Hookup At The Library by Skylar M. Cates

This book was SO good!  I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about it because I didn’t like the title.  “Hookup at the Library” sounded too cheesy, but I’m so glad I gave it a try anyway.  Matteo and Levi’s story is steamy, sweet and even a little bit suspenseful.  I fell completely in love with Matteo, a small town boy; baby of a super close and loving family.  Levi and his twin Spence, grew up in a very cold family.  Their mother was a politician and she was always far more concerned with presenting the image of the perfect family than she was with actually being a loving mother who cares about and supports her children. 

Even though their families are polar opposites, both Levi and Matteo are extremely concerned with keeping their respective families happy.  They both crave approval from their families and are terrified of disappointing them.  The difference in their families comes into sharp focus when things get rough and Matteo’s family rallies around him, doing all they can to support him, while Levi’s mother gives him the cold shoulder, more concerned with how he is disappointing her. 

In the end both Matteo and Levi learn that they are in charge of their own lives.  Living to please other people, even if those people love and care about you, won’t result in a fulfilled life.  Taking some risks is healthy and is not worth being afraid of.  Once both Levi and Matteo learn that putting your own feelings first doesn’t always make you selfish they become open to new experiences, in the end broadening their horizons in ways neither one of them could ever have imagined.

Hookup at the Library surprised me in the best way.  It was so much deeper than I expected based on the title.  I even fell in love with the little Florida town of Shelby Beach, and I plan to read the other books in the series.