Never Say Love (Never Say Never, #1)

Never Say Love (Never Say Never, #1)

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by Carly Phillips

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,


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 …

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Never Say Love (Never Say Never, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Not a good book. Predictable.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
Never Say Love is a sizzling romance and I loved it! Nathan Archer and Eleanor Marshall have known each other since they were kids. They always had a strong connection but there was always a major obstacle – Eleanor was the kid sister of Nathan’s best friend. But Eleanor was the only one who truly understood Nathan. Abused by his stepfather, Nathan will always be the town bad boy. But despite his broken family Nathan is a successful millionaire. But even with his success he’s never been as happy as he was with Eleanor in his life. Eleanor has become a prominent optometrist and loves her career. But her family still treats her like a perfect good girl. Nathan and Eleanor reunite for her brother’s wedding and their chemistry is intense. Their passion for each other goes beyond sex but will Eleanor’s family get in the way of their happiness? You have to read this to find out! This was my first time reading from Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye and I loved this! The story flowed perfectly that I forgot this was written by two authors. I loved Nathan and Eleanor. They were both well-developed characters and I felt their connection. The romance is steamy but they also had a soulmate love story. Everything about this book was perfect and I can’t wait to read more from these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have liked more to the ending but still a really good read!
Luckylady More than 1 year ago
Loved it, I have to admit I was puzzled at first by the way it started after reading the intro to the book. I found myself being a cheerleader for Nate and Ellie. Their story was very very well written. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was already a fan of Carly Phillips' but will now have to check out books by Lauren Hawkeye, too. The book was well written, with an engaging plot and believable characters. It could have been longer, but that would have created a change in the story line. And yes, it was steamy, too. PSP
Joy1018 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of both of these authors and was so glad to have gotten this from them. This story is about four boys who made a pack while they were 16yrs old to never get married. The day Nate Archer climbed into his best friend tree house after taking the brunt of his stepfather so abuse. He is the boy that doesn't fit in and even now as a successful tycoon he is nervous about returning home. Ellie Marshall is Chase younger sister and Nate always had a crush on her. She has just been dumped by her boyfriend and is nervous about seeing Nate again. She also has a crush on him but knows he would never be interested in someone as boring as her. She decides that this weekend she is going to have a one night stand because she is tired of fitting into this boring imagine. Well faith has a bit in store for these two when they are accidentally booked in the same room and there are no other rooms available. Nate isn't about to let her have a fling with anyone else once she tells him of her plans. This is one great story about two people finding out about themselves and getting over their insecurities. I loved the storyline and the characters. They had chemistry and clicked so well. This was a wonderful book by two amazing authors. Just a win win. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
Nate and his three best friends made a pact when they were kids that they were NEVER getting married. Flash forward 15 years and Nate is about to attend the wedding of one of those friends, Chase Marshall. Chase's wedding also puts Nate back into the path of Chase's little sister Eleanor. Ellie has always been off limits to Nate due to the fact she is his best friend's sister. Until now, that is. Fate decides to throw them together at just the right time. Ellie is ready for a hot one night stand to make her forget all about her loser boyfriend that dumped her just as she was getting ready to leave for her brother's wedding. Nate offers to be her wingman, but decides he really doesn't want to watch her get lucky with any guy. I loved the interactions between all of the characters and cannot wait to see how all of the other stories are going to play out. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Carly Phillips for years and was super excited to read her newest book written with Lauren Hawkeye. I absolutely love the chance to get more and more books each year from favorite authors as they team up with other authors for new stories. I am adding to my to-be-read list with each new to me author. I have to say that Never Say Love was an absolutely amazing start to a new series from Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye. Never Say Love is Nate and Ellie's story. I love they knew each other when they were growing up and are insanely attracted to each other once they see each other again. The fact that Ellie had a crush on Nate when they were kids and Nate is her brother’s best friend only made me love this story even more. I adored Nate and Ellie were attracted to one another from the moment they saw each other again. I laughed so hard that they ended up sharing a room when they both came back to their hometown for Ellie’s brother’s wedding. In fact the banter between Ellie and Nate was every bit as fun as the sexy chemistry between them. I have to say the chemistry was off the charts H-O-T between Nate and Ellie. I loved that Nate tried to fight his attraction to Ellie thanks to the bro-code, but I just knew the attraction between them was way to intense for them to keep their hands to themselves for long. I seriously loved how strong the attraction was between Nate an Ellie. I loved that Nate tried to fight how much he wanted Ellie and that they both saw what the other needed in each other. Loved that Nate had a need to dominate when they were in the bedroom and while Ellie questioned why she allowed it and got off on it, gave over the control to Nate and each time they were together only got hotter and brought them closer together. Of course past insecurities come to play and almost broke my heart to watch both Nate and Ellie battle their past. I do wish the authors had addressed the issues a bit more at the end of the story, but still loved the story. I loved especially that Ellie went the extra mile to prove her love to Nate as no one had really ever gone to bat for him in the past. I adored Never Say Love and really can’t wait to see who gets the next book in the series. Never Say Love was a fabulous friends-to-lovers romance filled with both funny and super intense moments. Review copy provided by publisher
Cindy_T More than 1 year ago
Nathan Archer refuses to settle down and tie the knot. He made a vow with his friends to never get married! Only that contract was made when he was 15 years old. When Eleanor Marshall walks back into his life, he didn't expect her to tempt him even more than she did when they were just kids. When Ellie states she's looking for a one night stand, Nate can’t allow this opportunity to pass him by. Even if she's his best friends sister! What a read! Seriously a smoking hot good read that keeps you turning the pages from beginning to end!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Never Say Never by Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye is the first book in their new Never Say Never series. Never Say Love is a second chance romance, but it is so much more than that. It's also a best friend's little sister/big brother's best friend story. Hero Nate Archer escapes his abusive stepfather by hanging with his three close friends. Heroine Ellie Marshall is the younger sister of Nate’s best friend Chase. The characters were well written and complex. Both characters came a long way from the mousy good girl and the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks that they used to be. Ellie became a well-respected optometrist while Nate is a hotel tycoon. They are thrown together for Chase's wedding (Ellie's brother and Nate's best friend), and somehow end up sharing the same hotel room by mistake. Will they still be attracted to each other after all these years? And if so, do they dare act on it? I highly recommend this book to all readers. This book is definitely hot and sexy. I am a fan of Carly Phillips' books and have read at least one book by Lauren Hawkeye. I am very impressed with this collaboration. The plot was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I struggled with putting this book down!
Erica_loves_book_reviews More than 1 year ago
Ellie is going to her Brother's wedding. Nathan is also attending. Due to a computer error, they have to share a room. Ellie has known Nate since they were kids. Nate made a childhood pact with Ellie's brother Chase, and friends Lucas and Gavin. They were 15 and said they would never get married. Ellie wants to have a one-night stand. Her boyfriend dumped her via message. He told her he needs excitement both in and out of the bedroom. So she will find her own excitement. Nate hears about this and says it will be him. At the end of the book, I thought Chase would punch him for sleeping with his sister, but he didn't. Hot sex, a fun wedding, and the possibility of more books. I want to hear more about Lucas and Gavin. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Great hot 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.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I should only post one word about this book: HAWT! But then I’d leave out amazing, deeply touching, gut-wrenching, wonderful story. Hawt works, though! The story is about Nathan Archer and Eleanor Marshall and their journey towards their HEA. Ms. Phillips and Ms. Hawleye created a story that I hope continues with other characters we’ve met. Nathan’s story will touch you in ways that you cannot imagine. My heart broke for the boy that he was, the young man who endured, and the man who was still struggling with his past. And Eleanor is little sister to one of Nathan’s best friends and according to the “bro code”, she is off limits. Of course they fight their attraction to one another – even when they are young – however what they learn is that together, they are stronger. There is so much depth to this story. I cannot say enough about these two to make you buy this book. Reading about Nathan’s and Eleanor’s hard and well-traveled road will make you smile, tear up, cheer, and want to slap some folks silly. Really great read and I highly recommend.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
Nate Archer has always been a person to live up to the promises he's made and that includes one with his best buddies when he was 15 years old - one where they agreed they would all remain bachelors and never get married. We all know best laid plans and all... When Nate finds out his best pal Chase has fallen head over heels and wants Nate to be in his wedding, his first thought isn't about the fact that there is going to be a wedding, but that he is going to see Chase's baby sister, Ellie, again after too many years. He had always had a crush on Ellie, but had vowed to never act on it. Will seeing grown up Ellie change his mind? Ellie Marshall has moved away from where they grew up and has made a nice life for herself, but she has yet to find Mr. Right. Well, she's always harbored feelings for Nate Archer, but knows that with his playboy tendencies, that will never pan out. But is this a case of never say never? Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye crafted a hot, sensual, fantastic read with this surprise release. I enjoyed it immensely and would highly recommend it!
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good! Though, I DID think it could use some more content. I liked it a lot, nontheless. Keep writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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