Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hook's Pan (Kingdom #5) by Marie Hall + Featured Freebie

Hook's Pan (Kingdom, #5)
Trishelle Page has known pain in her life, but instead of it making her weak, she's stronger. Confident. That is until the day a fairy kidnaps her during her staring role in Peter Pan's play and tells her not only do fairy tales exist, but that she's the soulmate of the pirate they call Hook, making her question everything she ever thought she knew.

Captain James Hook is a man at the end of his rope. He's not the villainous bastard tales have made him out to be. So when the curvaceous blonde drops, literally, at his feet he aims to prove it to her. If only to get her into his bed.

What neither one knows is that fate and magic are conspiring and they can deny the attraction all they want but the end is already written, it's just a matter of getting there.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Hugely imaginative and deeply romantic, this book was absolutely lovely. Hook's Pan was a fantastic fantasy romance. I really liked this new take on Peter Pan and Hook.

I've read the first book in this series, Her Mad Hatter, and it was imaginative, absorbing, positively magical. I was hoping that this book would live up to that and it sure did. Marie Hall has a gift for painting a different, magical world that completely takes you in. Her ability to create a setting that brings you there as you're reading is off the charts. Props to the author for that :)

Trishelle was an okay heroine. I thought she was very strong, dealing with a crazy new reality. However, I occasionally got annoyed with her. Trisha had a temper and an attitude to match. Normally, I don't mind that. But, she was to the point that I wanted to tell her to chill out and calm the hell down. Not everything needs to be a fight to the death. Also, her hardcore man-hating grated on my nerves after a while. She had reason to be wary of men and relationships. But it wasn't fair for her to label ALL men as terrible people just because of their gender. You know what they say about assuming? That's what happened with her. I still liked her fine. She was a good  heroine. She just needed to take a chill pill and relax.

Hook, on the other hand, was perfect. I never like the Disney version of Peter Pan as a child. So, my first real look at Hook as a character was in Once Upon a Time, where he's very attractive with a sexy accent. Plus, how can you say no to a bad boy with a passion for a lost love. This version of Hook was very similar-attractive, with a hot accent, hung up on his lost love, and determined to get revenge for the person who took her away. And that made me absolutely love him! Hook was intense, passionate, and yet so sweet when he wanted to be. And, though he had a good heart, a bad boy to the bones. I thought he was just brilliant.

The romance was well done. Because of a history between Trisha and Hook (no, I won't tell), there was a lot of emotion already present on Hook's side. His utter devotion to Trisha was so sweet. And the attraction between these two was on fire! Definitely a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. It was interesting seeing the story of Hook and Peter Pan being reimagined in such a way. I was hooked the entire way through. And the ending was absolutely perfect for their story. I hope Ms. Hall writes more in this series. I fully intend on going back and reading books 2, 3, and 4 so that I have the entire series, because I am absolutely loving it.

Hook's Pan was an absolutely, delightfully twisted fantasy romance. If you're looking for a a different romance, this is your book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Marie Hall Publishing for a copy!
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Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

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