Hooker – 5 Stars

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Brooke Blaine

L.A. Liaisons (Book 2)

Release Date: March 9, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Whoever said singles were missing out by not finding true love and getting married before the age of thirty had never experienced the sheer pleasure of nightly romantic comedy viewings in their underwear while eating one of Licked’s famous Crazy Cat Lady sundaes. Because life just doesn’t get better than that.

At least, it doesn’t for Shayne Callahan. It didn’t take more than a handful of broken hearts after college to solidify that she was better at pairing up those around her than herself. As a matchmaker at the elite HLS—Hook, Line, & Sinker Matchmaking Company—in the City of Angels, she has a knack for finding the other halves of even the most eccentric clients:

Sugar daddy with a foot fetish? Gross, but no problem.

A severe case of nudophobia? Match made before lunch.

But even the most happily independent of women can find their best-laid plans screeching to a halt when they meet that guy. For Shayne, that guy comes in the form of boyishly handsome, suspender-lovin’, dimple-poppin’ Nate Ryan on a pantsless (we’ll get to that later) Metro ride.

Of course, relationships can never be easy. Before the destined lovers can ride off into the sunset, they must overcome a power-hungry and sexual-punning boss, a celebrity scandal and cover-up, and let’s not forget Shayne’s dreadful foot-in-mouth disease—with which there can never be a happily ever after.

Will fate throw Shayne a freakin’ bone? Or will she be destined to live out her life as sexy(ish), single(ish), and L.A.’s finest Hooker (upper)?


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excerpt

“Hi,” I managed to say.

Nate nodded toward my legs. “Your pants are making me hungry.”

Aaaand that was the point where I stopped breathing. Except to say, “What?”

His eyes trailed down my body and rested on my thighs. Self-conscious, I looked down, almost sighing with relief when I realized my lower half was indeed covered this time, but that feeling went away pretty fucking fast when I saw the ice cream cones on my pajama pants practically flinging themselves at him.

Yes, I’d gone out in public in pajamas, so sue me. I hadn’t counted on running into…well, anybody.

“Oh. Oh yeah, um…I like ice cream,” I mumbled. “Especially from Licked, my friend Ryleigh’s store, although I have to say, her boozy shakes are unreal, especially the Make Me Quake Shake, which has these amazing pieces of those Ferrero Rocher balls in them, and they just give it the perfect amount of crunch so that you—” I stopped and took a breath when I noticed his grin getting wider. I swallowed and then said, “Not that I go there all the time or anything. Because I don’t. I mean, I’ve only been once or twice. You know…to taste test. Actually, I never eat sweets.”

He laughed then, and those penetrating eyes, tinged with more green than brown today, made their way up my body once more, pausing with what looked like amusement at my full hands. Then his gaze was on me and those dimples were out in full force.

“That’s too bad,” he said. “I’ve got a helluva sweet tooth.”

Wait…was he flirting with me? Was that a come-on? Or just stating a fact?

“Yeah, well, in that case your dentist probably hates you,” I said, readjusting the cold-ass meals in my arms. I’d be damned if I let those suckers go now. I’d tied my jacket around my waist, and my thin tank top would reveal a tit-bit more than I needed him to see.

He chuckled at that. Hmm. He had a nice chuckle. And a husky laugh. Both of which made my eyes zoom in on his throat. I wondered if it was as warm as it looked. He must’ve caught me staring, because he coughed, bringing my attention back to his face. His eyes were twinkling something wicked.

“You might be right about that,” he said. “Maybe I don’t like people telling me what to do. Or dictating what I can and can’t put in my mouth.”

My mouth dropped open, but I quickly snapped it shut. This guy was obviously a charmer, and after dealing with guys like him all day, the last thing I would do was fall prey to another arrogant playboy. Nope. Not me. Not gonna happen.


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about the author

Brooke Blaine

brooke newYou could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

She is the author of the international bestselling romantic comedy series, L.A. Liaisons (“Licked” and “Hooker), as well as Flash Point and The Desperate Man series. The latter, co-authored with Ella Frank, has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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my review5 Stars

The ladies from the L.A. Liaisons series are back and even more hilarious than ever.  (I seriously adore this group of characters.)  Hooker is Shayne and Nate’s romance and it’s a radiant love story that I couldn’t put down.  It’s filled with quick wit, mischievous friends and an incredibly enticing couple. It’s love written right.

Shayne Callahan works for HLS—Hook, Line, & Sinker and is a professional matchmaker. She’s observant and clever; and an dedicated employee who takes nothing for granted. She spends her days helping create relationships for others but has kind of given up on finding someone for herself.

So who do you set the ultimate matchmaker up with – especially if she is someone who doesn’t really believe in soulmates or love first sight?!? A tempting man who can pull off suspenders and Star Wars underwear, that’s who.  A.K.A. Nate Ryan – an incredibly sweet and romantic man. I LOVED Nate. It felt like his only purpose on earth was to steal Shane’s heart and to make me her swoon.

Their courtship was entertaining and it had me falling in love. I felt giddy as they discovered their feelings and as they acted out on their lust. But Shayne is hiding a big secret from Nate, so for the majority book I was anticipating the fall out. And even though, I knew it was coming I was still broken hearted for these two.  However, the plot unfolds beautifully and how the author resolves their issues is realistic as well as romantic.

Brooke’s writing style makes me feel as though I’m reading about my friend’s lives and I love it.  Honestly, connecting me emotionally is the main factor in what makes me return to series like this and she continually proves to be a rock star at creating people I can imagine and relate to. It’s why I am completely addicted the L.A. Liaisons series.

However, what I love most about Brooke Blaine’s books are that they are so much fun to read. Her characters always get me hot and bothered but they also make me laugh out loud. I was happy for days after reading Hooker so much so that no other book caught my attention.  I had a major book hangover and all I wanted was a bit of the hair of the dog other wise know as more romantic adventures from Brooke!

Hooker is a must read recommendation from me. I highly suggest you do yourself a favor and treat yourself to both books today.

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