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Now or Never

(Iris Boys #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  150 reviews
“Harlow Hampton meets the Iris Boys.”

All I needed was a break. A sign. Something.

Nearly getting run over was not the sign I was looking for, but it’s what I got. That and a group of guys who say they work for something called Iris.

No, thank you.

I had enough to deal with, thank you very much. No brother. No dad. No sanity most of the time. I certainly didn’t need to
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published November 29th 2017
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reverseharem
It was Ok. It reminded me of The Academy by CL Stone.
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Yay! First book of the year complete! And it is one feeding my reverse harem obsession despite this one not really giving me the fix I needed.

I feel that, by now, I have read enough reverse harems to consider myself to be a bit of a connoisseur of the genre. In this genre, I put the erotica PWP books off in a dirty overlooked corner where I don't really consider them part of the rest of the group but you can't leave them out. Then there are the ones where the girl has a bunch of guy friends but
Now or Never definitely reminded me of the ghost bird series by c.l. stone. Not in a bad way, because it had less guys helping out one girl. Then they are slowly starting to develop crushes on her - plus they moved at a faster pace than they did in Introductions like she's already kissed two guys and it took forever for the girl, Sang, to kiss any of the guys or let them in. But then again they did grow up in way different home situations. However, both moms are crazy.

I really liked this book. I
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harlow has been struggling for a while. Left alone with her sick mother, she's busting her butt to keep afloat. School all day and long hours at the diner at night have left her exhausted but she's almost to graduation. She's just got to hang on a little bit longer. All of a sudden she's got people popping up all around her and butting into her life. She finally has options. Now she just needs to decide what's the best choice for her. Does she really want to get involved with a group of guys she ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! It gripped me from page one and I could not put it down, in fact I squealed and internally squealed whilst reading it which to me is a sign of a fabulous book

Harlow works as a waitress and goes to school, she also looks after her mum. Her life is busy and full and boring! She works hard and is an absolute sweetheart

Her life gets flipped upside down when she meets the boys and her life changes drastically. I love the chemistry between all the characters the story
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you don’t like love pentagons perhaps stay away from this series.. I still enjoyed it, the book was well written and kept me interested outside the romance aspect of the book. I’m intrigued as to what Iris is and am excited for some answers.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book Daimon, so when I realized that this one was written by the same author I did not even hesitate. I was very quick to grab it and started reading, and I wasn't disappointed. Now or Never was just as good as I hoped it would be.
The plot is somewhat similar to the Scarab Beetle series, which for me was not a bad thing at all. At first I was afraid that it was going to be another abusive home situation (getting kind of tired of those), but here things were a little more comp
Marguerite (M)
Rating : 3 stars

- Similar to The Ghost Bird
- Ok MC
- Don't know what to think of the guys yet
- Cleo Cleo Cleo Cleo Cleo
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it for the most part....

Loved it for the most part, I only wish as mature as the h is,
( I mean I’m damn impressed w/all she’s handled on her own)
But if your gonna give me a RH why the heck to you do it w/an 18 yr. old virgin ?
That seriously doesn’t make sense....
Geez can’t she at least have had some sex and say be a 22-23 yr. old collage grad ?
Why does she have to be soo dang young ?
Sighs, that annoyance aside , I like the story for the most part,but for me atm “Iris” is just too mysteri
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it

I liked the book, but maybe it's just that it's the first book in a series but it didn't feel finished. There's the who semi romantic plot line just left wide open which is a whole can of worms that needs to be addressed. There's the strange conflict between Grsyon and the other guys that needs to be addressed. There was a large cast of characters that I feel like I barely know. I'm u decided because I feel like too many things were left unfinished to make a decision about whether I lik
Betty Leung
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good start for RH series

I really enjoyed this book and the idea of it especially since most RH series I’ve read are mostly fantasy and PNR.
This story reminded me a lot of CL Stone’s Ghost Bird series and the Scarab Beetle series.

I liked the story and the characters but there were some inconsistencies in the story. Though minor, it was still distracting and it made me doubt what I read before making me do a double take so it kinda cut off my reading flow.

Also the plot twist was kinda juvenile
Nerdy Housewifey
Sep 26, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: meh, rh
So except for about 2 or 3 series (that are actually complex and very well written) anything RH is basically just a guilty pleasure and even if I enjoy it it’s probably not getting more then 2 stars, purely because the standards and quality of a really well written novel just aren’t there. This book was basically a rip off of another poorly written RH so it was kind of doubly bad in my opinion. Characters were introduced one after another and even at 50% not enough time was spent getting to know ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too bad it's not original

Normally I would say I like this book. Except the fact that it pretty much plagiarized CL Stone's Ghost Bird and Scarab Beetle series. Both have a mysterious group that helps people out that the boys are involved and the girl tries to join. Funny enough this girl also has a crazy mother that she has to hide her phone that the boys have given her. It moves faster than CL Stone's books but if you took both series and combined them you'd end up with this book. Which is real
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

What an interesting read and not at all what I was expecting. It was more YA then anything. There was no steamy moments yet, I was completely hooked trying to find out what was happening.

Definitely reading the next one to see where this goes as the writing style was really good.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It was intriguing and I liked all the characters. If you’re looking for lots of romance though, you won’t find it here. I have a feeling the RH elements will be slow-burn.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. Kind of a Ghost Bird meets Scarab Beetle story that moved a little faster. Basically, there's a secret organisation out helping people and the girl gets brought into the fold. I'll definitely be reading more.
Candace Jane
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read

Like many of the great books that lead the RH genre this fit's the box. I have fallen in love with all the characters. This is a must read that will not disappoint.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rh-read, rh-ku
Great storyline, however, it seems to be a mashup of Ghost Bird and Scarab Beetle series by C.L. Stone. I'm curious to see where this goes but the next book will be a downtime kind of read.
Lissa Hawley
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heavily influenced by C.L. Stone, but I liked it anyway.
Jessie Potts
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marisa Valle
Reminded me a little too much of the Ghost Bird & Scarab Beetle series. ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I will for sure continue reading this series, it has potential to be really good
Cassie Guest
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
No feelings

I didn't feel any chemistry coming from any of the characters. There was also just not enough details to the story. I know it is some secret organization but the main character basically went around with a bunch of older man not knowing anything.

Before I started reading this book, I read a lot of reviews stating that the story it is like the Ghost Bird series by C.L. Stone. I remember starting reading this series years ago, and I can't say that I remember it clearly, but I remember the main points.

This series is not the same. Yes, both the boys teams in Now or Never and in the Ghost Bird series work for a secret agency, but the story develops differently, and the characters have different personalities.

I like this book. I'm c
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ Chapter 3

No sense detected in this book. Only three chapters in and I can't go on or my brain will turn to mush. Two moments specifically made me say what the f***:

1. (view spoiler)

2. This GEM was my breaking point.
(view spoiler)
Harlow has a really tough life right now. She's trying to do what she can to take care of herself and her mother. But that is a lot harder than she thought, and now when she meets the Iris Boys things get complicated. She doesn't know if she can trust them even though it seems like they want to help her, but she will have to do what she can to figure it out.

This book was an interesting start to the series. I like the overall idea of it, and I enjoyed the heroine, but I had a hard time with a fe
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
**This Review Contains Spoilers For Now or Never Book One and Study Break**

This book was easier to get into than Smoke's previous book, Daimon. I'm not a fan of Reverse Harem, but I am a fan of supporting authors. While a lot of the description in this book weighed heavily on the purple prose side, I gave Smoke the benefit of the doubt and continued reading.

The book itself is evenly paced. Though It didn't sit well with me how often one of the boys joined the main character in her bed. Harlow i
Jennifer G
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reverse-harem
Harlow's life isn't easy. As a high school senior she has too much responsibility. Her bi-polar mother is dying from cancer. Her older brother took off leaving her to handle everything. She goes to school keeping all A's, works long hours at a diner, is the sole caretaker for her mom, pays the bills and takes care of the house. She really needs a break and a long nap, but she keeps going. She is not one to complain. This is her life. One late night shift she has two customers that send her life ...more
RH & Romance Review
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant series from Lucy Smoke. I would argue that it mostly falls in the “guys save girl” trope, but the main character is by no means helpless. It is also a slow/medium burn; no sexy times in this book. This was actually one of the first series I read when I started reading RH. I think only the first two books were out then? I didn’t review it at the time, but I finally got the chance to read book 4 and decided to do a whole series reread before I did.

I’m going to try to keep from
Shoni Wake
I am extremely confused by this book.

The idea? Great. Something I have not met in RH. It excited me and probably was the only reason to keep reading.

Our MC is a girl struggling with her life, with a sick mother and absent older brother. She catches attention of a ' mysterious' group of guys that want to recruit her for....

Now that is when things become ridiculous. She supposedly caught their attention because she is smart...she is not. God. She is so not smart
She is the most naive and characte
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Lucy Smoke is a USA Bestselling Author most known for her Iris Boys series.

Lucy is a writer of dark romance, new adult and young adult romance, and various other sub-genres therein. Her main writing focus is on various forms of romance. She loves to experiment with her characters and shine a little light on things that catch her fancy.

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