Also in this series: The Slow Burn
Series: Moonlight and Motor Oil #1
Published by Audible Studios on December 19, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Narrator: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
Length: 12 Hours and 23 Mins
12 hours and 22 minutes
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 through 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.
The Hookup is the first book in one of Kristen Ashley’s latest series “Moonlight and Motor Oil” I am not sure why it took me so long to take up this book but I had so many great feels while listening to this book. The Hookup is available in the Romance Audible Package which is a plus. I honestly think KA is one of my favorite authors to read and love what she has done with her books. The Hookup is very typical KA, so if you love her writing style and the way she develops her instant love, I couldn’t recommend this one enough.
The Hookup begins when our two main characters: Izzy and Johnny meet up at the local bar and end up having a casual hookup and Izzy is out of her element. She has never had casual sex like she has done with Johnny. but Johnny isn’t your typical man that Izzy is used to dealing with. There is a strong connection between Johnny and Izzy, and as these two slowly work their way figuring out how to explore what is between them, their pasts will haunt them. Johnny has a painful past and has been hurt horribly by another woman, and is having to learn to adapt and come to terms so that he can be with the woman Izzy that is capturing his heart.
There is quite a bit of goodness in this story, it is a mix of “fling” and “instant love connection” tropes that we have here. I have always enjoyed the way that Kristen Ashley writes instant love romances. They really work for me, because there is such depths of emotion from the very beginning. And if you love a HOT alpha male, Kristen Ashley does them the best. Because you see the emotion that the hero really feels and it isn’t about trying to control the heroine. So I really gravitate towards these heroes and how devoted they are. Johnny is going through a inner battle and I really admired seeing the vulnerability in him and seeing him trying to work towards being open again to love with Izzy.
Overall I found The Hookup to be a stunning display of vibrant emotion, a truly sensual love tale of redemption, loss and the journey in finding yourself. HEARTFELT IN EVERY WAY!