BOOK REVIEW: The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan

Posted March 21, 2019 by wildandw in ARC Review, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

A hot new brother’s best friend standalone romance from New York Times best selling author Kendall Ryan is live available everywhere.


About The Hookup Handbook

My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office. Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work.

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My Rating: 4 stars

The Hookup Handbook is a sexy, fun contemporary romance that I *may* have finished in one sitting!

You get angst, chemistry, sprinkles or humor, and characters worth swooning over! Told in the dual POVs of our main characters, Case and Sienna, this book flows in the easy manner that readers have come to know from Kendall.

The Hookup Handbook is the second book in the Escort, Inc. series — a series of standalones. Readers met Case in the first book, Boyfriend for Hire. Case comes off a bit…rough…at the beginning of this book. I know from reading the first book that he really is a good guy, though. He runs his own successful male escort business where he is one of the busiest escorts. In addition, he is thirty days away from a deadline for the book he is supposed to be writing about sex and intimacy, but he is on the struggle bus with that. As the story progresses, and with the help of the heroine, you get to see the good in Case reemerge.

Sienna is the awkward, slightly nerdy little sister of Case’s best buddy, Ryder, and she is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She is helping around the office of the escort service for the summer, and she and Case don’t exactly hit it off well to begin.

I wouldn’t call this an angsty story, but there is definitely angst present which lends to a bit of a slow burn. You get that touch of forbidden romance with Sienna being Case’s best friend’s younger sibling, but I think that only adds to the chemistry. By the way, the chemistry is off the charts, and the tension and banter is so great! Case and Sienna end up helping each other in more ways than they realize. Case is more thoughtful than you’d expect, but it helps Sienna gain some confidence that she is lacking. And Sienna helps give Case a bit of perspective on his life. I just love these two together!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, as I do every Kendall Ryan book! It’s such a good combination of steamy and sweet! I do wish it was a little longer, because I would have loved to see more of Case and Sienna as “Case and Sienna.”

*Thanks to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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