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  • This book was a miss

    Robyn Bloom isn't having a good time. Her ex-boyfriend Ash dumped her out of nowhere, flew to Australia and shacked up with a woman half her age. Her job at the local museum is in danger of ending, and she is having a health scare. With all this going on, Robyn and her friends decide to start and run a club, so the community can start to do things they've never done before. Through the club, Robyn realizes that she has feelings for Will, another old friend. The problem is, Will happens to be Ash's identical twin brother. This book started really strong for me-I really liked Robyn. I thought the writing was relatable and funny. The two perspectives between her and Will was great also, there relationship was enjoyable to read. About half way through it started to go downhill. I wish there had been more to the characters-I constantly felt as though I didn't know them enough. I had major issues with the other characters. Robyn's friends Freya was horrible, such a bad friend in every way and I hated how Robyn constantly forgave her. Robyn's parents weren't much better, they said some really outdated statements in their brief appearance. Lastly, Ash, my gosh. He was just so immature and awful. I hated how Robyn hardcore hated him, and then it just flipped a switch for these silly reasons like sharing a minor embarrassment. The whole situation was messy, with Will and Ash being brothers, then them living next door. A lot of factors seemed way too convenient, right place, right time. I did enjoy that for a long time I didn't know how the book would end. However, the closer it got to the end the less I wanted to keep reading. Will. became so overly cheesy and the endless lies and protecting Ash rather than stating his own feelings became so annoying. Ash's whole perspective was completely unnecessary, he seemed almost delusional at times, thinking that Robyn still had feelings. Robyn and Will in the end just seemed random, there wasn't enough talk about their feelings and why, and her confusion between the two of them was odd. The entire situation just ended extremely awkwardly and the writing towards the end was cringey. The whole never have I ever club seemed like an afterthought, there was too much going on with that and the relationship and with Fliss. I'm sad this book didn't continue the way it started out-it had so much potential!

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  • Such a great read!

    Mary Jayne Baker has become one of my very favorite romance authors. Her plots are original and the characters affectionately portrayed. Her writing is sublime and the dialog is so clever filled with references ranging from Andrew Marvell, a 17th century British poet to the movie “The Great Escape” to modern pop music. I just enjoy every page. In this story, the set-up is that Robyn’s relationship with Ash Barnes suddenly comes to an end when he up and announces that he wants to travel to Australia. When he’s there he promptly jumps into a romance with a much younger woman and starts posting his new infatuation all over social media. Meanwhile, Robyn is trying to get along back at home with her small group of friends including Ash’s identical twin brother, Will, a doctor and all-around wonderful guy. But can he let himself love his twin’s ex? Can she fall for a guy who looks exactly like the ex she now despises? She eventually decides, after a health scare, to start doing things that are on her bucket list. And she’s not going to do it alone, but to bring along her friends as well as several elderly citizens including a beloved aunt. Thus is born the Never Have I Ever Club. and a set of really endearing and funny scenes as this odd group of people start attacking their bucket lists. And Will Barnes is there with her every step of the way. This was such an enjoyable read that I was only sad when it ended and I had to say good-bye to this lovely community of characters. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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  • A Delightful, Feel-Good Read!

    A fabulous new take on romance which has made me smile all the way through! Robyn Bloom has always lived in the family home and, likewise, the Barnes brothers are next-door. Friends since they were children she lost her heart to one of the twins, Ash, who then broke it sharply in two when he dumped her, ran away and took up with a much younger model. It's taken a long time for Robyn and Will to get back to the easy friendship they once had; when Robyn sets up The Never Have I Ever Club to improve life for everyone in the village, they work together for the benefit of the community. Then Ash returns . . . This is an absolutely charming tale! Having read this author's books before, I expected to enjoy it and I was in for a real treat. With fabulously created characters whose friendships were both funny and realistic and with a spectacularly annoying mother, I have grinned and giggled throughout. Mary Jayne Baker writes with a light touch, keeping her readers entertained all the way through and I highly recommend this terrific book (as well as her previous ones). A delightful feel-good novel which fully earns all five sparkling stars!

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  • cute rom com

    Set in the UK, The Never Have I Ever Club features Robyn Bloom, a 35 year old woman who is still getting over her sudden breakup with Ash when he decided to move to Australia and begin a relationship with a woman 25 years her junior. Left in his wake, Robyn is struggling to move on as Ash is her next door neighbor, along with his identical twin brother Will. Robyn can't even see Will without being reminded of her heartbreak, even though they've been best friends and neighbors their whole lives. Robyn and her friends decide to create a village club encouraging it's members to learn new things and have those experience they've always put off. When Ash returns to win Robyn back, she is left flustered and angry but he isn't ready to give up. But is he the right twin for her? I enjoyed this book, I liked the characters and Robyn's relationship with her friends and her aunt. The characters are quirky, relatable, and unique enough to give the dialogue and events an interesting quality. I just really didn't like either of the love interests? Both twins - Will and Ash - got on my nerves for different reasons. Ash is selfish and impetuous, only looking after himself. Will is the opposite, he doesn't even stop for a second to think of doing something that would benefit him. I imagine the author created this dichotomy for a reason, and trust me the effect worked, but there needed to be some 'in the middle' qualities for both of them. No one is *that* selfish or selfless. This book does kind of include a love triangle trope, but it doesn't follow the norm. For most of the book, the characters don't know there is any triangle to speak of, so even if love triangles aren't your jam - don't let that keep you from reading this book if you're interested. I actually enjoyed the subplots more than the main love story plot. I cheered for Freya and Eliot and Aunty Fliss. This book is also very clean, for those who don't enjoy smut in their romance novels.

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  • Easy to read

    Really enjoyed this, easy to read. Slightly different romantic story but loved it.

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