Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review-The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan-5* and Giveaway

Title: The Hook Up
Series: Game On #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Plain Jane Books
(Sept 8, 2014)
File Size: 415  pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC from Author

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.
All's fair in love and football...Game on

New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA 
Recommended for readers 18 and older.

~ EXCERPT from THE HOOK UP, copyright 2014 Kristen Callihan ~

And all I can think of is that we are alone together. Utterly. Finally. I can't look at him then. Not directly. He is the sun, burning bright.

"Why are you here?" My voice is a wisp of sound in the small space.

So is his. "I want you."

The floor dips beneath me, his confession taking up too much air. 

Baylor seems just as shocked by his words, his eyes going wide and his lips parting. But he commits to them with a squaring of his broad shoulders. "Tell me you don't want me too, and I'll go."

My mouth opens, a denial on my lips, then he reaches for me. It's barely a touch, just the tips of his fingers on my elbow, as if he's planning to guide me back downstairs. It's the smallest of contact. Nothing really. And yet it's everything. The small contact burns, ripples outward along my skin with lightning fast intensity, and my breath hitches.

His does too. A quick glance up, and he searches my face as though seeking an affirmation. Whatever he sees must tell him that he's not alone in this because he doesn't let go.

Neither of us says another word. Blood rushes hot and thick through my veins, as the backs of his fingers skim slowly, oh so slowly, up my arm. His pulse thrums, quick and visible just beneath the golden skin of his throat. I want to lick that spot, put my mouth there and suck. I want him. I want him so badly that I'm going up in flames.

A quiet, pained sound escapes me as his knuckles drift toward my inner arm, just to the side of my breast. I'm shaking deep within myself, an increasing tremor that spreads outward, until my breath comes in choppy pants that I fight to control.

What am I doing? This is Drew Baylor. Nothing good can come of this. I need to be strong. I need to stop this. To walk away.

I twitch, leaning into his touch, wanting, needing him more.

His lips part with a sigh, as if touching me is both a relief and a source of pain. Somehow my hand settles on his hip, the bone solid beneath his skin. He tenses, a visible clench that has his biceps bunching. The next instant, my fingers steal under his shirt.

My favorite line from the book.
“‘Breathless, my head ringing, I could only gape.
I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. 
No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. 
With a helping of right-the-fuck-now 
on the side. “
OMG! Callihan has so nailed her first New Adult/Contemporary Romance. I have been writing reviews all weekend in an attempt catch up on all the books I read in August and made the mistake of picking up my copy of The Hook Up at 11 PM Saturday night  just for a little peek. I only say mistake because it was 4 AM before  I finally dragged myself off to bed. This was like eating Godiva chocolates at 4 in the morning, as sinfully  indulgent as it gets!
The timing on reading this was so appropriate as this is the opening weekend for most college football teams. And I do know how rabid college football fans can be, especially about the winning quarterback. Most of our kids, including the 9 month old grandbaby, were tailgating in Raleigh and watching the Wolfpack come back in the last 90 seconds to score a touchdown that put them ahead by one. Go Pack!
When I first realized the book was going to be told from both Anna and Drew’s POV, I was admittedly disappointed. I detest books written this way as I never ever feel that I really get lost in the story.  I generally avoid them at all cost. Everytime the “voice” changes, I’m abruptly reminded that I’m reading and I find it so jarring. I see it used more in YA books and had hoped authors of adult books would avoid this pitfall (for me).
But--- I can’t imagine this book working any other way. We get to listen to Drew castrate himself for acting and speaking like a total idiot when he first meets Anna and Anna totally having a melt down for exactly the type of guy that she would no way in hell have even give the time of day to. They are hilarious! Their bantering back and forth was one of my most favorite things about this book. And Drew-long sigh here--OMG- going to be the top book boyfriend of 2014. I’m telling you, he is the perfect guy. I so loved watching him stick his foot in his mouth (and such a gorgeous mouth it is) and recover with nary a hair out of place. Smooth doesn’t even come close.
So, treat yourself to a Godiva chocolate of a book and indulge! You’ll be so glad you did.

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