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The Hook Up by Tawna Fenske # BlogTour #Review #Giveaway #romcom

Meet the Author:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.
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About the Book:

Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries.

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks through the First Impressions door looking to take her business to the next level, he feels his carefully constructed “never-get-attached” walls crack.
As Ty and Ellie maneuver through a minefield of wardrobe malfunctions, plumbing mishaps, and the world’s most awkward accidental dirty talk, discovering they have more in common than scorching sexual attraction threatens to crumble Ty’s walls for good…
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My Review:

What a giggle out loud story this proved to be right from the start! This is one of those books where you laugh till you have tears streaming down your face – well, I did, anyway! For example, imagine a handsome hunk giving you tips on how to market ‘pleasure toys’ . . . . whilst he’s actually thinking he’s giving you tips on how to market bowling balls!! I had to read excerpts out loud to my husband Get ready for some hilarious accidental sexual innuendos, misunderstandings and laughs  from the very beginning and just keep on happening throughout this brilliant story!

The characters are well developed with sufficient angst and turmoil in their past to have a noticeable impact on their attitudes and behaviour in the present. There’s also Ellie’s son, the delightful Henry, what a sweetheart! If you’re looking for a romance with characters who aren’t looking for love but find it anyway, one where things don’t go smoothly but keep you guessing (and laughing), then look no further – you’ll hopefully love escaping into this romantic comedy as much as I did! When you’ve done that, I recommend you also seriously consider reading the first two books in this brilliant series – ‘The Fix Up‘ and ‘The Hang Up‘ as both are also great reads IMHO.

I requested and was lucky enough to receive a copy of this novel from the publishers via NetGalley. I chose to read and honestly review it.

An Excerpt to whet your appetite:

This was insanity.

A hot, shirtless man standing next to her? Hell, his abs alone were crazynuts. He looked like something out of an underwear ad.

And the fact that he’d stripped to help her out just added to the appeal.

“Okay, ladies,” Ellie said. “We’re going to start off with a few items from our Tame Me bondage line. This is a great vanilla starter kit for those testing it out or those who want to experiment just a little.”

“What’s that?” called a pretty redhead named Jane. She was the one who’d contacted Ellie in the first place about hosting the party. Most of these women were part of the same book club, though many had brought friends.

Ellie glanced down at the object Jane was pointing at. “This is bondage tape,” she explained. “It has a lot of different uses for couples looking to experiment with a little light BDSM play.”

“Like what?” someone else called.

Ellie cleared her throat and ordered herself not to get embarrassed. She’d had plenty of conversations like this and was no stranger to frank discussions about sexual aids.

But she’d never had a man in the audience before. A bare-chested, insanely attractive m—

“You can use it to restrain your partner by binding his or her wrists together,” Ellie said, avoiding Ty’s eyes. “Or you can bind him or her to a piece of furniture.”

“What about ankles?” someone called. “Would it work on ankles?”

“Absolutely,” Ellie said. “Ankle-to-wrist, ankle-to-ankle—whatever feels good.”

“Getting that tape stuck on arm hair wouldn’t make me feel good,” someone said, prompting a round of giggles from the audience.

“Yeah, my husband would never go for that,” someone else added. “He has super hairy legs.”

“That’s the beauty of bondage tape,” Ellie said. “It’s non-adhesive. It’s more of an electrostatic cling tape. You can even use it to cover someone’s eyes like a blindfold.”

The women looked dubious, so Ellie tore off a piece to demonstrate. “Here, I’ll show you how it works.” She struggled to bind her wrists together but quickly realized that wasn’t going to work.

“Want help?” Ty’s voice was deep and rich, like liquid chocolate. He stepped closer, so close her arms tingled from the heat of his body. He held out his hands, palms pressed together, wrists angled toward her. His eyes met hers and Ellie shivered.

“By all means,” he murmured. “Use me.”

Oh, sweet baby Jesus.


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Many thanks to Author’s Pal for organising the tour and providing additional materials for this post and to Entangled for providing a copy of the book for me to read!


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