REVIEW: Never by Tara Lain


Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.

Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland.

Title:  Never
Series:  Pennymaker Tales
Book #: 4
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  221 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


Peter Pan has never really been a favorite fairy tale of mine to begin with. However, this was an intriguing translation from fairy tale to contemporary romance. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Wendell is very relatable and Peter is endearingly wild. Wendell's siblings were great and I particularly liked John's enthusiasm. Peter's cast of friends were fun, though Tink and Dudish gave me some mixed feelings at times. Peter and Wendell's magnetic push and pull was a little daunting at first, but then it just sort of clicked. They have some tangible chemistry and I just kept hoping they'd move on it. Whenever they did though, it blew up leaving everybody frustrated. It made it all the more satisfying when they got it together.

Peter's art jumps off the page so beautifully clear. I got lost in the magic of that itself. I'd love to see it brought to life. I feel like I call books predictible pretty often, but I have to say that I didn't quite see this ending playing out exactly the way it did. It was refreshing and I absolutely loved it!

Bottom Line:

Never is fun ride through finding balance in life and loving someone that compliments your own nature. Peter and Wendell definitely bring out greatness in each other. If you're wanting a neat spin on a classic, look no further!