Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting

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 interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

 

Pet’s $0.02

I was so disappointed…that Amie picked that tool Armstrong when she had a shot with Lex!

What was she thinking? Lex is hot, he’s rich, he’s totally into Amie and most importantly he’s not a putz!

I knew I didn’t like Armstrong when he was introduced in Shacking Up…this story will made me want to twist his nuts off.

But mistakes in judgment can be fixed…don’t panic!

The way Amie reacts to the disaster of a wedding was perfect. I think Helena did a fantastic job of capturing the hysteria of that scene. I would have liked to see a little more bloodshed from Armstrong, but I thought Lexington handled it like a total gentleman. What a way to show the difference between the two men. I did want Amie to be more in your face to Armstrong with her and Lex’s relationship, but that school of piranha’s they socialized with made that pretty much impossible.

Lex is not perfect but he has a style and panache that Armstrong can’t touch. I can’t believe that Amie allowed Armstrong’s opinion of Lex to scare her off.

I just wanted to shake her and scream NO!! Wait for Lex!

But it can’t all be laid at Armstrong’s feet.  Lex has made his own mistakes. First and foremost was walking away from the challenge thrown down by Armstrong when he first met Amie. So much heartbreak could have been avoided if he’d just gone for it then. But, he also bought into the whole competition thing with Armstrong so saying he was a “good” guy is a bit of a stretch. I liked that he was definitely a work in progress and recognized he had done some shitty things in his past. It makes the man he is and has become with Amie so much better.

This book was not the rom com I expected. Shacking Up was kind of funny and sweet and I went into this one expecting more of the same. Instead I got a nice blend of humor and drama, which was so much better and fit the story.

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