Review: Hook’s Pan by Marie Hall

Review: Hook’s Pan by Marie HallHook’s Pan by Marie Hall

Genres: Fairytale, Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 25, 2013
Pages: 175
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

As I took up the grand finale book in the series about the five bad guys of Kingdom, I was full of anticipation and just a little anxiety because I was feeling such anticipation.  I didn’t want to aim to high and have it disappoint, but I should have had more faith in the author.  I love a good rousing fairy tale retelling and pirates are pretty delicious fictional characters so I was thrilled down to my boots to realize not far in that Captain Hook would live up to expectation and the woman chosen for him had a bit of the pirate inside her to match him.

James Hook only lives his days for revenge after the killing of the woman he loves.  Trishelle Page refuses to open her heart to love because she’s never really witnessed it and can’t believe in it particularly after her sister’s tragic death.  Then again, she’s not up for believing in this Kingdom place that her friend Betty is going on about either or that she has a fated mate waiting for her there.

Hook can’t believe his eyes when a female dressed as his dreaded enemy drops out of the blue into his cabin and his fairy godmother tries to convince him that she’s the reincarnation of his lost love.  The woman looks nothing like Talia and she certainly doesn’t act like her, but by the gods he isn’t opposed to getting her into his bed.

Okay, now she really should start believing that Betty spoke the truth.  She doesn’t believe for a second that she was once this Talia woman, but the knock your socks off hottie who arrogantly challenges her and takes her breath away most definitely is Captain Hook and she most definitely is on his ship.  Trisha figures why not enjoy her brief little stay in Neverland.

The plot on this one is probably my favorite next to the first one.  I do so love a tortured hero and there’s just something about two characters who are refreshingly honest about their lust and attraction though love scares the crap out of them.  Hook takes Trisha on an adventure through Neverland that had me totally appreciating Marie Hall’s creativity.  I loved the mermaid kingdom and I was thrilled that there was a scene with Peter Pan.  But best of all was my strong desire to see the main characters find their way to real happiness.

I enjoyed how recurring characters in the form of Dannika, Gerard and Betty got some scene time.  The epilogue was a lovely touch, but that author’s note promising to stretch out this series just a bit further was the best news of all.

Those who enjoy sultry fairy tale retellings or something in the unusual way in their paranormal romance should give this series a try.  You don’t have to read this one in order, but you can appreciate the references and characters if you do.

My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Shari Delighted Read

    I love bad boys and fairytales…guess I will bite the bullet and trust the author to take the fairytale bad boys to the heart of a strong woman. Can’t wait to find time to read Her Mad Hatter!

  • Her books are my weekend reads. Been hearing such good things about her books.

    • Sophia Rose

      I know! I need to get busy and read her other stuff. I’ve only read the Kingdom series, but she has several others that aren’t even all paranormal.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    Sophia… Just read on the authors site there will be a sixth book called The Huntsman’s Prey. So this isn’t the grand finale 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Yep! Its the bad girls of the fairytales next.

      • Shari Delighted Read

        I started Her Mad Hatter and now I am having dreams about Alice in Wonderland…great, lol.

        • Sophia Rose

          Oh that would be bizarre! Haha!

  • Oh I’d just decided that I was going to read book one this coming week! Same as Sharonda have been hearing so many good things. Always nice when they can keep that up for a nice sized series!

    • Sophia Rose

      I got it as a freebie some time ago with one of those ‘what the heck; its free’ decisions and got a pleasant surprise. It maintains that whole crazy ‘I fell down the rabbit hole’ feel as the original tale while offering a hot new take on Hatter.

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