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Peek Inside The First Rule of Hook-Ups

I can’t believe I’m at a Breakup Bash, a party for women who have been dumped. I’m not that desperate. Then the music starts, and the sexiest man on earth is on stage. Maybe I am desperate…

The First Rule of Hook-Ups

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Someone once told me there are worse things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I’m leaving town.

But I can’t deny that my love life kind of sucks.

That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might just be disillusioned enough to actually enjoy it. Last time we were here, it was for my bachelorette party. That night, I met one of the dancers—Raphael—and when he flirted with me, I almost forgot I was engaged. And there’s a part of me that never forgot him.

Now, it seems my friends have wandered off and I’m thinking about calling it a night. Until the music begins and I see Raphael, my secret fantasy, on stage. And this time, I’m definitely not engaged...

Each book in the Breakup Bash series is STANDALONE:

* The First Rule of Hook-Ups
* Rules of a Rebound
* The Last Rule of Makeups


The First Rule of Hook-Ups is a sexy, fun and sultry read. A book that will keep you hooked with engaging characters, smooth storyline, fun moments and off the charts chemistry.” -Urvashi H., Goodreads

“This was a steamy little number!” -Cee Cee H., Goodreads

“Interesting, entertaining, and all in all a great story. It has the right amount of emotions, drama, romance, and fun. I'd definitely recommend it to romance fans.” -Fizza Y., NetGalley

Quick, fun and super sexy.” -Angel P., BookBub

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636934
Series: Breakup Bash , Book 1
Release Date: Nov 12, 2018
Page Count: 220
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: across the tracks, one night stand, overcoming odds, second chance

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By Wendy'sThoughts November 21, 2018

4 More Than What Others Think Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Oh, it is always so easy to classify people. And the joke is this practice of putting others in little classifications is exactly what we don't want others to do to us... Like We are the Exception...So of course, the life lesson goes back to the

By Naima October 22, 2018

I LOVED this book! Nina Crespo is one of my go-to authors when I want something sultry, emotion-packed and just plain romantic. She didn't fail me with The First Rule of Hook-Ups. It's like Magic Mike meets Pretty in Pink. Doesn't get much better than that! ...more

By Aly October 19, 2019

Short, sexy, and a nice amount of drama. This was a fun read, I liked the main characters Rafe and Alexa and the story moved at a good pace. Both protagonists have been through terrible relationships and aren't looking for anything serious. They have an immediate attraction and decide to just keep t ...more

By Maranda October 29, 2018

Easy going, quick romantic read. The challenges of love and lost are always present. Alexa and Rafe meet for some fun with no relationship ties. Yeah well we all know that is not going to happen in a HEA story. Likable characters with smooth story line. Smooth writing by Nina Crespo hope to visit he ...more

By Tiffany August 31, 2020

The first rule of hook-ups has a great mixture of drama and romance throughout the whole book the keep me from wanting to put this book down. I enjoyed both Raphael and Alexa back story and I enjoyed the relationship so much.They had so much chemistry from the very beginning that she didn't have wit ...more

By Crystal August 12, 2020

4.5 stars but I really have no reasons to give it less than 5. It is funny that I picked this book up the day after having a discussion with my readers group about books where sex happens on every other page. This book is definitely all about the sex for 1/2 -2/3 of the book and it was beginning to ...more

By Ayekah October 26, 2018

Wow what a great story this was! I loved these two together and the story line is the best. Nina is such a great writer and what you get compacted into this short period with Rafe and Alexa is phenomenal! The plot, the story, the characters- there wasn't one thing that could have been better.
The ste ...more

By Demetra | Demi Reads March 15, 2020

An ex-stripper with a heart of gold for our male lead? Yes please! I really liked Raph and Alexa's story. This book has been sitting in my kindle for some time. I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it!

Raph is sexy and hot, without being the typical manwhore. He's been hurt before, so he ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson November 18, 2018

I have to say this book had me laughing so hard at points. I mean Alexa and her friends were a hoot! Poor Alexa was left at the altar and she is devastated but decides to move on by leaving town and getting a new job. Her love life sucks and she is ready to move on because no man in town is good eno ...more

By Mari's Struggle is Real October 29, 2018

What was supposed to be the happiest day of her life turns out to be the worst, and the most humiliating when Alexa’s groom to be runs off with his side chick. Months later she is doing better but the betrayal did leave a sting. So what’s a girl to do but go out with her friends to get her drink on ...more

By Ryan - Sweet Red Reader November 11, 2018

Not only did I love my first ever Nina Crespo book, she set up the Breakup Bash series so well that I can't wait to read the next books and find out what was going on with Alexa's friends - Nat and Corinne. Alexa and Rafe's story was so sexy and sweet. I really enjoyed that while their connection wa ...more

By Amber August 19, 2020

The first rule of Hook-ups had the perfect mix of romance and emotional drama that kept me from being able to put it down. Both Raphael and Alexa had gripping back stories and their chemistry together was off the charts! This book took me back to the early stages of falling in love with someone. Whi ...more

By Lauren November 12, 2018

Nina Crespo’s The First Rule of Hook Ups is an entertaining story of Alexa, a woman who was left at the altar and her rebound fling with Rafe, a club owner and former club dancer. Alexa’s got a new job and a new plan lined up, so what’s the harm
in having a little fun?

Easy to read, fun story with ch ...more

By Zoe November 25, 2018

4.5 stars-
Every Nina Crespo book is an easy and enjoyable read. This one is no exception. Alexa, our jilted bride in recovery, and Rafe, retired male dancer now business owner, have an insta lust connection. They hook-up for what they agree is to be sex without the relationship (the hook-up isn't on ...more

By Brandi October 25, 2018

I wasnt sure I would like this book at first because it just jumped right into the story without getting to truly know the characters separately but I think that added to it. I loved this book. You have a woman who's recovering from an unexpected break up and I guy who might have started out in a ca ...more

By Tracie November 16, 2018

My first read by this author, The First Rule of Hook-Ups is an engaging read with wonderful characters and sizzle that is sure to fog the glasses. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to exploring more by this author ...more

By Heather October 21, 2018

Where Rafe is concerned Alexa can be an impatient woman, “I don’t care.” She kissed and nipped his bare shoulder and tugged at the knot in his workout shorts and pulled at the waistband. “Off… take it off.” I liked this book, I liked how Rafe and Alexa meshed well together. ...more

By Kim October 22, 2018

Wow, The First Rule of Hook-ups, left me hot and bothered quite a bit. Sometimes just bothered. Men can be dense sometimes. I felt bad for Alexa, she seems to have bad luck with men. Good thing Rafe is HOT, if not I'm not sure Alexa should have forgiven him. ...more

By Heather November 12, 2018

~ 3.5 Stars ~

The First Rule of Hook-Ups was my first read by Nina Crespo and I honestly enjoyed it. I mean, it's got a Magic Mike feel to it with a smart stripper who is successful and knows how to care for a woman. So yeah, I'm going to gobble that up. 

Here's what I'm going to start off with. This ...more

By Taryn July 12, 2020

This book is what I wanted Magic Mike to be: a fun, sexy story of a girl who’s been done wrong by men getting lucky with a stripper who turns out to have a heart of gold. Alexa was left at the altar and now, six months later, she shows up with some friends at the strip club where she had her bachelo ...more

By Debora September 16, 2019

Ok this was a great story as usual. But what made me keep reading this story was the beginning of the story. How in the heck was it not apparent to any woman that her man is cheating. First sign.. he was not having sex with you any more... second he was always needing to do something at work and bei ...more

By Brandi February 23, 2020

Imagining you made the right decision by saying yes to get married and then everything changes. What you thought was the best choice turns out it wasn’t when you meet the one that gives your life a little more air in your lungs. Meeting Raphael will change everything and make you realize everything ...more

By Cee Cee November 12, 2018

4.5 Hook-Up stars.

The First Rule Of Hook-Ups was the first book I’ve read by author Nina Crespo. It’s the first in the new ‘Break-Up Bash’ series. It’s told in 3rd POV, which isn’t my favorite but I managed to ignore it and enjoy the story.
Alexa first met Rafe during her bachelorette party at the cl ...more

By Stacy October 29, 2018

What a fun and sexy book this was. Even if it started out where the female lead was a little bit in the dumps.

I felt I could really relate in some ways to Alexa. She was left at the alter and even though she was a strong and independent woman, she didn't want to be anywhere near her ex when he retur ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) November 09, 2018

Alexa is a woman done wrong, she was dumped by her fiance mere minutes before they were supposed to say "I do," and now she is doing all she can to move on and ease the sting in her heart. Her friends decide what she needs is a night on the town, so they hit up a club, with the intention of having a ...more

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Nina Crespo

About the author

Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions -- the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what's beyond the stars, fuels her writer's imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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