Review: Hook by Gina L. Maxwell

Title: Hook

Author: Gina L. Maxwell

Series: Neverland #2

Genre: Contemporary Retelling

Pages: 364

Read: March 5, 2021

5 stars - I loved it!
5 stars – I loved it!

“If you can’t come into the light, then I’ll live with you inside the dark. You don’t need to believe you can be saved, James. I’ll believe it enough for the both of us. You only need to let me love you.”

Hook doesn’t need anyone. He is Captain of the Pirates and is determined to keep everyone at a distance. Unfortunately, John Darling has a way of getting past his barriers and he is the only one who can help me take down Croc. 

Oh my goodness was this book so good! I was hooked from the very first chapter and I didn’t want to put it down, but I also didn’t want to finish it too quickly. I knew after reading Pan that Hook’s story was going to be an emotional one but I wasn’t expecting this much pain, and love. 

Hook has made so many sacrifices for his adopted family, and they don’t even know about it. He always pushes them away and does everything he can to keep people at a distance, just so he doesn’t accidently endanger anyone. John was the only one who saw through his facade of indifference. He saw the pain and anger and he didn’t run from it. He just helps Hook through it and makes him a better person. 

This book is all about overcoming one’s issues, with and without help. Hook learns to trust others, gains some self worth, let go of the anger and pain of his past, and most importantly, he learns to love, all because John believed in him and never gave up on him. John’s determination and compassion were perfect for a man who lives his life by pushing people away. He wasn’t afraid to stand up to Hook when he needed to or to submit to him. These two had a very steamy and emotional relationship that just set the story on fire! Also I loved how John would do little things to take care of Hook. 

I can’t wait for more books in this series. I love all the Lost Boys/Pirates so far and I can’t wait to learn more about their lives and see them find happiness. 

Trigger Warnings:

  • Sexual assault (read authors note in the beginning of the book)
  • Child abuse
  • Murder
  • drug abuse 
  • Sex trafficking

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Pan

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