Title: Hooked on Trouble
(Over the Top #3)
Author: Kelly Siskind
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
Reality bites. Hard.
The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossible sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day. Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself. She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister.
Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, or the fact that he ditched her after their night together. Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right. What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister? But when the lines between right and wrong start to blur, putting his job on the line, Nico has to decide if the risk is worth the ultimate reward.
His large hand presses against my knee under the table. “Can we talk?”
, his touch. It’s the first time I’ve felt the weight of his palm on me since Aspen. It’s heavy. Huge. Callused. Instinctually I shift forward, my body no longer mine to command. He doesn’t move his hand. Just his thumb. It presses harder, dragging downward. I grip my armrests to keep from sliding to the floor. He stares at me, waiting for my answer.
I choose silence.
The way our lives are entrenched with our friends, I’ll have to spend time with him, and I can’t keep pretending I can block him out. Moving here was about starting fresh, which means letting go of this grudge. But talking about Aspen could stir up more feelings, the same way the experience spurred my need to find Rose. If we talk about our time in the hot tub, it could unhinge me further.
Our waiter arrives to take our order, and Nico’s thumb moves again, a tiny brush, his skin against mine, sending a pulse between my thighs. My sanity plummets. I shout, “Chicken,” like a lunatic as I push away from the table.
Nico’s hand slides from my knee, but his eyes don’t waver. I feel his gaze on my back as I hurry to the bathroom. The second I get inside, I close the door and lean against it, thankful it’s not a public room with several stalls. I take a few deep breaths.
How can that bit of contact turn me inside out? The smallest touch?
Memories of his other touches flip through my mind, snippets of skin and ink, flashes of ecstasy.
My back arching.
His fingers exploring.
The curve of his inked shoulder.
His huge hands.
The sheer size of .
We might not have had sex, and the details may be fuzzy, but there’s no doubt it was the hottest night I’ve ever had. What isn’t fuzzy is the time I spent with him in the hot tub prior, and how he took advantage of my vulnerability.
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly Siskind moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario, Canada. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.
She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
4 “Tattoos, siblings and love” Stars
ARC via NetGalley.
Thank you, Forever Yours!
In case you were wondering, YES, Kelly Siskind ended her Over the Top series on a high note. Not that one could doubt that after reading her previous books, right?
Hooked on Trouble is the story of Nico and Raven, the last couple from the group of three women who met the men of their lives in Aspen. In case you haven’t read the beginning of this story, go check My Perfect Mistake (review here). You won’t regret it.
Just to be clear, though, you don’t have to start with the first book in the series. All of them stand alone, as far as I’m concerned.
Now, about Hooked on Trouble, I have to confess it took me a while longer than I’d anticipated to get into this story and fully connect with the main characters. Don’t get me wrong. Nico and Raven have distinguishing and strong personalities, and their chemistry is incredible. But something held me back for a while. I can’t really explain what it was, so I’m blaming it on my reading mood. 10% in, though, I was hooked–pun not intended.
The thing that impressed me most about this book was the main characters’ personalities. Those two felt like real people, you know? Their flaws and insecurities were more evident, and the problems surrounding them and their families only added layers to their personalities. These were real-life people. Sure, I like to read about billionaires and rock stars falling in love as much as the next girls, but I also LOVE when I can read books and go “yeah, this feels genuine.”
It was more than just the drama involving Nico’s siblings and Rose’s sister. It was basically the two of them and who they were. Raven was so far from perfect. She had a past that shaped her into this person who didn’t see things only black and white. In fact, there was a whole lot of gray in her. And Nico...He tried so hard to get the black separated from white that I also saw the gray in him. He wasn’t just a good guy because life is good and his soul is pure. He was the good guy because he had to be. His life and the people around him needed that from him.
I really love when I can see why characters (people) are the way they are, and this book gave me that.
Nothing I say about the romance will come as a surprise if you’ve read or heard about Kelly Siskind: it was swoony and HOT! Really hot. The chemistry was there from moment one (or moment zero, if you take into consideration the previous books in this series), and it only burned hotter with each chapter. Nico was the kind of guy you wanted in your life and bed. You probably wouldn't be leaving your or his bed all that much, to be honest. The problems they had to face later on, the trust issues, the getting back together... everything was done in a way that felt real. Yep, it was that good.
You know what else was that good? The ending. Fans of this series will be all over that ending. Everything came together as it was supposed to. Everyone got their happy ending. The last chapter warmed my heart and gave me something else I can always count on this author delivering: humor! I had this big, silly smile the whole time I was reading that chapter. Exactly what I needed!
Well, I’m truly happy I had the chance to get to know these characters and read about their lives, love and future. So go get yourself some happiness, too!
The only question remaining now: when do I get more books, Kelly Siskind?
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