Book Reviews

Got Me Hoping (Vet Shop Boys 1) by Casey Cox

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 17-September-2021

Book Blurb

It's just a one-night stand, they said. It'll be simple, no-strings fun, they said. They. Lied.

I'm done with love and being broken-hearted. The only dogs I want to deal with are the ones I treat in the veterinary clinic I work at.

But at thirty-four, having my first one-night stand can't hurt. Right? The rules are pretty simple.

1. Don't spend the night.
2. Don't see him again.
3. Don't share anything personal.
4. Don't fall in love with him.

But when Haze, the guy I spent a blazing hot night with and haven't been able to forget about, shows up as our new receptionist, the rules fly out the window.

There's no way one night could lead to anything more. So why has Haze got me hoping this might just last?


Book Review

“Whether it was just really, really great sex or you found an emotional connection, you might find that you miss the person and the experience more than you ever thought you would…” ~ Emma McGowan (10 Things No One Tells You About One-Night Stands)


One night while going out with his colleagues, Noah, of ’Got Me Hoping’ by Casey Cox, discovers he is the only one in the group who has never had a one-night stand. Noah endures teasing from his friends and gets advice about to proceed. But, when he hooks up with gorgeous Haze, he finds that he wants to break every rule.


Noah notices Haze when he first comes in but quickly decides he’d never have a chance to pick him up. As he leaves, he literally runs into Haze and asks him if he wants to have a one-night stand. Haze quickly agrees. They go back to Noah’s and have the hottest sex either of them has ever had. Before the night is over, they have broken two of the three rules. The only reason they don’t break the third rule is that Haze is leaving for Europe for six months. Noah knows that it was supposed to be just one night, but he thinks about Haze every day after that.


Six months later, it startles Noah to see that their new part-time receptionist is none other than Haze! Noah and Haze can’t stay away from each other. Over the next few weeks, they continue to burn up the sheets with their steamy encounters, but the emotional part of their relationship remains complicated. Besides all the rules they have broken, Noah is afraid to get too close to Haze because every time he gives his heart away, it gets smashed into a million pieces when his lover leaves. There’s a distinct possibility Haze may do the same thing.


Not knowing what he wants to do with his life bothers Haze. He has tried several things, but nothing has stuck. His insecurities keep him from recognizing his true worth. Also, it makes it hard for Haze to accept that steady, sure-of-himself Noah could love a feckless “chameleon” like him. If they can’t learn to talk to each other about their fears, there’s little hope their growing feelings for each other will survive.


‘Got Me Hoping’ has quite a cast of varied and interesting characters, including animals, which made it even more appealing to me. The worldbuilding is outstanding. I loved the camaraderie between the “family” of veterinarians, along with the stories of their patients. I never doubted that the relationship between Noah and Haze was real, but I was uncomfortable with the frequency and graphic nature of their sexual encounters. I am confident many readers will love it. Thanks, Casey, for bringing Noah and Haze together.






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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 238 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-August-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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