Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.
I really wanted to like this book but honestly it was a struggle for me to get through. I’ve read some of Hunting’s other novels and trust me when I say that no one is as surprised as me that this book just didn’t work for me. I did not read the first book in the series and part of me wonders if that would have changed my thoughts on this one. Hooking Up definitely works as a stand-alone but I think it would have helped me connect with the characters more had I had more of the back story.
Right away I felt like there were way to many coincidences in this story. Magically the two main characters are thrown together multiple times. Some of these times were really organic and worked for the characters. While other times were just too farfetched for me. I also felt that the timeline of this story was way too rushed. Some books a quicker timeline can work out really well but for this one I just can’t find the justification.
Hunting had some great characters but I found that they were very surface level. I think that Hunting could have dove deeper into the characters and maybe found more reasoning for their actions. I didn’t feel an emotional connection to the characters and for me that’s a necessity. What it all comes down to for me is the fact that this story just didn’t feel realistic enough.