The Never King (Vicious Lost Boys Book 1) by Nikki St. Crowe

Emoji Review by Rebecca Dixon

I finished reading โ€˜The Never King,โ€™ Book 1 by Nikki St. Crowe and Holy Peter Pan! WATCH OUT ๐Ÿ‘€! Cause this STAR โœจof a book will keep you reading โ€˜straight on til morning โœจ!โ€™ (FYI, Iโ€™m not affiliated with the author, not in the book biz, reading is just a HOBBY, and Iโ€™m just a regular reader that is super passionate ๐Ÿ’— about spreading the word on GREAT books!) There are NO spoilers ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป!

So this is a Peter Pan Fairy Tale ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ RETELLING that has Fantasy and Romance ๐Ÿ’˜! Woot ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Woot ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป!!! And if you havenโ€™t ALREADY noticed, itโ€™s KILL!NG it on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers on THREE ๏ธโƒฃ separate lists (at the time I wrote this!) โ€ฆ #๏ธโƒฃ Fantasy ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ Romance, #1๏ธโƒฃ Gothic๐ŸฉธRomance, and #2๏ธโƒฃ Paranormal ๐Ÿ’€ Romance! It has over 1700 ratings at nearly 5 STARS โญ๏ธ ! Dannnngโ€ฆ do I even NEED to continue ๐Ÿ˜…?! Ok FINE. TWIST my ARM ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป! Here goes ๐Ÿ˜†!

Ok, so this book starts off FREAKING FANTASTIC ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. LITERALLY (no PUNt ๐Ÿˆ intended ๐Ÿ˜†.) I kid you not! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป There is one line at the VERY start that OMG ๐Ÿ˜† โ€ฆ I must have msgโ€™d at least THREE different people as SOON as I read it because it was such a FUNNY ๐Ÿ˜‚ and CLEVER ๐Ÿง  turn โคต๏ธ of words! Really, this book just takes off from the GET GO with quite a humorous TOUCHDOWN ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿˆ!

Alright ๐Ÿ˜† alright ๐Ÿ˜†, so the story begins on the BIRTHDAY ๐ŸŽ‚ of our FMC ๐Ÿ‘—, who is ANXIOUSLY awaiting being CAPTURED โ›“ by PETER PAN ๐Ÿงš! Yes! You heard that right ๐Ÿ˜†!! Our girl KNOWS he is supposed to STEAL ๐Ÿฅท her AWAY (or at least, thatโ€™s what sheโ€™s been told ๐Ÿ˜ณ!) Every female in her family line for generations has DISAPPERED around her 18th birthday ๐Ÿ˜ต! And when they returnโ€ฆ which they ALWAYS DO ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€ฆ they come back differentโ€ฆ CHANGED. But WILL our girl be kidnapped? Is Peter Pan REALLY real ๐Ÿ˜ฒ? Or have the women in her line just gone MAD ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ? What will happen when our girl finds out ๐Ÿ˜ฑ?!

So yeahโ€ฆ this story was a super COOL ๐Ÿ˜Ž TWIST ๐ŸŒช on Peter Pan! First off, the FMC is FREAKING AMAZEBALLS ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! She is THE definition of EMPOWERMENT ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป! THIS CHICK ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! She just TAKES ๐Ÿ’‹ what she wants ๐Ÿ† and it is SO refreshing ๐ŸŒฌ there is NO shame ๐Ÿšซ. She just completely OWNS IT ๐Ÿ’‹ and I was likeโ€ฆYES, lady YES ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! NO SHAME I tell you ๐Ÿฅณ! And the guys were a bit โ€˜deer in the headlightsโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜ณ likeโ€ฆ ummmโ€ฆ is this Darling FOR REAL ๐Ÿ˜ฒ? Cuz this girl KNOWS ๐Ÿ’กwhat sheโ€™s GOT ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ and she DEFINITELY knows how to use it ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! And I think our boys are in CLOUDBERRY โ˜๏ธโž•๐Ÿ“โž•๐ŸŠ HEAVEN ๐Ÿ˜‡!

And SPEAKING of our BOYSโ€ฆ. HOLY TINK ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต! YES! This is a RH ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! You donโ€™t have to WORRY ๐Ÿ˜ฌ about the AGONY ๐Ÿ˜ฉ of a love triangle ๐Ÿ”บโ€ฆ cuz these boys definitely CAN share ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž! And our girl is WELL HAPPY ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ to be LOST right alongside with them (if you know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿฅต!) These boys thoughโ€ฆ are definitely NOT boys ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! They are GROWN A$S DANGEROUS MEN ๐Ÿฅท ๐Ÿฅต that are LOYAL to the PAN ๐Ÿ‘‘! And speaking of PANโ€ฆ he AINโ€™T no GOOD ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป boy neither! Nope ๐Ÿ˜! This dude RULES with a tight, BLOOD ๐Ÿฉธ soaked, FIST ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป! What this guy saysโ€ฆ GOESโ€ฆ and NO ONE better PROVOKE ๐Ÿ˜  him or they may find themselves royally SCREW&D ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป โค๏ธ๐Ÿฉธโ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅต!!!

Ok.. Ok.. so the characters are pretty GRITTY ๐Ÿ”ฅ and GREAT ๐Ÿฅต! But what about the story?! Itโ€™s actually a pretty NEAT ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป take on Peter Pan, Tink, the Lost Boys, and of courseโ€ฆ our girl, Wendy Darling ๐Ÿ‘—! The writing is first person POV and itโ€™s clean, straight ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป forward & FABULOUS ๐Ÿ˜ for page-turning ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! This is the kind of book that you can INHALE ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ on a lazy Sunday afternoon โ˜€๏ธ & be WHISKED away to the LAND ๐ŸŒณ of DARK Fairy Tales ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ & STEAM ๐Ÿ”ฅ! Speaking of STEAM ๐Ÿฅต, this story definitely has it ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! Itโ€™s NOT a slow-burn, but it also doesnโ€™t take over the story either! The TEMP ๐Ÿ”ฅ is just the right amount of HEAT ๐ŸŒถ & Iโ€™m here for it ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ! Ohhhhhh & the ending ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! Ok, so yeah, there is a bit of a MYSTERY ๐Ÿ”Ž going on in this Peter Pan TWIST and the GREAT ๐Ÿคฉ newsโ€ฆ is you DO get the answers ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ! (Although they might be via a wee, tiny cliffhanger ๐Ÿ˜‰) GOOD NEWS though! โ€ฆ Book 2 is only a hop, flight ๐Ÿฆ‹ and an island ๐Ÿ away (NEXT month ๐Ÿฅณ!)

So if you love a darker Fairy Tale RE-TELLING of Peter Pan ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ, a FMC that is SHAMELESS ๐Ÿ’‹ & LEGIT ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปtakes what she wants!, MMCs that include BOYS that we do actually want to be LOST with ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต, and a BOY, at the CENTER ๐Ÿ† of it all that we may actually WANT to PROVOKE ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅโ€ฆ give this a shot! Itโ€™s FREE on KU and you never know, it may be just be the book that CAPTURES โ›“ you!