Tasting Never (Never Say Never #1) by CM Stunich
New Adult Novel Recommended for Ages 18 and Up
“Never Ross wants to be loved.
It’s that simple, but it’s not that easy.”
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.
“Sometimes, the only way to go forward, is to take a few, careful steps back.”
REVIEW (4.5 stars):
Wow – Tasting Never wrapped me up in Ty and Never and wouldn’t let me go! They are two tortured souls that upon initially meeting do not particularly like each other. Circumstances bring them together again and they begin to help each other find their way to a semblance of ‘normal’, however that is defined for them. This was a very fast read for me but not because it was simple. Far from it. I felt all of Never’s anguish, her fears, her anger, and her indecisiveness. And her growing love. Ty is a beautiful, hot, tattooed, and pierced bad boy who is different from other bad boys that Never has known. Yet he has this vulnerability that I just fell in love with. So often I wanted to cry and just save them from all the pain. I love when a book can take me to that place.
There is still so much more I want to know and learn about both Ty and Never. Thankfully, their story doesn’t end with Tasting Never. The second book in the series, Finding Never, will be released February 2, 2013.
A TASTY LITTLE EXCERPT:
Ty’s hot mouth is on my neck, and I find myself taking short, sharp, little breaths as I press my shaking hands to his chest. If I sleep with him again, I’ll be making the biggest mistake of my life. He’s the first real friend I’ve ever had, and I don’t want to cheapen the feelings that are simmering between us. We made that mistake once before, and we survived. We’ve been through a lot since then, and I know that if I lose him now, I will never be whole again. Ty is my other half, lover or no, and just being around him is enough for me.
“Ty,” I say, trying my best to sound stern. Instead, my voice comes out like a butterfly, flutters against Ty’s hair and swirls it gently against my lips. I moan and find that my fingers are now curled in the fabric of his T-shirt.
“Never,” he says back to me, the word like fire against my skin. In those two syllables, I hear how he feels about me. He thinks he’s in love. Ty McCabe thinks he’s in love with me. He doesn’t say it aloud, but I can tell. Sex isn’t the best way for me to show my feelings; I’ve abused it for far too long that it has somehow lost some of its meaning. I try to tell Ty this, but I can’t speak with his lips on my throat and his hand sliding across the nape of my neck.
I run my own hands down his chest and put them beneath his shirt, on the hard plane of his belly. His muscles contract as I press my fingers into them, touching, feeling, absorbing the man, the complication, that is Ty McCabe. All the while, my mind is racing in circles trying to talk me out of this.
“Kiss me,” Ty says and it’s not a question, it’s a request, albeit a gentle one. His voice is softer than I’ve ever heard it. His words are naked, stripped of all the bullshit that’s happened to him, all of the horrible things that mirror my own life. Ty and I are like twins, like two halves of the same whole. They say that opposites attract, but Ty and I are very much the same and the attraction between us burns brighter than the sun. “Kiss me,” he says again and I do.
Second Review by Abby
I love messed up characters. Maybe that says something about me, I am not sure, but Ty and Never are as messed up as they come, and I love it.
This was such a nice surprise. These characters are twisted, but there is something beautiful in their tortured hearts. Somewhere through their pain Ty and Never fall in love.
CM Stunich definitely leaves you wanting to continue on with the series and follow their tortured hearts to see where they end up. This story is raw and and there is mature language and subjects but nothing feels overdone. It comes together in a great pace with really great unique characters. I completely fell for this story.