Monday, August 5, 2019

Review - Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi and Jason Clarke
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: July 30, 2019 (Audible)
Date Read: August 2, 2019
Length:  8 hours 20 minutes
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
What happens when two frenemies can't stop pushing each other's buttons? Find out in this tender, laugh-out-loud-funny romance from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, available in audio first!

Never Have I Ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.

They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly-charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters, planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.

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I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple - fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with...except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don’t come around for guys like me...or do they?
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My Review

This was fun!  I have had a lot of luck with Lauren Blakely's writing in the past so it was a pretty easy decision to give this book a try especially after I realized that it was a enemies to lovers romance.  I thought that this was a really solid story from beginning to end.  I really enjoyed the time that I spent listening to this sexy and romantic story.

Piper is a wedding planner.  One that is willing to go that extra step when needed.  Zach is a divorce attorney who is a single father to two great kids.  These two just don't get along despite the fact that Zach's kids love Piper.  When Piper and Zach are put together because of a friends wedding, things could go very badly or they could go better than anyone expected.

I liked Piper and Zach a lot.  They were great together and had fantastic chemistry.  I thought that both characters felt really authentic.  Zach has been through a lot and so have his kids but they all seem to be really well adjusted.  I loved the fact that he wasn't afraid to show his emotions or make a commitment.  Piper was a lot of fun and incredibly caring.  She really just seemed to light up a room and she made a positive impact in the lives of Zach's kids.  Her life hasn't been perfect but she has kept a great attitude.  I love that Zach's kids played a really big part in this story.  Both Piper and Zach played important roles in their lives before the romance started so I think their inclusion in the story just made a lot of sense.

Amanda Ronconi and Jason Clarke did a wonderful job with this story.  They were both able to put a whole lot of emotion into their reading.  I thought that they were both able to really bring their characters to life.  This was a fun story and their reading really helped to shape the feel of the story.  Both narrators had very pleasant voices and were easy to listen to for hours at a time.  I think that their narration made the story even more enjoyable than it would have been if I had read the book in another format.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a great romance with just the right amount of heat.  The characters in this story were a lot of fun and you couldn't help but cheer them towards their happily ever after.  I will definitely be reading more from Lauren Blakely soon!

I received a copy of this audiobook from Audible Studios.
About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 95 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she'll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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7 comments:

  1. Blakely is an author I have been wanting to try, and knowing this book was fun definitely appeals to me.

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  2. I have been meaning to Start her book,but time is beating me on that one.

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  3. This is one that I need to read for sure! Great review

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  4. that's always nice to have a good romance!

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  5. I tried a Lauren Blakely and it seemed like it was an okay book. But I think I didn't start in the right place and I need to try another one of her romances! I love weddings so actually the wedding planner position is one I love to read about because it involves... weddings hehe :3

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  6. I've enjoyed some of her books, bought some of her and want to read more. Awesome review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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