The Hookup Plan-Review
The Hook Up Plan
By Farrah Rochon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Boyfriend Project #3
Publication Date: August 2,2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Strong female friendships and a snappy enemies-to-lovers theme take center stage in this highly anticipated romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Dating Playbook.
Successful pediatric surgeon London Kelley just needs to find some balance and de-stress. According to her friends Samiah and Taylor, what London really needs is a casual hookup. A night of fun with no strings. But no one—least of all London—expected it to go down at her high school reunion with Drew Sullivan, millionaire, owner of delicious abs, and oh yes, her archnemesis.
Now London is certain the road to hell is paved with good sex. Because she’s found out the real reason Drew’s back in Austin: to decide whether her beloved hospital remains open. Worse, Drew is doing everything he can to show her that he’s a decent guy who actually cares. But London’s not falling for it. Because while sleeping with the enemy is one thing, falling for him is definitely not part of the plan.
Honestly, each book in this series is a knockout and The Hook Up Plan might be the best of all. London was the character I was most intrigued by from the start and her book was everything I wanted. It’s an almost enemies to lovers story. London and Drew were rivals in high school but really he had a crush on her and London disliked his threat to her high school achievements (which we learn were a cry for attention from her father). So already, their relationship when they met 15 years later is complex, and gets more so when they decided to hook up while he is in Austin. Much to London’s dismay, Drew is here to audit the hospital she works for and advise if it should be sold, something he doesn’t initially tell her. So conflict on top of conflict, which works for me. London forgives Drew for the lie of omission and decides to continue to use him for her stress-relief, which she desperately needs. As their hooks up continue, they grow closer together and wonder if this could be more?
The beauty of this book is how well-crafted the characters are. London, especially, struggling under the pressure she puts on herself, her stressful job, and her family situation, is so realistic. The little choices she makes are ones we make every day and it is easy to see yourself in her. Drew, the millionaire, is a little harder to relate to as first but as we delve deeper, we see a wounded son who feels like he failed his mother. They are both complex people and that makes seeing them slowly open up and fall in love even more beautiful. I’m sad this series is over but it was a great ride and I especially loved the friendship between London, Taylor, and Samiah.