Title: Never Standing Still
Series: Never #4
Author: Anie Michaels
Release Date: May 10, 2015
I’ve spent my life avoiding attachments. I learned early on, from the person who should have loved me most, I only drag others down. So instead, I made it my goal to live in a way that never affected anyone else. I don’t build friendships. I don’t start relationships. I move from place to place, from person to person, never standing still and never putting down roots.
That is, until one day when everything comes crashing down around me and I’m left with the one person who needs me the most. He opens me up and makes me vulnerable. He’s not a secret, but a treasure, and I’ll protect him the only way I know how – even if it makes loving anyone else impossible.
Never Standing Still is my favorite Anie Michaels book to date. There was just something special about this story. From the moment I started reading I could tell this book was going to take me for a ride on a rollercoaster of emotions, but the direction Anie Michaels took Kalli’s story was completely unexpected. I loved every twist and turn of this heartfelt story, finding myself unable to stop reading. Never Standing Still simply took my breath away with the heartbreaking characters that were so easy to love and the powerful emotions that spilled off of each and every page. Anie Michaels has really outdone herself with Kalli and Riot, delivering a couple that you won’t soon forget. Kalli and Riot have a chemistry that absolutely smolders, giving Never Standing Still an intensity that is utterly addictive.
“You could at least let me earn the disappointment you’ve already attached to me.”
Kalli and Riot easily stole my heart, leaving me completely consumed by their story. Kalli was everything I had hoped she’d be after meeting her in the Never series and Riot was the perfect man for her. Riot continually impressed me with his patience, honesty, and directness. From the beginning, he didn’t play games with Kalli, winning me over with the beautiful words he consistently backed with sweet gestures. I adored the obvious pull that Anie Michaels created between these two and the subtle sparks of wanting that always seemed to show up whenever their paths crossed. The inimitable connection between Kalli and Riot seemed to transcend the physical and emotional, settling itself deep within me and allowing me to feel the impact of their unmatched bond.
“In that instant, like a lightning strike, I was convinced to believe him, to let him in, even if it meant heartache down the road.”
Kalli is everything I love in a female character. She’s feisty, strong, and independent. Her intelligence, kindness, and capacity for love shines throughout the story, making her the kind of character you can completely lose yourself in. As Riot begins to make sense of this beautifully complex woman, Anie Michaels reveals the insecurities and innate vulnerabilities that can only be born from a lifetime of hurt. Kalli’s personal story unfolds as her relationship with Riot grows and changes, allowing the reader to experience the full weight of Kalli’s inner conflict as she tries to reconcile the pain and disappointment she’s always known with the hopeful promise of something more with Riot. Her fear and hesitancy really resonated with me, allowing me to fully connect with Kalli and giving her a genuineness that can’t be denied.
“I simply couldn’t keep myself closed up anymore. He’d pried the lid off the box and now that I’d seen his light shining in, I wanted out.”
From moment to moment, I didn’t know where Kalli and Riot’s journey would take me next and that had me unable to stop reading. Anie Michaels has crafted Never Standing Still in a manner that allows for both the instant heat between our couple and the gradual simmer of a developing connection. The story took several emotional turns that had my heart soaring and aching all at once, until I was drowning in the way this book had me feeling. Anie Michaels’ writing grows by leaps and bounds with each new novel and once again she has blown me away. Her well constructed plot and carefully developed characters seem to effortlessly come together in a brilliant collision of heart and soul that makes Never Standing Still truly one of a kind. I loved every gut-wrenching, breathtaking minute of Kalli and Riot’s story; Anie Michaels has left me desperate for more.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Never Close Enough (Never #1)
Never Far Away (Never #2)
Never Giving Up (Never #3)
Never Tied Down (Never #5)
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.