Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's GirlTitleJesse’s Girl

SeriesHundred Oaks

AuthorMiranda Kenneally

Published:  July 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?


***Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review

Ana and Celeste will put Jesse’s Girl on their 2nd shelf

Celeste: 4.5 stars Oh I loved this! Jesse’s Girl was one of those stories that was pure magic for me.  It was magic for many reasons, but mostly because of how it made me feel. I felt young and totally found myself falling in love…and that’s because Ms. Kenneally’s words transported me from page 1. Jesse and Maya’s story totally drew me in, and without even realizing it I found that I so effortlessly got absorbed and didn’t stop reading until I was done…right there, that tells me it’s a top notch book, that tells me the author has a really special gift.

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From Scratch by Rachel Goodman

From Scratch


Title: From Scratch

Author: Rachel Goodman  @MojitoMaven

Published: July 20, 2015

Publisher: Pocket Star/Gallery

Pages: 315

Genre: Adult  Contemporary  Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: A down-home, feel-good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman’s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn’t quite suit her tastes…

Thirty-year-old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner. Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago. Now a successful strategy consultant and newly engaged to a man who complements her like biscuits and gravy, she has everything she wants.

When an urgent phone call about her father’s health pulls Lillie back to Dallas, she soon learns it was a ruse to bring her home so she can run the diner she’d rather avoid and compete in the Upper Crust, an annual baking competition, with no option to withdraw. Lillie is furious and ready to run back to Chicago, but her father’s haggard appearance makes her wonder if he’s hiding something. Things go from bad to worse when Nick, her handsome ex and the only man she ever truly loved, reappears, looking as scrumptious as ever.

Lillie’s trip home forces her to question the path she’s chosen, find her place in the family she abandoned, and wonder if the life she left behind is what she wants after all.

Advance praise for From Scratch:

“Smart, sexy, and funny…Goodman piles on the Southern charm to make this story a winner.”—Publisher’s Weekly

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 06/27/2015): 4.16


  • Christina thought this book was sweet as pie. It goes on her 2nd shelf. To find out why…

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Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway): Exposed (Captive #2) by Brighton Walsh

Exposed Tour BannerA very special thanks to Jaime Arkin at Fiction Fare for letting me snag her tour banner.


The Book Hookup is thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for

Exposed by Brighton Walsh

hosted by St. Martin’s Griffin. Christina read and loved the first book in this companion series, Captive, and you can find her review of it here.



Title: Exposed

Companion Series: Captive,
Book Two

Author: Brighton Walsh ♥ @WriteAsRain_

Published: July 21, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 256

Genres: New Adult  Contemporary  Romance  Suspense/Thriller

Source: NetGalley/Publisher

Summary from Publisher: Love can be lost but never forgotten. Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it’s all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can’t run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she’s never been able to forget.

Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie’s heart. Years have gone by, but he’s never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he’d still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.

As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can’t give up the perfect life she’s been working toward…and Riley has no part in it.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 07/28/2015): 3.60


You can buy Exposed here:
Amazon (US) Amazon (CANADA) Amazon (UK)
Barnes & Noble ♥ Kobo ♥ iBooks ♥ IndieBound

  • Christina thought this title was very emotional. It goes on her TOP SHELF. To find out why and enter the giveaway…

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{review} The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward

Title: The Bourbon Kings Author: J.R. Ward Series: The Bourbon Kings Publisher: Penguin Published: July 28, 2015 Genre: new adult contemporary Synopsis: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Stacking the Shelves {92}


Welcome to Stacking The Shelves – hosted by Tynga over at Tynga’s Reviews!   Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-Books! Below is all the pretty books  our awesome haul … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway! Deceive (Estilorian #7) by Raine Thomas

Today is the release day for Deceive by Raine Thomas! We love this series and can't wait to read this new book!! Cover Artist: Mae I Design   Synopsis   When the elders imprisoned Metis, they took every precaution to protect the Estilorian plane against her evil.   It wasn’t enough.   Now she’s escaped, and no one is safe. Fueled by hatred, she wastes no time imposing … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{ARC} Review – Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


Title:  Him Authors:  Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy Published:  August 2015 They don’t play for the same team. Or do they? Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{review} Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Title: Damage Done Author: Amanda Panitch Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Published: July 21, 2015 Genre: young adult suspense Synopsis: 22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after. Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend. After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{blog tour with review & giveaway} Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

racing the sun blog tour

It's our stop on the blog tour! . RACING THE SUN by Karina Halle . Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | Paperback ISBN 9781476796444, $15 | eBook ISBN 9781476796482, $7.99 | 384 pages Learn more at S& Get Your Copy! Amazon's Kindle Store | Barnes & Noble| Blio | Books-a-Million | Google ebookstore | iBooks |Kobo . On Sale July 28th! Title: Racing the Sun Author: … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) by Denise Grover Swank

The Substitute

Title:  The Substitute Series:  The Wedding Pact Author:  Denise Grover Swank Published:  January 2015 Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean--a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her … [Continue reading & get hooked!]