The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy
Series: The Jordan Brothers #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Point-of-View: First Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .
Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .
Being stuck in the same town as my lying SOB twin brother, Christian—who may or may not be the father of the son I’m not allowed to see—is a hell of a reason to drink myself silly after the lobster boat docks each day. Any port in a storm. . . . But Sophie’s different. She doesn’t play around. And she’s becoming a habit I don’t want to break. Because the smartest woman I’ve ever met is also the sexiest—and the only one who makes me want to change.
Cain was betrayed by his twin brother and girlfriend at one point. Since that time he’s been drinking his life away the minute he gets off the lobster boat he works on. He doesn’t stop until he’s good and drunk. He’s on his way to tying one on when Sophie and her sister Bella walk into the bar. He is immediately attracted to Bella but the more he talks to Sophie the more he likes her and thinks she’s way prettier than Bella. They have a one-night stand and that was supposed to be it. But Sophie gets under Cain’s skin and soon he’s finding he can’t get through the day without her.
Sophie is a nerd, plain and simple. She’s working on her master’s degree at Harvard and wouldn’t have left school if it wasn’t for her sister Bella’s wedding. She’s off for a week and then she’s back to the numbers game. Sophie is determined to get rid of her virginity. When she sees Cain she knows he’s the one that she’ll sleep with. She never imagined that she’d like the guy and want to spend more time with him. They each figure they’ll spend the week together and then go their separate ways. Things don’t always work out the way we plan, however.
This was a cute book. I liked Sophie and her nerdishness so much. She cracked me up throughout the book. Cain took a bit of time for me to like as he was an alcoholic. I realized that he’d been betrayed but instead of fighting for the son that may or not be his, he chose to drink himself to death. I can’t really respect that, ya know? (I’m also aware that there is a way to tell if the boy is Cain’s son, they just have to delve deeper into the DNA. It irritated me that it was never mentioned. but that’s just me :)) However, he did grow on me and he did try to be a better man for Sophie during the week they were together and I had to admire him for trying.
The book gets a bit darker as the story moves on and it’s not so light-hearted which was a bit strange, but it was what it was. The alcoholism became a huge issues, obviously, and I was happy with what happened at the very end of the book, even though it felt rushed. There is an HEA in the book, so don’t worry about that, it just takes some time to get there.
Overall I liked the book and will read book 2 when it comes out, despite not really liking Christian (the twin) all that much. I have to admit that McCarthy got me curious about him so there’s that.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5