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The Hook Up

(First Impressions #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty pu
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Published July 3rd 2017 by Entangled (Lovestruck)
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DJ Sakata
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Juice, goldfish crackers, and a stash of porn… It’s what’s in every man’s briefcase.

This is where I make my exit. My nephew and I are going to go do man stuff like scratching ourselves and belching and watching Batman.

He’d had a spirited grandmother once upon a time. She’d taught him to skip rocks and spit off bridges and curse like a thesaurus-wielding sailor.

Ty had behaved like the consummate professional. He’d been respectful, composed, and dignified. She might have been grate
Simply Love Book Reviews
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I have LOVED author Tawna Fenske’s First Impressions series and her latest release, The Hook Up, is quite possibly my favorite. Two people in very different places in their lives, with very different expectations about home, hearth, love and family find themselves undeniably attracted to one another in this funny, smart, sweet, and sensual story.

To say Tyler Hendrix and Ellie Sanders get off on a usual foot is putting it mildly, and they’d both so totally be snickering about my “get off
J Kiwibooknerd
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Netgalley...:)

Boy oh boy did I love this book. I have not read a book by this author for a while and I forgot how much I adore her writing. She has a sense of humor that is so wickedly funny that it literally leaves you gasping for breath and you laugh your butt off.

I have not (ashamedly) read the previous 2 books in this series (a fact I will rectify soon) but it was easy to follow along, since they are all stand alone reads.

This book is about Ty and Ellie
Rating 4.5/5
What a giggle out loud story this proved to be right from the start! This is one of those books where you laugh till you have tears streaming down your face - well, I did, anyway! For example, imagine a handsome hunk giving you tips on how to market 'pleasure toys' . . . . whilst he's actually thinking he's giving you tips on how to market bowling balls!! I had to read excerpts out loud to my husband Get ready for some hilarious accidental sexual innuendos, misunderstandings and laug
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever found a book series that captures your attention in the first chapter? Tawna Fenske has done it again. Reading the first chapter, I laughed so much that it was difficult to put this book down.

Each character is relatable and beyond likable. As with all her books, from the first written word, the book is fast-paced and in constant forward motion. She does not waste her readers time with a lot of backstories to catch you up to speed.

I can go on and on why her stories have not disapp
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly, missy
WARNING: Do not start this book in public. Maybe especially not while on the elliptical at the gym, where – when you get to the funny bits (and you will get to the funny bits almost immediately) – you will have no control over the wheezy snorting noises that come flying out of the mouth that refuses to cooperate on anything but an enormous goofy grin. I’m just sayin’ – if you look like I do when I’m working out, this sort of reaction may cause people to dial 911 in order to save you when really, ...more
Elizabeth Neal
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Disclaimer: If you've been reading this series, and you should, then you'll recognize the heroine of this title, Ellie. She is the sister of Jason, the hero of book two, The Hang Up.

For Ellie, a single mom of a little boy, Henry, that's struggled with health issues, she's over the wanting a fairy tale stage, and has firmly planted herself in reality. In fact, she even has a successful business and it brings pleasure to all who try it. Yes, she sells sex toys, but my previous sentence still hol
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is over the top fantastic! I really want to meet Tawna because I need to sit with her and see what makes her tick! Her sense of humor is over the top crazy and that made this book absolutely fabulous. Aside from the bowling ball scene, there were many downright crazed moments. What I loved so much was Ellie's comfort with her own body. Ty is trying to set her up with a different kind of mic that involved a bit of clothing rearrangement (another crazy moment) and she's completely at eas ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Omg their first meeting. I was laughing so hard,I am glad I was at home cos if I had been out and listening lol. Just listen and see, hilarious.

Ellie sells adults toys. Ty works in video marketing. She needs his help to build her business. They fancy each other at once. But she is a single mum, and he has some severe abandonment issues.

They were so cute together, and so meant to be. He did had his demons to overcome to make him realise that he was perfect as he was. And we all know that a hook
Heather andrews
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ty is one smart cookie, “but I just used my only condom to fix your pipe,” he said. “So, unless you have a stash, we might need to call a halt to things for now.” Ty likes to make sure he has Ellie's thoughts made out, “but you think it’s rude to shove me out of the house before I have my pants on, and you’re also not sure about the etiquette involved in hookups.” I really liked this book, I loved Ty.
Beth C.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Had any woman ever made him this dizzy, this crazy with need? Hell, no. It was all her. Only her.

When I read the first book in the First Impressions series, I'd never read a Tawna Fenske book before. I devoured it, then actively began searching out her other titles. Since then, I've read several (and have more on my Kindle), and guys, I swear I love her more and more with each new one I open.

It's simple, really. Ms. Fenske writes the books *I* want to read. Books that are funny—hilariously so—a
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG this was everything! Super sweet, silly, sexy……all the feels! Tawna has a knack for combining sweet & saucy, and oh the dialogue! The hilarious, often sexually laden, banter between Ellie and Ty is ah-mazing! Love that the characters go from strangers, to friends, to much more;) Such great character development, and love how she injects quirkiness throughout her books too! Ellie is such a strong confident lead, while Ty is more of an insecure guy who believes he’s fated to repeat mistakes ju ...more
Linda Quick
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It started as a fairly predictable romance between two characters that had no interest in a relationship, but ended up hooking up. Then the author added such depth to them with the back story and their current struggles that I just couldn't put the book down.

This novel has it all - lovable, relatable characters, and a great story. It had moments that made me smile and moments that brought a tear to my eye. If you enjoy the genre, snag this book and put it at the top of your TBR
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
We first encountered Ellie in The Hang Up as Jason's younger sister. Ellie hasn't had an easy time of things especially in her personal life, an ex who left when their son was very little and having to navigate life with a small child suffering from cancer. Ellie is a strong, independent woman taking charge of her life and forging a career for herself selling sex toys ;)

Ty is a new partner in First Impressions, tech guru and online marketing specialist. Miriam, Ellie's sister-in-law and another
Sandy S
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 3, 2017

Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks thr
Kerry Ann Morgan
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I had to laugh once I started reading THE HOOK UP. Not only because it was funny. Holey-double-entendre Batman, it was funny. But because I felt as if I knew our plucky heroine, Ellie the sex-toy selling single mom. Really. Many, many moons ago, one of my employees was a young, blonde single mom with an adorable little boy. She too had a crummy marriage and an ex who didn’t participate in said kiddo’s life.

And she too hosted ladies pleasure aid parties.

Her soiree was the first of the kind I’d be
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was such a fun, light hearted read and sexy to boot. The first chapter when Ty and Ellie meet is hilarious. It hooked me from the start. I absolutely loved these two together. When they weren’t setting the sheets and the couch on fire, they were getting into hilarious situations like the first chapter and their first sort of date. I will never forget Ty’s MacGyver like plumbing technique. Adding to the hilarity is Ellie’s six-year old son Henry. I freaking loved him and some of the thi ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
After a very unusual meet-cute, Ty and Ellie are off to a wildly entertaining start! He offers her marketing tips in exchange for her doing commercial video voice-overs. Both have very different ideas about home and family, and are if different places in life. As they spend more and more time together, they find they actually have a lot in common! Attraction to one another is undeniable so they embark on a hook-up plan.
I enjoyed the journey both of these characters took. Ty has major hang-ups ab
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5* read.
My first read by this author this is a fun single mum romance read. What I loved the most about this book was it funny side, it had me laughing out loud in some of the most peculiar places which ended up with me getting a few funny looks. I loved the lighthearted feel of the book, although it does deal with some series subjects, its mixed in with the humour side of it aswell which gave it that light feeling whilst also dealing with some major things.
Ellie and Ty are a great pair who yo
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from that very first conversation about bawling balls that cracked me up and had to read it right to the end!
Even this is the third instalment of the series it is first book ever from Tawna Fenske and I have no idea how did that happen! She jumped right on my list of writers that I have to read.
It is one very likable book with great characters and story that will make you laugh out loud right from the start... it was definitely case with me.
I totally enjoyed from the first
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellie Sanders is looking for a sexy night that doesn't only involve her Madame Butterfly merchandise in Tawna Fenske's The Hook Up. A single mother who runs her own business, Ellie knows what she wants, yet the bumps she's taken in the romance department have her wary of anything more than a casual hook up. Tyler "Ty" Hendrix seems like your typical bad boy with a heart of gold, but I love how he shows how he can be a gentleman--the good kind. From their hilarious first meeting to their happily ...more
Kim Ginsberg
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Tyler Hendrix is setting up his new office in his new video adventure. One of his business partners asks him to help give some business advice to her sister-in-law. He agrees and sets it up via email. Ellie Sanders goes to Ty's office early, which she emailed him about, but something in his words to her makes her wonder if he ever got it. Tyler thinks he talking to his first appointment and goes through ways to help her business, what he doesn't know is she sells something completely different t
Heather Nobbs
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I was smiling almost the whole book. Several parts even had me laughing. The first meeting of Ty & Ellie was just hysterical and really started the book of on a great note. It was a great start to a fabulous book. Even though Ty & Ellie had issues in there past, childhood or divorces, I didn't feel like they brought the story to a sad level. They were able to move through those issues and the end of the story was just icing on the cake. Really wonderful epilogue. Co ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tawna Fenske never takes herself too seriously and it shines through in her sweetly written, sappy tales of love and spontaneity. Her adorable characters and humorous scenarios are entertaining but they also are relayed from the heart and a person would have to be made of ice not to find the appeal in that. No, romance does not always consist of starry eyes and sad goodbyes but The Hook Up balances the good and the bad into a welcome surprise.
Pelusa Rivera
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is such a cute book! I loved Ellie and Ty. They both wanted something simple, he never wanted to have a relationship with a mother, so he tried to avoid his attraction to Ellie, but he just couldn't. Ellie had such a disastrous divorce that she never wanted a real relationship past a fling again. Things have away of changing. Henry was super cute. ...more
Liz Sergent
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Single mom Ellie is doing her best raising her son with the help of her brother who is a father figure to Henry. Ty who was in the Navy and had a rough childhood with his Father in prison, being raised by a wonderful grandmother who passed away and being placed in foster care. Ty thinks he will not be a good father figure. This book was funny, you can't but help root for these two and I loved, loved the ending sigh. ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book falls into two separate parts. We have the beginning in which videographer Ty Hendrix meets sexy Ellie Sanders. She sells sex aids and has come to visit Ty for marketing tips. However, he thinks she is his appointment to talk about making videos for a bowling ball firm. After a series of sexy innuendos as they misunderstand the other, they become friends. There are some more silly mishaps until they finally get the benefits part of their friendship going.

The book then becomes the stor
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read. I laughed, I teared up a bit...part of the makings of a good book. Ty meets Ellie when she meets with him to get some business advice, prior to using his conference room for a product party. He gets her confused with another customer which leads to some pretty fun laughs as he's talking bowling balls and she's think pleasure aids.

This story flowed nicely. Fenske has you rooting for Ty, no matter what he thinks of himself as a person. You have good character development -
Tina Hobbs Payne
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Maybe something about whether you're a squeezer or a stroker and how that might impact your overall ball handling." Part of the miscommunication when one person is talking about bowling balls and one person is talking about sexual aids. Oops! I do love the way Tawna Fenske tells a tale! I love the humor in this book as much as I love the romance. Ellie & Ty are really a great couple to get to know. The story is fun, with moments of seriousness and a bit of hotness. Overall fun -a great summer r ...more
Maddy's Reading
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, romantic-comedy
A sweet and sexy romantic comedy, Ty and Elle were a riot together. Their first meeting had me laughing so hard. And that's what set the mood for this story which was sexy and funny.
The single mom aspect was endearing and Ty was wonderful in the way he bonded with her son. It was definitely a light and fun read.
*~*~*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange of an honest review *~*~*
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