Series: A Neverland Novel One
Genre: #Romance #FairytaleRetelling #Dark #Triggers (There is an attempted rape scene)
My Rating: 5
Cover: 5 *Love this cover!!!
Publication: January 22st 2019
Read: January 17th 2019 *ARC provided by author
POV: First-person dual perspectives
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Once upon a time, in Neverland, North Carolina–I fell in love.
I was twelve when Peter first climbed up to my balcony.
Thirteen when I sneaked out to see him at the School for Lost Boys.
Seventeen when his touch made me fly,
And eighteen when his words made me cry.
We were magnetic, drawn to each other from that very first night, and what I thought would be forever. But when it came time for me to leave, he wouldn’t come with, so I left town with a map for my future and a shattered heart.
Ten years later, I’ve returned to Neverland, hoping to find a man in place of the boy.
Peter was partially right, growing up is no fun. After quitting my fancy career that sucked the magic out of life, I’m now organizing the fundraiser of the year. In a move that could make or break the event and my new company, I’ve hired Peter, master mechanic and owner of LB Automotive, to help me pull this off–trusting him to rebuild a classic car for the auction that could help hundreds of foster kids in need.
I thought I was prepared, but the boy who refused to leave is now a man hell-bent on getting me to stay, and as sparks fly between us, that undeniable fire flares back to life, deeper and hotter than ever.
But that ripped body doesn’t mean Peter’s matured enough to make us or this event work, and not everyone in Neverland is happy about my return.
Not every wound heals.
Not every heart can be fixed.
Not every boy grows up.
And after all this time, the love we found might be lost to us again…this time, forever.
*Pan is an adult contemporary romance retelling of Peter Pan, complete with Wendy, Hook, Tink, and all the Lost Boys as sexy mechanics. There are no fantasy elements in this world, other than the “magic” that happens between the sheets. 😉
Pan by Gina L. Maxwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic start to a new series. I love fairytale retellings with a dark edge. This book was Peter Pan and Wendy’s story. Because it is the first in the series the author added a lot of detail introducing us to a good number of secondary characters. I am especially looking forward to Hook’s book next.
This is not my first book by this author. I am a fan and love her books. This retelling of Peter Pan was original, entertaining and in some places, emotional. I would describe most of the elements as dark. The book jumps back to the past a few times, giving us the younger Peter and Wendy. I don’t want to go into details but I will say I loved how they met. Was it predictable? A little but but the dark aspect of this book gives us a completely different Neverland.
Wendy and Peter had perfect chemistry. I believed their story and hated when it ended. Their HEA was sweet and I smiled through it all. After all they had been through, they deserved it.
Wendy and Peter had been apart for ten years before she returned to Neverland. While Wendy was a bit wary to take up where they left off, afraid her heart couldn’t take be broken again, Peter knew exactly what he wanted. He was not going to let her walk away from him again. Of course they had to work on being together and despite someone trying to keep them apart, their love was too strong for them to fail at a second chance.
Tink and the Lost Boys, as well as Hook, and Wendy’s brothers, John and Michael, are an important part of this book. We are introduced to them when they are young children. With the exception of John and Michael, the others did not have a good childhood. In fact, it was downright awful. And if it weren’t for Peter, things could have been even worse than they already were. I am looking forward to the books featuring these characters if for no other reason but to be assured they have a happily-ever-after like Wendy and Peter.
The end of the book hinted to Hook’s book being next. He definitely needs a happy ending. From what I saw in Pan, Hook might have had the worst life growing up. I can’t wait to see what the author does with him.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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