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When It Hooks You

(The It Series #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Three dates. It was only supposed to be three dates—he was only meant to be a fling. I didn’t want to feel all of this for him. And I certainly hadn’t counted on him keeping such a deal-breaking secret from me.

Till death is too long for Trish Cerise. The twenty-seven year old receptionist is tired of men asking for her forever when she just wants to keep things light and f
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published June 2016

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May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nicki Elson’s When It Hooks You is one of the best contemporary romances I have read in a long time!

This book gives you believable characters, a plot that flows over a well-paced time period and dialogue that is very realistic. It is so nice to read a contemporary romance that is so true to life AND gives me my HEA.

Trish Cerise is a receptionist at a prestigious law firm in Chicago. She thought her long term boyfriend was about to propose again, she turned him down last year, but she is ready n
Jennifer Lane
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hooked on Nicki Elson's Books!

At age 27, law firm receptionist Trish is tired of the dating scene. She'd turned down a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Kurt, but when she thinks he'll ask again, this time she plans to say yes.

When Kurt instead dumps her, Trish comes up with a new idea: she'll only go on three dates with any guy. After three dates is where the heartache starts. What could possibly go wrong?

Cliff is a college friend who's also an attorney at her law firm. (I happen to love Cli


I haven't put a book in my DNF pile in a LOOOONG time. Unfortunately, this one is at the top of the pile of those few books. Here's the thing, everyone has books that they don't enjoy. It happens to us bloggers also. But not too often. And usually, even if I don't like a book, I'll still finish it because you never know ... sometimes, just sometimes, a book will redeem itself. This book just didn't have that potential for me. Reading this was almost like nails scratching a chalkboard. That's not
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
This is surprisingly good! I thought at first this was going to be like those typical stories about lovers expecting proposals but instead getting cheated on and exacting revenge in return. I was totally wrong. I was blown-away by the twists and turns of events, I was at a loss for words. The guy with impeccable taste in suits proved that looks can be deceiving.

Let me tell you how I got hooked with Nicki Elson's When It Hooks You..I swear this was a beautiful story about a woman who got her hea
Robin Morgan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
Almost any woman who has been madly in love someone, anticipating the day when her HEA is about to happen, but then getting the rug pulled from under her when the guy suddenly dumps her totally relate to what’s happening Trish Cerise. She should have accepted his marriage proposal when he had asked.

Not wanting to be hurt again you, like Trish, would set up some sort of mechanism designed to prevent history from repeating itself so tragically. In her case, she decides to limited dating any guy fo
Heather andrews
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Adam could be sweet, I liked him sweet, “I’m saying you’re an exceptional woman, and I’m tired of traveling this world alone. I want you with me everywhere I go. You and I could be a team. No— you and I should be a team.” I liked this book I thought Adam was a good guy, perfect for Trish.
Keep Calm Novel On
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author provided an ePub in exchange for an honest review.

When It Hooks You by Nicki Elson is a refreshing Contemporary Romance. It is the second instalment in The It Series and does not disappoint. Trish Cerise thought that her night out would be special and her expectations were crushed when her boyfriend broke up with her at her special place. She is recovering from the shock and is determined to move forward and decides on three dates only rule. She will never be caught off guard again. U
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, When It Hooks You is the perfect title for this book because I was definitely hooked straight from the beginning. Totally fell in love with the characters, although I was really liking Josh from the bar before Adam popped up, he was the hot bad boy every girl wants, well except Trish. She only wants fun, no relationship, no strings, nothing. That is til Adam comes along. Adam had some secrets and mystery to him from the beginning, it took me a minute to like his character, maybe because I l ...more
Eden Finley
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this one. But the characters were a bit flat, Trish was pretty much a selfish bitch (why is Joanne friends with her?), and Adam wasn't anything special. She decides she's in love with him after four dates. They definitely had a connection but it was nowhere deep enough for that kind of declaration so soon.

But there were some funny quips, the writing was decent, and it entertained me for half a day.

Good beach read.
Rumer Haven
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun and fast read that WILL hook you! The likeable characters have realistic motivations and reactions that you don't find often enough in romances. A Chicago gal myself, I loved touring the city settings and laughed and pined along with Trish as she navigates her emotional terrain as well. Her rules of dating are a nice compliment to her friend Lyssa's--whose own alternative to love ("Vibrizzio") is the basis of Elson's previous book--and the "sh***y drinks" metaphor is now an official f ...more
Norma Reasor
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good,light read. Recommend.

Trish was determined not to get involved again in a long term relationship. After she and her longtime boyfriend broke up, she decided to limit any future involvement with the opposite sex to three dates, no sex. That worked kind of okay until a beautiful, sexy client walked into her life, in the middle of a phone conversation she shouldn't have been having at work. Even though she opted out of a real relationship, she determined to make the most of three dates. No cha
Paula D
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trish got cheated on by her last boyfriend so now she set up rules 1) no sex 2) only 3 dates nothing serious ever unless the guy can change her mind. Trish has a friend Cliff he is interested in her and won't give up trying. Trish meets a guy named Adam and he has his secrets and is the same way no relationships. Will Trish give up the rules? Will Cliff win her over? Adam does he finally open up to Trish? I loved this book so much I can't wait to read what happens next! But Trish needs to WAKE u ...more
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Maha Erwin
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The contemporary romance novel - When It Hooks You - hooked me from page one. Instead of getting hitched with her long-term boyfriend, Chicagoan Trish is dumped on her proverbial ass. Ironically, Trish is happy as can be. It’s time to “chill” out with men; they’ll date no more than 3 times, and they’ll definitely have NO sex. Not until she gets her act together. Then when things are "A-Ok", all hell breaks loose. The dashing and sophisticated Adam blazes into her office and makes her ache for so ...more
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book was given to me for an honest review.

4 stars.

This story grabs you from the beginning. You know that moment that you think you know what is going to happen, but then the totally opposite thing happens and you are like really? Well that is how this book sucks you in. It makes you hate all men. How can men be so stupid. Trish is an open book. She has a heart of gold and doesn't mean to hurt anyone. She's strong, independent and makes you want something good for her. The author portrays he
Adriana Bonilla
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the third book first. The one about Cliff and JoJo. I totally adore it. I felt clumsy about Cliff and related to JoJo. I really love those characters. I met Trish in that book and I liked what I saw of her.

In this book I finally get to meet her. And still the characters felt real. I meet a lot of girls like Trish and I also have seen this whole situation before. Starting from that point this book won a lot of points with me.
I also liked Adam, he was this sweet, funny and misterious guy
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought that when Trish came up with her 3 date rule that it was priceless. I knew she was just deep down afraid to fully live life. But this book did an amazing job of bringing her ideas and beliefs to realization for me. I firmly believed that she had justification to go on route. But when Adam came into the picture I wasn't head over heals for him. I was skeptical.
Jun 20, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf

The cover is great and the description as well. So I really wanted to like this book, but it just never clicked for me.

In the first chapter Trish gets dumped by her boyfriend while she thinks he is going to propose (she refused his proposal a year ago). Yes, that is sad, but when he tells her (very kindly) that he has met someone else she keeps referring to the other woman as 'slutbag' several times. He had not cheated, so I thought it was not classy at all. She had no reason to be so offensive
P Leslie
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Trisha is left hurt and betrayed when her boyfriend breaks up with her because he's in love with someone else. She makes a rule: maximum of three dates with a guy and no sex.

Adam is a client at the law firm, and there's definitely a spark between them, but is he hiding something?

This book was slow paced but picked up halfway through. I struggled to connect to Trish and I'm not sure why either, I can't put my finger on it. I
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kurt & trish have been back together nearly a year after she turned down his proposal after a nice meal she has prepared herself thinking he's going to propose again & she should accept this time right? She could be more wrong!
Resigning herself to a new focus 3 date limit 2nd base max she tries to meet guys. If at first you don't succeed try again. She meets Adam through work & reconnects with cliff an old school friend at work. Her & Adam make a pact no more than 3 dates & no intimacy things
LuAnn Rodriquez
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read in Ms. Elson's "It" series, and I liked it even better than the first. Trish is a young working woman who is determined to enjoy life and has an interesting, creative approach to making that happen. She is a likable character who maintains good friendships from her college days but also tries to figure out a satisfying dating life without suffering through the end of each of those relationships, since she has never spent any length of time with a man who has m ...more
Meegz Reads
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC Kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*3-3.5 Stars*

This one was a fun and quick read. It didn't capture me like other books I have read, but it was a good read all the same.
I'm not too sure how I felt about Trish personally as a character, I didn't connect with her as much as I would've liked, what with her being the main character and all. The storyline was great, and I particularly laughed at the Cliff parts and the Adam parts were swoon-worthy and intriguing.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
When It Hooks You by Niki Elson was enjoyable yet quite frustrating at times. Trish is likeable but rather juvenile in her expectations. Adam, on the other hand is HOT and totally loveable. Even though he knows he's doing the wrong thing, he tries very hard to do right, not just by Trish, but overall. Trish, on the other hand, will have none of it. Even though she broke her own rules, she's given up on Adam and continues her fantasy life. It pleases me that reality finally slaps her upside the h ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written, fun book. Trish has had enough of dating men who want a forever commitment when she is still just looking for light and fun. She decides to set up a three-date maximum rule. Adam comes along, and seems like the perfect candidate for her next mini-boyfriend. He even agrees that dating each other three times is perfect. And then things get complicated... I enjoyed reading this book. It can be read as a standalone story, though it is the second in a series with related char ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the very beginning and had a hard time putting this story down. Trish and her friends are great. I love that all the characters are well developed and we get to know them too. Trish and Adam are fantastic and have really good chemistry.
*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dear lord this was the worst. Only got half way through and was so frustrated with the annoying female lead. Who the hell says 'I don't usually have to worry about getting guys, they usually come to me and keep coming'. Ugh massive fail. ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it I loved all the characters i could put the book down
Hollye Carroll
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this series for free and I am choosing to leave a review for each book.

The first book in the series fell a little flat for me, but When It Hooks you definitely showed much improvement.

Let me start with saying, I am just in love with Cliff. He is beyond adorable and hilarious! Unfortunately, this is not his love story, but if you loved him as much as I did I highly suggest reading When It Holds You!

Now on to the main characters. I like Trish a lot, and to me her character was relatable
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I..... just had a really hard time with this book. The most distractingly obvious issue was the writing style; it felt like the author had put every possible word into a thesaurus. So many unnecessary words and figures of speech, I just didn't care for it.
The characters are ok, with the exception of Cliff, who I love. Trish was hard to sympathize with, her oh, "Woe is me, too many boys want to marry me" attitude, although it was surprising to me that one of her friends actually called her out o
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Nicki Elson writes spicy fiction with a sweet and dreamy center. She does other stuff, obsess over reality TV (and she's not ashamed to admit it).

Writing fiction wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs

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