⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hero didn’t win me over

Never Enough

This is one of those books where I really wish there was an option to give 3.5 stars. I can’t quite call it 4 because there were too many things that bugged me, but it doesn’t deserve 3 stars either. Well written and interesting with characters that are complex, I liked the emotional journey our hero went on but didn’t actually like HIM. Brock shows his bad side for a significant portion of the book (he’s moody, broody, jealous, not the best father, and sometimes mean or drunk), but underneath all that is a good guy who blames himself for the loss of his wife. Had our heroine seen more of his good side before falling for him, I would’ve felt a lot better about this story but it’s lust/love at first sight for these two.

The story follows Brock, a professional bull rider who is trying to provide for his son the best way he knows how even though that takes him away from home most of the time. The loss of his wife has left him grieving what could’ve been and regretting how things played out. When Lincoln moves to town and buys the home Brock lived in with his wife, it stirs up all sorts of feelings he’s been trying to leave buried. Lincoln and Brock have an immediate connection despite everything Brock is going through, and the attraction just grows stronger every day they spend together. Though Brock has vowed he won’t ever open his heart to a woman again, Lincoln slips by his defenses with ease.

This has a great western/small town vibe, focused on family and featuring a full cast of characters. I liked the writing a lot and wish that I had enjoyed the actual characters more. It’s hard for me to respect a heroine who starts falling for a guy who is mean, then falling-down-drunk, then jealous within hours of meeting her. I get that Brock was going through a lot, but Lincoln had no idea what he was struggling with. That alone probably wouldn’t have soured me on the book, but combined with Brock’s continued comparisons of Lincoln to other women (even during sex scenes), and the sheer speed at which they fall for each other, and I was left with a definite bad taste in my mouth at times. If you’re okay with an insta-love vibe in an emotional romance, then there’s actually a lot to like about the story but those who don’t will probably take issue with parts of the book. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Never Enough by Kelly Elliott. My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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