Title: The Never King
Author(s): Nikki St Crowe
Would I Recommend? Yes!
You know the story of Peter Pan, right? Peter meets Wendy, they go back to Neverland, have a jolly old time, and never want to grow up… Well, if that is what you were hoping for from this story, stop reading now and continue on with your day. I hope it’s wonderful.
Now, for those of you who stuck around, this is a dark and sexy version of Peter Pan. Instead of Peter and Hook being enemies, it is the Darling women. How does he remedy that problem? Naturally he kidnaps them on their 18th birthday, brings them to Neverland, and hopes to hell that she can accomplish his much needed task. To find his secret.
This Darling daughter, Winnie, is unlike the others. She grew up with a messed up mom who was always trying the prevent Pan from taking her daughter. She turned into Winnie the Whore way before Pan arrived. Not only that, but she is constantly struggling through life. So, when Pan comes to get her, neither of them are ready for what is about to happen.
Directly quoted from the Goodreads synopsis, because I don’t think I could have summed it up better myself.
“If you like your enemies to lovers romance with hot, ruthless, morally gray love interests, you’ll enjoy The Never King and the Lost Boys. You can expect hate kissing, fighting, bickering, and ‘touch her and I’ll unalive you’ vibes. ”
When I tell you I have never screamed “Damn-it” so loud while driving, immediately pulled over to see if book 2 had been published, so fast in my book loving time, I don’t know what else to tell ya. Okay, maybe that is a little dramatic, but I did do one of those two things.
Needless to say I was hooked from the start.
I will say that this audiobook is only 4 hours and 35 minutes, so there is not necessarily a whole lot of character building or world building happening. That being said, I don’t think there will be too many people reading this book because of the unique and crafty description of Neverland (spoilers, there really isn’t one).
At the start of the story, you are introduced to Winnie in her shining moment, having some type of disappointing sex. You learn that her life hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. It has sucked because of this “stupid imaginary” man named Pan that her mom is terrified of. Little does she realize, Pan does exist and everything her mom told her had truth to it.
When the narrator for Pan entered the story with his deep and husky voice. I was sold. It took away any notion of the Peter Pan story I knew growing up and introduced me to a whole new world. I loved it! The other narrators for Kas, Vane, Cherry, and Bash were great too, but you knew there was going to be trouble with Pan just by his voice.
Now let’s talk about sex. Technically, this story would be classified as a reverse harem. If you aren’t sure what a reverse harem is I will go into more detail with the Zodiac Queen series, but basically it is one girl, 3+ guys, and she really doesn’t get a say in who she gets (though there is still the option of consent). Because of its reverse harem status, I will typically give a rating of 4.5 as a minimum. Not necessarily because the sex is extra spicy, but reverse harems can be a kink for some people. There are two main sex scenes in this story which happen in the middle of the book, relatively close together. Expect to see 2-on-1, rough sex, and definitely some after care.
Aside from all that, keep in mind that this is a dark retelling so thing can get a little violent. Not with Winnie involved, but with some of the other characters.
The big downside…she left it on a cliff hanger.
Do I think this is a good book?
Would I have physically read the book?
I’m sure I would have, but when Audible is having their summer sale and the book is only $3, you really can’t go wrong.
Would I recommend this to anyone and everyone?
Absolutely not! But if you are one of my spicy reader friends, then maybe.
This book is not like any other Peter Pan retelling that I have come across…so far (Hooked by Emily McIntire is on the TBR list). I would add TRIGGER WARNINGS for dark content, violence, references to schizophrenia, rough sex, and references to prostitution. That being said, I am interested to see where this series goes. It is not for the faint of heart, but if you are okay with something a little dark then this might interest you.