Review | Hook by Gina L. Maxwell

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Title: Hook
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Series: Neverland #2
Previously Reviewed: Pan (#1)
Genre: Romance
Publication: 10/29/2019
Read: November 2019
Format: Digital
Pages: 387
Rating: 5 Caffeinated Stars
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Abuse, Angst, Drug Use

Goodreads Summary:

Journey back to Neverland, NC with NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Gina L. Maxwell as she turns your favorite villain into the hero you never knew you needed.


I’m Captain of the Pirates; a villain by design and a loner by nature.

I don’t need anyone. More than that, I don’t want anyone. Especially Officer John Darling who insists on seeing the good in everything, including me. If there was ever any good inside of me, it was snuffed out long ago.

I’ve avoided him for years, but now I need his help to save my brother’s life and take down Fred Croc, the monster from my childhood and my current employer.

Now Darling is undercover in my crew, living in my loft and forever working out shirtless. Taking Croc’s operation down from the inside is dangerous as hell, but Darling’s probing gaze and the natural way he defers to my dominant side might just be the end of me.

But I’ve lived in the dark for too long, and no amount of light can save me. Not even one as bright as Johnathan Darling.


I’m a Task Force Officer with the FBI; a protector of the innocent and a man in love with a villain.

Before I was even old enough to understand it, I had a crush on the broody teen called Captain Hook, following him around like a puppy and hoping he’d show me the slightest bit of attention.

He never did, though, not for years. Not until I became his only viable option for getting his crew member back and throwing Croc behind bars. Now he can’t ignore me, and he can’t hide the desire burning in his eyes when I sink to my knees, eager to serve my Captain however he needs.

But secrets are hard to keep in close quarters, and when I discover the darkness lurking in his past, eradicating the evil in Neverland is no longer my only mission. Come hell or high water, I’ll make Hook see that he’s never been the villain of this story…he’s the hero.

*Trigger Warning for readers sensitive to characters with sexual assault in their pasts. Please read the Author’s Note in the beginning of the book for more details.

My Thoughts:

As many of you know, I’ve been waiting anxiously for Hook to come out! I was one of the lucky bloggers that Gina gave a copy to in exchange for an honest review. I read Pan earlier this year and fell completely head over heels for Gina’s writing, and I’ve been shoving Pan down everyone’s throats because it is that amazing! Now, full disclosure, I have only read one other M/M romance, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that I couldn’t wait to fly into Neverland again.

I'll keep on knocking and pounding and chiseling away until I finally get through to him. Because whether he believes it or not, James Hook is worth the fucking effort."

I built Hook up in my head so much that at times I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Luckily, Hook was everything I wanted and more. This book follows Hook & John’s story. The chemistry between them was out of this world. It was fun to see the anger, the angst, and the fire between the two of them. The characters as always were well written and thoroughly entertaining. I laughed, I cried, and I had to put my book down a few times, so I didn’t throw my kindle.

And I refuse to play the bad boy to your good one. I won't give you a convenient excuse to explain away what you truly want.

The plotline was one of the shining stars of this book. It was action-packed, intense, and extremely engaging. I never wanted to put the book down, yet I enjoyed it so much I never wanted it to end. I loved the undercover aspect of the book, and it makes me want to reread some of my favorite romantic suspense. I was always on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to see how everything unfolded.

"Temptation is like my foreplay, it's what happens before the main event. And when something is forbidden, it might as well have a neon sign flashing come and get me."

All in all, I LOVED this book. It lived up to the hype that I had in my head, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series when it comes out. If you enjoy angst-filled bad boys with a heart of gold, this is the book for you. Gina truly knows how to write angst in a way that everyone can enjoy.

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29 thoughts on “Review | Hook by Gina L. Maxwell

      1. I loved Pan just as much (maybe a bit more) so I was nervous it wasn’t going to live up. But this is my second Gina book so I’m really glad Pan wasn’t a one-hit kind of book. (not that I thought it would be)

  1. So even though this is not my typical genre of choice, I love any type of Peter Pan reference, so I might have to take a look at this one and Pan!

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