was that I’d liked a more even distribution of perspectives. We hear largely from Anna, and less from Drew. And since I love pov of male characters this was a shame. But it didn’t detract from the sorry! This is just me being selfish.

I hope Teddy Hamilton and Maxine Mitchell are narrating the rest of the series. Since I have no patience I’ll read the e-books of the rest of the series but will return for the audiobooks too if they narrated. Superb performance! I especially liked that Mitchell’s male voices sounded similar at times to Hamilton’s. That was cool!

Wow, so pleased with this book. Highly recommend it, definitely worth the $$ of the credit.

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  • Parsley
  • 26-08-21

Worth the wait

The Hook Up is one of my all time favorite books so I looked for it when I started getting hooked on audio books. I was surprised to see an audiobook hadn’t been made. Over a year later, I preordered it as soon as I saw it was in the works. There was no way I wasn’t going to love it with narration by Teddy Hamilton and Maxine Mitchell. Drew Baylor is the swooniest hero ever with his steadfast dedication to Anna and his desire for stability and belonging. I also found it easy to relate to Anna and her battles with insecurity and frustration in her lack of direction as she starts her last year of college. The supporting characters add a lot of life to the story and there are more books to follow, starting with Gray Grayson and his pink Fiat.

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  • DarcyLovesLiza
  • 25-08-21

Well worth the wait - all the starts!

Kristen Callihan's "Game On" series is one of my favorites and I have been waiting with bated breath for the books to come to audio. I was not disappointed with this first installment! The Hook Up has a special place in my heart because it was my first ever Kristen Callihan read. From that moment she has been on my auto-buy list of authors.

Maybe part of my enthusiasm for this audio is having waited so long, but it's honestly also just a strong, emotional story and the central couple, Drew and Anna, are wonderful characters. The way Teddy Hamilton and Maxine Mitchell bring them to life is just a joy; they are both so talented and were well-cast in the roles.

I hope the other books in the series are in production and that other talented narrators (though if Teddy and Maxine did the entire series I would be perfectly happy!) are cast to bring Gray and Ivy, then Dex and Fi, and finally, Finn and Chess to our ear holes. I can't wait!

I highly recommend this one for anyone who enjoys a college sports romance with appealing central and supporting characters.

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  • Michelle Wesley
  • 27-11-21

Perfect friends to lovers

A great love story with fear, joy and struggle. keeps getting better til the end.

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  • venicelivin
  • 01-10-21

These narrators were all wrong!

The Hook Up is one of my favorite books ever, but these narrators did such a disservice to it.

Maxine Mitchell sounds like she’s in her late 30’s/early 40’s and doesn’t convince as a 21 year old Anna. She also reads the book in a flat tone, rather than acting it out, thus her chapters just obscured all the sparkle from the book. Brooke Bloomingdale would have been perfect as Anna in both believability and the magic that is her acting prowess.

Teddy Hamilton is great for Rom Coms but his fake surfer boy accent made a mockery of the complexity of Drew’s character.

I wish I had never listened to this so these narrator’s voices didn’t muddle my experience of this book.

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  • MK
  • 29-08-21

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It started out okay but soon turned into a very long story about nothing.. There were some heartwarming moments but honestly I feel it’s not worth the credit. I did not enjoy the useless dialogue and ridiculous drama that never made sense. The narrators were good but they didn’t make the story better.

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  • Tammielynn
  • 09-06-22

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loved this book. narrators we're perfect! exciting ... steamy...and can't wait to read the 2nd book 8n the series.

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  • BMK
  • 30-04-22

Just not for me

I loved the book and was very excited to get it as an audiobook. It’s probably unfair,but I really really don’t like the voice of Maxine Mitchell as Anna. Maxine is a good narrator, but her voice is too adult, cool and sophisticated to be believable as 20 year old insecure Anna.
I have tried several times, but I can’t get used to her and really don’t like the audiobook.

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  • Brittney Jason
  • 25-04-22

It was ok

The book started off really good but around chapter 17 it started to drag for me and honestly I got really bored 🤷🏾‍♀️

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  • Michelle
  • 07-04-22

Maxine Mitchell= best narrator

This book was good. I’d probably listen to it again. Characters had depth. Love me a happily ever after

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  • Kayla Sanon
  • 28-02-22

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Teddy Hamilton can do no wrong with his voice acting and the female actor was perfectly paired with him! This duo needs to continue