Fall Away Book #4.5; Not a standalone
Must have at least read BULLY and AFLAME before reading
New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….
Quinn Caruthers has several problems.
Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.
Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.
But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.
But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.
As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.
In a uniquely fun way, the love story of a very important part of the Fall Away crew is told through (and with help from) Quinn Caruthers, the youngest sister of our original crew of men, in NEXT TO NEVER. Think of Quinn as the vessel in which we are transported to the love story we’ve always wanted to know. And yes, I’m going to be vague because spoilers are no fun. It was fun and tumultuous; a deeply intriguing look into how love can both damage and shape every being. And prove how some love stories are timeless.
By no means is this Quinn’s story. Instead its a segue into what her story will eventually be for when it’s her time to be up to bat. Not only do we get an amazing love story that spans time, but also a little insight into what has shaped and molded Quinn to be the way that she is now and what direction she’s heading in the near future. I fell in love with the way this story was given to us, how it showed us the paths that were taken to make everyone who they are now, even if it’s not always pretty and perfect. At times it’s disheartening and painful, but on the same coin it can’t help but be oddly uplifting. Even with it not being her story, I fell in love with Quinn and her persistent drive and big, caring heart. I honestly cannot wait to get her story (as well as the rest of the kids).
Douglas shines again with her writing and the real nature of her characters. It brought me back to every single beloved character of the Fall Away series even if time has fast-forwarded; it still felt the same, like I was home. Quinn shone without outshining the main subjects of the story, and this was the perfect way to wrap up the original series while tying it to the spin-off. Readers will love this novella and crave a series reread the moment they crack it open. NEXT TO NEVER carries the haze of nostalgia while being its own wonderfully addicting story.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.
She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…
You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.