Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting

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Series: Shacking Up
by Helena Hunting
My Rating: ⭐⭐

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.


How is this the book after Shacking Up? I wanted this book to give me the same feels and laughter that I had when reading Shacking Up. Sadly, that was not the case here. I also think I’m the only one of my friends who didn’t enjoy this. 

When I read the synopsis for this one, I was happy that it would be about Amalie and Lexington. I never got good vibes from Armstrong and I was seriously waiting for Amalie to get her shit together and leave him.

Can I say that Amalie is damn near the whole reason why this book just didn’t work for me? I get that she went through a terrible thing at her wedding, but this girl was whiny as hell! I was so sick of her back and forth with Lexington. She’d want him to screw her but as soon as she wanted to push him away her favorite excuse was that she was still married. EXCUSE ME?! Girl, you were still married when you let him screw you all up and down Bora Bora. 

Also, I feel like I missed the part where they fell in love. Can someone point out when that happened for me? 

Moving on past Amalie, my other issues were the length of this book and the ongoing drama with Armstrong. I’ve said it before, why does a contemporary romance need to be this long? 440 pages? That felt like forever. Especially when we have a character like Armstrong. The drama with him was so damn dragged out that I couldn’t even roll my eyes anymore. 

Basically, I feel like I wasted my time reading this one and will act like this one doesn’t exist. The next book in the series is I Flipping Love you and it follows Amalie’s brother Peirce. Let’s hope he’s not annoying like his sister.

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