Meet Mary Sue & Gary Stu! The Hookup by Kristen Ashley [Audiobook Review]

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Meet Mary Sue & Gary Stu! The Hookup by Kristen Ashley [Audiobook Review]The Hookup written by Kristen Ashley
Publisher Audible Studios
Publication Date: December 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Moonlight and Motor Oil, #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Stella Bloom, Lance Greenfield
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: four-flames
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When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner-up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips through his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.

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I bought this audiobook because it was on sale for $1 or something when I got the free ebook on Amazon and I can’t believe I actually finished the whole book! No, I’m not saying that The Hookup is not good, it’s just that the main characters were a Mary Sue and Gary Stu! And I haven’t said this about any character ever! I mean, I’m all for a good girl and good boy characters but SO PERFECT? Really?

Izzy, the SUPER Amazing WOMAN

Here’s the deal, our heroine, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester is independent and successful. Owns her own house and has a stable of horses, rescued a couple of does, a few cats and even has a canary. Oh, and her best friend, who she works with WAS SUPER AMAZING that she actually went to Izzy’s house to feed her menagerie when Izzy slept with the hero after meeting him that same night! Oh, and she is an amazing cook, makes vodka infusions on her spare time, looks for stuff from yard sales and decorates for impromptu parties like a pro! Yea, she’s like the perfect Martha Stewart. She also basically raised herself and her sisters because her mother left her dad (for good reason) but she had to work a lot to support their family. Oh, and did I mention that her father is filthy rich? Yeah.

Johnny Gamble makes every guy feel like a TOTAL LOSER

The hero, Johnny Gamble is THE PERFECT MAN! He is an heir to a few gas stations with convenience stores and garages that he inherited from his father, yet he still works at his own garage (not that it was obvious that he was actually working). He owns a lot of real estate and basically is a millionaire who doesn’t need to work, but he actually does because he is a Gary Stu. He is also the perfect boyfriend type for Izzy, loves animals and also helps out a friend watch over his horse when he goes on vacation. Oh, and he is an outdoorsy type and loves to camp and go fishing. And didn’t I mention that he was also going to lend money to Izzy’s sister to get a lawyer so she can leave her jerk of a husband? Oh, and he also had a perfect ex-girlfriend that he couldn’t let go? Oh, and he creepily cradles Izzy in his lap when he finds he dozing off in a blanket with her baby nephew at a fair? No, it’s not a swoony moment. Please!

Sickeningly Sweet

Yeah, both were just too perfect for me and really gave me The Stepford Wives feel, which really creeped me out! I just can’t take too perfect characters.

The Conflict doesn’t even involve Izzy!

There is a major conflict in the book where Johnny saves View Spoiler » I’m confused.

Dual POV

The only redeeming thing about The Hookup is the dual POV and the two narrators. The two narrators, Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield, are so perfect for the goody-two-shoes role of the two characters.

Overall Thoughts

Even though there was a lot of steamy sexy times in this book, it just couldn’t make-up for the overall perfectness of the main characters. I also didn’t like the conflict because it didn’t feel like it was relevant to Izzy. Plus, the blurb felt like it was her ex-boyfriend who was the reason why she moved to town. So, I don’t know why this wasn’t what Kristen Ashley went for.


I honestly can’t recommend this book or audiobook, unless the perfectness of the main characters are your jam, then have at it.

I will not be reading the next book in the series because… well, I have a feeling that it will feature another Mary Sue and Gary Stu.


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Overall: 2.5


The Hookup by Kristen Ashley Skinny Review


Do you like Mary Sue and/or Gary Stu characters? Or characters that are just too perfect?

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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3 responses to “Meet Mary Sue & Gary Stu! The Hookup by Kristen Ashley [Audiobook Review]

  1. I agree the characters were a bit too perfect. Beyond that, the book was just boring. It was a total chore to get through. I generally love KA, but this was a major miss for me as well.

      • Pam

        Try Complicated in audio by her you will change your mine 😉 Then again I am a KA fan girl lol but many tell me Complicated was the book that hooked them for her audiobooks.