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“Hooked,” the first complete standalone novel in the Never After Series by Emily McIntire, offers readers a dark and captivating reimagining of the classic tale of Peter Pan. With a brooding anti-hero at its center and a narrative filled with twists and turns, McIntire’s fractured fairy tale delves into themes of revenge, desire, and redemption.

Diving into the world of a deliciously dark Captain Hook, named James Barrie, was an absolute thrill! This version of Hook is intriguingly dark and teeters on the edge of moral ambiguity. Wendy, portrayed as the daughter of a dubious businessman, Peter Michaels, becomes an unwitting pawn in James’ vengeful plot against her father. Yet, as fate would have it, James finds himself falling for Wendy, capturing the timeless allure of villains succumbing to love in the most unexpected ways.


Packed with clever nods to the classic Peter Pan narrative, this book offers a refreshing twist while sprinkling in delightful Easter eggs that fans of the original will surely appreciate.

However, it’s important to note that this story takes considerable creative liberties, distancing itself from the traditional Peter Pan saga. It doesn’t aim to retell the classic tale but rather presents a unique narrative inspired by its characters and themes.

At the heart of the story is James, a man consumed by a singular desire: to destroy his enemy, Peter Michaels. When Wendy, Peter’s daughter, unexpectedly enters James’s life, he sees an opportunity to use her as a pawn in his revenge scheme. His plan is simple: seduce Wendy and use her to bring down Peter. However, as James’s organization begins to unravel and he discovers a traitor in his midst, his carefully laid plans become increasingly complicated. Despite his initial intentions, James finds himself drawn to Wendy in ways he never anticipated.

Wendy, sheltered by her wealthy and aloof father for most of her life, is swept off her feet by the enigmatic James. Their relationship quickly becomes intense and addictive, blurring the lines between passion and danger. Despite knowing the risks involved, Wendy finds herself unable to resist James’s allure. As their connection deepens and Wendy learns more about the world James inhabits, she grapples with her feelings for him, unsure if she’s falling for the man or the monster he represents.

“Hooked” is a gripping contemporary romance that explores the complexities of love and desire in the face of darkness. McIntire skillfully navigates mature themes and content, crafting a narrative that is both thrilling and emotionally resonant. As the first installment in the Never After Series, “Hooked” promises readers a fresh perspective on classic fairy tale villains, offering them the chance to find their own version of happily ever after.

“Never After” is part of a series that reimagines fairy tales with no direct storyline connections between the books, providing a new and enchanting experience with each installment. I found the entire series utterly captivating and am thrilled that they’re accessible through Kindle Unlimited. Excuse me while I indulge in a series binge. Farewell for now!

With its richly drawn characters, atmospheric setting, and unpredictable plot twists, “Hooked” is sure to captivate fans of dark romance and fractured fairy tales alike. McIntire’s masterful storytelling and compelling exploration of complex relationships make “Hooked” a must-read for those seeking a darker twist on beloved childhood stories.


From international bestselling author Emily McIntire comes a dark and delicious fractured fairy tale reimagining of Peter Pan. He wants revenge, but he wants her more…

James has always had one agenda: destroy his enemy, Peter Michaels. When Peter’s twenty-year-old daughter Wendy shows up in James’s bar, he sees his way in. Seduce the girl and use her for his revenge. It’s the perfect plan, until things in James’s organization begin to crumble. Suddenly, he has to find the traitor in his midst, and his plan for revenge gets murkier as James starts to see Wendy as more than just a pawn in his game.

Wendy has been cloistered away most of her life by her wealthy cold father, but a spontaneous night out with friends turns into an intense and addictive love affair with the dark and brooding James. As much as she knows James is dangerous, Wendy can’t seem to shake her desire for him. But as their relationship grows more heated and she learns more about the world he moves in, she finds herself unsure if she’s falling for the man known as James or the monster known as Hook.