• Never Close Enough

  • Never, Book 1
  • By: Anie Michaels
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, the protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds that her attraction to Porter is potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again. Porter Masters takes care of his own: his single mother, his company, and now he's compelled to protect the beauty that walked into his world. Never one for relationships in his past, Porter discovers that he was waiting all along for Ella. As their time together comes to an end, will Porter fight for the woman who stole his heart, despite the obstacles? Contains mature themes.

©2013 Anie Michaels (P)2014 Tantor
  • Series: Never, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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I didn't want it to end!

This book never let me go from the second it started! An awesome story of real passion with an incredible ending. An emotional roller coaster. The narrator was really on it, very sensitive and you get the feeling she was moved by it too. Absolutely worth a credit, if you can handle how you’ll feel afterwards, when you want more!

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On the whole I really enjoyed this book but the ending really put me off.
Ella finds her boyfriend of four years cheating on her, she panics and runs. Ella and Kyle were due to spend a week rekindling their relationship at a cottage on the beach so this is where she heads. Sobbing and distraught she pulls into the local bar where she meets Porter Masters and suddenly Kyle's betrayal doesn't seem quite as earth shattering as it did moments ago.
This book was a nice interesting read and I just love Porter, I liked Ella but she did have a couple of stupid moments. Although enjoyable it wasn't without its faults and if I'm being totally honest I didn't like the way it ended, not just the fact that it ended but I didn't like the way it did so I personally won't be reading the next one which is a shame since until then it had been good.

Romy Nordlinger was OK but not great with the delivery of the story.

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Pretty good

I love Anie Michaels, this one is good and I’m going to listen to the next. Wasn’t crazy about the ending. I liked the narrator.

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A DREAMY LOVE STORY.... UNTIL THE CLIFFHANGER

This is one sugary sweet, romantic and sigh-worthy listen and, as Ella and Porter's love story unfolded, I was drawn into their passion, desires, tender love scenes and the painful dilemma that these two loveable characters faced.

But what I wasn't prepared for was the shocking events that this author had lying waiting for the happy unsuspecting listener in the last few chapters which were dramatic, raw, heart wrenching and all my WTF's, OMG's and tears couldn't take away the heartache of this torturous CLIFFHANGER ending. I only hope Audible can follow up with book two very very very very quickly.

Worth a credit? Loveable H/H and secondary characters, some angst, sex, drama, a bitter ex and, of course the cliffhanger, makes this a very creditworthy listen. But if you're not a fan of the fast 'instant love' plot or one that's filled with sweet sentiments, tender gestures and a very romantic story then maybe pass on this one.

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Narration Ruined It for Me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Since I didn't finish listening, my review is based solely on the narration. I would definitely say it was a waste of my time to listen to this book. The narration is bad, really bad. It reminded me of a comedian doing a skit, narrator made the characters sound young and immature. I finally decided to stop listening and read the book, it's a good story and deserves a chance.

What other book might you compare Never Close Enough to and why?

Not sure since I didn't finish.

How could the performance have been better?

By selecting a different narrator. Romy Nordlinger would be better off narrating books by Amy Sedaris or maybe a Gilda Radner memoir. IMO, her voice doesn't suit the romance genre.

Did Never Close Enough inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening and actually read the book.

Any additional comments?

This review should in no way deter you from buying and reading the actual book. It's a shame when a good book is ruined by bad narration.

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SWEET & SULTRY UNTIL THE CLIFFY…WOW!

Overall, this was a sweet one! Ella Sinclair is the kind of girl that every woman will root for when it relates to love. Mainly, because her 4-year relationship with her boyfriend Kyle came to a devastating end as Ella caught him with another woman…UGH! How awful! So, you really feel for Ella when she goes ahead with her plans of a romantic beach getaway sans ex-boyfriend. But, then she meets this handsome man, Porter, who helped her when she found herself in a rut and in the rain.---Well, Porter and Ella's romantic entanglement ensued from there, at a nice pace, I should add. Even though one would anticipate that getting involved with another guy just a few days after you break up with your boyfriend is a bad decision, well, it just wasn't for Porter and Ella. I mean they had this "HEY I JUST MET YOU AND THIS IS CRAZY, BUT I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU-CALL ME MAYBE" chemistry…LOL Porter was very sweet and quite the hero with Ella. The issues arise when they have to figure out the logistics of a long-distance relationship. Yet, the crushing part comes at the very end with the cliffhanger that threw this book in a totally different direction than I anticipated…..WOW! Just crazy! With a cliffy like that, you just need to plow through immediately to book 2!

Narrator: Romy Nordlinger's voice has an odd quality to it, that I can't really put my finger on….her voice is not my favorite, but I got used to it soon enough.

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Stilted Dialog, Unrealistic Plot, Not Well done

The first thing to grab you about this novel is the atrocious dialog. Not that the words themselves are inappropriate, more that the dialog is stilted and has a hollow empty feeling to the repartee. Timing is always a challenge in novels especially in novels where the time period is so brief. Michaels does a horrendous job in handling time and making a credible argument for her plot.

Throughout the novel the conflicts were not intense and obstacles were easily knocked down and resolved involving a simple conversation or foreseeable even. Even her sister was so easily turned around as to tax belief. As for the end of the novel, it was easy to guess in what direction things were heading; the interactions at the end of the book not don't make sense at all -- none. there were numerous breaking of character which is never great in the final six minutes. It was as if she decided, oh hey, my publisher is giving me a contract for a sequel, I've got to do something that will give me a starting point. Let me throw in some non-nonsensical behavior not seen in the last 98% of the pages so I have something to work with.

So wow, this novel is a train wreck. Yet, a train wreck with unresolved a who-dun-nit. Also in a train wreck it is hard to look the other way. Is it worth another 10 plus hours of her style on a plot that has great potential, or should I jut cut my losses? I don't know. I don't recommend this novel if you haven't already bought it. If you bought it, be prepared to be in a quandary about the sequel. I''m going to flip a coin to decide to go on. If I lose, I might make it best of three.

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Flat story with weird plot twists

So this has been sitting on my phone for a while... I realized I never listened to it and gave it a chance. Ugh.

There's really no way to explain the absolute basic level writing, incomplete plots, characters going off course with their already established personalities... and then BOOM an ending out of left field that is ridiculous after all that just happened in the last moments.

I get the feeling this book doesn't know what it wants to be. The first half is something out of a Nicholas Sparks book. The second is erotica. Then characters do 180s and make no sense.

Spoilers.

Please explain to me why a guy you dated for 4 years, was probably someone you wanted to marry, goes from being your typical boyfriend businessman who cheats on you to someone who has one sip of alcohol and suddenly becomes a physically abusive prick who wants to knock your lights out. Or that you run screaming to your place of business, and a "beggar" in a hoodie decides to shoot you in the shoulder. For no reason other than it will cause drama and a cliffhanger at the end of the book? Or maybe the boyfriend went even more crazy and IS the shooter? I have no idea - that's just speculation from how everything ended.

This book was painful to listen to. The writing went on a tailspin and the narrator sounded like a Christmas elf or a 5-year-old for most of the book.

I can't stress this enough - unless it's free, don't bother. And from what I've read about the second book, mainly because we are left with a crazy cliffhanger, the next in the series are not worth it either.

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I am pissed off!

I am really pissed off. I can not believe that Anie Michaels ended this book this way. It is one long tease. You don't know until the last chapter that you'll have to buy the next book to hear what happens!

But, to comment on what IS in this book...I was aware (and pleased) at the beginning that the author did not use rough language. She avoided the use of terms like c@*k and d#+k. She did not use the word f#@k -- as a noun or as a verb -- and the characters did not curse.

Then, three quarters of the way into the book the language gets course and the sex gets explicit. It was just odd. Did the book have two authors? Was it written in two different decades?

The narration was okay but not enthralling. There was something naive about the reading. Romy Nordlinger did not change the pace or inflection of her voice to build the anticipation or excitement in the sex scenes.

But mainly I am pissed about the "cliff hanger" ending. That was just mean. To me and to Porter.

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Audible review

The story was good I enjoyed it. The Audible narrator sounded like a young girl. She didn’t even try to differentiate between characters witch at times got confusing. It would have been so much better to have male and female narrators.

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