Never Say Love
Carly Phillips & Lauren Hawkeye
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Bound by a vow with his friends, hotel tycoon Nathan Archer refuses to settle down and tie the knot. His only commitment is to bachelorhood. Granted, that contract was made when he was 15 years old … and in a treehouse. Still, a promise is a promise. And Nate takes his promises seriously.
But when cute little Eleanor Marshall walks back into his life, this blast from the past is no longer the timid little girl he used to know. When Ellie propositions him for a night of sizzling, unattached sex, Nate can’t refuse. Besides, it’s only one night. And Nate is never going to settle down.
Never say never …
Overall this was a great read and I can't wait to see who the next book will be about!
I'm usually a little worried when two authors write a book together....will their styles flow, will they both have the same passion, etc...
I have read everything that Carly Phillips' has released but I have never read anything by Lauren Hawkeye. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Only a few times during reading I would think "This is definitely Carly's writing." but for most of the story I couldn't tell and I was really glad about that.
This story is Nate Archer's. Nate grew up with a bad family life and a stepfather that always beat him, but somehow he became a very successful hotel tycoon. Since childhood, Nate was best friends with Chase, Lucas and Gavin. At 16 years old the guys took an oath to never get married and that was fine with Nate. He was the kid who's parents didn't want him hanging around because of his bad family life. Nate always had a crush on Chase's younger sister, Ellie, but he would never pursue anything with her because of who he was.
Nate was called a player even back in school and continued this type of life well into adulthood. Flash forward 15 years later and Chase is getting married. Nate is not looking forward to going back home to Ruby Lake for the wedding because he is sure he will see Ellie, and now that she is all grown up he is not sure he will be able to leave his hands off of her.
Ellie Marshall was always the good girl, who did whatever she was told. She went to college and became an Optometrist. Ellie was nervous coming back home for her brother's wedding because she knew she would see Nate, the guy she always had the biggest crush on. And now that her boyfriend just broke up with her through a text of all things, she was looking for a weekend she wouldn't forget. ;)
Through no fault of their own, Ellie and Nate end up having to share the same motel room. Well you can imagine how this is going to work out! You have two people who both have sizzling feelings for each other but they both know that they shouldn't be together. Too bad life has a way of changing things!
I loved the journey these two went on. It was fun, flirty and really sexy. These two characters both filled a need each other needed. Their sexual chemistry was just off the charts! WOW!!!!
I loved the happy ending, it was great! I even enjoyed Nate confronting his past. Very emotional and heartfelt. Overall this was a great read and I can't wait to see who the next book will be about!
...as hot-blooded as it is dramatic.
With Nate and Ellie there is a history that neither wants to taint. There has always been that little undercurrent that threatens to become an electronic overload. I received an ARC of Never Say Love in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Hawkeye and Ms. Phillips worked well together and created a story that is as hot-blooded as it is dramatic. A noteworthy well crafted body of work. Made of steel and with a noticeable chip on his shoulder, Nate is a man that has to be in control in ever aspect of his life. He comes from a world of have and have nots and is determined to equal the playing field. The contrast between Nate's upbringing and Ellie's is night and day but the helplessness, the insecurities and in Nate's case fear are never far behind. Right away what pulled me in was that even at a young age Ellie saw beyond class and demeanor and into the heart of a scared young man. I look forward to seeing what happens with this series because it is one to keep an eye on.
Great new series
This was a great read. Nate was the boy from the wrong side. Ellie is the little sister of Chase (Nate's best friend). When they all meet back in their home town for Chases wedding, even though there was a pact made between all of the guys that grew up together never to get married, Nate and Ellie get thrown together and realize that they still have chemistry and maybe they do belong together. Will Nates playboy ways or Ellie's family hurt their chances of making it work.
This is a great start to a new series to two great authors. Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye have you waiting for the next installment.