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Bound by a vow with his friends, hotel tycoon Nathan Archer refuses to settle down and tie the knot. His only commitment is to bachelorhood. Granted, that contract was made when he was 15 years old … and in a treehouse. Still, a promise is a promise. And Nate takes his promises seriously.

But when cute little Eleanor Marshall walks back into his life, this blast from the past is no longer the timid little girl he used to know. When Ellie propositions him for a night of sizzling, unattached sex, Nate can’t refuse. Besides, it’s only one night. And Nate is never going to settle down.

Never say never …

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Never Say Love
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Awesome Start to New Series!!!
February 29th, 2016
I've been a fan of Carly Phillips for years and was super excited to read her newest book written with Lauren Hawkeye. I absolutely love the chance to get more and more books each year from favorite authors as they team up with other authors for new stories. I am adding to my to-be-read list with each new to me author. I have to say that Never Say Love was an absolutely amazing start to a new series from Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye. Never Say Love is Nate and Ellie's story. I love they knew each other when they were growing up and are insanely attracted to each other once they see each other again. The fact that Ellie had a crush on Nate when they were kids and Nate is her brother’s best friend only made me love this story even more. I adored Nate and Ellie were attracted to one another from the moment they saw each other again. I laughed so hard that they ended up sharing a room when they both came back to their hometown for Ellie’s brother’s wedding. In fact the banter between Ellie and Nate was every bit as fun as the sexy chemistry between them. I have to say the chemistry was off the charts H-O-T between Nate and Ellie. I loved that Nate tried to fight his attraction to Ellie thanks to the bro-code, but I just knew the attraction between them was way to intense for them to keep their hands to themselves for long. I seriously loved how strong the attraction was between Nate an Ellie. I loved that Nate tried to fight how much he wanted Ellie and that they both saw what the other needed in each other. Loved that Nate had a need to dominate when they were in the bedroom and while Ellie questioned why she allowed it and got off on it, gave over the control to Nate and each time they were together only got hotter and brought them closer together. Of course past insecurities come to play and almost broke my heart to watch both Nate and Ellie battle their past. I do wish the authors had addressed the issues a bit more at the end of the story, but still loved the story. I loved especially that Ellie went the extra mile to prove her love to Nate as no one had really ever gone to bat for him in the past. I adored Never Say Love and really can’t wait to see who gets the next book in the series. Never Say Love was a fabulous friends-to-lovers romance filled with both funny and super intense moments. Review copy provided by publisher
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Hot, Hot, Hot
February 24th, 2016
Never Say Never by Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye is the first book in their new Never Say Never series. Never Say Love is a second chance romance, but it is so much more than that. It's also a best friend's little sister/big brother's best friend story. Hero Nate Archer escapes his abusive stepfather by hanging with his three close friends. Heroine Ellie Marshall is the younger sister of Nate’s best friend Chase. The characters were well written and complex. Both characters came a long way from the mousy good girl and the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks that they used to be. Ellie became a well-respected optometrist while Nate is a hotel tycoon. They are thrown together for Chase's wedding (Ellie's brother and Nate's best friend), and somehow end up sharing the same hotel room by mistake. Will they still be attracted to each other after all these years? And if so, do they dare act on it? I highly recommend this book to all readers. This book is definitely hot and sexy. I am a fan of Carly Phillips' books and have read at least one book by Lauren Hawkeye. I am very impressed with this collaboration. The plot was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I struggled with putting this book down!
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Great hot new series
February 24th, 2016
This was a great read. Nate was the boy from the wrong side. Ellie is the little sister of Chase (Nate's best friend). When they all meet back in their home town for Chases wedding, even though there was a pact made between all of the guys that grew up together never to get married, Nate and Ellie get thrown together and realize that they still have chemistry and maybe they do belong together. Will Nates playboy ways or Ellie's family hurt their chances of making it work. This is a great start to a new series to two great authors. Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye have you waiting for the next installment.
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...as hot-blooded as it is dramatic.
February 23rd, 2016
With Nate and Ellie there is a history that neither wants to taint. There has always been that little undercurrent that threatens to become an electronic overload. I received an ARC of Never Say Love in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Hawkeye and Ms. Phillips worked well together and created a story that is as hot-blooded as it is dramatic. A noteworthy well crafted body of work. Made of steel and with a noticeable chip on his shoulder, Nate is a man that has to be in control in ever aspect of his life. He comes from a world of have and have nots and is determined to equal the playing field. The contrast between Nate's upbringing and Ellie's is night and day but the helplessness, the insecurities and in Nate's case fear are never far behind. Right away what pulled me in was that even at a young age Ellie saw beyond class and demeanor and into the heart of a scared young man. I look forward to seeing what happens with this series because it is one to keep an eye on.
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Great offering by two fantastic authors!
February 22nd, 2016
Nate Archer has always been a person to live up to the promises he's made and that includes one with his best buddies when he was 15 years old - one where they agreed they would all remain bachelors and never get married. We all know best laid plans and all... When Nate finds out his best pal Chase has fallen head over heels and wants Nate to be in his wedding, his first thought isn't about the fact that there is going to be a wedding, but that he is going to see Chase's baby sister, Ellie, again after too many years. He had always had a crush on Ellie, but had vowed to never act on it. Will seeing grown up Ellie change his mind? Ellie Marshall has moved away from where they grew up and has made a nice life for herself, but she has yet to find Mr. Right. Well, she's always harbored feelings for Nate Archer, but knows that with his playboy tendencies, that will never pan out. But is this a case of never say never? Carly Phillips and Lauren Hawkeye crafted a hot, sensual, fantastic read with this surprise release. I enjoyed it immensely and would highly recommend it!
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