New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully…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.
➳From the synopsis, we come to an understanding that Quinn-sister of Jared, Jax, and Madoc, and daughter of Jason and Katherine; Madoc’s father and Jared’s mother- and Lucas, a friend of the Caruthers boys, have established feelings for each other and have separated themselves due to the act of adapting a future. Lucas is 29 years old, and Quinn 17 turning 18 has a conflicting matter of being with Lucas, even though they are both far away. They have attracted each other, both physically and emotionally, adapting a friendship plus a relationship that leads to much more than just a friendly relationship. The story itself though is not ABOUT Quinn and Lucas and how they adapt to a relationship or deal with their confronting problems of having a huge age gap. However, this story is all on how Katherine and Jason met. From the previous books of the series, we have come to a conclusion that Jason and Katherine had a conflicting past. The transition of this story from Quinn and Luca’s to Kat’s and Jase’s story is kind of conflicting to read because as the reader, I was not expecting to read their story but be indulge in Quinn’s and Lucas’s.
➳It was lovely reading Kat’s story, while at the same time connecting the backstory of Jared’s and Tate’s, while also connecting the story of all the other characters. This was a short novella that Penelope made really clear about. The real story of Quinn’s and Lucas’ is coming, when you ask? Penelope has not dropped release date. I am more excited to read THEIR story. Overall, my time reading this book was hard because my love for Penelope’s writing is off the charts, but I can officially say that this my least favorite of all the books Queen P has written.
➳Hero rating: 4.0
➳Heroine rating: 4.0
➳Sexual tension rating: 4.5
➳Sex scenes rating: 4.0
➳Sex scenes frequency: 3.5
➳Plot rating: 4.5
➳Dialogue rating: 4.0
➳Storytelling rating: 4.5
➳Story ending rating: 4.0
➳If you want to read the prologue of Next To Never clicking the link here.
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Title: Next to Never Genre: New Adult Author: Penelope Douglas Release Date: January 17th, 2017
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt, Misconduct, and Punk 57. Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017. She dresses for autumn year around, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
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