Hooked: The Never After Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
He wants revenge, but he wants her more.
Once upon a time, there was a little boy.
His belly full of laughter, his life full of joy.
Until one day, something changed; stripped his innocence away.
The hole inside making space for the devil to come and play.
His dreams gone forever, he grew up way too fast.
An endless night of crocodiles, and watches made of glass.
He grew into a villain, the taste of vengeance on his tongue.
Craving to make his enemies pay for the misdeeds they had done.
Instead he found a darling girl, and refused to let her go.
For what better way to make the man pay, than to steal his little shadow.
Hooked is a full-length, complete standalone in the Never After series: a collection of dark romances where the villain gets the girl. It is not a literal retelling. It is a dark, contemporary romance (not a fantasy) featuring mature themes and content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised.
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|Listening Length||9 hours|
|Narrator||Felicity Munroe, Rupert Hawthorne|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 25, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,512 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#21 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#69 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#726 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
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First let me start by saying I FLOVE THIS COVER!!!!
This book is a start of the never after series and let me tell you it is an awesome one! I love when “villains” get their HEA. There’s just a few things that kept me from giving the five stars
Wendy or h is 20 years old, and the daughter of a wealthy business man. Wanting more live craving attention. She has little to no experience in the sexual realm of a relationship but gives her V within days of meeting our H hook. I wish there was a little bit more building there. Another inconsistency I read was how accurate she was with a pewpew not once but twice, just seems a little far fetched for someone who has never been mentioned to have any experience with pewpews. And finally the last thing that kept me from giving the finally star was how Hook could not connect the dots. I was literally screaming “BRO WHAT ARE YOU DOING THATS YOUR TRAITOR!!” Well few but still, it made me feel like someone who boasted of being so smart…wasn’t and ruined it a little bit for me. Besides that it was a fun quick read
This book is as if a psychotic teenager wrote it.
What a disappointment!
By tiffandbooks on September 7, 2021
Hooked us by far one of my favorites now! It’s a Peter Pan retelling with a revenge plot and it drags you in from the very beginning. I devoured this book! I love me a good Villian and Hooked was by far my favorite this year!
I loved every minute of this steamy and twisted story!
My favorite quotes:
“Just remember, that whenever things feel bleak, all situations are temporary. It’s not your circumstance that determines your worth, it’s how you rise from the ashes after everything burns.”
“And to think, it all started with a little bit of faith. Misplaced trust. Missing pixie dust. And a villain who just needed to steal a little love.”
Remember if certain elements are not for your taste read all authors trigger warnings prior to reading!
James Barrie aka Hook, is dark. Coming from a tortured childhood he is set on getting revenge for the trauma he was a victim too and Wendy Michaels is the perfect way to exact that vengeance. He has every intention to use and abuse her, but she appeals to him like a mermaid's siren song and before long he's wrecked.
Wendy Michaels has been her father's "little shadow" her entire life. Conforming, obeying and being the perfect daughter. And she's tired of it. Tired of being the passivist, the mother to her younger brother Jon, and is starving for attention from an absent father. She meets James and for once she feels seen. Appreciated and valued as an equal. But things with James aren't perfect and she knows he's hiding something.
A romantic suspense, modern version of Peter Pan where there aren't any heroes and happily ever after isn't always what it seems.
Top reviews from other countries
The story of Wendy and James and the dark underworld of Massachusetts was a spicy, intriguing and unable to put down read. While I guessed most of the twists and turns, it didn’t take away from how well it was written and how invested I was in the story.
James is a force to be reckoned with. This beautiful broken boy had such a presence to him it leaped off the page and early scenes his power and way of being reminded me a lot of Kaz Brekker - who I also adore.
Wendy isn’t the type of female character I’m usually enamoured by as I (rightly or wrongly) prefer really strong or kind of crazy female leads, however she was an enjoyable lead and I liked getting to see her grow stronger as the book went on.
My first book by Emily and after this into I’ll be looking forward to more reads by her.
When Wendy enters his bar he can’t believe his luck. Before he realised who she was he was drawn to her innocence, add in the fact that she’s the daughter of his nemesis and he’s almost giddy with glee. He knows she’s an innocent in it all but he will still use her to antagonise her father.
Wendy is sick of being told what to do, of being neglected by her father, of all his lies. She starts to rebel, one tiny act at a time, and when she meets James she can immediately sense that he’s dangerous. Yet she’s not afraid of him, quite the opposite in fact. And so for once she pursues her feelings, her needs, her wants. But is her newfound “freedom” actually recklessness?
I totally get the hype on this book! It’s so dark, enthralling and sexy - kind of like James himself.
McIntyre is adamant that this is not a fairytale retelling and I can understand why. It’s not a fantasy, nothing about the original Peter Pan story is the same, except for some names and phrases, and it’s 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙩 for kids. It is reminiscent of some of Katy Regnery’s darker fairytale retellings. More inspired by the original tale than the story retold.
James is not a good guy, nor does he reform to become a good guy. And I think that was a perfect decision because his character wouldn’t have felt as genuine. Wendy does change a little throughout the book but honestly it was more coaxing out thoughts and feelings she was already keeping under a lid, so her character still felt real to me.
Plenty of spice and dark themes so if you have triggers then definitely read the warnings.
The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because there were some wording choices throughout the book that made me pause (because I’m annoying like that) to question if the sentence made sense to me. So it took away from a totally continuous flow of reading. But it was honestly so minimal, I’m just that person.
Sometimes, we are so excited about something that it finds a way to not live up to our expectations but this book was EVERYTHING!
I am not usually a fan of retellings because it is rare that I have read one that has truely given it's own spin but even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the surprises kept coming. That, along with the beautiful relationship between Wendy and James makes this my favourite book of the year (so far) and believe me - I have read some awesome novels over the last 9 months.
I highly recommend that you give this book a try, if you like dark romance, you will not be disappointed.
I'm so glad I dived in blind, although knowing it was a fairytale retelling I didn't know much more than that. This is about hook! And I loved him!
Finding a British character in an American book usually makes me cringe, but thankfully this author has not succumbed to the many many stereotypes and wrote him as any other villain should be written!
And that's exactly what Hook is, he is a villain. He lives on the wrong side of the law in a life of daily murder and mayhem, and yet he is so charming and wonderful.
This book cites many trigger warnings, however it is not as dark as I have read before. It merely skirts along the outsides of dark triggers, but doesn't go into too much detail. I feel like this is possibly the author dipping her toes and resting the waters of dark romance but not quite ready to dive in!
Overall though the book was incredible. The way she was able to weave certain characters and key parts of the classic fairytale in to this modern retake was very clever. The significance of the crocodile, the clock, the pixie dust, all of it, was so fun, to re imagine them as something other than what they once were was such a great experience.
*WARNING* - Contains Explicit language
“Darling, if I’m the dark, then you’re the stars.”
To be honest, it was the book cover that first caught my attention. Then after reading the note regarding ‘Reader discretion..’, consider me intrigued. That was last May but I didn’t get a chance to read it until this weekend. And I devoured it in one night - started reading this at 11PM and went to bed at 5AM.
Our main character, James, was not meant to be liked. Right hand man of the renowned syndicate in the area, he was after blood: blood of the man who was supposed to protect and take care of him; and blood of the man that caused his suffering. But life has a different plan because in comes Wendy, daughter of the man James wants dead.
This is a VERY adult romance that contains explicit languages so be warned. And if you're a fan of predator/prey trope then this one’s for you. Though there’s a section that sort of delved into a miscommunication/jumping-into-conclusion trope which I’m not exactly a fan of so that part sort of threw me off. But overall I enjoyed this book.
The final “showdown” was expected but still came as a surprise. And at the end, I’m just glad that everything worked out well for everyone. So they still ended with a happily ever after which is nice.