Monday, October 12, 2015

Blog Tour and Review: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin

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.

“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.”

Never Say Never is the first book in the Never Romance Standalone series.  So yes there are 2 more books to come out in this series but they are unrelated standalones-- the next 2 are Now or Never, and Never Again.  I really did enjoy this story and would give it a 4 stars and highly recommend it to others.  This story has a little bit of everything.. a tragedy a movie star and a smokin' hot romance!  This is first book I have read by Emily Goodwin but I look forward to much more in the future. 

Hailey and Aiden meet in an unconventional way when she goes to interview him for the small town paper she is working for.  But sparks will instantly fly and neither will know what to do with those feelings at first.  Hailey feels like a failure and that her life will never even out for her after the tragedy she faced and now the responsibilities she has now gained.  Aiden is a movie star who up until he met Hailey in a small town was the party boy chasing away his own demons with drugs and alcohol.. Can these 2 save eachother from there demons or will it all fade away with they put distance between eachother?  

Go get this book now because you don't wanna miss all the turns this story will take and see if Hailey and Aiden find there HEA or if there lives are to different to make it work.

What a refreshing change of pace, and definitely an emotional one at that.

We meet Haley amidst tragedy. It's true what they say, life happens in an instant. One minute Haley and her mom are on their way to rescue horses, but only Haley and a horse survive the fire.

Haley is left drowning, grieving for her mother, reeling in debt. She is trying to find a way to do it all and be the kind of woman like her mom.

Then we meet Aiden, a self-assured Hollywood heartthrob. He happens to be near Haley filming a movie. These two some together due to work and form a bond of brokenness. Aiden is also secretly harboring secrets of his past. He abuses drugs and alcohol to try and out run them.

But these two, see what the other fails to see about themselves. Haley deems herself broken and a mess and refuses to believe someone like Aiden would want the burden of her emotional state. One of my favorite lines:

"You might be broken, but I love every shattered piece of you."

This was definitely an emotional ride. Can Haley move on and let down her walls for Aiden? Can Aiden let go of his past to be with Haley.

Go one click to find out!


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.