Review: Never
NEVER - Joy Avery
Amazon Digital
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November 2016
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: "Never say never” is an adage that applies to this contemporary romance that features balloon artist entrepreneur, Gadiya Lassiter and fire chief, Nico Dupree. The premier novella of this series about the Lassiter sisters is set in the fictional town of Mt. Pleasance, North Carolina.

After a heartbreaking and devastating breakup that left Gadiya with abandonment issues, in her own words she declares, “I’ll never love Nico Dupree again.” Well, Nico has a different angle , and he is determined that since he is back after a two year absence, he will make it his number one priority to reclaim the love of his life, Gadiya Lassiter. The storyline follows the tireless efforts of Nico to get back into the arms and good graces of the lovely Ms. Lassiter. The chemistry, the attraction and the desire is still there, and you will enjoy the steamy encounters between our hero and heroine. On the other hand, there is another side to this story that strikes a serious note. Kudos to author, Joy Avery for successfully incorporating a serious subject matter. When Nico left Mt. Pleasance, he was running from his demons. I will not divulge what they are, but he had to eventually confess before any kind of HEA with Gadiya. Nico, however, is not the only one carrying a heavy burden from the past. Gadiya has some ghosts from the past that she needs to exorcise. The subplots revolving around the main characters give substance to the main storyline of this novella.

Adding to the advancement of the storyline are the secondary characters. Gadiya’s two sisters, Rana and Sadona are mainstays and confidantes to the heroine. I am sure we will get to know them better through their own stories. There is one side character who really stands out. His name is Greenville and although he is not the average hero type, he is exactly that, a hero in every sense of the word. I’ll leave that right there, and you’ll get it when you read the story.

I enjoyed reading this novella. Joy Avery packs a lot of story in fifteen chapters, and she does it well. I recommend
NEVER for your reading pleasure.

1st July 2017 | romcol@caribsurf.com