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Book Review: Hotel Hookup: Austin by Annabelle Snow

Hotel Hookup: Austin is the first in a series of novellas featuring hotel hookups in different cities, by different couples. The common thread is Whitney, a bride-to-be, and her upcoming wedding.

Amaree is a friend of Whitney's, soon to be her bridesmaid. Arriving for the engagement party, she discovers that she's been partnered with groomsman Evan, her old flame from high school.

I liked Evan a lot, actually. We got to see him having uncertainty after inviting Amaree to his hotel room; he has a little panic before deciding to take a shower. It made him seem charmingly human, unlike the male protagonists in a lot of erotica who lack in personality. Amaree, too, a very real; she knows what she wants and she's not afraid of going out to get it.

I did roll my eyes over Amaree thinking that the size of her breasts determine her dress size. DD breasts doth not a size 14 make.

The point of erotica is the sex, of course, and it was very well written. Far too much erotica on the market reads like it was written by teenage boys, with every revolting euphemism thrown in there. There was none of that here; the sex was well-written.

The only flaw I could find was that it seemed almost... clinical, I guess is the word I'm looking for. There was a lot of rather technical description of whose hands were exactly where at any given time, and while yes, this does avoid the dreaded Extra Hand Issue, it did detract somewhat from the 'mood'. I think I'd say, in the end, that the author does a little too much 'telling' us about how sexy it is, and not enough 'showing'.

4 stars, for a technically flawless but slightly sterile encounter.

Disclaimer; I received a free ARC of this book for review through NetGalley.

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