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The It Series #2

When It Hooks You

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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 fun. World-traveling businessman Adam Helms steps off the elevator and into her life with his own reasons for keeping relationships at a safe distance. Together, they’re destined for the most glorious short-term romance in history…until they break their own rules and Trish learns something about Adam she wishes she never knew.

I know a future with him is impossible, but how do you break away from such an intense, consuming, heart-crushing love when it hooks you? ~Trish

232 pages, Kindle Edition

Published June 1, 2016

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Nicki Elson

14 books144 followers
Nicki Elson writes spicy fiction with a sweet and dreamy center. She does other stuff, too...like 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 and dialogue and now weaves creative writing into her life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel.

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Profile Image for "Avonna.
1,154 reviews315 followers
June 4, 2016
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 now to accept. Instead of a proposal, she gets dumped. This brings about Trish’s new rules for dating: she will only go out with a guy for three dates because after three dates is when complications and heartache starts and no sex.

Adam Helms is a businessman, who has interests all over the world. When he overhears an embarrassing conversation between Trish and her friend in the law firm lobby, they strike up a conversation and mild flirtation. He is interested in Trish’s rules of dating and has a few of his own as they get to know each other on their dates. Trish and Adam both have trouble keeping to their own rules as their feelings grow. When Trish is ready to make an exception to her rules, huge plot twist surprise involving Adam’s past.

This story is so well written. I was especially happy that the author had Trish move forward with her life and career after the plot twist and not just continually mope around until Adam’s return. She also didn’t just jump back into his arms and give up everything she has changed and worked towards to be back with him.

Trish and Adam are wonderful characters that I cheered for throughout the romance. Sexual heat is high, but it is not overly explicit. There are fun and strongly written secondary characters that will make for excellent follow-up stories. I highly recommend this book and author!

Written for and posted first on The Romance Reviews.com.
Profile Image for Jennifer Lane.
Author 18 books1,415 followers
May 2, 2016
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 Cliff and can't wait for his story, coming next.) Trish mistakenly thinks Cliff is gay and tries to set him up with a guy. The gay guy is suspicious about Trish matching up with a lesbian on their double-date.

"You've got 'I love dick' written all over you. You might as well wear a T-shirt proclaiming it."

Trish's mouth opened wide in a silent gasp.

"See?" James pointed at her lips, his finger rotating. "The perfect shape and size. You know what you want in there."

Cliff has the hots for Trish, but she's more intrigued by stylish businessman Adam, a client at the firm. Adam overhears Trish's three date max plan and their flirtation begins.

When Adam takes her on a dreamboat third date, including a surprise candlelit dinner on a yacht on the Chicago River, she's definitely impressed.

"Does this look like a good spot to drop anchor?"

"Perfect. You seriously should get a job planning dates for The Bachelor."

Trish and Adam develop feelings for each other that transcend the three-date limit. She wants to make an exception for him, but he may be unable to veer off their careful plan due to his secret past.

I definitely enjoyed this contemporary romance, and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Profile Image for Julie.
583 reviews65 followers
October 4, 2016


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 a good sign.

I don't think that it was the writing but it WAS the characters. So I guess it was the writing. Trish was absolutely infuriating. She thought that she was a gift to mankind and let me tell you ... she most certainly was NOT. She was annoying and irritating and I've never hated a character that I was supposed to love before. You don't go into a book thinking that you'll hate the main heroine. That shouldn't happen. Don't get me wrong ... there are heroines within literature that you're supposed to not like. Trish wasn't one of those. I think that readers are supposed to love her or at least understand her a little bit but negative. Did not happen.

And then there were the dudes in the story. I couldn't keep track of them at first! Holy crap!! Slow the hell down, woman! There's nothing wrong with dating around but this lady was a serial dater. And a tease. Again, infuriating. See ... I was talking about the abundance of dudes and I was brought back to Trish again. Damn. I hated her character. And honestly, I don't really care about any of the other characters either. Her besties are non-entities basically, they just take up space and I couldn't tell you one thing about any of them and the same goes with the dudes. Thank goodness I'm not being quizzed on them because I would totally fail.

I don't know if this is how all of Elson's characters are written but I'm okay with never finding out. I will not be reading another book by her. She's just not the author for me. But she is for some other readers. Sometimes you just don't click. And we didn't click. No where near clicking.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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Profile Image for Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm.
1,256 reviews106 followers
July 9, 2016
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 heart broken when her boyfriend admitted he's in love with someone else. Trish Cerise formulated the three dates only rule, to steer clear of serious relationships, stop believing in promises and prevent her heart from shattering again. And when she met Adam Helms, she couldn't believe her luck. This guy with tailored suits agreed with her rules wholeheartedly, as he himself wasn't looking for long-term commitments, so to speak.

But their three dates gave way to a fourth, in another country with a promising scenery. Things started getting serious and Trish thought she was falling for Adam. But her bestfriend told her to talk to her guy and have him admit about himself. When Trish learned the truth, that's when the floodgates opened and I felt really bad for her. Glad that there was Cliff Walsh, though. Who was he? Ahh, you'd better read the book to get the full intriguing story. Cliff was way too delightful and chummy as a friend, I had the same thoughts as Trish about him.

I love that this wasn't a case of insta-love. Trish wasn't instantly attracted to Adam, and vice versa. They started with the wrong foot, and an embarrassing one at that. Imagine a guy accidentally listening to a lady's unconventional dating habit up to the point of learning her lack of sex life. Oh I'd give a thousand bucks just to be able to see Adam's face. Ha haha..

I really liked how I fell in love with this book in the end. Like I said, I wasn't really into it at first, I had already set my expectations and was prepared to hate Trish, only to have my eyes go round like saucers as the pages flew by. I must say, Trish may have got the guts to pursue her rules, but she wasn't always a bitch about it. I liked her vulnerable side, too. I think that was what made me like her in the end. Adam, hmm, yes, I do like him too, but not as much as Cliff! I can't wait to get to know more about him in the next book. Yay!

'Tis my first Nicki Elson book and I believe I'll be looking out to her next books and I'm happy to say, she already got me hooked!
Profile Image for Robin Morgan.
Author 5 books281 followers
July 12, 2016
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 for more than three times, because statistically this is when relationship begin to take a nosedive, slowly at first, but then why wait for the inevitability to happen.

We both know, deep down inside, that this is merely a charade because what woman can go without getting her HEA before her biological clock stops. There’s always some guy who will cause the best laid plan to go awry. This is what happens when Adam Helms steps into her life at work. Adam is a guy who like Trish wants to keep any relationship from getting too serious. However a KISMET steps in and all of their held-fast rules get thrown out of the window because of how intense their relationship has become.

Is there a HEA for these two forlorn lovers? This is something I’m not going to say.

The story itself is well written with a good characterization of its two protagonists which made for an enjoyable reading experience for me.

One way I know has touched me is when I start hearing a song in my mind, which is what happened here. There are several songs which deal with topic of someone making someone else fall in love with them. But the song which I’m referring to goes all the way back to 1913, and has been sung by scores of singers, first of who was Al Jolson. If you read the lyrics for the song you might feel the same way I do in regards to this book’s storyline

You made me love you
I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to do it
You made me love you
And all the time you knew it
I guess you always knew it.
You made me happy sometimes, you made me glad
But there were times, Dear, you made me feel so bad

You made me sigh for, I didn't want to tell you
I didn't want to tell you
I want some love that's true, yes I do, deed I do, you know I do

Give me, give me, give me what I cry for
You know you got the brand of kisses that I'd die for
You know you made me love you.

For giving her readers a romance novel which really represents a real life scenario I’m giving Ms. Elson 5 STARS.

I had received a mobi.file copy for this book through the author’s recent giveaway on LibraryThing and the above has been my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Heather andrews.
9,520 reviews149 followers
June 6, 2016

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.
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467 reviews61 followers
April 8, 2017
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. Until she meets Adam Helms. Adam appears to be upfront and honest until secrets are revealed. The twists and turns make this a page-turner.

The novel introduces the reader to Trish’s world. She has a strong support system. She is focused, confident and comfortable in her own skin. She is likeable and real. The short chapters move the story along quickly and the author draws the reader into her world.

When It Hooks You is a truly delightful read. The characters are well developed with strong and identifiable personalities. Their friendships and personal lives drive the novel. This well-written series is character driven.
Looking forward to the next instalment.
Profile Image for Amber.
603 reviews3 followers
June 12, 2016
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 liked Cliff too and was hoping there would be something there (BTW Nicki Elson, I want Cliffs story next). Trish was a kinda of no bull shit, still hilarious kind of character, I really liked her but although she put up this front that she couldnt be hurt, we still were able to see her vulnerable side, which I liked. Nicki Elson created a captivating story of long distance lovers with a passion for one another that was so unexpected they didnt even see it coming themselves. Adam and Trish are both wanting what they can't obtain or so Trish believes.
Profile Image for Eden Finley.
Author 51 books4,644 followers
December 4, 2016

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.
Profile Image for Rumer Haven.
Author 8 books87 followers
June 27, 2016
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 favorite. :) In the author's true fashion, the romance feels real, balancing the "aw" with the angst in an authentic and witty way. The bonus teaser at the end for When it Holds You sets up such a great premise, too; I can't wait for that next installment!
Profile Image for Norma Reasor.
555 reviews
July 14, 2016
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 chance of heartbreak, huh?
Although I received a free copy of this book, at the present time, July,1916, it is available on Kindle Unlimited. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series. October?? Really???
Profile Image for Paula D.
1,580 reviews51 followers
June 10, 2016
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 up she has a great guy at her feet and is so blind!! 5/5 stars I got to reviewed this book for my unbiased opinion
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Profile Image for Maha Erwin.
Author 3 books7 followers
October 9, 2016
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 something genuine – a solid relationship. But Trish keeps mum; she committed to reviriginizing herself. And Adam plays games with her; of course, his past is dark and complicated. As they get together and break up, Trish grows up. She’s no longer satisfied with her receptionist job; she wants a management career, preferably one in which she can travel to the most amazing corners of the world. Although Trish is spunky and silly at first, and rather upbeat, despite her self-imposed ascetic lifestyle, she turns bitter. I was afraid that she wouldn’t change as dramatically as she did. I’m glad she did. No longer a sheltered “chick,” she pushes herself to improve, to be the best version of herself. It made me sooo freakin’ happy. Of course, this is a HFN novel. In the end, Trish succeeds in winning back Adam’s heart, and vice-versa.

Adam is honestly my favorite character, I related to him more than Trish and all of the other secondary characters. Men who are complex and thoughtful make you think, rather than just swoon. They make you judge your partner against them; and want to change your partner without him knowing it. ;-) And oh, the romance between Trish and Adam is steamy hot, which is always a plus in romance.

Ms. Elson is, hands down, one of my favorite romance authors. Her writing is smooth, her description poetic, her dialogue snappy; she's a thoughtful observer of the seen and unseen; what I most enjoy is how she manages to make her men sound like men, and women sound like women. Not an easy feat.

I look forward to experiencing the same up-and-down moods when I read her next novel – When It Holds You.
Profile Image for Elizabeth Horbaczek.
759 reviews5 followers
August 19, 2016
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 her perfectly. She has this charisma in this book that makes you feel like she is your best friend and you want to help her fix what is missing in her life. So Trish comes up with a plan... 3 dates thats all she is going to have and then she moves on. Sounds simple right. How wrong can she be. Adam is this man that has business with Trish's firm and when Trish sees him she knows that she wants him. So one night they have drinks and Trish tells him what her dating rules are. Adam has secrets so he things its perfect. Well lets just say this is going to be an unique ride. I never give too many details in this book, but I have to tell you, when you start to figure some things out within the story it is not what it seems. You will start hating men. You will want to scream, you will be hurt, and you will see how forgiveness works throughout this book. No I do have to tell you that I was unhappy with the end. I don't know why the author would leave us in limbo with this couple because it starts another couple in the next book. The third couple, so I'm kinda lost for words. I wished there was an epilogue. In all the author had a powerful book, but leaves you wanting to know more about this couple.
Profile Image for Adriana Bonilla.
588 reviews47 followers
February 11, 2017
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 who was interested in her but at the same time has this walls surrounding him and I was so intrigued!
Then they started dating and suddenly I just lost interest.
I don't know what happened there, but the whole three dates situation with Adam didn't get me in the way I was expecting it. I know that their relationship evolved, he was sweet and everything, but that part, it did nothing for me. Then in Guatemala everything changed in some way and I got attached again. From that part on, almost the end I was curious about the ending.

What I really loved about this book was the friendship, the funny crazy dialogues and Cilff. Trish isn't my favorite heroine but I really like that she didn't mourn her relationship with Adam like in the rest of the book. Yes, she cried and she was sad about it, but she continued with her life even better than before. I liked her more after she broke up with him.
I loved the ending. It was sweet, real and so cute. It also wasn't like an ending, it was more like a beginning and that made it even better.

Honestly I prefer Cliff's story, but this one was pretty much good.
3.7 Stars!
Profile Image for Hilda.
460 reviews
June 27, 2016
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. Then the author thru us a curveball I totally didn't see coming but I should have seen it. The supporting characters area amazing. I love Lys, JoJo and Cliff. The antics, the situations, the fun, the heartache and the bonds between them are written so well you will believe that you are part of the scene.

Author Nicki Elson did a great job of providing a story that was realistic and made it easy for the reader to bond with the characters. The story has a good plot line and keeps the reader engaged. I started this book at 10pm and didn't want to put it down. I was so upset with my eyes for quitting on me before I got to the end. But the minute my eyes opened I found myself reaching for the book to find out what happened. That's a tell for me that this is a good book and I can't wait to see more by Nicki.
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1,303 reviews15 followers
June 24, 2016

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 and it was not exactly endearing her to me.

After that Trish decides to only go on only 3 dates with guys and after that walk away. Because... I don't remember actually. There are description of some dates which lead to nowhere and she meets an interesting guy at work where she is the receptionist.

I did not really warm up to Trish. And after reading about a very uncomfortable double date when Trish thinks her friend Cliff is gay, I just decided to quit. That was Chapter 6. DNF.

Profile Image for P Leslie.
2,692 reviews17 followers
July 25, 2016
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 was laughing when Trish brought a gay friend to the restaurant for Clifford, thinking he was gay. I liked the chemistry between Trish and Adam, it was intense.

This was a light, fun read with interesting characters and an intriguing narrative.

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2,428 reviews17 followers
October 27, 2016
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 never go to plan & are things to good to be true. Her friends think he maybe keeping things from her & cliff is hoping for more than friendship will either of them get the girl.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Another new author for me.
Great book a definite must read
135 reviews
February 26, 2017
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 made her want more than a short term good date. Then two men enter her life who have the potential to touch her heart deeper than anyone else ever has. Set in Chicago, I found getting glimpses of that lovely city a pleasure! This book is a great way to take a break from the daily grind of life when reading is your magic carpet ride.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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1,367 reviews104 followers
July 7, 2016
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.

A fun read if you're after something quick and light. The next one in the series is about Cliff, so that might be interesting and something to look forward to as he was a great secondary character.
Profile Image for Tracey.
154 reviews2 followers
August 1, 2016
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 head and she has to face facts. No, neither one of them is perfect, and there are a few expected and un-expected twists and turns along the way, but that's what makes it fun, right? You’ll get it. I received this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review. Enjoy!
1,306 reviews2 followers
March 22, 2017
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 characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily posting a review consisting of my honest opinions.
1,707 reviews5 followers
March 4, 2017
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.*
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632 reviews38 followers
September 28, 2016
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.
43 reviews3 followers
October 13, 2016
I really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it I loved all the characters i could put the book down
Profile Image for Hollye Carroll.
12 reviews2 followers
October 16, 2017
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 in the way that we all sets rules for ourselves, and we all break them eventually. She has a strict 3 date rule, because apparently things get serious by the 4th date. She is a woman who doesn't really know what she wants in love and life or how to get it. Then she meets Adam. He is mysterious, wealthy, handsome, has awesome taste in clothing, and is bound to make her break her own rules. She is so desperate for the perfect man that she overlooks one little thing until it blows up in her face, Adam has a secret and boy was it a good one.

I would definitely recommend this series. Not only are the main characters appealing, but the secondary characters in each book are equally loveable!
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227 reviews
June 21, 2018
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 on it.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I still finished it, if only to see what the big twist was going to be. Not a complete waste of time, just not worth rereading either.
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61 reviews
May 17, 2018
This felt like justified adultery...Adam was a jerk, Trish lied to herself, an Clif, oh wow Cliff....he deserved someone real, someone honest anď truthful...Cliff was my hero.
Adam and Trish...not a fan
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