For Annie Phillips, there is a right way to do things and everything has a place. College and her flawless GPA are top priority, as is planning her perfect future. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. So when she meets Loden Guiles, she believes she has finally found her perfect happily-ever-after.
Chase Malloy is funny, loyal, and an all around nice guy. He’s also sloppy, tattooed, and undirected. All Chase wants to do is survive college, hang out with friends, and make music. Knowing his best friend’s step-sister since they were fourteen, Annie and he have always had a love-hate relationship. The last thing Chase expects is to fall for Annie, but he knows he’ll never live up to her idea of the perfect man.
On the outside, Annie and Loden’s relationship appears picture perfect. But behind closed doors, Annie quickly realizes Loden isn’t the man he pretends to be. Every time her not so well laid plans crumble, and Loden proves to be not so Mr. Right, Chase is there to pick her up and brush her off. Will she realize the perfection she’s been searching for has been in front of her all this time?
*Long After is a companion novel to Sometimes Never and Before Now. Many of the same characters appear in Chase and Annie’s story. However, it can be read as a stand-alone book.
**This is a new adult novel. Due to harsh language, sexual situations, and violence, this book is recommended for 17+.
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I absolutely adore this series! All the characters in the Sometimes Never series are not perfect. They are a bit broken, fiercely loyal to their friends and determined to make their lives better–even finding love. I thought I loved Park and Lucy’s story, but Annie and Chase totally takes the cake for me! This book was emotional, stressful and beautifully written. It was a total page turner.
We met Annie during the last two books of the series. She was always the snooty, stuck up character. We didn’t know her story, until now. On the outside, she seems to be the perfect girl–smart, beautiful and always doing the right thing. But deep down, Annie is just like any other college girl–she has flaws, self-conscious and just wants to find her HEA!
Chase Malloy, god I loved this character! He was funny and just probably the perfect guy friend/boyfriend. Annie and Chase have known each other since they were fourteen. They fought like crazy, but were secretly attracted to each other, but too afraid to act on it.
Annie ends up dating “Mr. Perfect,” Loden, during college. Loden is the All-American, rich, popular guy–perfect for her HEA. But behind closed doors, their relationship is anything but perfect. It’s abusive.
Chase slowly figures out that Annie’s “perfect” relationship with her boyfriend is not right. He’s there for her to pick up the pieces and to protect her. I loved how the author goes from the present time to the past–there was no jumping back and forth; it was subtle and made perfect sense to the story.
Annie and Chase slowly builds their relationship back to being friends and more. Chase was the perfect gentleman with her. But she was still afraid to take that step with him.
But as time goes on, more drama (dangerous drama!) comes back to haunt them and threatens their relationship. I won’t spoil it for you, but the last 30% of the book will keep you on the edge!
I loved the epilogue and the little bonus after the epilogue–a perfect HEA!