Mar 4, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich


Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich

Publication Date: December 22, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Never Say Never #1
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4.5/5 STARS

Never is a girl with a broken soul who doesn't date nice guys and can't seem to go to bed at night without crying herself to sleep. She doesn't need any complications in her life, especially not when they're attached to a man that could be her emotional twin.

Ty McCabe can't stand Never the first time he meets her. He's aware that the feeling's mutual and the two don't think they'll ever see each other again, but when fate takes a hand and puts them both in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ty and Never form a tentative friendship that opens the door on their dark sides and shows them what it's like to live in the light. (Goodreads)

For all of February, I had my eyes on this book, but never took a chance with it. So the other day when it went on sale for only 99¢ on Amazon, I swooped in and got myself a copy. Tried to wait to read it, but I couldn't. So glad I didn't. I loved this book.

I didn't know what to expect after reading the synopsis. I knew the main character, Never "Ross", was a broken soul with major issues. But I didn't know how broken, how major her issues would be. Never was complicated and destroyed. It was kind of sad to see her like that because I feel a lot more young girls in our real society (and others) are as broken as she was then are known. The truths that sent her sprinting down this road to depression and yes, sex addiction, were heart-breaking. I felt for her (even though she annoyed me sometimes), and by the end of this book, I was rooting for her.

Enter Ty McCabe. An equally broken spirit with a dark past that haunts him daily. They hate each other at first, but after something crazy and unbelievable happens to them, they seemed to find something to hold onto in each other. It wasn't easy for either of them to accept the direction this new, unwanted relationship of their was headed in, least of all, Never. She resisted with everything she had, yet God doesn't always dish out what we want. Sometimes He gives us just what we need. Never "Ross" needed Ty McCabe and he needed her and what blossomed between them was beautiful.

Stunich's writing was intriguing and poetic, just what this book needed. The pacing was good and it was never overly-descriptive or over written. It was mature enough for the New Adult audience but not so mature that a younger audience couldn't also understand the complexity of the plot. In fact, despite the language and the sexual situations, I think all teenagers should read this book. No doubt some of them would relate to Never. She was realistic and I felt like she was so much more than just some character in a book.

This book ended on the perfect note, enticing me to read the next book in the series, Finding Never. It promises to be even more complex and enthralling and I just can't wait. I highly recommend this book.

Favorite Quote

"But truthfully," I say. "The best part about you is your soul. It's a piece of tortured beauty."

(Never Say Never #2)


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