Title: Never With You
Series: Never Series (standalone read)
Author: Anie Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Talia Lennick expected an uneventful week at the beach with her family. Reading, sunbathing, recharging her proverbial batteries—all typical beach vacation activities. Oh, and dealing with her family, who was too concerned with her almost-thirty-and-single status. What she didn’t expect was Briggs Townsend. Briggs was the handsome man living in the house next door, who looked too damned sexy all the time—whether he was surfing or wielding a tool belt while remodeling his beach house. It was hard to keep her eyes off him. But looking at him and admiring his incredible body was as far as she could take it, because a relationship was the last thing she needed.
Briggs Townsend was completely consumed with tearing down the house he’d shared with his cheating ex-wife and building new walls—for both the house and his heart. Women were the last thing on his mind when he spotted her on the beach. Then the firecracker in the sexy red bikini became the only thing he could think about. He didn’t need a relationship—but he needed her.
Two people who had both been burned in the past with undeniable chemistry and attraction, where was the harm in a little vacation romance? Sex with an expiration date sounded like a perfect solution, until emotions came into play. Will Talia be able to have casual sex with the irresistible stranger without getting lost in him? Will Briggs be willing to take a chance on her and tear down his walls to let her in? At the end of their week together, will either be able to walk away?
This is a stand-alone read, and can be enjoyed without having read previous books in the series.
What a fantastic book to end my summer…awesome beach read! Talia Lennick has come to the beach with her family not expecting much, since her sister-in-law picked a beach off the beaten path. She plans on spending her days sunning on the beach reading trying to get away from her loving but sometimes overbearing parents, especially her mother worrying that Talia won’t ever get her HEA since she’s at the spinster age of 29! LOL! Imagine her surprise when she sees a surfer god in the distance…complete with the perfect abs and chest. She certainly enjoys the view from the distance and is surprised when she sees him go into the house next door.
Briggs, the sex god surfer, is remodeling the beach house he shared with his ex-wife, trying to mend his broken heart. He noticed the hot redhead in the red bikini from the water…he names her Firecracker. He’s definitely not looking for a relationship, but he is a man after all. One night during a horrible storm, Firecracker shows up on his doorstep needing a flashlight. This is the beginning of a romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a very contented sigh by the end of it.
Briggs and Talia begin spending time together, and they definitely have chemistry. As time passes, the two give into a summer romance but without any expectations…no strings. Briggs and Talia have had their hearts broken by the people who were supposed to love them, so this may be just what they need. As I read the book and got to know the characters, I knew there was absolutely no way these two individuals could have a no-strings relationship. I knew from the very beginning Briggs and Talia are ruled by their hearts, and they surely melted my heart. Not only was there an attraction, but the two genuinely liked one another. I enjoyed the times they spent just talking and getting to know one another. For me, Briggs changed how I saw Talia. At the beginning of the story, I really thought she was younger than she was because I was seeing her through her family’s eyes. For a writer to be able to change how a reader sees his or her characters through the eyes of another character takes great talent, and Anie Michael’s definitely has talent…and this is the very first book I’ve read by her!
I genuinely liked these characters and enjoyed my time with them! I felt like I was a part of their group, and the way Michael’s described the beach has me wanting to go visit Oregon! I have not read the other books in the series. I do have some on my Kindle, so I’m going back to read every single one and buy the ones I don’t have! Thank you, Anie Michaels for a book with a HEA that was magical!!!!
Anie Michaels is the author of The Never series, The Private Serials, and a stand alone novel, The Space Between Us. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.