✨ 💚 ✨ PAN, a Neverland Novel is LIVE!!! ✨ 💚 ✨
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, comes a brand-new series with a fresh twist on an old classic.
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. There are no fantasy elements in this world, other than the “magic” that happens between the sheets.
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“I wanted adventure and magic and… You, Peter. I wanted you“
“I’m yours, Wen. Always have been. Take what you want, and I swear, I’ll give you all that I am.”
This author did a fantastic job of modernizing this classic, beloved fairytale. This is a contemporary romance with all the feels of magic and adventure that you expect from Peter Pan. Please note this is not a fantasy novel. This is the first book in the Neverland series and while the focus is on Peter and Wendy Darling, we essentially get introduced to all the characters with a bit of their history including all the Lost Boys, Pirates and Darling siblings.
The story alternates from the past and the present and we follow Wendy and Peter’s first meeting at age 12 to their second chance at love with their reunion in their 20’s. I loved the innocence and curiosity of their first love moments and the chemistry and steam in their adult relationship. Peter was an amazing character! He was a born leader, protective of the Lost Boys and Tink and his adoration and determination to claim Wendy was defiitely swoon worthy. It doesn’t hurt that he, and in fact all the Lost Boys, grew up into sexy, huge muscular men. It paints quite the visual.
I did feel that for characters in their mid to late 20’s they were a bit immature. Certainly I can understand Peter’s behaviour. Peter Pan is after all struggling with not wanting to grow up but Wendy’s tendency to overreact in situations had me giving an eye roll or two. I also felt like the main conflict in the story was a bit underwhelming and then the ending felt a bit too perfect/cheesy/corny.
I did enjoy this story overall and I encourage you to try this book. The concept of this retelling still intrigues me and the end of this book has me seriously anticipating Hook’s story which is next in the series.
Contemporary Fairytale Retelling
Heat Level: Moderate
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
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