The Hook-Up Experiment

Emma Hart
The Hook-Up Experiment
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Publisher
Indie
Release Date
March 2018
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

SUMMARY
1.Hate-screw my high school nemesis.
2.Remember to hate him.
3.Prove my brother wrong.

It should be easy.

It isn't.

As the owner of Pick-A-D*ck, New Orleans' premier hook-up website, my job is simple. Connect two people for a no-strings, no-expectations hook-up. The plus for my clients is that I'm the one who gets to sift through the d*ck pics—except this time, they're required.

My problem? My brother, co-owner of Pick-A-D*ck's sister dating site, doesn't believe it's possible to hook up with someone three times and not fall in love.

I disagree. I know it's possible.

And my disagreement is exactly how I end up reconnected with my high school nemesis, Elliott Sloane. The guy who asked me to junior prom and then stood me up. Who egged my car when I rejected him, and convinced my senior homecoming date to ghost me.

It should be easy to hate-screw him. If only he was still that person, instead of a hot-as-hell single dad, working as a builder to make ends' meet, fighting for custody of his daughter.

Three hook-ups.

One outcome.

Right?

(The Hook-Up Experiment is book one of the Experiment duet. If you've read The Upside to Being Single, this is Peyton's story.)

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 22, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
14 people found the following review helpful
5 Big Easy stars for THE HOOK UP EXPERIMENT!

Nobody thought Peyton Austin's dating site, Pick-A-Dick, was going to be the biggest thing to hit New Orleans since the beignet, but here she is, livin' the life and very pleased with herself. Peyton doesn't have any desire to engage her brother in his stupid $500 bet: choose a dick, sleep with it three times and DON'T fall in love with it (or its human). Now knowing that HS jerk/crush/pain in her ass Elliott Sloan is whose dick was chosen for her, she's sure to win, because there's no way in hell she'd fall for the douchenozzle, no matter how kind the years have been to him. She didn't count on falling for his little girl or the man he's grown into. Dammit, she's gonna have to hit the ATM, her brother's never gonna let her live this one down.

THE HOOK UP EXPERIMENT, the follow up to The Upside to Being Single, is AWE-SOME! I absolutely loved this read, from Peyton's bitchy yet fierce attitude to Elliot's exasperated daddy adorableness, I wanted so much more of this read!! I'm a huge fan of Ms. Hart's hilariously sexy books, and THE HOOK UP EXPERIMENT had me cracking up and drooling simultaneously. Briony 100% stole the show, and my heart (what, I'm the mom of a boy, I miss glitter and Barbies! Don't judge). My ovaries may have done a little merengue with her and her daddy having the bestest, most ADORABLE relationship, and I could just picture those big eyes sweetly manipulating everyone she comes in conduct with. Totally and utterly hooked! And I'm desperately counting down the days ‘till Chloe's story, The Dating Experiment, just so I can get more of the obnoxious hot mess that is Peyton's brother Dom! Another one knocked out of the park, Ms. Hart! Bravo!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing (but loads and loads of viewing of multiple dick pics from hundreds of randy dudes); condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder (unless you count the threat of both by Peyton).
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
May 14, 2018
7 people found the following review helpful
Having a job that involves looking at dick pics isn't one I'd personally pick for myself, though that alone is off-kilter enough to keep me reading in what is a really…loud, messy and mostly angst-free story. ‘The Hook-Up Experiment' is as the title describes: a bet made to see if love can can still be taken out of the equation in a 2-week hookup.

This is upbeat, rom-com land (a style that works well for Emma Hart) and a read so easy to breeze through in a few hours. Hart's relationship building is clearly the book's strongest point, and the strong links we have between Peyton, her friends and Elliott form the backbone of the story, which, incidentally also provides the launching pad for the next book in this duet.

But while I did like Hart's snappy, smart-alecky style, I think the issue for me here could probably be summed up in 2 words: ten years. A bloody decade that is actually, a long time. Especially in the years 18-28. Life happens—people marry, get divorced, have children, earn great highs and go through new lows and in the process, get worn down a little, see some things differently, and generally, change as they age.

That Peyton hadn't gotten past something that happened when she and Elliott were teens seemed increasingly ridiculous as time wore on, so the weak premise of the plot made me frown at first. I couldn't get past how Peyton hadn't let go of the immature grudge—surely there were other things more important in life that came in the course of the next decade to stew on than a missing prom date?—where I'd expected distance, time and maturity to have made some sort of change. Consequently, for much of the story, I wondered if Hart would ever be able to close the supposed ‘age-gap' between Peyton's neurotic adulting and Elliott's maturity when there was actually none.

Still, it was a story I mostly enjoyed—the quirks of Hart's very strong secondary characters (bound to have their own book soon) were the highlight for me though they skirted the boundaries of being juvenile—and even if ‘The Hook-Up Experiment' felt at times like ‘Friends' on steroids, I'm saying right now, to put me down for the next one.
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