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The Hook Up

(Game On #1)

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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 he
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Published September 7th 2014 by Kristen Callihan
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 daisy up your ass stars.

Really enjoyed this one.

First off, the cover for this book is totally off-putting. This is not at all how I imagine Drew to look like.

Second off, I usually avoid NA books. Why? Well I am a 48 year old mother of a son who just started university. Don’t want to be reading about that age group. But I do dip in, now and again, especially if I see some trustworthy friends have enjoyed - J*, Alexandra, Lana, being the case here.

I know some had issues with Anna - not me. T
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Re-read: Continuing my book/life slump re-read extravaganza...
Re-read: 5/22/15

What a satisfying read! I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Anna were both great characters and I really enjoyed their story. They had a lot of chemistry and a lot of passion.

I liked Anna a lot. She was pretty level-headed and didn't act like a dumbass and do dumbass things.

And I always consider not hating or being irritated to death by the heroine to be a win.


The writing was also very good and you could real
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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The Hook Up is one of those books that has been on my TBR for FOREVER! All my friends loved it, and here I am, picking it up well over a year after it’s release. This, my friends, is a fail moment for me. I seem to be having a lot of those in the book world. Too many books and not enough time I say. My point- if you are a NA fan and are in the same boat as me, READ THIS BOOK! It was swoony, sweet, and sexy. Everything I love in a romance.

Anna Jones is a dedicated college student a
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
{BR with Alice, Dee, Sophie, and Stephanie}

"You shine so brightly, Drew. And it's beautiful to me, but I didn't know how to live under your light."

"What people see? That is only gloss. But, Anna, you light
me up. I don't have a light anymore unless you're there."

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Now this is what I call NA at its best!!
I'm asking myself why in the hell did I wait so long to read this book??!! I was told that this was similar to "The Deal". Yes, there were a cou
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

Love, when it came for me, did not creep. No, it walked up to me, bold as you please, you know, just in case I wasn't paying attention. It did, however, slap me upside my head.

If you're looking for your next NA Romance that's guaranteed to make you swoon, make you sweat, and make you smile, then you have definitely found your next read. Kristen Callihan is a new to me author, but will now be gracing my auto-buy shelf because she weaved a story that technically should have be
Elle Kennedy
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time faves. Love this hero so much!
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
"You'll see Drew. One day, love will creep up and smack you upside the head. Then you'll understand."
"Never force something, Drew. A bolt, a pass, a game, whatever. Force it and you'll lose. Patience and persistence is how you win in life. Take your time, look for the solution, and if it doesn't come to you, fall back, reassess, and try again."
I was rereading this one to prepare myself for Glamour Gray and got a little ashamed that I haven't written my review earlier beca
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Jacqueline Gallagher

I was hooked from the first chapter with this college romance. The Hook Up had the right mix of drama, sexy times and swoony moments. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a college romance because they all seemed to be very similar. But this one reminded me of why I love a well written new adult book.

The Hook Up begins with an opening scene where it seems to be ‘lust-at-first-sight’ but we quickly find out that our heroine, Anna, is a sassy girl who doesn’t
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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This story is a well done entertaining read. I have read this plot of the hot quarterback falling for the non-Barbie type of girl with issues many times over. However, the author brings her own flare and incorporates great banter and hot sex scenes to the tale.

When Anna is hit on in her college classroom by the star quaterback of the school's football team she tries to resist. Finally she caves to Drew's charms and attempts to keep him in a hook up category.

"If she thinks she c
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it

Anna Jones and Drew Baylor meet in history of philosophy class. She has no interest in football; he's the star quarterback. And despite their attraction to each other, Anna uses their differences to keep them apart. Until the hook up.

Drew is a god. Anna is a late-bloomer. Ignored during her high school years, she still carries baggage with her despite developing from ugly duckling to (almost) swan. Still curvy, she's no longer the awkward chubster with frizzy red hair and braces.

I'm not a fan
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
This is a new low for me...


The second our gazes connect, hot tingles zap through me, making my breath catch and my nipples harden. The sensation is so unnerving that I can only sit there, my hand fluttering to my chest where my heart struggles to break free(...) Stranger still, it feels as if I know him, have known him for years.

“Anna Jones.” Just her name. That was all she’d said. It was like a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head sna
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5--It Was Never Just a Hook Up--Stars!!

This book! Gah! It made me feel so much! Butterflies, angst, fear, love, hope, pain! I loved every minute of Anna and Drew's love story. The good, the bad and the ugly!!!


The girl who holds on to the insecurities of her past...


The larger than life football star...

A love story that starts as a hook-up because the girl can't ever imagine that the boy would choose her.

"I don’t just see Drew. I see the star too. And I’m just Anna. I don’t

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT----just ignore the cover! It's NOTHING like how the hero is!

I have a tumultuous relationship with NA. I was about to avoid it completely with it's overdone tropes and over-the-top drama. But then I read this book and it changed my perspective completely because sometimes...sometimes you read something so wonderful it reaffirms your faith in an otherwise tired sub genre.
I won't explain what this book is about, just read the synopsis. But I will get into why I loved thi

Title:The Hook Up
Series:Game On #1
Author:Kristen Callihan
Release date:September 8, 2014
Rating:4.5 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

This is not a debut author, but she's new to me. Although she's written several books, they are in the historical/paranormal/steampunk genres and I don't dabble much in those. This is her first attempt at New Adult and I have to say, I was completely impressed with this book. The writing was fantastic. It was emotional, it was funny, it wa
Sophie's Reading Corner
4.5 Battle Butt Baylor stars

"You've destroyed me, Anna Jones."

Anna is a regular girl who doesn't know what she wants to do in her life. She is in college now, trying to stay as unnoticed as possible, but this seems impossible, especially when the quarterback from the football team, Drew Baylor, sets his eyes on her.

Drew may be a local star, but he's not the guy everyone thinks he is. How is he going to make Anna see that, when she's so stubborn and wants nothing from him? Especial
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG Why the hell I wait to read this book? IT.WAS.AMAZING!!!! Ahhhh I'm so in love with Drew. :) Drew & Anna were so sweet and funny together. But also their chemistry was so freaking hot too. :) I laughed, I cried. My God, this book was pure perfection. ;)

And please do not waste any more minutes and go start this book asap! You won't regret this, trust me!!! xoxo

Ps. I'm definetly gonna read the other books very soon. :-D

You're so beautiful to me," he says against my mouth.
I pull back to look
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5 Blow me Away Stars*****

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Wow just wow, I read a lot of erotica and to be honest its not always out of choice but you know I kind of end up falling into those reads which I love but recently I was in the need to a NA college romance/Sports Romance I mean this is one of my go to reads when I want to go back to college to remember KWIM?? I'm a 34 wife/mum so its not something I read all the time just occasionally saying that, please don't judge this book by its cover which I kind of of did a f
Yeasmin Alo
“Some people never understand the gift they have.
And some people wait a lifetime to have someone to love.”

So out of blue, I chose this book
The Blurb,
1.It is super catchy
2. It sounded like The Score?
So I was missing Dean Di Laurentis and in the name of Dean Di Laurentis I picked up this book real quick 🥳.

And After reading it tho
I dare not to say I found
Drew "Battle" Baylor(H) is more like
Garrett Graham and I somehow ended up liking it more than The Score solely because I liked Ann
✰♊ Angie ♊✰
I am going all in on this one...


***** 5 Seductive Lip Bites *****

Because this book gave me ALL. THE. FEELS. All of them.









I know, I know... C'mon, Angie... get your shit together!


When a book can run me from one end of the emotional scale to the other and actually make me feel the characters emotions, well... it's a 5 star read for me. Stellar writing with great attention to detail, well fleshed out and relatable characters, an emotional journey, and steaminess as well... I loved it! Can't
Stacey is Sassy
These bloody good NA books are making a liar out of me.

I'm pretty sure my profile on Goodreads says something along the lines of - NA are not for me. The Hook Up proved me wrong. I AM into books that suck me in, make me laugh, blush, cry and grumble, teach me something (how's that headache Sparkles?) and leaves me with a big smile on my face. New Adult books seem to have turned a corner. We are not bombarded with chicks who lose their mental capacity because they want a certain blokes attention.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly sweet, perfectly sexy and perfectly addictive! Drew Baylor is the star quarterback on a winning football team. I am from the South where footballs king, so I totally understood the allure of Drew. The star football player on a winning football team is everything here, and Battle Baylor is everything there too.

Naturally Anna assumes Drew is just like every other jock, perhaps even worse since he is the star quarterback. Anna decides her and Drew can hook up, but she won’t offer him any
4.5 Stars (Re-Read 6/29/2018)

4 Stars (Originally Read 9/14/2014)

Overall Opinion: This was another book that I had just left a star rating and not an actual review for, so I decided to give it a re-read. I don't remember it being so deep! We get into these characters on a deeper level then I'm used to with college athlete books. I think that was a good surprise! I love their dialogue. I also love how deeply they cared for and knew each other. I'm increasing my rating from 4 stars to 4.5, because
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4.5 STARS ♥♥♥

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“Why won't you let me kiss you, Anna? Why, Anna?"

"It's too much," I rasp.

"Not when I want everything." He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. "And I want everything with you, Anna.”

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This was another New Adult winner for me. I really enjoyed this a lot!

Drew "Battle Baylor" is the star quarterback of his team. With the title, comes the unavoidable fame and atte
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4 "Big Red" stars for Baylor and Jones***

I really don't know how to start this review... I feel i'm in loss of pretty words and it's difficult for me to describe the situation that Drew and Anna caught themselves up!!
This was a very nice story that made me pass from many stages while i was reading it...

I had heard so many good words about this book and i wanted so badly to read it, but at the same time something was holding me back and then one day i decided that it was about time...

Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
Second re-read January 2021
This book has shown up twice on my newsfeed this week, so I'll take that as a sign that it's time for a re-read!

Most of this book I read with a shit-eating grin on my face, the heart-wrenching parts are just as heart-wrenching on my second re-read, and I still absolutely love every cheesy moment of this book even though I still think the first 50% of this book is better than the last 50%. Now could someone please tell me where I can find my own Drew Baylor?

First re-r
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Drew Baylor is the star quarterback for the football team who has a reputation for being a player both on and off the field. Anna Jones is a curvy girl-next-door type who has zero interest being another notch on Baylor’s bedpost. You know what that means, right?

I noticed Mrs. Joseph reading another book in this series and it peaked my interest because of . . .

Mmmmmmmm, beard. Unfortunately the porny liburry did not have that o
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
3.5 stars

Meh. Typical angsty NA . . . but not so angsty that I got fed up with it, so I count it a win.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

** 5++ "My world lives in your palm, Anna" STARS **

"You've destroyed me, Anna Jones."

Such a beautiful story...

GOD, I'm so glad I picked this one up after resisting it for so damn long. Once again, I am reminded of the stupidity of prejudice. I normally try to refrain from NA Romance, because they're mostly...well, the same sh*t with slight subject differences.

But this one was GOLDEN . Somehow I felt totally sucked into the story and had to abandon all my earthly responsi

In a world of stories with predictable plot twists, characters with haunted pasts, and unnecessary shock value thrown in for good measure, I personally have found it SO HARD to find a light read that isn’t beyond cheesy or just….well, boring.

So when one comes along with one of the most fantastic heroes I have read about, I want to scream “YES FINALLY!!!!!” from the top of my lungs.

Basic plot - Drew is Mr. Popular Star Quarterback of his college, and Anna catches his eye on their first day of cl
DNF @ 48%

I started this book with a lot of hope. No one I know have rated this book lower than 4 stars! I needed some contemporary romance so enter The Hook Up.

I was not hooked up at all.

I just didn't like the characters. Drew is so obsessed with Anna, it's ridiculous. For the first 20 or so pages he did nothing but describe how perfect she was and how hard she got him all the time even when she openly ignored him.

He was like a brainless dude who could only function with his junk.

And Anna, damn
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