Is struggling on the hook necessary?
I can't help but wish struggling on the hook didn't involve button mashing. After carpal tunnel surgery my ability to mash buttons at a steady pace has been severely diminished, I know some other folks in the same boat where it feels like the struggle is really too much of a struggle. Perhaps you can replace the struggle phase with skill checks to buy you time?
I've seen many new games replacing button mashing mechanics or allowing you to bypass them in options and I really appreciate this new direction in gameplay, I hoping to see something to help gamers like myself who just don't enjoy button mashing for one reason or another.