Also by this author: Falling Away, Aflame, Misconduct, Corrupt
Published by Berkley, Berkley Publishing Group, InterMix, Penguin on January 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance 18+
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.
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~ Maria’s Review ~
“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! It was a book within a book. Two stories wrapped in one. And it was fantastic. I always get a little nervous when a new book in a favorite series comes out, because, let’s be honest, even though the characters aren’t ours, we develop a connection with them. We think we know them and we’re afraid of what may happen to them or to our idea of who they are. I knew I didn’t have to worry this time because author Penelope Douglas knows her characters and does them proud. Next to Never is another amazing addition to the awesome Fall Away series. Well written, perfectly paced, with fabulous characters, new and old. To fully appreciate and enjoy his book, you must read the other books in the series, in order, first.
The story hooks you, grabs hold and reels you in from the start. It is told primarily from Quinn’s POV. You’ll recall Quinn is Jared and Madoc’s half sister, born to Jared’s mother and Madoc’s father, after they get married. She is all grown up and feeling a little lost and restless. Along with Quinn, the children of our beloved original characters are introduced as the teens they are now. But this isn’t Quinn’s story, not really. Nor is it any of the other kids’, though author Penelope Douglas does tease us with possible future storylines revolving around them.
As I said before, this is a story within a story. Quinn is at a crossroads. The novel explores life themes every teen feels when HS is ending and “adulthood” looms ahead; such as which path to choose, being true to yourself or being what others expect you to be; how to navigate this thing called life and find your happiness without disappointing those who love you.
In addition to getting an introduction to Quinn and where her story may take her, as well as, the other kids’, we get the added bonus of finding out about the love affair between Jared’s mom and Madoc’s dad, from the beginning. We see the ugly side of love and what it can do to a person, how it can change them. How it can ultimately help them find redemption. What a story! I ran through all the emotions for these two. I loved, hated, got angry and felt sorry for them. Above all, they gave me hope and had me believing that love does find a way.
Next To Never had me swooning all over again. It answers so many questions about the past and why the characters did what they did and opens the door for the future with so many possibilities for our beloved characters. The story is engaging, dramatic, filled with angst and emotion. If you’re a fan of the series and a fan of author Penelope Douglas’ writing, you will not be disappointed. Must read and highly recommend. If you haven’t read Bully, the book that started it all, what are you waiting for?? Get on it. You’ll be happy you did.
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