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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,235 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directl ...more
ebook, 212 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Utterly ridiculous, and not in a good way.

Look, I get Mary Calmes, and I have realistic expectations of her work. Yes, plots will be bonkers, and yes, there will be certain plot elements repeating, however this one really tested me.

I listened to the audio version, and Greg Tremblay did a fantastic job with the narration. I loved his reading, his natural cadence, and all of the depth and range that he gave these characters. However, the best audio in the world can't make up for a bonkers story.
Jenni Lea
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

Ok, so Red sent me her review and it was so good and so detailed that I couldn't think of anything else that needed to be said. I told Red that I was gonna just say "ditto" to her review.

Well, this is me saying it.


The only thing I can even think to add to this is that I need Ash's book something fierce. I'm getting down on my knees. I've got my big puppy dog eyes on. I've got my hands clasped together in a plea. So, here goes...

Jul 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, romance
Well. That was disappointing. Started out good and I really liked Hagen's character...until Mitch showed up. Then the story just went to crap. I didn't like Mitch at all, too freaking arrogant, and Hagen turned into a wishy-washy doormat when Mitch entered the picture. Very unsatisfied with their relationship. (I have a thousand more gripes on the subject but I will restrain myself - and don't even get me started on the magically disappearing PTSD because his body trusts Mitch)

The other thing I
Release day Review ;)

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I am a huge Mary Calmes fan.....she writes it and I read it. Simple as that :P

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This is a "second chance love" trope and even though it wasn't my favorite by this author (Jory and Sam will always be my fav), it was still a good read ;)

Hagen and Wylie were best friends when they were young....which eventualy turned to much more. They were supposed to live the rest of their lives together...but they didn't. Mitch joined the NFL and left Hagen. He also married a woman and had 2 k
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, mm, gbr
3.25 stars

While this had all the regular ingredient of a Mary Calmes book, the love interest had very little page time and the second love interest took up waaaaay too much space in this book.

The romance was like we know from a Mary book, very possessive, very MINE MINE MINE, and quite sweet.

But unfortunately Hagen was busy with Ash for most of this book. While I really wanted him to be busy with Mitch, his one true love. Don’t worry, we don’t get on page sex with other people or anything like t
BWT (Belen)
I adore Mary Calmes and her writing, but this, for me, was a case where her signature first person, single POV did not serve the story well.

I love a good Second Chance Romance story, but I'll admit I'm a hard sell with them too. Especially when forgiveness is necessary. I require a lot of groveling, and it's easier to see how truly sorry someone is if their POV is included.

Hagen Wylie and Mitch Thayer met when Hagen was fourteen and Mitch fifteen. They became best friends and eventually lovers w
Jun 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
Anyone but me think the guy on the cover kinda looks like Ross from friends? (with facial hair)
If you know me at all, you know that MC is my crack. But when she throws in the second-chance-at-love trope? I'm all

Hagen and Mitch were high school sweethearts, out and proud as you can be as a teenager. Since Mitch was a year older, he left for college sooner, while they planned for Hagen to join him a year later. But things didn't turn out that way.

Hagen is now firmly planted in their home town, and in his mid-30s. He has a casual fuck buddy relationship going with Ash, a growing Hollywood st
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This book has my head spinning. I seem to be fighting with myself and my feelings are all a jumble.

There is this huge part of me that is screaming it’s Mary, Mary just does it for you but then there is another part of me telling myself I just didn’t love it. I might have even disliked some of it a bit.

And I am confused by this mix of feelings.

Favorite author or not, sometimes a book just doesn’t work completely.

I think what I didn’t like was the separation and that’s something I normally don’t
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

Well this one was aptly named because it seems "You Never Know"...

I freely admit with me when it comes to Mary Calmes they all start as 5 star reads and often stay that way or they may slide down to 4.5 or 4 stars. It's not very often that things slide below that.

I was pretty conflicted on this one. I liked the overall concept of the story but for me the devil was in some of the details.

Now for the best part of the st

So, advice. If you didn't like it when you read it the first time you probably won't like it read to you, Greg or no Greg.

This may not be 100% accurate but it for sure was in this case. Actually, if I am being completely honest I think I liked it less than I did the first time. Ugh.

Mary is my favorite and it just kills me to not absolutely adore something she has written but this was just so un-Mary and I just can't.

Ash took over the entire book and Mitch was just so undeserving I can't
Apr 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! My updates chronicle it all so perfectly. I'll eventually post said updates here as well, but in the meantime, if you want to know why I disliked this book as much as I did, then I suggest you head over to the updates section because it's all there :-/!!

UGH this book. NO!! What a complete and absolute let down :-/ ... this book does NO justice whatsoever to the 'A Day Makes' [the book released before this one], which I ADORED!! Big fat bummer!
You never know...but I probably should have...

I probably should have skipped this one on audio...but it's Mary Calmes and the narrator was Greg Tremblay and well...willpower I has none.

I have to admit this one isn't my favorite Mary Calmes book...not even in the top 5 but that's life, right? We can't love everything, every time and this it seems is no exception.

While I once again loved Greg Tremblay's narration of this story and definitely had no issues there and if I'm rating just the narr
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
re-read 9/14/2019 This still isn’t a favorite, but I did enjoy it more than I did originally. I still believe Ash got too much page time that should have been spent on Mitch groveling for another chance.

————original review 10/19/2017—————-
Let me start by saying that I am a Mary Calmes fan. I have read several of her books so many times that I can recite them along with the audio. This book will NEVER be one of those. I LOVED Greg Tremblay's narration, but sadly he didn't have a lot to work with.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I fucking hate this book! And the MCs. Doormat-for-Mitch Hagen and total asshole Mitch. I guess I know now what my friend felt when she read Ventures and Investments.
5 Hearts

Buddy read and review with my girl Jenni Lea.


It’s no secret I am a Calmes addict. I cannot get enough of the author's work and honestly get ridiculously excited when I see her come out with new books. She is my most read author on Goodreads and there is a reason for that. I adore the romances she writes and I will never tire of them. Ever.

When I saw this book pop up with just a title on Goodreads I wanted it and wondered if it had anything to do with another book from the author but
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-r2r, mm-romance
You Never Know is an awesome dose of the good old-fashioned Mary Calmes I love and didn’t realize how much I needed til I started reading this book!

Trying to make a life for himself back in his home town, Hagen Wylie has a lot to overcome. Scarred both physically and mentally from his service in Afghanistan, the last thing he wants is the return of his first love, Mitchell Thayer.

After seventeen years of no contact, Mitch is back in town and he wants Hagen back. Hagen resists but, as we Mary C
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. A peculiar and rather unconvincing read for me. It was peculiar because the two who were supposed to reconnect only met again about halfway through. Meanwhile, the former friend with benefits Ash had more meaningful talks with Hagen than the mostly absent Mitch.

As for the romance, it was unconvincing since Mitch's motives remained obscure to me. He uprooted his family and business all of a sudden and was apparently in love with Hagen, despite not getting in touch for many years. What
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
All Hagen did throughout the book was argue with his lovers. When Mitch came into the picture I wasn't fond of him at ALL, he was overly confident and arrogant and didn't come close to grueling enough for me to have Hagen's forgiveness. 🤨 This story had much potential but it fell short for me, I would liked to hear more of Hagen's struggle with PTS and his story when he was captured. Not one of my favorite reads by Mary Calmes.
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alphabookclub
3.5/5 Stars for You Never Know, rounded up to 4 Stars for Goodreads.

Wooooooooo, this book tested my patience. To begin with, I liked the book. I really did. Hagen was a complete sweetheart. I loved the past-relationship history between him and Mitch and no matter how many times Hagen said that what he and Mitch had was in the past... I knew he was a liar liar pants on fire!

I mean really, how could he sit there and say that after he was thinking about the guy all morning. I don't know. Sometimes
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
“Sweet and simple, this storyline is different for Calmes but I still thing it’s a solid story.”

Read this review in its entirety at Under the Covers Book Blog
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: quick-easy-reads
I expect over the top sweet and easy with this author but unfortunately this one was more irritating.

I'm sorry but I still dislike Mitch. He was an arrogant arse. There was so real remorse from him. A little I'm sorry now forgive me so we can move on is not my idea of a sincere apology.

I liked Hage at first. I was keen to learn more of his disabilities. But after the first mention they were never mentioned again and I soon found myself annoyed with him too.

Ash I kinda liked. Even knowing he wa
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know that I've ever given three stars to a Mary Calmes book but this one just didn't do it for me like normal for two very important reasons. One, Hagen was with Ash for more than half the book which means our MCs weren't even really talking much let alone anything else. Two, Mitch needed to cut his fucking dick off and present it to Hagen with a bouquet of flowers and chocolate to even begin to make amends for what he did to him. He never even came remotely close to apologizing enough f ...more
Gawd this annoys me 😫 made up entirely of the same damn words over and over again with no clear direction and yet you know the very predictable outcome. The narration was good but the story was hella bland, like bread soaked in water——BLAND.

Seriously, don’t even bother it this mess cuz like it’s a mess and all I’m saying I would never forgive Mitch like EVER. His ass could choke!,
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Bonkers , but I liked it !
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this because yeah Mary! I just get and enjoy her writing. It's how my mind works, lol. I had pre-ordered this but sometimes with her books I wait and pick them up and down to savor them ;-) I would love for this to be a series.
This one started out GREAT, but somewhere along the way Mary lost me. There was a strange mix between "Telling" and "Showing". I could FEEL the small town through Hagen's eyes, I could understand all the issues he dealt with and yet something was missing. I didn't like Mitch, he didn't redeem himself IMO, he was just very persistent on the fact he wanted Hagen back but it wasn't enough for me.

Hagen Wylie went through a lot in life. After his boyfriend Mitch Thayer dumps him to play Pro Football
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kryptonite. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Hagen and Mitch. Mitch is Hagen’s kryptonite. He is his weakness. He holds immense power. He is his biggest threat and most treasured gift.
This is a story about second chances.
This is a story of ultimate love.
This is a story that demonstrates when two souls are meant to be together…they may drift but will always gravitate back to where they are intended to be. Hagen and Mitch were meant for one another. They fell in love early
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