Loving Peter

Bonnie Dee
Historical romance
Available from Amber Quill Press
ISBN: 978-1-61124-287-4
May 2012

This story is a re-telling of the old story of Peter Pan. Peter is our 'hero' I guess, doesn't want to grow up, doesn't want to live by the rules and is a constant rebel. He has a so called club called Ever Lads where men go to play and cavort with other men. It is a secret club, and quite frankly, the only place Peter feels comfortable at. Peter's love interest, or anyway, the man who has Peter in his sights, is Wendell. He's a shy, proper banker who is very attracted to men and just found out about the club.

I'm sorry to say I had a few issues with this book. Let me set the scene, chapter one begins in London, 1901...Peter is walking to his secret club and meets up with Steadman whose leg was injured while fighting for His Majesty's army. This threw me off completely as I was fairly certain Queen Victoria had been reigning for some time. The Queen had ruled from June of 1837 through January of 1901. I guess the His Majesty referred to here was King Edward VII (Victoria's successor) and the battle/war he was injured in was Second Boer War which went from 1899 through 1902. I was a bit displeased to have to look into that because if the King in question had been Victoria's Predecessor then Steadman would have been way too old to fit this story. I love history and this was just too distracting. I really disliked that every chapter began with a small quote or excerpt from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie... Don't really like that story, and honestly, I don't like the time period Ms. Dee set this story in.

So, I do not want you all to think this is a terrible story because it's not. I just didn't like it very much. Here's what I did like: Wendell was a very good character, both his brothers were very cool and his parents eventually calmed down some. About three quarters of the way through the story is when Ms. Dee and her boys (the Lost Boys) gripped me. It wasn't until the very end that I even semi liked Peter. Now, there were a few moments here and there which Peter and his friends pull off some serious capers that were very amusing. The times in which Peter allowed himself to be completely honest with Wendell and himself were also very good.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Teresa T.
August 8, 2012

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