Title: Never Close Enough
Author: Anie Michaels
Series: Never #1
Release Date: December 7, 2013
The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, a protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds her attraction to Porter potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again.
Porter Masters takes care of his own: his single mother, his company, and now he’s compelled to protect the beauty that walked into his world. Never one for relationships in his past, Porter discovers that he was waiting all along for Ella. As their time together comes to an end, will Porter fight for the woman who stole his heart? Porter will find a way to keep her, despite the obstacles.
I love Porter. Let’s just get that out of the way. He is the “guy next door” type, which I found really refreshing. There are a lot of rockstars, actors, bikers, fighters, athletes, etc out there. Don’t get me wrong, I love them too, but it’s nice to meet a character who might actually exist in my reality. Porter is the kind of man you want to build a life with. He loves his mom (even when she meddles) and takes good care of her. He knows his way around a construction project and handles powertools for a living. He can’t cook, but he’ll say things that make you swoon (I mean seriously, my heart skipped a beat). Add in his firecracker of a mom, the hilarious Tilly, and you can’t help but want to let him in.
I’m usually not a fan of “insta-love” but this story felt different for me. The characters didn’t throw themselves at each other the moment they met, even though they totally could have. They flirted and tried to play it cool until that was obviously not an option any more. Their attraction wasn’t annoying and rushed, it felt very natural because of where Ella was in her life and how her previous relationship had been winding down for a while. Ella is not having a good day when she meets Porter. What was supposed to be a birthday celebration with her long-term boyfriend Kyle, turns into a week of solo vacationing. When she meets Porter her perspective changes dramatically. Her feelings for Porter are so different from what she felt for Kyle that she begins to question if maybe her relationship with Kyle had been broken for a while. Just because it was easy and comfortable didn’t mean it was right.
The story progressed as Ella and Porter’s relationship grew and changed, dealing with their own issues along the way. I found myself emotionally invested in their happiness. I wanted Ella and Porter to live happily ever after and I was genuinely worried about what would happen when her vacation came to an end. Just when I thought I had them figured out (just when they thought they had it figured out too) everything changes. While part of me wanted a nice ride off into the sunset, this is what I love in a story, a well-written, unexpected turn of events. It was way past my bedtime at this point but I needed to know what was going to happen, I had to know that these characters would be ok. I just cared too much about them to stop reading. Well, this book ends on a huge cliffhanger at which point I literally shed a couple tears. Some of those tears for not getting a resolution, but most of them for all that the characters had been through and all that they would still have to go through. Then there was the epilogue. Damn that epilogue. It was heartwrenching. It was just how the story needed to leave off, but it did little to help me feel better about Ella and Porter getting their happily ever after.
This book exceeded all of my expectations and kept me connected to the story and invested in the characters the whole time. Ella and Porter’s story is filled with raw emotion that I could feel all the way through. I can’t wait to read what happens next and I hope like crazy that Ella and Porter get the ending they deserve. Never Close Enough is definitely worth reading, just be prepared to be left with an ache to know how their story ends. Luckily, we don’t have much longer to wait for the next part of their journey. 🙂
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Never Far Away (Never #2)
Never Giving Up (Never #3)
Never Standing Still (Never #4)
Never Tied Down (Never #5)
Never With You (Never #6) – Releasing July 18th!