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Never Close Enough

(The Never Duet #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,782 ratings  ·  338 reviews
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, a protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds her attraction to Porter potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future t ...more
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Published November 18th 2013
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Book 1 of 3. Series complete.

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, a protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds her attraction to Porter potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust aga
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG this had to be one of the major cliffhangers of the year I laughed, cried, yelled, felt pain beyond words for Ella & Porter. Fight for me Remind Me these are the words and emotions Porter is going to have to go thru to get to his Ella.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, cliffhanger
Ah I'm on the fence. I'm going with 3.5. First I need to say HOLY CLIFFHANGER. I'm really frustrated with so many books that leave you hanging and waiting for months for the rest. With that being said the story is about Ella who finds her boyfriend of 4 years cheating on her (on her birthday) and she decides to take their romantic birthday getaway with out Kyle. She then meets Tilly the owner of a local bar and then her son Porter. It took me awhile to warm up to Porter but by the end I was in l ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I went to school with the author, but I had no idea she was so talented!

I was brand new to this genre before I read this book and I have to say it has opened my eyes. I remember my mother being obsessed with romance novels when I was younger. I would read the descriptions on the back and they were just so...cheesy! I was pleasantly surprised to discover a whole new world of vivid characters and romantic (without being cheesy) scenes.

I love how I immediately connected with Ella. Some
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

With that being said.. I loved this book! This is my first Anie Michaels book. Once I actually sat down to read it, I couldn't put it down!

"You show up out of nowhere, literally storming into my life, and all of sudden everything is different, better. Do you know how miraculous that is?"

Okay here's the blurb!
The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead c
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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, Porte ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't get why everybody liked this book. I really don't.
Except for an intense need to throw my kindle into a burning firepit so I could get rid of this book, I felt nothing. I think the sad moments seems forced and I felt like the author needed to stress the fact that the happy moments were happy.
The fact that they fell head over heels in love with each other after a week annoyed me more than I could possibly express. Especially considering they were in love with each other after two days an
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Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read-list
Was not overly blown away by this book. The entire book takes place in like a week and so much happens it seems so unreal and lacking depth. I wasn't blown away by the characters and found certain storylines to be extremely questionable. Started this as a trilogy but at the moment have no desire to read on. May return to this later but chances are slim.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book!!!

Never Close Enough is the first book I have read that I COULD NOT put down. The book makes you fall in love with the characters, not to mention make you want to find your own Porter!! I can't wait to read " Never Far Away" or any other book Anie Michaels writes!!!!
Michelle Louise
Great until 75% in... Then it becomes horrid

If you'd asked me to rate this book up to the 75% mark it probably would have given it a solid four stars. Ella and Porter were fun characters, I liked Tilly. The sex was vanilla but well written. There was decent conflict there was even a logical endpoint.

My only major problem was the ongoing slut shaming and seriously horrible and unsupportive "supportive" sister. Pro-tip supportive sisters bring ice cream and ask what someone wants after a bad brea
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed that this is the authors debut book! She will definitely be giving Nicholas Sparks a run for his money!
I so completely fell in love with Porter. He is everything every woman wishes they had. And the things he says makes your heart melt. The love that him and Ella have is so sweet and romantic. And I don't think there is anything either of them would not do for the other. Porters mother Tilly is the best! There is an instant attraction between Porter and Ella, but they didn't immedi
T.A. McKay
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book from the author.

What do you do when you find your boyfriend of four years having sex with a bendy lady in your bed??? What Ella did was go on holiday without him! Ok it wasn't quite that simple but that was the original plans so she just kept to them. What a fantastic 30th birthday present....your boyfriend cheating and then travelling two hours to a holiday home by the ocean that you were both meant to spend the week at! The one thing she did that day is stop for a dri
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This was a fairly interesting story, although the abundance of sex scenes that didn't advance the plot became humorous. The structure of the plot was loose and just didn't flow naturally. The author should have hired an editor to read the book before she published it. She often used the wrong case of pronouns, the wrong verb tense (no understanding at all of the use of the perfect tenses to indicate when actions took place)and words what were questionably appropriate for the intended meaning. Sh ...more
Jyoti Achameesing
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Patricia Okereke

I don't know what other readers saw in this book. The entire book was written over a one week period so as you can imagine scenes were painstakingly explained, descriptions of emotions were minutely itemized even the love scenes were drawn out.

I skipped most of the book, scheme read the entire book and still got the gist of things. I didn't feel inspired to read in-depthly into the story as I found myself bored and gagging to get to the point.

I bought book3 on the basis of the great revie
Heather S
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First- I would of given this book far more than 5 stars, just saying. So many high points and so many beautifully written details, I can't even contain my excitement! When I bought the book all I saw was 5 star ratings and NOT one negative response to it book what so ever and I see why. Porter well Jesus, he's sex on sticks and his slight alpha maleness just won me over...then the swoon side fucking A! I would kill someone if I read this and book two wasn't out yet cause the ending is such a cli ...more
Soap opera type ending

Be prepared for lousy "cliffhanger" ending. I am so tired of books with no closure. Very frustrating. Plus this was an instant-love story which is another book detail I find repulsive. I definitely won't be reading any more in this series.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a really fast story. Took place in the span of a week, but it was amazing, I'm so glad all of the books are out so I can deal with that cliff hanger.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
On the fence, leaning towards 3.5 stars. I will read the second book though to see what happens.

**Spoilers ahead**

I liked this book, I did, I just had a very hard time taking it all in on the timeline given to me. Can this happen in a week? No. I stand firm in my decision that it cannot. Love at first sight? Okay, but this goes WAY above and beyond that.

Ella gets cheated on by her boyfriend of 4 years the day they are scheduled to go to a beachhouse for a romantic week away to reconnect. She go
Heather andrews
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here I am thinking YAY, a stand alone novel nope the damn book has a damn cliffhanger, everyone knows how I feel about them, but other than the damn cliffhanger the book was entertaining, let's just say Porter and Ella have no qualms of PDA, "she stared at his gorgeous body, not bothering to hide the fact that she liked what she saw, and she knew that he was enjoying the view as well." Yea, they're not bashful at all, "he pushed her back up against his truck as he took the kiss even deeper. She ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-challenge
I had never read any of Anie Michaels books before, when the other day I saw she was doing a takeover on a FB page I follow. While reading about her and watching her interactions between readers and non readers I found I really liked her. When I saw she gave an opportunity for those who had not read her books to read one for free I signed up excitedly. After receiving said book I began reading...and reading....and reading..and...well you get the picture lol. I absolutely fell in love with the ch ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. ** With that being said, I really enjoyed this book. Some parts of the story were easily predictable, but I think that made the story fly by. The ending of the book is a major cliffhanger and I didn't predict that at all! I was hoping for a neat little tidy ending and then boom....there was a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers! Now I am on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen in the next book! I am looking forward to continuing ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this sweet book - was well written, so easy to read and characters had such a natural response to emotions and events from start to finish. Porter is this hunky man who wears a tool belt well, almost like a purple unicorn having not had any girlfriends (no baggage!) and wonderful possessive, protective alpha male qualities. He is also super romantic. His relationship with Ella happens very quickly, is actually one of the new insta-love stories I have not minded cause they truly do ...more
H.K. Szczesiak
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say about this book without giving away any spoilers??? I was lucky enough to read this as a Beta reader, from the first chapter I was hooked. Ella catches her boyfriend doing the dirty with some bimbo on her birthday no less. She breaks up with him and enjoys her stay at a beach house for a week, where she meets Porter. SWOON! Porter helps Ella get over her heartbreak and welcome the love of a real man. Will their love stand the test of time and obstacles that they are faced wit ...more
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My Reaction After Reading The Book!

I enjoyed and hated this story. I hate rebound/instant love! But I do appreciate the safe sex and always wrapping it up! But are you KIDDING ME with that major frickin cliffhanger?! I can't believe it ended like that..... WHY? After everything these "2" went through!! Smh. I'm so glad all "3" books are written. Because I would be one pissed-off reader! But then again, I'm still debating on continuing with series!
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story of Ella and Porter. Her past, his past and in a few short days and all was right with the world. AGH until the end!!! WHAT the What!!! I was a crying baby. I was up reading until 1am and then of course I couldn't sleep because I couldn't breathe because Ella and Porter...and the end. UGH I just wanna give Porter a hug. When is the next book?! 2 thumbs up, I couldn't put it down.

I would do a reread, definitely needs to be edited better. Nothing serious just wrong words. his/her in
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I had to choose which love story is my favorite out of all the romance books I've read I would have to choose the intense, sexy, romantic and beautiful story that is Porter's and Ella's. I always go back to it when I think of my favorite books to read.
Thank you Anie for such amazing writing and creative characters. This is a book series I look forward to re-reading just for fun.
Im excited about the spinoff. I've got it and will start it soon.
Anna Soracco
This books has too many typos and grammatical errors. It seems surprising that it was not proof-read prior to publishing. It also has too much repetitive sex and little story. I am sure book 1 and book 2 could have been published as one book, if not for such much space devoted to sex.

I do not intend to buy second or third book.
Kim Winkelmann
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH. My. GOD. I loved this book! Holy cliffhanger is right but that's what coming back for more! I have no issue with a two part book! Maybe it's due to the fact that I can purchase the second book as soon as I finished the first!! I am intrigued by the story and I can't wait to finish it!!!!
Jamie  Leigh
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow. what an awesome read. Ella had a horrible birthday. She found her boyfriend of four years in their bed with another woman. Her car died. But then she met Porter. and wow. there is a cliff hanger but thank goodness the next book is out so I can find out what happens next!
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Anie Michaels is the author of the Never series, the Private serial, the Love and Loss series, the With a Kiss series, and stand-alone novels The Space Between Us and Instead of You. She started writing her first novel in June 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Working at home as a full-time writer of books, when she is not pounding on the keyboard she can be found reading, playing with her kids, ...more
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