Title: Never Say Never
Author: Emily Goodwin
Genre: Full length, stand-alone contemporary romance
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.
What happens when two people who are both just living shadows of their lives meet? Of course, they fall in love and work together to fix their lives. Meet Aiden…movie star, big ego, with a HUGE secret. Filming a movie in a small town he meets Haley. Haley…newspaper writer who wishes she could just save horses that are being abused. She has also just lost her mother in a horrific accident and cannot come to terms with that. When these two meet sparks fly. It is evident from the beginning that they are both fighting personal battles. I was amused by how these two avoided their feelings about their lives yet were able to love each other so totally. It was interesting to see how they would fit together in the long term.
I have read a few of Emily’s books. This is the first one that I read some scenes and thought there might have been a little too much detail given. I like a steamy scene as much as the next person, but there were times that I thought TMI. It didn’t take anything away from the story but it did not add anything to the story either. For each of those scenes (there were only a few) there were twice as many sweet, sexy, and sensual scenes that made up for it. Aiden definitely won me over. Haley became someone that I wanted to be okay and happy.
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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 AuthorEmily 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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