This Ain’t Disney | Pan by Gina Maxwell (Review)

Posted May 16, 2019 by Tina in Reviews / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
This Ain’t Disney | Pan by Gina Maxwell (Review)Pan (Neverland, #1) by Gina L. Maxwell
Series: Neverland #1
Published by Amazon on January 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Retellings, Romance
Pages: 263
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Reading Challenges: Alphabet Challenge, For The Love Of Ebooks, LetsReadIndie, Review Writing
Series Rating: 5 Stars
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4.5 Stars

From NYT 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 as sexy mechanics. There are no fantasy elements in this world, other than the "magic" that happens between the sheets. 😉

Before starting this review, I have to warn you. If you are thinking this will include Mermaids, Pirates, and magic, you will be disappointed. The only magic that happens in Pan is between the sheets. Yes, you read that right.

Pan is a modern contemporary romance of Peter Pan. This ain’t Disney so please don’t go into this thinking Peter and the gang will be young children. They are grown and living in Neverland North Carolina.

There are similarities in the story to the original, such as the character names and I feel like Gina stayed true to the character’s personalities that Barrie created. Pan is of course the leader of the Lost Boys, and of course Tink. They are all orphans who live with a Mr. Croc who is absolutely terrible (this is also a trigger warning for child abuse, emotional, physical abuse, sexual abuse). Pan escapes the orphanage to go across the railroad tracks to see what’s outside of Neverland. And he discovers a home where a mother is reading a story to her children and then he goes back to the orphanage and tells the kids to the story.

I personally loved the similarities between the original and the new modern twist. I enjoyed seeing the characters I’ve loved become adults.

The story is told in flashbacks of both Wendy and Peter. We get these flashbacks of them when they were young to fully understand the story. It also paints the picture for the story that takes place about 10 years later. It was also interesting to see the backstory of the characters and it sets up the stories for the other characters and I am so excited to see how it goes.

One thing I know for sure that Gina didn’t change for me, is that I still hate Wendy. I’ve always hated her; I don’t know why but even in Pan I just couldn’t like her. Peter on the other hand was sexy. He was also very caring and above all selfless. He put the Lost Boys, Tink and even Hook above himself and I thought he was great. Oh, and he’s a mechanic! He’s also so dirty.

We also see Tink, Lily, Hook, and the Lost Boys. This was also awesome because I felt like although this was a modern retelling, Gina stayed true the foundation of these characters. In the author note Gina mentions that she will be writing 8 books in the series and I am both curious and afraid of how this series will go. I can kind of see what this series will turn to be and I’m really excited especially for Hook’s book!

Overall, if you are looking for a hot Peter Pan, I’d recommend. Just please be advise that the only magic that happens is in the sheets and this ain’t Disney. The romance is definitely a second chance romance, I’ve personally always thought Peter deserved better than Wendy and that’s a mountain I’ll die on.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual abuse, almost rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, drugs, alcoholism, criminal activity, child abuse.

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