If you haven’t read the Moonlight and Motor Oil series, pick up The Hookup, and you’ll want to binge read after page 1.
When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.
Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.
Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.
Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.
He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.
Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.
And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.
But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.
And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.
That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.
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Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.
In other words, she was going to be just right.
And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.
The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.
Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.
But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him—and Addie—is for him to leave.
Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.
The best except for his brother, Toby.
Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands-off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.
Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.
Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.
Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.
Fly Girl’s Review:
I listened to this series on Audible and I binge listened. The narrators are great, but that isn’t what made me binge listen, it was the love story and how genuinely sweet Johnny is. I want one for my own. He is so thoughtful and considerate that I’m afraid he is too unrealistic, but I couldn’t help myself from loving him.
If you want a Happily Ever After with a fairytale romance, this series is for you. Johnny and Eliza start it and then Tobias and Addie just finish it off. Both girls are real and have real problems and vanity and pride issues to get over. It sounds like all my friends, so I get their stories. Johnny and Tobias make you feel like an ordinary girl can get it all. They also show us we should never settle for less than our Prince Charming in real life. If we settle, we will never be our best selves.
In Johnny and Eliza’s story, you aren’t always sure they are going to make it. She is hesitant the whole way, but Johnny is all in from the get-go. Or maybe from giving the baths salts the boot. Eliza has to work through her independence issues to see that two are better than one and people can be trusted. When they get through that, they get to deal with Eliza’s sister, Addie, and all her baggage.
The fact that Tobias falls for her and her son right away is what made me have to binge listen to Slow Burn. I needed to see how Addie was going to get there and if Tobias would leave is wandering ways behind him. This couple had more on each side to work through to get to a HEA. Somehow Kristen keeps the story of the two families engaging and honest. So even though both heroes are a bit over the top and unrealistic, the whole story still feels real.
I’m giving this a 4.5 of 5 just because I feel Prince Charming was a little unrealistic. It doesn’t make me dream for him any less.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Heroes, The ‘Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation and Honey series along with several standalone novels.
She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in thirteen languages and she’s sold nearly three million books.
On July 31, 2018, Kristen released the next in her popular series, Chaos — WILD LIKE THE WIND, Hound and Keely’s story. And following fast on its heels, LOOSE ENDS, Kristen’s first anthology will be released on October 23.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.