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Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1 | [Anie Michaels]

Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1

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.
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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

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    Julie USA 08-25-14
    Julie USA 08-25-14
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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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Liza Atlanta, GA 09-01-14
    Liza Atlanta, GA 09-01-14
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-27-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-23-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010

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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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 11-21-14
    Catherine 11-21-14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Almost_Famous It's a Dry Heat, AZ 08-28-14
    Almost_Famous It's a Dry Heat, AZ 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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