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The First Rule of Hook-Ups

(Breakup Bash #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Someone once told me that there are worst things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I'm leaving town.

But, I can't deny that my love life kind of sucks.

That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might
ebook, 220 pages
Published November 12th 2018 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Brazen)
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nina Crespo Fans, Brazen, Romance
4 More Than What Others Think Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Oh, it is always so easy to classify people. And the joke is this practice of putting others in little classifications is exactly what we don't want others to do to us... Like We are the Exception...So of course, the life lesson goes back to the tried and true...

Do unto others as you wish to have done to you...
Should be easy...
But in reality, it can be so hard not to fall into the traps our past have given us and it takes us stepping back, f
Naima Simone
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Nina Crespo is one of my go-to authors when I want something sultry, emotion-packed and just plain romantic. She didn't fail me with The First Rule of Hook-Ups. It's like Magic Mike meets Pretty in Pink. Doesn't get much better than that! ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This book was easy breazy. The narrator kept it smooth and even paced fir this story of life after a breakup.
Alexa and her two girl friends hit the club after their relationship ended and Alexa made a connection with Rafe, the club owner. They embark on a friends with benefits arrangements and you know how that goes when the sex is great and consistent. Both Alexa and Rafe are good and hardworking people and I was rooting for them personally and professionally.

I enjoyed it. If you want a fast an
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
Short, sexy, and a nice amount of drama. This was a fun read, I liked the main characters Rafe and Alexa and the story moved at a good pace. Both protagonists have been through terrible relationships and aren't looking for anything serious. They have an immediate attraction and decide to just keep their relationship casual. Of course they click and develop feelings and have to work out what they truly want. The sex scenes were plentiful and hot and the drama was well done and not too much. Fun a ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, entangled
Easy going, quick romantic read. The challenges of love and lost are always present. Alexa and Rafe meet for some fun with no relationship ties. Yeah well we all know that is not going to happen in a HEA story. Likable characters with smooth story line. Smooth writing by Nina Crespo hope to visit her work again. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are honest and my personal views." ...more
Tiffany Ehrob
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first rule of hook-ups has a great mixture of drama and romance throughout the whole book the keep me from wanting to put this book down. I enjoyed both Raphael and Alexa back story and I enjoyed the relationship so much.They had so much chemistry from the very beginning that she didn't have with Brad. While I did enjoy the sex scenes throughout the book I felt like it was more then that for these characters. I felt like they truly had this epic love story and as much as they tried to deni i ...more
Crystal Pinson
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars but I really have no reasons to give it less than 5. It is funny that I picked this book up the day after having a discussion with my readers group about books where sex happens on every other page. This book is definitely all about the sex for 1/2 -2/3 of the book and it was beginning to wear on me when it finally switched over to a relationship. However, that worked for this book - just read the title! The two main characters start off in a no-strings-attached relationship because it ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Confession time...The cover for Nina Crespo’s The First Rule of Hook-Ups had me doing a double-take. Yes. It's that nice. The blurb had me wanting to read the book. Seriously the cover is perfect for the story.

I love the story setup. Alexandra “Alexa” Cayne meets Raphael “Rafe” Dumond aka Raphael the Dream Maker, doing her bachelorette party at Club Escapade. After losing a bet, Rafe is fulfilling his end of the deal by getting back on stage as a member of the Hot Body Hunks. After his performan
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the blurb for this book. I liked the storyline. I didn't even mind what seemed to be a lot of sex. What I really didn't like was Alexa. Where was her backbone? Why did she keep second guessing herself and those around her? She works in her dad's company and her communication skills are just ugh! Seriously?
I listened to this on audible. I might listen to the next 2 books just to see what her 2 best friends are up to in their love lives.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great story this was! I loved these two together and the story line is the best. Nina is such a great writer and what you get compacted into this short period with Rafe and Alexa is phenomenal! The plot, the story, the characters- there wasn't one thing that could have been better.
The steam factor is off the charts and Nina does these scenes oh so well! You can't ask for more with this book! This is a must read. Yum!

arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review.
An ex-stripper with a heart of gold for our male lead? Yes please! I really liked Raph and Alexa's story. This book has been sitting in my kindle for some time. I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it!

Raph is sexy and hot, without being the typical manwhore. He's been hurt before, so he keeps his heart and emotions close. Alexa was left at the altar 6 months ago, but she's finally starting to open up again. Raph is the perfect man to help her get there! They are so right for each oth
Mari's Struggle is Real
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What was supposed to be the happiest day of her life turns out to be the worst, and the most humiliating when Alexa’s groom to be runs off with his side chick. Months later she is doing better but the betrayal did leave a sting. So what’s a girl to do but go out with her friends to get her drink on and she sees Rafe. Rafe was the dancer that she met on the day of her bachelorette party. He intrigues her but she was going to get married so she did not let it go past a kiss. Now she has nothing st ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I have to say this book had me laughing so hard at points. I mean Alexa and her friends were a hoot! Poor Alexa was left at the altar and she is devastated but decides to move on by leaving town and getting a new job. Her love life sucks and she is ready to move on because no man in town is good enough for her.

So her friends decide they should have one last good time before she goes. So they decide they are going to go to Club Escapade's break up bash and have one hell of a night. But when they
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-love, netgalley
Not only did I love my first ever Nina Crespo book, she set up the Breakup Bash series so well that I can't wait to read the next books and find out what was going on with Alexa's friends - Nat and Corinne. Alexa and Rafe's story was so sexy and sweet. I really enjoyed that while their connection was largely based on sexual attraction in the beginning, they were able to delve deeper and to see each other for who they were and appreciate each other in a way that they both really needed. Their rel ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nina Crespo’s The First Rule of Hook Ups is an entertaining story of Alexa, a woman who was left at the altar and her rebound fling with Rafe, a club owner and former club dancer. Alexa’s got a new job and a new plan lined up, so what’s the harm
in having a little fun?

Easy to read, fun story with characters that are like able and easy to relate too. Would definitely read more of Nina Creapo’s books.
Zoe Forward
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars-
Every Nina Crespo book is an easy and enjoyable read. This one is no exception. Alexa, our jilted bride in recovery, and Rafe, retired male dancer now business owner, have an insta lust connection. They hook-up for what they agree is to be sex without the relationship (the hook-up isn't once but...repeatedly over a few weeks). Sure, we all know it's going to end up complicated and you'd think the characters would have too. Not a novel plot, but that was my only gripe (we know what to e
Amber Todd
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first rule of Hook-ups had the perfect mix of romance and emotional drama that kept me from being able to put it down. Both Raphael and Alexa had gripping back stories and their chemistry together was off the charts! This book took me back to the early stages of falling in love with someone. While the sex scenes were steamy and passionate, it was more than just physical between them even if they both wanted to denie it.
Brandi Duncan
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasnt sure I would like this book at first because it just jumped right into the story without getting to truly know the characters separately but I think that added to it. I loved this book. You have a woman who's recovering from an unexpected break up and I guy who might have started out in a career that most put down but he made more of his life and owned who he was. It was easy to love both Alexa and Rafe. The book was a definite winner in my eyes. I'll definitely be looking for the author ...more
Tracie R
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
My first read by this author, The First Rule of Hook-Ups is an engaging read with wonderful characters and sizzle that is sure to fog the glasses. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to exploring more by this author
Heather andrews
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where Rafe is concerned Alexa can be an impatient woman, “I don’t care.” She kissed and nipped his bare shoulder and tugged at the knot in his workout shorts and pulled at the waistband. “Off… take it off.” I liked this book, I liked how Rafe and Alexa meshed well together.
Kim Vanravenswaay
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, The First Rule of Hook-ups, left me hot and bothered quite a bit. Sometimes just bothered. Men can be dense sometimes. I felt bad for Alexa, she seems to have bad luck with men. Good thing Rafe is HOT, if not I'm not sure Alexa should have forgiven him. ...more
Heather C
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, nov-2018
~ 3.5 Stars ~

The First Rule of Hook-Ups was my first read by Nina Crespo and I honestly enjoyed it. I mean, it's got a Magic Mike feel to it with a smart stripper who is successful and knows how to care for a woman. So yeah, I'm going to gobble that up. 

Here's what I'm going to start off with. This story is told in 3rd person and I have to be honest, the story has to really blow me away in order for me to get past that. I think there are only a handful of authors that I will continue to read th
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd
Alexa has a lot of change going on in her life. Her fiancée leaves her at the alter. She gets a new job and is planning a move across the country. Before her move she goes to the Breakup Bash with her friends. While she's at the club, she sees Raphael again. He's a former male dancer who owns the club. There's an instant attraction. The two of them start a casual relationship that turns into something more.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is what I wanted Magic Mike to be: a fun, sexy story of a girl who’s been done wrong by men getting lucky with a stripper who turns out to have a heart of gold. Alexa was left at the altar and now, six months later, she shows up with some friends at the strip club where she had her bachelorette party, ready to be distracted from her problems for a night. Turns out the man who danced for her months ago that she never quite managed to forget about has moved up from the stage—Rafe is now ...more
Debora Jiles
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok this was a great story as usual. But what made me keep reading this story was the beginning of the story. How in the heck was it not apparent to any woman that her man is cheating. First sign.. he was not having sex with you any more... second he was always needing to do something at work and being late... Hum!! Something not right.. Anyway!! Alexandra Cayne was getting married to Bradley Holloway and he stood her up at the Wedding. They didn’t even make it down the isle. Her and her girlfrie ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagining you made the right decision by saying yes to get married and then everything changes. What you thought was the best choice turns out it wasn’t when you meet the one that gives your life a little more air in your lungs. Meeting Raphael will change everything and make you realize everything will be alright. A hook-up that would definitely keep your attention and make you hunger for more.
Cee Cee Houston
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Hook-Up stars.

The First Rule Of Hook-Ups was the first book I’ve read by author Nina Crespo. It’s the first in the new ‘Break-Up Bash’ series. It’s told in 3rd POV, which isn’t my favorite but I managed to ignore it and enjoy the story.
Alexa first met Rafe during her bachelorette party at the club he co-owns with his friend Shannon. The former stripper had to step in at the last minute and dance that night. He and Alexa made a connection even though they only kissed.
Six months later, Alexa i
Stacy J.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and sexy book this was. Even if it started out where the female lead was a little bit in the dumps.

I felt I could really relate in some ways to Alexa. She was left at the alter and even though she was a strong and independent woman, she didn't want to be anywhere near her ex when he returned to work. So she took another job and decided to try out a new location. She loved her family and her friends and for the most part was an upbeat person. She wasn't totally on board going to the Br
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alexa is a woman done wrong, she was dumped by her fiance mere minutes before they were supposed to say "I do," and now she is doing all she can to move on and ease the sting in her heart. Her friends decide what she needs is a night on the town, so they hit up a club, with the intention of having a few drinks, doing a little dancing, and take in the male entertainment. Their hoping it will help Alexa get her groove back... and she does alright, with a sexy dancer named Raph!

The First Rule of Ho
Tina Hobbs Payne
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
"His imagination had filled in the rest. Flawless brown skin. Beautiful dark eyes. Lush, plum colored lips he still craved after just one kiss. Damn..." Rafe, aka Raphael the Dream Maker, was definitely fantasizing about the woman in front of him. The one who, just months ago, was in the club celebrating her impending wedding. Why was she at something called The Break Up Bash?

Alexa had thought about the hot dancer from her bachelorette party more than once. And now, here she was, back at the sam
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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions -- the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Let Nina's sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales satisfy your ...more

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