I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Texas Hook-Up by Leah Braemel
Published by Somerlane Publishing on January 30, 2023
Genres: Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Fiction, First Responder Romance, Romance, Small Town & Rural, Western
Format: ARC, eBook
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I am a woman in a male trucker’s world, which means I’ve developed a thick skin and a potty mouth over the years. When an EMT that I sorta kinda like decides he doesn’t like me, no skin off my nose. I can take Quinn’s snark and dish it right back at him. Until he finally realizes he’s in the wrong about me, and he goes and does something decent, like apologizing. Now what do I do with him?
I come from a screwed-up family that I admit affects how I judge people. When I overheard Mia talking about living with someone named Jeff while she was dating my buddy Brody, I jumped to the wrong conclusion and I’ve been giving her grief ever since. I’ve finally realized I screwed up. Big time. So I’m trying to prove how sorry I am but she’s making me jump through hoops. Rightfully so.
Being around Mia, away from her truck, has let me see the soft squishy parts behind the thick armor she’s donned. But going from despising someone to trusting them is a long swing. Now I have to convince her—and myself—I’m worth the effort.
Texas Hook-Up was fun, steamy, and emotional and Leah Braemel is BACK in the romance game and I’m here to welcome her with open arms! ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
I am so happy that author Leah Braemel is back writing again! Texas Hook-Up is a novella set in her Barnett Springs world and I loved being back there again. This enemies to lovers book packed a punch; the hero made an assumption about the heroine and spread some rumors to his friends and the heroine has fought her attraction for him because of the attitude he’s had for her for a couple of years. On top of that the heroine is fighting for her right to become a partner in the towing company her parents founded and run but her father seems to think her male cousin deserves it more.
I really liked Mia, she is sassy and has an attitude but she has to being in a male dominated profession. I loved that she didn’t take crap from anyone and proved day in and day out she is good at her job. I think Quinn had always been a good guy and that was why when he found out that he misspoke about Mia he took it so hard and was determined to make it right. He had some scars from his childhood that affected his judgment and while that didn’t make it right, I could see how Mia’s perceived misconduct affected him.
What I loved is that despite the issue between them Mia didn’t let it fester, she could see that Quinn was basically a good man who screwed up and the fact that she was comfortable enough to let him see her hurt by her father’s actions said a lot about her trust in him. They were good together, they both called each other out on their crap but where there for one another when it mattered.
Hot, s*xy times abound in this book proving that this author has not lost he touch with writing steamy intimate moments.
I loved this story and the only thing that would have made it better was more time between the last chapter and the epilogue but I knew going in it was novella length so I can’t fault the author for that at all. Texas Hook-Up was fun, steamy, and emotional and Leah Braemel is BACK in the romance game and I’m here to welcome her with open arms!