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Next to Never (Fall Away #4.5) by Penelope Douglas

Next to Never Book Cover Next to Never
Fall Away #4.5
Penelope Douglas
Fiction, New Adult
January 17th 2017

New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully....

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Val’s Review

4 Super Cute Stars

So the blurb on this was kind of vague…

Add to that my vague reading of said ambiguity…

…and this was my face until about 20% into this bad boy:


Not to say that the plot was super complicated…not to say that I am just retarded (although that might be argued).

Just meaning that I wasn’t quite sure where this was going.


However, I love me some Penelope Douglas.

I trust me some Penelope Douglas.

And believe me, I have learned whom and what I can and canNOT trust these days.



Once again, Douglas has proven herself to be quite the trustworthy and talented lady scribe.

This story was very different than the other books in this series in that there was no true central romance…

…the romance that was present was told in a very How to Make an American Quilt style in that it was, in essence, told in a veritable flashback format.

At first, I was not on board with this, not gonna lie, but I quickly became very absorbed and enjoyed it immensely.

I feel like this book displayed some of Douglas’ versatility in addition to acting as a springboard for what I am sure is going to another series focused on the second generation of the Until gang.

Looking forward to it!