Second Star to the Left
Author: Megan Van Dyke
Publisher: City Owl Press (February 15, 2022)
Paperback, 302 pages
Romance, Adult Fantasy Romance
Tinker Bell, banished from her homeland for doing the unthinkable, selling the hottest drug in Neverland—pixie dust—wants absolution.
Determined to find a way home, Tink doesn’t hesitate to follow the one lead she has, even if that means seducing a filthy pirate to steal precious gems out from under his…hook.
Captain Hook believes he’s found a real treasure in Tink. That is, until he recovers from her pixie dust laced kiss with a curse that turns the seas against him. With his ship and reputation at the mercy of raging storms, he tracks down the little minx and demands she remove the curse. Too bad she can’t.
However, the mermaid queen has a solution to both of their problems, if Tink and Hook will work together to retrieve a magical item for her.
As they venture to the mysterious Shrouded Isles to find the priceless treasure, their shared nemesis closes in. However, his wrath is nothing compared to the realization that achieving their goal may mean losing something they never expected to find—each other.
This is a really fun (and sexy) twist on the Peter Pan story. I, of course, villain-lover that I am, fell immediately head over heels in love with Captain Hook. He may have been a wee bit TOO cinnamon roll, but he’s a SECRET cinnamon roll so I’ll allow it, haha.
The chemistry between Tink and Hook was so… I want to say fun, but is that the right way to describe a relationship just rife with longing?
The world-building in this book is what really got me. Neverland lies not far from Tortuga, which is fitting because our Captain Hook seems like a bit of a cross between Once Upon A Time Killian/Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow. I also love Megan Van Dyke’s twist on some of the supporting characters. Smee is DELIGHTFUL, and his sisters remind me a bit of the Bimbettes from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, haha. Her reimagining of the crocodile that takes Hook’s hand is just GENIUS and I adore it.
Megan Van Dyke has another fairy tale spin coming up, The Ugly Stepsister, which is a Cinderella/Snow White mash-up that I am GREATLY looking forward to!!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.