Review: Next To Never by Penelope Douglas

Jun 30, 2017 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Review: Next To Never by Penelope DouglasNext To Never by Penelope Douglas
Also by this author: Bully
Series: The Fall Away #7
Also in this series: Bully
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on January 17, 2017
Pages: 177
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings--or even date--without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend--several years older--from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they're going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man--experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn't wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn's world upside down. She's never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents' romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she'll keep waiting...or finally go after what she really wants.

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so what did I think of Next to Never by Penelope Douglas?
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Compelling Premise
Dual Stories Interwoven
High Emotions
High Drama
Multiple issues Addressed
Somewhat Cliffhanger Ending
Attention Held
Mid Level Suspense
Great Depth


First person
Multiple POV’s
Good Flow
Interesting Setup
Rocky Beginning


Strong Personalities
Interestingly Flawed
Return Characters
Strong Struggle
Noticeable Growth


Opposites Attract
Forbidden Love
Great Relationship Development
Strong Chemistry
Blazing Connection
Tumultuous Relationship

“I’d Crash and Burn a Thousand Times Just to Have You


Reading Next to Never by Penelope Douglas I will admit I was a bit confused at what I was getting into since it was said that this wasn’t Quinn’s actual story but it was still about her and her family. So I was game to read since I really enjoyed this series and wanted to know what was next. Now the beginning was rocky for me in understanding the focus of the story but after that was apparent I started to get into the story. The focus was on Quinn’s parents and their rocky journey and I have to say that yeah, they indeed went through some serious drama. Now I wasn’t feeling how they got together at all but the emotions displayed were intense as well as the writing style and I couldn’t help but be drawn in. What really pulled me into the story was its depth of drama, blazing romance and characters that grabbed my attention. I really look forward to reading more from this series..

4.5 Stars


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