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Title: Never Say Never

Author: Emily Goodwin

Genre: Full length, stand-alone contemporary romance

Release Date: September 28, 2015

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Blurb

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My life was full of nevers.

It was never supposed to go this way. I was never supposed to lose Mom so soon. I was never supposed to worry about making ends meet, to worry about losing the farm. I never thought I’d be working a job I hate, with a boss who was more interested in what was under my shirt than in my head. Saving neglected and abused horses had been my whole life. It was my reprieve, my sanity, my last saving grace in a cruel world. I never thought I’d grow to resent it, but I guess there is a first for everything.

Then I met him.

The Hollywood playboy. The entitled, cocky asshole that I can’t get out of my head. I never thought there could be more to him than sex appeal and an infamous reputation of loving and leaving. I never thought I’d fall for him, put my heart on the line, and risk letting him completely destroy me.

But you know what they tell you…never say never.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Between The Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

I have to admit this and say that I’m not really a big fan of young adult or new adult contemporary romance novels. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like these genres. In fact, some of my favorite reads this year has been from the YA and NA books. Emily Goodwin is actually a new-to-me author. I took a chance on this book because the blurb sounded very good. I was right.

I was expecting drama and tragedy, and i got that. I admire the heroine’s character because she was strong despite everything she went through. The plot was simple, but I liked it like that. What I didn’t like was the fact that it kind of dragged towards the middle part of the book. When the story, chemistry, and conflict was established, the rest of the book was just a long road to getting to the climax and unravelling. I enjoyed it, yes, but I was kind of hoping it would grab me more and make sure I don’t get distracted.

Anyway, it’s still a good NA love story, so I would still recommend this to NA fans and anybody who likes an emotional love story. Also, I’m sure that I won’t hesitate to read other books from this author in the future.

 

 

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Excerpt

 

“I dreamed about you,” she whispers. I can hear other people talking around her and remember she’s at work.

“A sex dream, right?” I say with a smirk.

“If it was, I wouldn’t tell you,” she says, and I can tell she’s smiling.

“Then I know it was one. Was I good in this dream? I gotta know so I can live up to your expectations.”

“There you go, being presumptuous again,” she laughs.

“Maybe,” I say. “Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking. Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it.” She was a fan before we met. Has she thought about fucking me before? Becoming a sex icon is weird. Don’t get me wrong, I love it at times. But it’s fucking weird to know that women all over the world fantasize about me solely based on my looks and the little bit of personality they see during interviews, and it’s all fake anyway.

“I have very high standards,” she jokes. “Dream or no dream.”

“I always please, multiple times. And I have dreamed about it. More than once.”

“You did not just say that!” she exclaims, and I smile as I imagine the look on her face. “You are a little cocky, ya know.”

“There’s nothing little about my cock.”

She just laughs. “We’ll see about that. Oh my God, no, no—I didn’t mean—oh shit,” she stammers, and I laugh even harder. “Friday,” she says. “Where are we going?”

“I don’t care,” I say honestly. “I’m still not sure what to do around here.”

“There’s plenty to do by you, in Billings. Here…we have a movie theatre that closes at nine, two diners, one pizza place, and a couple fast food chains. Oh, and a bar, of course.”

“How do you live?”

She just laughs. “You get used to it, and online shopping is a life saver.”

“How’s Aurelia?” I ask before I have to go.

“She’s doing pretty well, actually. I think she’s lonely, and I feel bad because I’m gone all day and don’t feel comfortable letting her out when I’m not there. Not yet at least.”

“If you could do horse stuff full time, would you?”

“God, yes,” she says right away. “That’s what my mom did. But it’s not that easy. Rescues are expensive, and I have vet bills to pay, so I’m stuck here. I refuse to believe it’s forever though.”

“I don’t believe it either.” I make a mental note to have Claire look into the expenses of horse rescues. Speaking of Claire, she’s motioning to me. “I have to get back to work,” I tell her. “I’ll call you again. You still have to tell me why you’re having a bad day.”

“It’s not so bad anymore,” she says softly. “And I’d like that. Bye, Aiden.”

 

About the Author

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Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

 

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