The First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo ~ Live & Review!

The First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo ~ Live & Review!The First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo
Series: Breakup Bash, #1
Published by Entangled Brazen on November 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Someone once told me that there are worst things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I'm leaving town.

But, I can't deny that my love life kind of sucks.

That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might just be disillusioned enough to actually enjoy it. Last time we were here, it was for my bachelorette party. That night, I met one of the dancers – Raphael – and when he flirted with me, I almost forgot I was engaged. And there's a part of me that never forgot him.

Now, it seems my friends have wandered off and I’m thinking about calling it a night. Until the music begins and I see Raphael, my secret fantasy, on stage. And this time, I’m definitely not engaged...



The First Rule of Hook-Ups was my first read by Nina Crespo and I honestly enjoyed it. I mean, it’s got a Magic Mike feel to it with a smart stripper who is successful and knows how to care for a woman. So yeah, I’m going to gobble that up.

Here’s what I’m going to start off with. This story is told in 3rd person and I have to be honest, the story has to really blow me away in order for me to get past that. I think there are only a handful of authors that I will continue to read their stories written in that POV style. It’s a personal preference and something in the story has to stand out or connect to me in order for me to really get past it. Fair or not fair, it’s the truth. So with that all being said, I found myself wanting to get back to The First Rule of Hook-Ups as soon as possible after anytime I had to put it down to do something else.

Alexa just went through being left at the alter and let’s just say that it’s left her a bit jaded. When her friends convince her to enjoy herself and just hookup, she’s not really feeling it. Until she seems him again. Rafe. The man at her bachelorette party that had her thinking about him way more than she should be. The man she still thought about when it came to that night. Now that she’s single, who’s to say they can’t have a little bit of fun.

Rafe can’t believe he’s seeing Alexa again. He’s never forgotten about her but she’s off limits. She’s married, right? So imagine his surprise when he finds out she isn’t. He tried to push her away but it didn’t work. He’s drawn to her. He has also been hurt in the past so they make a deal. Strictly a hook up. No feelings involved. Yeah, right. That never works out.

The closer Rafe and Alexa get, the more they realize that they can’t live without each other. Things seems to be moving quickly and they didn’t even realize it. People keep trying to get in their way so when they finally discover how much they mean to each other, they have to fight for it.

Overall, I had a good time with this book. I’m glad that I kept going and didn’t let the 3rd person POV distract me because I did become invested and I wanted to know if they get their HEA. I look forward to reading more books from Crespo in the future.


About Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Let Nina’s sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales satisfy your own craving for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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