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Heidi Hart

By day, I'm a domestic violence prosecutor. By night, I read romance to restore my faith in love, relationships, and humanity in general. 

Pacing problems bogged down an otherwise entertaining read

The Hook Up (Game On Book 1) - Kristen Callihan

I really liked The Game Plan (book 3 of this series) so I went back and glommed the two prior books, which I liked but not as well. This one has pacing problems. Anna and Drew share a class together, and their attraction is immediate. Soon after they meet, Anna agrees to hook up with Drew, but she's determined to keep it casual because of some self-esteem issues that weren't really fully fleshed out. Drew knows from the start that Anna's the girl for him (kind of insta-lovey, on his part), but he plays along with the casual sex because 1) he's always down for sex, and 2) he figures eventually it may grow into something more. It does, eventually, but Anna's prolonged resistance doesn't reflect well on her because it seems like she's using Drew and treating him pretty callously for a long while.

 

That early, "hook up" section of the book takes too long, and then things come to a head and they temporarily break up, and then they get back together -- but instead of ending when they get back together, the end of the book drags on, too. I think this probably would have been a full 4 or even 4.5 star read for me if the pacing weren't so uneven. The characters are mostly likeable (though it took me awhile to warm up to Anna), the plot believable, the dialogue very funny.