Pan (a Neverland novel Book 1) by Gina L. Maxwell [arc review]
Pan has one of the most adorable scenes in romance I've read in a very very long time. For that alone it is worth reading. But luckily for us all, everything else about it was adorable too. The utmost perfect adult contemporary version of Peter Pan!
|Pan, Gina Maxwell|
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. ;)
Oh Pan... What an amazing character! From boyhood to manhood Peter Pan was an absolute delight.
We got to be part of his life growing up. We got to watch him go from an innocent young boy, clueless about the world outside the School for Lost Boys, into a very clever man that made a name for himself and his 'family'.Wendy was great. A perfect mix of sass and sweetness. I just wanted to jump in the book and claim her as a bestie.
The chemistry between them was on point. Not too much, not too little. It grew from friendship and curiosity into more and when they paths crossed again after so many years apart it is obvious that connection between them has not diminished.
And than there are all the other characters... Hook, Tink, The Darling brothers... all of them have a story of their own, personality, heart, and I can't wait to read it.
Now... before I write the next sentence... I tried guys. I really did try to write a review for Gina's book without mentioning Ruthless. But I can't... I just can't do it. It's unfair, but I can't help it. Roman is my life 🤣
So... I loved Pan, I really did. But I am looking forward to the other stories more and I think I will like them more too. The reason I need to mention Ruthless is because some of the other stories will have sub-genres I don't usually read or like. Gina has a way of making me read things out of my comfort zone- Ruthless being the first. So, I don't read MM romance for example, not my thing. But goodness... I need to read Hook's story. I just have too. There is so much depth to his character already. Can't freaking wait.