My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Hookup Plan is a contemporary enemies-to-lovers romance by Farrah Rochon. It’s the third book in The Boyfriend Project series, though it’s enjoyable as a standalone! The ebook version is 401 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at a little over ten hours and is narrated by Marissa Hampton. We follow our two main characters with third-person points-of-view.
London Kelley is a badass pediatric surgeon who needs to find balance in her life and reduce her stress levels so her pre-hypertension does not become the full-on disorder. Her best friends Samiah and Taylor (both of whom were featured in the first two books in this series) think what the doctor ordered is a fun and frivolous, casual hookup. London is game, but doesn’t expect it to happen after her 15-year high school reunion with with her enemy and co-valedictorian Drew Sullivan.
Said arch nemesis is a sexy millionaire with amazing abs and lots of skills in the bedroom. But then she finds out that he’s really back in their hometown to decide whether the hospital in which she works should be sold. Drew wants her to realize that he’s actually a good dude whose heart is in the right place, but London is too afraid of catching feelings to really believe him.
This was a cute book! This is the rare series where I jumped in on book three and haven’t yet read the first two, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. I love modern romance series like that! I’m absolutely going to go back and read the other two books. Both of our main characters grew a lot throughout this book and all the while assisted each other in doing so.
I really enjoyed the narrator. Hampton did a great job with distinct voices which made it easy for me to figure out which character was “talking.” I enjoyed her pacing, which was especially great at the more comedic scenes. She also did a great job with the steamy ones as well.
Speaking of steamy scenes, the first two are fade-to-black so I was wondering if the whole book would lean that way, but don’t worry reader, there are definitely lots of exploits on-page. They’re all pretty straight-forward with little foreplay, though so your mileage may vary.
Tropes in this book include: enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, witty banter
CW: neglect by parent, narcissistic parent, emotional abuse, gaslighting, cancer, death of a parent (off-page, referenced), sexism
Thank you Forever, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette USA, Hachette Audio, and NetGalley for providing an audio review copy of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars