ARC Review: The Hookup by Kristen Ashley

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ARC Review: The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
The Hookup

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 19th 2017
Series: Moonlight and Motor Oil #1
Published by Kristen Ashley

Recommended Read!

“This story brought back all the goodness and wonder that started my love affair with all of Kristen Ashley’s work.”
~ Under the Covers

So where to start with this review which I will point out from the start, will be all about my fangirling, love, and addiction to the work of Kristen Ashley. For any of those that may have come across another review of one of her previous releases, it will come as no surprise that I love this book. For any of those that know me, you know that I cannot say enough to get you all to join me in all the wonder that being a fan and reading the works of Kristen Ashley provide.

The Hookup was an exceptional story and I will say now you can stop reading and just go and one click, there will not be any disappointment it just is not possible. This story brought back all the goodness and wonder that started my love affair with all of Kristen Ashley’s work. I thought at this point that although I knew and anticipated all her upcoming works nothing could evoke those feelings that would make it all feel brand new again. When I read Rock Chick, I immediately went and consumed all the available books In Kristen Ashley’s backlist at once and I did not take my head out of my kindle until I was done. Then came the impatience for more, the need to spread the amazement, and then what the heck I dove back in and reread and have many times since. Some may be reading this thinking ok what is the point of this and I will tell you. Many may be daunted and overwhelmed when reading the suggested reading order for Kristen Ashley’s series and seeing how many books this entails reading. For those of you who may experience that hesitation The Hookup is GREAT news! The Hookup is the opportunity for those new to Kristen Ashley to fall IN LOVE with her work. This book will allow you to see all the greatness that she pours in to her stories. The Hookup is the first in a new series Moonlight and Motor Oil. This book was like a breath of fresh air in my favorite place, so hard to explain. It was a gift, releasing now just in time for Christmas.

The Hookup starts off hot and heavy from the very beginning. It is a story of, hope, discovery, heart,love, and gosh so much darn passion/sexiness, just YUM. Johnny Gamble is just YUMMMM!! He has now become the leader of the pack in my book boyfriend arsenal and hmm Luke, Ty, Lee, etc. well they may have issue with that lol. I rarely give much detail of what occurs in a book within my review as I do not like to risk spoiling it for anyone. Everyone can read the blurb and in my opinion, should experience the book’s beauty first hand.

Ms. Ashley is a master at writing and creating a wonderful alpha male character, and strong, beautiful, funny, relatable women. Women, like you, me, your girls etc. She writes relationships we all would like to have, aspire to and hopefully some are living them right now. These relationships are not limited to romances. The friendships depicted in her works are what friendships should be, loyal, loving, real. We all deserve our own fairy tale in whichever form it may arrive.

Ladies enough of my blathering, go one click and I’m so happy for you. Get ready and enjoy the ride! The only thing I wonder is whether Ms. Ashley plans to give us the story of Addie and Toby, I really do hope so.

As always I strongly recommend that you read this book and please stop by her site for a full booklist and suggested reading order and make another selection as I guarantee they will not disappoint.



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“Izzy?” she answered.

“Hey, I’m home,” I told her.

“Okay, well…how are you?”

How was I?

Johnny’s behavior explained by the sad fact it was the anniversary of his father’s death, but still explained, and he was coming over for dinner the next night, not to mention, after not being affectionate (at all, unless you counted sitting me on the countertop, which I kind of did) after the last time we’d had sex, he made out with me at the door of my car for a good, long, happy while—I was great.

“I’m great,” I told her, opening Serengeti’s stall and moving in, lifting a hand to pat her jaw while she moved her nose to snuffle my neck and blow at my hair.

“Damn,” Deanna muttered.

My hand arrested on Serengeti and I focused on Deanna.

“What?” I asked.

“Damn,” she repeated.

“Damn what?” I asked.

“Well, just to say Johnny Gamble is Johnny Gamble.”

A specific area in my chest squeezed at the way she imparted that obvious but still confusing information.

“What’s that mean?” I asked.

“He’s Johnny Gamble of Gamble Garages. Did he tell you that?”

No he didn’t tell me that.

And suddenly I was embarrassed about something that I hadn’t liked all along.

But it was worse since Deanna knew more about a man I’d slept with than I did.

Serengeti was getting fidgety, so I used my hand on her to lead her out of her stall, and once in the corridor, she trotted out the open bay at the back, directly into her pasture.

I moved to Amaretto as I shared with Deanna, “No, he didn’t tell me that. I mean, we talked but we were also doing other things.” I let that lie. It did, weighty between us on the phone, before I went on, “I don’t know what that means.”

Even though it seemed like I did. Something seemed familiar about that.

“You haven’t lived here long enough,” she murmured while I opened Amaretto’s stall and moved in for some quick pats before I let him loose. Louder, Deanna said, “You know the gas station in town?”

Oh yes.

That was where I’d seen it.

“He owns that?”

“That and seven more of them across three counties. None in the city, just in the counties. Some of them are like mini-mart stores. All of them sell gas and do work on cars.”


That was impressive.




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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


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Amy R

Listening to this audiobook now.


Thanks for sharing

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Pilar

Darynda Jones

This sounds wonderful. I really need to jump on the Kritsen bandwagon. I’m so behind. In ALL things.

Amy R

Listening to this audiobook now.


Thanks for sharing

Darynda Jones

This sounds wonderful. I really need to jump on the Kritsen bandwagon. I’m so behind. In ALL things.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Pilar

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!