Review: The Hook Up (Game On, #1) by Kristen Callihan


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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher: Kristen Callihan

Available Formats: eBook, Paperback

Available At: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc.

Release Date: September 7, 2014


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 heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest hook up of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more hook ups, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA – Recommended for readers 17 and older.


I just read “The Hook Up” for the second time and loved it even more than the first time I read it! Kristen Callihan’s writing style was fantastic and I loved the storyline and characters she created. I am a huge sports fan, especially of football, so I could really appreciate this story. “The Hook Up” had the perfect balance of romance, humor and sarcasm, drama, and football, and I thought Kristen Callihan did an excellent job with all of it.

Anna and Drew were absolutely amazing, and I loved, loved, loved their personalities and chemistry together. I instantly fell in love with them and immensely enjoyed reading their story. I loved how their relationship progressed throughout the book, although there were times when I occasionally wanted to strangle one or both of them. Despite that, they were both mature for their age and were easy to relate to. I absolutely loved that Anna and Drew’s story was told from both of their POV. It was very interesting to read from both of their perspectives, and it gave the book so much more depth and meaning. I honestly wish I had my own Drew Baylor. He was pretty much perfect in my opinion, and I loved his relationship with Anna and how well he treated her most of the time. Anna and Drew’s banter with each other was also very entertaining, and I loved every interaction they had with one another.

I enjoyed many of the secondary characters as well, and will be looking forward to reading their stories in upcoming books in the Game On series. Anna and Drew encountered many ups and downs in this book, but I enjoyed reading and experiencing every single minute of it with them, and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Kristen Callihan is definitely one of my favorite authors, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Gray Grayson in “The Friend Zone!” 


FIVE “Battle Baylor” Stars!

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~About the Author~

Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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