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Hooking Up

(Shacking Up #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,824 ratings  ·  1,231 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 444 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Swerve
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Helena Hunting
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

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Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!


Hooking Up is one of those books that kept a smile on my face. I loved Lexington and Amie! Their story wasn’t all laughs, though. It had parts that were emotional, and it was a bit of a forbidden love story as well.

If you’ve read Shacking Up, you know the back story of Amalie. She is Ruby’s best friend. Lexington is Bane’s older brother. The book starts out at Amie’s wedding… and she’s not marrying Lex. This wedding… gah! It made me mortified for poor Amie. Armstrong is the biggest
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳Forbidden and sexily delicious. That’s what Helena Hunting has to provide in this compelling and forbidden love story…

➳After reading Shacking Up , it was no news that Amelie would be getting her own story. At first, it indeed was a mystery who would become her one true love. It was also known from the start that it would not have been Armstrong out of all people since his actions definitely provided an insight to the true person he is and how much of a hatred I have towards him. After re
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS******
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

There’s no vengeance in this. This isn’t a game for me and it never has been. I just wanted her. I want her. She’s going to take a huge piece of me with her, a part that isn’t just fueled by lust and desire, but something bigger. A connection I’m not sure exists more than once in a lifetime.

Helena Hunting is one of those authors that I put up high on a pedestal. She’s an automatic must read for me. I have absolutely loved this series from t
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3.5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

What happens in Bora Bora doesn’t always stay in Bora Bora. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting is a hilarious romance packed with heat, a little bit of drama, and heaps and heaps of sexual tension.

A wedding is supposed to be one of the bride’s most unforgettable events, but Amalie Whitfield’s wedding is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. While she’s waiting for her husband at their reception, he’s busy getting his knob polished. To make things worse, the who
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
We first meet Amalie in the first book in this series Shacking Up and you hope to all get out that she is going to get rid of the dumb butt that she is engaged too.
She does in a way. After he gives old Brittany Whore-ton's oral skills a go. At his and Amalie's wedding.

I knew he was a big old dirt bag.

Amalie is humiliated. And she tries to jump on Mr. Hottie (It said in my email approving the ARC copy to not release the name of her hookup but I think that cat's out of the bag) He reluctantly
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦So, this is the first series by Helena Hunting that I've picked up.

➦Ok, but you don't know me! You don't know my struggles!

➦I am glad I finally got to reading these books. They are hilarious and sexy. This book will transport you to a tropical island along with the heroine, who ends up going on her honeymoon alone. It's sad. And the wedding drama that happened to her was like something out a book.

➦So what happens when, on said island, she meets a certain someone she has previously humiliated h
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
5 AMAZING stars

Such a fantastic and entertaining story.I loved every minute of Hooking Up , it was fun,sweet,super hot and the romance was incredible.The characters were fantastic.


Lexington is a swoon worthy hero, he is sexy,sweet and he likes Amie so much.Amie is one of my favorite heroines.Together they were perfect, seriously these two were so perfect for each other.They have some really hot and passionate moments together.They make me swoon all the time ,they are the cutest.

I find the story
4 What Happens in Bora Bora Stars

“I assure you, there’s nothing nice about the things I want to do to you, the ways I want to have you.”
“Oh. Well, that’s good to know.” The wide eyes and innocent stare morph into the same wild look I caught a glimpse of in her bridal suite. “Because I’m pretty sick and fucking tired of nice, polite sex.”

Recovering wild child Amarie Whitfield has a history of making questionable choices when it comes to the men she dates. Thank gawd she’s finally found a stable,
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexy
This book was unbelievably SEXY!!!

After reading the authors PUCKED series I knew she was no stranger of sexy times, but HOOKING UP was HOT!!!


Amie and and her Hook-Up heated up the sheets wherever they met.

If you haven't read SHACKING UP yet, Amalie had the misfortune of being engaged and eventually married to the wrong guy. It all came to a shocking halt during the wedding reception - and I can only say OMG!!!! And from there on it was a fantastically emotional and fun ride!

After reading
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
He’s sweaty, I’m sweaty, we’re both glistening from the exertion. I glance down, checking out his abs as they ripple. His body is unreal. He should never wear clothes again. Ever.
“Hungry?” He’s grinning.
“That was my vagina asking for more orgasms. We need to know how long it’s going to be before ‘Oh God’ can provide more of those.”

It's official: I'm obsessed with Helena Hunting's words. This series has become my go-to when I need a sexy and feel good romance that's full o
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute, hot read! I LOVED the H! He was definitely my cuppa 😉. I also thought that the overall storyline was enjoyable and while I've read similar type storylines, it didn't feel like it was the same old story. I laughed out loud, I swooned a little, and I thought it was hot...but I wanted more!! I'm greedy like that. I understood that the h was hesitant, but I really wanted to see them with a HEA that righted all her past wrongs!

Brief Summary of the Storyline:
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I posted the review for the first in this series yesterday while confessing that I read them out of order because #2 was on NetGalley and I had to beg the porny librarian to buy this one for me. The premise here is that Amalie is getting ready to marry . . . . some dude. I can’t remember his name so we’ll just call him Dick Punch since that’s what he needs. Anyway, it’s their wedding day and thanks to a pretty good church PA system, al
Wendys Wycked Words
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When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. Now this book can be read as a stand alone, but both MC's are introduced in "Shacking Up" . Since the heroine, Amalie, plays a very big part in that book, I did something I normally don't do. I stopped reading this book and started "Shaking Up" first.

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I have to be honest and say that, reading the first book, made me enjoy "Hooking Up" more.

It also made me hate Amelie's husband Armstrong, that much more !! Which is quite the a
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5 YUMMY Stars!

Hooking up is a standalone, but the characters from Shacking Up is featured in this book too. You don’t have to read Shacking Up prior to reading Hooking Up. But in all honesty, the books should be related in a series (but I’m sure the publisher will get more money this way).

Shacking Up – Ruby and Bancroft

Eye Candy (Novella) – Bane and Ruby’s Halloween gala (this was mentioned a few times in Hooking up, I will have to go back and read about this event)

Hooking Up – Amalie (Ruby’s Be
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!

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Amalie Whitfield is engaged to Armstrong Moorehead. He’s the son of the CEO of Moorehead Media, the company she works for. She works in their magazine branch and does marketing campaigns. She lives in New York & after a few bad boyfriend choices thinks she’s finally found the perfect guy. That is until she hears her new husband at her wedding reception getting it on with someone else. She’s shattered & her heart is broken. She needs to get out of town & decides to go on her honeymoon
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

“Like you’re my forever.”

I was really hoping that this book was going to be Lexington and Amalie's and I was so happy that it came to fruition! I was especially hopeful for all the angst it might have.

Unfortunately, it wasn't angsty enough for me. I know I sound like a broken record but how can you go wrong when the WHOLE wedding party hears the groom getting a blow job at his reception over the speaker system...and not from his wife? Seems like a win-win.

Then, Amalie (Amie) tries to
Sarah Toussaint
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
I've been in a serious book-slump lately. And this book didn't help at all... ...more
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’m pretty sure Hooking Up was written for me. It certainly seems that way. If I made a checklist of everything I love in a romantic comedy, this book would have every single box checked, plus a couple of write-ins. It’s a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) book that hooked me from the prologue to the epilogue. I devoured it in one day.

I rooted for Amalie every step of the way as formerly-feisty “Anarchy Amie” sheds her Stepford Wife persona and finally gets her groove back. Armstrong, her soon-to
Stacey is Sassy
Sexy Lexy takes Hooking Up to another level...

As the mother of two boys, I felt like the boys in Hooking Up missed the lecture on...Use Your Words, Not Your Hands. My boys, thank goodness, are more about rough-housing than fists flying and I'm hoping this will never change. Sure, there are lots of screaming matches and doors slammed but I'd rather that than bruises and busted lips. I'd have to say, though, that a few of those acts of aggression in Hooking Up were well deserved. Armstrong was a d
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it

I requested this book not realising it was part of a series and while it does work as a standalone I noticed a friend had started it then broken off and gone back and read the previous book Shacking Up first and I enjoyed this more for reading that first.

It’s a complete mystery what the beautiful and natural Amalie was doing with Armstrong, the fact that she married him is beyond comprehension but marry him she did and then just as it’s time for the speeches the groom can be heard getting a blow
Not having read the first book, I’m guessing that the implications of Amalie and her secret hook-up are much larger than I think, though ‘Hooking Up’ does clearly work as a standalone.

Having said that, I had the inkling that the book wasn’t for me at all—an inkling that grew like an ominous thundercloud by the time I got to the part where the shenanigans started a few minutes post-wedding.

Cheating and a tit-for-tat vibe in the story are what push the narrative along: out of spite, Armstrong sw
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I’ve only read the short novella Getting Down prior to reading Hooking Up and wow did Helena Hunting deliver and surprise me. I had to so much fun with Lexington and Amie. Their chemistry and connection was off the charts. Lex wooed and made me swoon numerous times with his loving and flirty personality. Amie could finally let herself loose and be Anarchy Amie in Lex’s company after Armstrong had held her down for too long.
There were many incredible, hot and laugh out loud moments in Hooking Up.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
In this second book in Helena Hunting’s Shacking UP series, Amily, the best friend from the previous book with the douchy fiancé, is at her wedding reception when her husband of only minutes is caught cheating in a very public and humiliating way. Amily escapes to get away from his manipulations, and winds up spending time with Lexington, brother of Bane, from the previous book. They were cute together, and this was a fun, light read. Plus, Armstrong, the soon-to-be-ex-husband was over the top r ...more
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting
Narrated by Jacob Morgan & Muffy Newtown
Romantic Comedy, Can stand alone but is related.
4.5 Stars

I have been so excited to read Hooking Up after reading Shacking Up and then the short story in the Eye Candy Anthology. I liked Amie and couldn’t stand her fiancee, so I couldn’t wait for her story! Please note: I read about 40% of the ARC, then the audiobook released and I switched to audio, that’s why this review is for both.

Amalie ha
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Released from Pretending Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Why do we pretend to be something we are not...Sometimes we don't even know we are doing it after a while. We can see a life, something we think we want and will be the "Right Choice". Then before we know it, we are locked into something we never actually wanted. Too many concessions are made, too many suppression of not listening to your inner voice telling you this is a mistake.

This is exactly what happened to Amalie Whitfield.
She had
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
4.5 “She's my sun and I'm her moon connected by an invisible thread, bound but free" stars

Oh I loved this book even more than the first one, although Bancroft is swoon worthy, Lex is oh so delicious!

This is Lex's (Bane brother)and Amalie(Ruby's bff) book. It starts with Amie's wedding with Armstrong the douchebag. He is prodcast during the reception getting a BJ from another woman. Amie is having a breakdown, her life is shattered, so in order to escape the scandal she decides to go in her honey
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Maybe it’s because I believe that no wedding ever goes off without a hitch (Lord knows mine didn’t) or maybe I just have a sick sense of humor or maybe it is both, but I love a romance where something big happens at a wedding and in the case of Hooking Up, author Helena Hunting delivers a big blow out (and yes that is a hint) that has lasting repercussions for many. Here’s the thing, I know there will be a lot of people who will rant about this book because the heroine gets involved with someone
Jenny Jo Weir
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heck yeah! Finally a romance book I could get into :-) I don't know what it was about Lexington, but his character totally did it for me. This story is definitely steamier than the ones I typically enjoy, but once again, something about this one worked for me. I totally enjoyed this read. ...more
"No was the very last thing I wanted to say to you."

I really have no idea why I didn't read this book sooner. If you haven't read it, let me tell you, that you are missing out! After reading Shacking Up I was quite interested in reading Amie's story but I somehow got caught up with other stuff and Hooking Up got left behind. Then I read I Flipping Love You (book 3 in this series) and then the novella Getting Down (book 1.5). Last got me back on track and there was no way I would push reading Hoo
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Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

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