Title: Never Far Away
Author: Anie Michaels
Series: Never #2
Release Date: March 3, 2014
The Never Series continues with this steamy, emotional thriller.
Ella wakes up to a world turned upside down, recovering both physically and emotionally from attacks she can’t remember. Her only memory from the past weeks is a nameless voice that echoes in her mind, causing her heart to ache and her soul to seek “Him”.
Living a life without Ella is no life at all and Porter decides to do whatever it takes to remind her of their love. Recognizing Porter without remembering him, Ella reacquaints herself with this gorgeous man, their explosive chemistry, and the possibilities that lie ahead.
As Ella’s memories resurface so do demons of the couple’s past, testing their strength and love. Porter is determined to fight for their future together but will Ella? As everything and everyone that Ella loves gets threatened, she must find a way to fight the darkness of yesterday so that she can live in the light of tomorrow.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ “NEVER CLOSE ENOUGH”
If you read Never Close Enough then you know it ended on a HUGE cliffhanger. I mean, seriously. If you haven’t read NCE you should stop reading this, like right now. It will spoil the end of NCE for you (there’s no way to talk about this book without referencing the ending of NCE). Instead, go read my review of Never Close Enough and check out book one first.
You have been warned….
Never Far Away picks up a couple of months after Ella wakes up missing her memory, following the fight with Kyle and the incident at the store. Ella is returning to life as it was “before” but she knows something is missing, she can tell her family is keeping something from her and she is trying to make sense of the questionable memories she has of her time in the hospital. Porter is frustrated with Ella’s family keeping him away from her while the words of her letter echo inside his head constantly. Reading both of their stories, as they try to figure out where their lives go next, was both heartwrenching and hopeful.
It felt good to see Ella and Porter again after leaving them hanging in book one. I had connected with the characters in NCE and I honestly missed their story. I really enjoyed Ella’s new friend, Kalli. Since she met Ella after the incident, she has someone in her life she can be honest with, someone who doesn’t walk on eggshells around her. She remains a bit of a mystery throughout the book and I’d really like to know more about her at some point (or maybe I’m just greedy and I want more Ella & Porter ASAP). We also get to see more of both families, which is wonderful. Both of their families do what they can to help them heal and find happiness (but in two completely different and often conflicting ways). We also get to enjoy Megan and Ella as sisters without the shock of a whirlwind of events all at once. We get to see their relationship at a normal pace and it made me smile. Anie Michaels does a wonderful job at portraying a very organic and loving sibling relationship.
My heart broke several times while reading this story. Never Far Away is beautifully written and had just the right balance of hope and struggle. The book handles Ella’s emotional upheaval following everything she had been through with honesty, sensitivity, and grace. After all she’d been through, all the confusion and missing pieces of her life, she was a hurricane of emotions and as I read I could feel myself inside the storm. Sometimes authors have a hard time portraying such a chaotic collection of emotions and not make a giant mess of them, but Anie has it down to an art. Never Far Away ended exactly as it needed to. It was a natural resolution given the progression of the story. I couldn’t have imagined a better continuation of Ella and Porter’s story. If you love Ella and Porter as much as I do, you won’t be disappointed with the next part of their journey!
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Check out the rest of the Never series:
Never Close Enough (Never #1)
Never Giving Up (Never #3)
Never Standing Still (Never #4)
Never Tied Down (Never #5)