Title: The Never King
Author: Nikki St. Crowe
Series: Vicious Lost Boys
Publisher: Blackwell House LLC
Read: August 2022
Rating: 4 Caffeinated Stars
Content Warnings: Murder, Kidnapping, Torture, Fear Play, Group Action, Twins involved in the group action
The stories were all wrong — Hook was never the villain.
For two centuries, all of the Darling women have disappeared on their 18th birthday. Sometimes they’re gone for only a day, some a week or a month. But they always return broken.
Now, on the afternoon of my 18th birthday, my mother is running around the house making sure all the windows are barred and the doors locked.
But it’s pointless.
Because when night falls, he comes for me. And this time, the Never King and the Lost Boys aren’t willing to let me go.
We all know that Tiktok recommendations are truly hit or miss. Fortunately, I’m on a pretty good roll regarding TikTok recs. The Never King has been recommended to me since I started my BookTok, and I was always just a bit hesitant to pick it up. I mean, I enjoy dark romances, but the fact that there is twin action (no swords crossing) was something that made me put this book on the back burner.
I’m glad that I finally took the plunge and read this book. The audible sale convinced me to give it a shot, and I’m so happy I did because the narrators themselves were absolutely fantastic. They did capture each character’s essence, and I’m sad that the second book isn’t on audio yet. I enjoyed the characters but never felt like I knew them. The plot was the book’s main focus, and at times it seemed like the plot wasn’t existent.
This book would fall under the erotica genre, and spice was indeed spicy. The Never King is marketed as a “Why Choose” novel where the main character doesn’t choose between the love interests. I will say I’m not sure they would be classified as “love interests,” and in this book, they would be classified as “sex interests” and little else. Though the plot was relatively there, it’s essential to know what you’re getting into, and that is that this is a spicy book for spice sakes. It would be best if you didn’t go into this book hoping for Gina L. Maxwell’s level of plot. Instead, enjoy this book for what it is—incredibly hot spice with a plot that keeps you interested.
Overall, I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. The characters were interesting, and the plot kept me intrigued. I’ll be continuing in the series.