In this post I am giving you a The Vicious Lost Boys series review. Nikki St. Crowe gives us a delicious dark romance retelling of Peter Pan. As usual I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum however there may still be a few small spoilers in this review.
“If you are not the most interesting person you know, then you’re doing it wrong.”Nikki St. Crowe, The Never King
The Vicious Lost Boys is a dark romance reverse harem retelling of Peter Pan. This was my first reverse harem and I gotta say I would not recommend going into the reverse harem genre with this book. It’s fantastic but it’s extremely dark.
Right off the bat, if you are not into sexually explicit scenes this would be a big no for you. Additionally, there are a lot of dark elements to this book so please check not only my trigger warnings list below but make sure you check the authors trigger warnings list too.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Child Abuse
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut Shaming
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Vicious Lost Boys Reading Order
This series does need to be read in order. As of writing this post we have two books in the series. I believe we are getting three total books in the series though. There are cliffhangers but they aren’t so bad to deal with. I’m not having a problem picking up this series as it’s released. Additionally, the books can be read in less than a day so if you need a refresher before the last book in the series it would take a couple of days only.
The Vicious Lost Boys reading order is :
The Vicious Lost Boys Series Review
On their 18th birthday every Darling daughter is taken and when they return they aren’t who they were before. Their brains are broken. No matter what Wendy’s mom does though there is no stopping Peter Pan when he arrives to take Winnie on her 18th birthday.
He believes the Darling daughters will hold the key to free Neverland from a curse that is killing him and the island. That secret is somewhere in their brains and there is only one way to get it out.
When I first started reading this book I wasn’t liking it. I felt like there could have been so much more to the story, specifically world building and character development. However, as you read on in the book you start getting “hooked” on the story and you are dying to find out what happens next.
You start to fall for the characters, the world comes to life, and things start snapping into place. By the end of the first book you are reaching for the next one in the series. The second book pulls you right in and doesn’t let go for the entire thing.
The Vicious Lost Boys Characters
First up is Winnie. She has had a troubled childhood with a mom who sought to protect her in ways that were sometimes cruel. Her coping mechanisms for dealing with her trauma aren’t the greatest. However, there is this strong bad ass side to her that you fall in love with.
As for the Lost Boys… they are walking red flags but we see it and think that’s sexy as hell. Why? Because it’s only sexy when the man is written by a woman. Peter is ruthless but by the second book you see a whole new side to him. Bash and Kas are fun, funny, and they are… dirty in a delightful way.
Finally, Vane. What can I say about Vane? Vane is a natural protector with a dark side that he’s afraid will hurt those he cares about. His story is the most appealing to me because he struggles. Don’t get me wrong I like all of them but I really enjoy Vane’s story and his growth in this series.
The Vicious Lost Boys Reading Experience
The books are short. The Never King is 192 pages, The Dark One is 219, and Their Vicious Darling is 250 pages. I read all of these books in under 4 hours a piece so one weekend and you could probably finish the entire series if the last book in the series is around the same size.
“She’ll checkmate your ass before you even know you’re sitting at the board.”Nikki St. Crowe, The Dark One
There were parts where I laughed, there were a few sad parts though I didn’t need any tissues, and there are parts that have me cheering on our heroes or even hoping they’ll be ok. For being short books Nikki St. Crowe does a great job about creating an addicting story where you can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
The Vicious Lost Boys series gets 4 stars from me with 5 peppers. It’s a great book I might re-read again and there is a lot of spice. I would say that the stories likely have more spice than plot but the plot that is there is good and you do want to find out what happens.
Final Thoughts on The Vicious Lost Boys Series
Like I’ve said previously this is a dark romance. That means there are a lot of dark elements both in the plot and in the sexually explicit scenes that may not be for all readers. Check trigger warnings before you read this series.
I don’t have a lot of triggers so the book didn’t bother me, even though there were a couple of scenes that had me raising my eyebrows. If you are one who likes to push your comfort zone and have read dark romance before, then this might be a good choice for you to read.
If you like The Vicious Lost Boys you will love Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac.