on Next To Never (Fall Away 4.5) by Penelope Douglas.

I have finished – free like a bird until May. I am obsessed with anything Penelope Douglas writes, so obviously I had to read Next To Never as soon as possible!

Also….I am going to RARE 17 in Berlin in June and guess who’s gonna be there? YES! Penelope Douglas!!!!!!


New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.


Can we just take a moment and appreciate the US cover? While you should not judge a book by its cover, the UK one is probably my least favourite in the series! Anyway, the content is important and no matter how much I dislike the UK cover, I LOVED Next To Never.

It is a novella, so I will keep it short. Quinn – Jared, Jax and Madoc’s sister is definitely an interesting character that needs to be more in depth. I’m so glad she is gonna have a full-length novel. She seems a bit lost and I think a lot of people could relate. That’s one of the charms of Penelope Douglas’ writing. Her characters are unapologetically real. We are caught up with my favourites – Jared and Tate, Madoc and Fallon and of course, Jax and Juliet. It is a bit strange how grown up yet still the same they are. I’m finding myself craving a Fall Away series re-read!

So what is Next to Never actually about? It gets a bit meta! One day, Quinn receives a book that goes into detail about her parents’ love story, as well as her brothers’. Reading snippets of how Jason and Katherine got together was a real treat, as heartbreaking as it was sometimes. Personally, I did not complain about some sex scenes between Jason and Katherine because let’s be real, it’s part of every relationship, but I could not help myself and cringe a little if I was Quinn. If I ever got a book like that (about my parents), I would probably burn it and scratch my eyes out! 😀

Next To Never is a perfect novella to get us all excited about the next generation – I know I am! Dylan (Jared and Tate’s daughter) is already my fave and I am BEYOND READY to read her love story!!!!!!!!!!

Basically, I AM READY.

Rating: 4 out of 5.







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