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Review: The Hookup by Erin McCarthy

Posted May 9, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Hookup by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Rowena
The Hookup (Jordan Brothers, #1) by Erin McCarthy
Series: Jordan Brothers #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept
Publication Date: May 8th, 2018
Point-of-View: First Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 255
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four-stars

Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .

Sophie: 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. . . .

Cain:

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.

Don’t miss Bella and Christian’s story in The Breakup!

The Hookup is the first book in Erin McCarthy’s new Jordan Brothers series and it follows the first Jordan Brother, Cain.

Cain spends his days on the water at work as a lobster fisherman and his nights in the bars, getting himself super drunk so that he can forget his brother’s betrayal. He’s an alcoholic for sure but he doesn’t care because drinking makes him forget that the little boy he thought might be his son is actually his nephew because his twin brother slept with his girlfriend. It’s a betrayal that he hasn’t gotten over and I couldn’t say I didn’t understand what drove him to forget. How could you not? So when Cain is in the bar, getting his drink on, he meets Sophie and man does she help him forget.

Sophie is in town for her sister’s wedding and she’s on a mission to get rid of her virginity because it’s become a thing and she wants to get rid of it. She wasn’t waiting for Mr. Right. She just got caught up in school and learning that she never took the time to let loose and lose it. So the time is now and when the guy in the bar that her body zeroes in on accepts her invitation, she thinks she’ll just bang it out and they’ll go their separate ways but what started as a one night stand ends up being a vacation fling and then they do the inevitable and fall in love thing.

Seeing the romance between Sophie and Cain go from hookup buddies to okay, just one more time to many more times after that and not being able to walk away from each other was fun. I enjoyed seeing them together and I really liked that Sophie could be her nerdy, logic before anything else self with Cain and it was okay. Cain liked her just the way that she was and that was great. On the other hand, Sophie didn’t pry too much into Cain’s life even when he spent most of the time that they were together, drunk. So that was a bone of contention that is dealt with and I thought McCarthy did a great job of writing that part of the story into the conflict.

The whole thing with Cain’s twin brother wasn’t really dealt with in this book so I’m hoping that we get more from that in Christian’s book because I’m mighty curious about how Christian ended up betraying his twin brother. Cain is so pissed off at Christian and we see it, I need to find out what that whole deal is before I can even contemplate forgiving Christian so I’m all aboard for reading the next one.

This was a really quick read that I read in one sitting and it was a lot of fun. Sure, the hero is an alcoholic and does a lot of sloppy things over the course of the story but things work themselves out and he does right by Sophie in the end which made me happy. I was left with a whole lot of questions that I’m sure we’ll get answers to in the next book so I’m hooked.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Jordan Brothers

four-stars


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Guest Review: The Hookup by Erin McCarthy

Posted May 7, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: The Hookup by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
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
Pages: 255
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three-half-stars

Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .

Sophie:
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. . . .

Cain:
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

The Jordan Brothers

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Love Taker by Erin McCarthy

Posted February 28, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Love Taker by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Love Taker by Erin McCarthy
Series: Nashville Nights #3
Also in this series: Heart Breaker
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
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three-half-stars

The Nashville Nights series is burning up backstage in this sensual friends-to-lovers novel featuring a good-guy cop and a woman who’s been looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places.

Pretty-boy musicians are a fixture of the Nashville country scene—and Elle Hart, hairdresser to the stars, is beginning to think that they’re all total pricks. Elle’s dating choices have been a disaster, but at least she has Tucker. Though he’s easy on the eyes, no one would ever accuse Jason Michael Tucker of being a pretty boy. The humble and handsome sheriff's deputy from Elle’s hometown has always been there to comfort her—until the evening their friendship unexpectedly leads to the best sex Elle has ever had.

Tucker has been lusting after Elle since they were an item as teens, but he knows that their wild night of passion is a one-time thing. He’s an old friend, nothing more, and they’re too different to become a couple just because they’ve knocked boots. After all, she hates being back in their hometown, and he’s not so fond of the big city. But when Elle comes to Tucker with news that changes everything, he must help her come to grips with her traumatic past—or risk losing her forever.

Tucker and Elle had dated in High School.  They really liked each other but when her family moved from their small town of Starkey, Kentucky to Nashville they became just friends.  They’d remained friends although Tucker really wanted more.  He was always there for Elle but one night when she had just gotten home from a date  – one who had verbally hurt her – Tucker drove the four hours to Elle’s place to comfort her.  One thing led to another and soon they were sleeping with each other.

Tucker’s elated until Elle tells him she has a date that night. She assumed he’d want to keep their friendship tight and he’d assumed this meant a huge step in “together” direction.  He finally realizes that Elle won’t ever want him for more than friendship so he starts to date.  He likes the woman he’s dating and is thinking of taking things further when Elle shows up to tell him she’s pregnant.  Now that time has passed Elle realizes she feels more for Tucker than she thought but now Tucker isn’t sure he wants to go that route with a woman who hadn’t ever seen him for who he was.

This was a cute story.  I liked the friendship between Tuck and Elle even though it had its ups and downs.  Even though they each reacted differently to her pregnancy than I thought they would they were both happy about it. A portion of the story focused on Elle and her family and how they’d grown up in the Starkey and how that affected their lives.  I liked that bit of background that we got on her and her family.  I wish would could have gotten the same bit of in depth background on Tucker but that didn’t happen.

The end of the story seemed a bit abrupt to me.  Decisions had been made between Elle and Tucker and their future – and this was done so that they could make a clean start together.  Tucker wasn’t a Nashville kind of guy and Elle absolutely did not want to move back to Starkey.  After a particular incident, that all changed and Elle made the decision for both of them to stay in Starkey.  It seemed rushed and not so well thought out on her part – more of a highly emotional decision.  I know that it was supposed to be the big gesture from her to Tucker but it rang false to me – especially after how adamant Elle had been to stay out of Starkey.  IDK, it was sweet on one hand but on the other it just didn’t make sense to me.

The story was sweet and cute for the most part and I always enjoy a good contemporary from McCarthy.  If you’re looking for a story with not too much angst then this would be a good one to pick up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy

Posted May 16, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy
Series: Nashville Nights #1
Also in this series: Love Taker
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 17th 016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together.

As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill—and the pressure that comes with ’em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn’t handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they’re making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.

Jolene and Chance came together as a writing couple and then started a relationship.  They didn’t let one get in the way of another (or so they thought).  Eighteen months in, however, they had a huge blow up and broke up.  It’s now been 4 months and their agent is throwing them together – despite their animosity toward each other – to write the second album that they are contracted to do.  She ends up sending them about an hour away from Nashville to a secluded cabin so they can work out their differences and write their album.

They don’t spend much time together before they realize that they do need to work out their issues so that they can make the album.  They are each still attracted to the other so each knows that they’ll end up in bed together – and yes, they were right. The problem is with the couple is that they can’t seem to trust their own feelings – nor that of the other person.  Can they not only become friends, but lovers once again?

This book started out wonderfully for me and I just knew it was going to be a total keeper.  Unfortunately, neither of the main characters could get out of their own way.  The constant push and pull of the relationship drove me a bit batty and I got frustrated with both of them.

Jolene had come from nothing.  A trailer park with no money and an abusive father.  All she wanted was to go to Nashville and make a living so that she didn’t have to worry about food or money ever again.  Yes, she loved to sing and write songs but that wasn’t what it was all about.  It was about surviving.  She loved the spotlight because it kept her in the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Chance came from money and from a famous family. He was paraded around by his famous father and grandfather to show everyone how wonderful he was but they didn’t pay much attention to him other than that.  He didn’t care for the spotlight because he knew he could make it as a songwriter even without the spotlight.  The fact that Jolene always wanted to be in it drove him nuts.

When this pair finally say their I Love You’s to each other they certainly had NOT worked everything out.  It kind of came out of the blue and I wasn’t sure why it happened when it did.  They then went and ignored the issues that broke them up in the first place and were focusing on sex.  It was an odd relationship.  There was, of course, the obligatory issues that broke them apart again but that was done well imho. In the end they finally got back together but even then I didn’t think they had communicated all that well.

Don’t get me wrong, the story isn’t bad, it was just frustrating for me to read.  There were some funny parts in it as well but it really focused on the romance between the two.  I’m hoping the next book in the series isn’t quite as volatile and more on the sweet romantic side as I know how well McCarthy can do that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Final Lap by Erin McCarthy

Posted October 30, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Final Lap by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Final Lap by Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track #8
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
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four-stars

At a friend’s lavish wedding, Harley McLain and her twin sister, Charity, meet sexy stock-car driver Cooper Brickman. The more reserved Harley is immediately smitten—until he hits on her twin. But Harley has had enough of being the “nice” girl, and after trading dresses with Charity, she seduces Cooper for a night of wild sex.

What was supposed to be a one-night fling gets complicated when Cooper needs a nanny to look after his kid sister—and is convinced sweet, dependable Harley would be perfect for the job. She can’t resist the money—or Cooper’s hot bod. But when her deception is revealed, will it destroy her dependable image—or will he finally realize how sexy sweet can be?

Harley McLain has always had a crush on driver Cooper Brickman so when she meets him at a friend’s wedding she’s so excited. I mean every girl dreams of meeting their prince charming, right? Why couldn’t it happen to her? Unfortunately when Harley tells Cooper that she’s a nanny all he’s interested in telling her is about his little sister who has been living with him and how he has no idea what to do with her. He doesn’t have kids of his own so having a 12 year old around the house is confusing. Harley’s a bit disgusted when her twin sister, Charity, walks by and she sees lust in Cooper’s eyes. WTH? I mean they’re identical twins so why would he look at Harley as a mother figure and Charity as someone he’s interested in having sex with? Talk about confusing.

Charity is a bit put out with Cooper and everyone else who doesn’t see beyond her boobs. She has a brain, ya know? Charity and Harley decide to switch dresses and therefore switch identities. Harley wants to see what will happen with Cooper if she acts like Charity. Well, a lot, it turns out. Cooper has had a lot to drink but when Charity starts coming on to him he’s all in and they end up in her room spending the night together. Harley wants to tell Cooper the truth but after he falls asleep she just doesn’t know how. She doesn’t know how to tell her sister either and ends up leaving her in the dark. Not a good decision, that one.

Cut to two months later and Harley is now working as a nanny for Cooper and his sister (who’s actually 13). She finds she really likes his sister, Mary Jane, but has a hard time thinking of Cooper as her boss. She really likes him a lot and the more time they spend together the more she likes HIM and not the driver persona she’s had a crush on for a while. Cooper is sending signals that he likes her as well but when Cooper finds out about the switch he may not want her around any longer.

This was a great final book in the Fast Track series. We only get one romance, but both Harley and Charity finding their HEA’s.

Harley and Cooper were so cute together. I did have a bit of an issue with Cooper at first when he kept thinking of Harley as more maternal. Maybe she was, but she was a woman as well. The fact he could lust after Charity and not Harley confused me and we find out later in the book that it confused the hell out of him too. How can he like Harley when he slept with Charity? He shouldn’t, but he does.

When he finally comes clean to Harley about how he slept with her sister, Harley is so relieved because now she can tell him it was actually her that he slept with. Only…he then tells her how horrible of an experience it was to sleep with Charity and Harley is so embarrassed! How can she come clean about her feelings and tell him the truth when he thought sleeping with her was so awful? I wouldn’t have wanted to either!

Despite the deception they manage to work out their issues. There was another zinger right at the end of the book that I thought was a bit too overly dramatic but I got over it. 🙂

The other couple was Charity and Jeff Sterling. Though there’s not a lot of them in the book together but what was there was very sweet and I wish we could have gotten more of their interactions.

Overall a really good book. I’ve enjoyed the Fast Track series and will miss reading about all of the lively characters that we’ve come to know and love.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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