Title: Never Tied Down
Series: Never #5
Author: Anie Michaels
Release Date: December 29, 2015
I miss him.
I miss Marcus.
I miss Riot.
I miss them.
Pushing Riot away when Marcus died was an act of desperate self-preservation. I didn’t love him any less, didn’t blame him for Marcus’ death, but I couldn’t be with him and deal with the crushing weight of guilt that tore me down every single day.
So, I moved on. Or tried to, anyway.
Life, of course, pushed us back together.
I still don’t know if I’m strong enough to keep myself away from him. Or if I even want to.
Besides, something tells me life isn’t done trying to break me.
Since Kalli and Riot hold such a special place in my heart, it’s difficult to put into words how I feel about the conclusion of their story. Anie Michaels has given these incredible characters the happily ever after they deserved and so much more. She gave them hope and healing in a way that was palpable, imparting upon her readers the incredible warmth and unconditional devotion that drove this breathtaking journey. Along with our favorite returning Never Series characters, we got to spend time with several new faces that added to the sublime comfort of Kalli and Riot’s world. In no time at all I was hooked on Riot’s family, already eager to hear some of their stories. Never Tied Down will make your heart ache and soar as Kalli and Riot’s unforgettable journey comes to a close. Once again, Anie Michaels has written a sparkling story of family, loss, and love that will fill your soul and leave you breathless.
“Sometimes when you’ve got something you want, you’ve got to hold on to it.”
Riot is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite book boyfriends. In this novel we get to read chapters from his point of view and I was absolutely thrilled at the chance to be inside his head. Experiencing Kalli and Riot’s story from both sides helped craft their scorching chemistry and inimitable connection into something tangible and Anie Michaels definitely built up the tension in Never Tied Down. Kalli and Riot absolutely sizzled, balancing the raw emotions of their story with an intense physicality that was more than a little addictive. We also got to see a gentleness in Riot that instantly had me melting over his deep emotional honesty. As Anie Michaels revealed Riot’s pain, fears, and insecurities while he reconnected with Kalli, I found myself falling even deeper under his spell. The further unraveling of Riot’s character took my connection with him to an entirely new level, moving me in unexpected ways and leaving me feeling profoundly affected by him.
“Words failed me. There were no words to describe the gift she’d given me, or how grateful I was to just have her in my arms. So I didn’t say anything. I just kissed her.”
The development of Kalli’s character in Never Tied Down left me at a loss for words. She is so much like a piece of my own soul that I couldn’t help but feel every word of her story as I read it. Anie Michaels has perfectly captured the all-consuming emotional rollercoaster of grieving a sibling. The small nuances that trigger suffocating panic and moments of happiness clouded by gaping holes left in the world were brought to life through Kalli in a way that was simultaneously beautiful and utterly devastating. As time moved forward, Anie Michaels revealed Kalli’s returning strength, healing her and allowing her to grow organically and unhurried. Kalli not only moved forward with grace, but she was given the room to continue to be vulnerable and falter, embracing the character’s distinctly human nature and making her entirely unforgettable.
“I’d loved the broken Kalli, would have followed her to the end of the earth, but I loved this Kalli more because I didn’t have to follow her anywhere – she took me with her.”
Falling back into Kalli and Riot’s world was effortless. Anie Michaels picks up right where she left off, putting readers right back under her spell. The love between Kalli and Riot is more apparent than ever as they navigate life after Marcus and face the lingering hurt between them. While I pretty much grinned the entirety of the book, the continuation of Kalli and Riot’s journey wasn’t without its difficulties. Anie Michaels expertly depicts the emotional weight of loss, affording Kalli’s grief the firm hold required to be genuine and navigating the unexpected twists and turns of life that disrupt the continual process of healing. Anie Michaels has a gift for delivering exactly what her readers need along with unforeseen challenges that push her characters even further. With each new novel, Anie Michaels writes her characters with a little more heart and a little more depth, repeatedly out-doing herself and leaving me even more enamored with her incredible story-telling. Never Tied Down is a shining example of Anie’s evolution as an author, her words enchanting and emotionally charged delivering heartache and hope in a way that is undeniably hers.
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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 Standing Still (Never #4)
Never With You (Never #6) – Releasing July 18th!
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.