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Hooking Up Paperback – May 1, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Hooking Up Series

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When she is not writing, collecting gemstones and spending time with her family of dogs, children and a husband, Jessica L. Degarmo is a country music DJ and the lead singer in a classic rock band.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461141400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461141402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,351,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JJ VINE VOICE on June 18, 2011
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After suddenly getting dumped by her long time boyfriend, Caitlin decides to take her friends advice and find a "one-night stand". She gets dressed up and heads out to find the man who's going to take her mind off her now broke heart. Caitlin meets Ryan. They end up back at her house, but in the morning her one-night stand isn't going away like she thought. Will he end up with her heart or did she just make a huge mistake by picking up some stranger?

I thought this book was going to be really good, but I was dying for it to be over. Caitlin whined and changed her mind the entire book. One minute she didn't want Ryan then she did then she didn't. The cycle went on almost the entire book. She had been through some emotional issues, but one thing that really irritated me was she was scared of her grandmother and finally got the courage to tell her off, but then wanted to talk to her again. It made no sense. She wasn't the most interesting character and whined a lot.

Then there's Ryan. I thought he was going to be this great, sexy guy, but then he kind of seemed like an unwanted stalker in the beginning and then he turned into Caitlin. He was indecisive and acted pushy and considering his profession, I expect more out of him. He and Caitlin fit together. They were both childish and unsure of how they felt about each other and acted like teenagers who break up and then get back together every other day.

Wasn't one of my favorite books and paying 99 cents was almost too much. I gave it two stars because the author did try to make it interesting. Not one I'd recommend unless you want to read a boring and strange love story.
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This book was soooooo long. Not in pages but in context. Except the title, it was not great. Can one really be this self-absorbed? If you are looking for a romantic comedy, keep looking! Seriously, I didn't even snicker. The main character drove me to the point of insanity with her insecurity. I HATE WHINEY! I had to stop reading everything but the quoted parts just to make it to the end. Really. Save yourself some time, and check out a different book.
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Hooking Up is a story about Caitlin Edison and her path from heartbreak to new love which could have been interesting, unfortunately, the author choose to write about the most mundane events in Caitlin's life, sprinkled with caricatures and over the top emotions in an effort to liven up an entirely dead story. Another reviewer called this book tedious and that's a great description. The best and tightest written part of the story is the sample. Unfortunately the rest of the story is excrutiatinly boring. The female protagonist isn't endearing, but weak and whiney. The male protag, a policeman, is creepy and stalkerish. (ie. after she refuses to have a relationship with him, he starts giving her tickets from everything from speeding to improper parking).

There is no real explanation given why Caitlin falls in love with Ryan, the police officer, other than he won't stop stalking her yet why would Ryan want to be with Caitlin who tells him time and again she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. While Caitlin's moroseness is justified by her evil grandmother and her breakup, it just seems to drag on forever.

Additionally, all of the characters, even Caitlin, are wooden. Caitlin's grandmother is an indifferent society bitch. Ryan's ex wife is a vindictive society bitch. Michael, Caitlin's ex, is an indifferent bastard. There's no life to these characters. It was 99c I regret spending.
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Caitlin and her friends are out drinking when one of them suggests that she get over the breakup with her boyfriend of 10 years by hooking up with a stranger for a one night stand. She knows that it is not in her personality to have a one night stand so she just lets the idea go. But the idea is stuck in her head somewhere and one night she was feeling restless and full of courage so she decides to give it a try. But there is a problem with her one night stand man. He wants more and he doesn't seem to be going away even after she tells him that she doesn't want a romance. There relationship is not easy and they have man ups and downs. But to keep it together, they will have to learn to trust and let go of their pasts.

Review: This was a great book that kept my interest at every turn. The story of Caitlin and Ryan has it all, romance, drama, humor and it's sexy. Their story is very well written. It was an easy read that had me cheering for these two to make it thought the twists and turns of life. And did I mention that its sexy. These two are burning up the pages. I certainly have no problem recommending this book to all of you. So pick up a copy and enjoy.

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I bought this book because I was in the mood for a good romantic novel. While the story starts out strong, it meanders and eventually falls flat. The ending was a sterotypical and bitter disappointment. The main female character, Catie, is so deep in her neruosis that she comes across as psychotic. While the backstory provides substantial reasoning for her fear of abandonment, it doesn't ring quite true. Ryan, the male lead, is the gorgeous guy with trust issues. Hooking Up provides no surprises but if you're looking to pass time, this is the book for you.
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