I have a couple of quickies with Penelope Douglas. Get your mind out of the gutter, pervs.
Next to Never
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #4.5
Published by: InterMix
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
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.
The Fall Away series is a favorite of mine. Like, top five. And now, it’s time for a new generation, which I’m ecstatic for! Next to Never is an excellent transition between the two, and the perfect intro for the newer characters. It’s a quick read, but fully satisfying.
I love Quinn and the different relationships she has with various family members. It’s especially fun seeing Madoc, Jared, and Jax as older brothers. But it’s really cool how we get to know Quinn while intertwining her parents story. Trust me, it totally fits. Fans of the series are already familiar with some of it, but now we know how things really went down.
I’m so glad we get to know Quinn and see this pivotal point in her life. It makes me even more eager to see what’s to come. I mean, I think we know what’s coming with that ending, but it only makes me exceedingly giddy for it!
This is definitely a must-read for fans of the Fall Away series. If you haven’t read it yet, then freaking do it already!
There’s also some great bonus scenes for the series and this book on the author’s website, so don’t miss out on them!
Author: Penelope Douglas
Published by: InterMix
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
Source: Publisher, Purchased
"We were perfect together. Until we met."
I can't help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn't take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever...
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there's one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She's the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name's Ryen, loves Gallo's pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don't expect to hate what I find.
He hasn't written in three months. Something's wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I'm going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It's my own fault. I should've gotten his phone number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn't even know it.
I fucking love Penelope’s writing! She writes characters and their situations that often make me feel nostalgic. I rarely pre-order books, but hers are a must. There’s an edginess and grittiness about her books that’s totally realistic.
Punk 57 definitely brought it. Plus, I was beyond excited when I realized the connection to the Devil’s Night series!
I love Misha and Ryen! They have amazing chemistry, even when they’re at odds. The antagonistic dynamic is my absolute favorite. The intensity, and the push and pull between them … ♥
I just loved the whole damned thing, okay? 😀 Seriously, read it!
You absolutely don’t need to read Corrupt prior to reading this, but it’s even better if you do.
Read bonus scenes here!