Title: Never Say Never
Author: Emily Goodwin
Release Date: September 28, 2015
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.
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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Title: Never Say Never
Author: Emily Goodwin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★ Stars
Books like this one are the reason I decided to add blogger to my writing/reading/reviewing resume.
Hidden treasures that come out of nowhere and make you feel so much that it overflows all over the place. Making you laugh one minute, cry the next and then walk a precipice in between, wondering when the cycle of feeling will begin again.
I’ve never had the pleasure of reading an Emily Goodwin story before this, so I had no idea what I was in for, but with the way I feel now after finishing the book and the range of emotions I experienced as I read, it’s an easy assumption to make that she may just be stuck with me for life now.
This book was a romance yes. It was a story of loss and surviving it and coming back stronger, both through your own personal strength and the love of another. But it was so much more than that. This story had an element to it that set it apart for me.
Animals. In this case, horses and a pretty amazing dog (that might be a crappy guard dog though lol). It’s such a big part of the makeup of the main character Haley that I can’t imagine the book ever working the same way without it. The caring for these animals, the rescuing and really her response to that after the loss she suffers because of the attempt she makes at doing it, it was a beautiful addition to an already beautiful love story.
It was the perfect backdrop for Haley and Aiden’s love story. For their healing, both together and individually.
Having this element also made this book a learning experience for me as well, horses and their care not being something I am at all familiar with. It also helped me bond to Aiden as the story progressed because right as he was learning all there was to know about this from Haley’s perspective, so was I and I walked away with what I think is a greater knowledge and also greater feeling for these gentle giants.
This book, in its execution has earned the label of magical romance. It’s becoming harder these days to find books that jump out to me in that way, but this one does repeatedly. There was just something so magical and perfect about the way Haley and Aiden meet and the effect they have on one another as each day goes by that invested me in their happily ever after. I wanted so many good things for them. Two people who believe they’re broken and unworthy of the kind of love the world writes songs about, yet being more than deserving of it and not broken in the slightest. They were human. They were real and that reality bled off the pages incredibly well here.
It’s not an easy road for them but it was definitely one worth taking, both for them and for the person reading about them. This book moved me, opened my eyes and put the light of romance back in my eyes again. It was that powerful.
It was such a pleasure to see Aiden overcome his demons (ones different from Haley’s but equally as gut wrenching) and see how even though there was a period of separation, neither one of them really gives up on the other. They’re in it together for the long haul, even though there are doubts in their own minds along the way. It made it that much more believable for me as a reader to see not the only the struggle, but also a little bit of the worst case scenario and what happens when you finally realize that change is needed.
If you read romances for steam, you’ll get that here. There’s a few instances of it, but where in some books, it can appear as though it’s just there for the sake of turning up the heat, in this book it all fits them. It’s passionate and needy at times, steamy in others, but most of all at the end of the day romantic and fitting for them. Their emotions guiding the moment almost as much as their bodies.
If you’re into a book that will move you, I think you’ll dig this one. If you’re into two people that believe themselves to be broken (but really just dinged up a bit) finding something in one another and holding on for dear life and having a HEA because of it, than this is also gonna be one for you. It was a nice pleasant surprise for me and definitely a journey I’m glad I was a part of.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me be a part of this story before it releases. I enjoyed every second of it.