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Never Lasting

(Never Blue #1)

4.80  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Tali DiPietro is a good girl with a streak of punk rock rebel.

Before I left for college, my mom told me not to settle down with the first guy who crosses my path. Sage advice, sure, but that’s hard to do after I share an elevator with a guy who is nothing like the boys back home. I swore off musicians a long time ago, but when I see Jude on stage for the first time, I know
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published December 3rd 2019
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B. C. Booklover
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've read any of books in Julia Wolf's amazing Blue is the Color
rockstar romance series (if you haven't yet, get busy!) you've already met an older, more mature Tali DiPietro, Blue's unflappable manager. Maybe wondered what makes her tick... why is she so tough and secretive about her past? This book goes back in time, shows the beginning of her story as a young adult, ready to live and learn. It explores the wonderful new friendships and the personal growth she finds after leaving the
Jenn the Readaholic
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So there’s this author I like to read. She’s reinvented herself a couple of times now, what with a funny, light series, followed by a darker, grittier series that I adored. Guess what? She’s done it AGAIN. Tali and Jude’s story has managed to ruin me. And yet, here I am, waiting and hoping for the rest of their story.

Tali and Jude aren’t quite the typical young love couple. They start with an accidental meeting, then more accidental encounters (on one part, at least), until Jude finally gets
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When Tali finally escapes the bubble that is her family, she meets Jude. Jude who is undeniably her soul mate and will affect and change her life in countless ways. Alas, young love, first love, is often times not meant to be, or at least, not meant to last in its young form. So be prepared for the heartbreaking end of Never Lasting. It's not pretty but it will definitely get you right in the feels.

I loved this first part of Tali and Jude's story. It's New Adult/rockstar love at its finest
Julia Wolf
Nov 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Book 1 in Tali's duet, Never Lasting, is up for pre-order! It will release on December 3, and so far my ARC readers are losing their minds. Who's ready to lose their minds too?

Book 2, Never Again, releases two weeks later on December 17!

Are you ready?
Jaime Reynolds
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give more than five stars I would for this story. Holy crap my emotions are all over the place. The angst and drama Tali and Jude go through will put you through the ringer. The story started a bit slow but when it got going I couldn’t put it down. Another must read by this author!!!
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
Never Lasting is a devastatingly beautiful, emotionally charged love story that is sure to put you through all of the feels complete with moments of laughter, swooning, and heartbreak. This book is mostly set when the very organized and studious Tali is in college and meets the musically talented Jude. These two possess such undeniable soul connection that the passion and love between them is palpable. Jude and Tali are both extremely supportive of each other and deeply in love, but there are ...more
Jenifer Briggs
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This duet comepltley blew me away! I was nowhere near prepared for the angst, love, drama, friendship, heartbreak and redemption these books took me on. I've been in quite a book slump lately, and Jude and Tali not only cured it, but simultaneously making me unable to move on from their love.

Tali is nineteen years old when we first meet her, and she's grabbing the college life with both hands. She's just gotten free from her parents overprotective clutches, and with her best friend slash
Trish Cloud
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have been getting to know all the characters from Blue is the Color for some time now in this most excellent series. We've seen all the members of the band find their happily ever afters and the only one left is their manager Tali. In Never Lasting we meet Tali as she enters the University of Maryland and meets Jude. And. It. Is. Magic. He is her first love. She is as he says, "...every song I ever wrote." This is a beautiful story of young love. The story of promises and hope birthed by that ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY EVER LOVIN' HELL Julia Wolf! You ripped my heart out, and I'm not sure that you can fix it at this point, after that brutal cliffy. Jude & Tali's story is too much, it's too much! Never Lasting is the beginning of Tali & Jude's story, and OMG! I can't tell you all that's happened, but I really really want to. They met, kept meeting, until they decided to go for it, and see how they were together, as Tali was in college while Jude was trying to be a rock star. The ups & down ...more
Sonja Tonjer
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had high hopes for this book but it exceeded my expectations in a major way.

Tali is a determined and good student. She has her life sorted out and knows exactly where she’s heading.

Jude on the other hand seems more like a dreamer. Rockstar is the only thing he ever wanted to be and he’s hoping for a big chance while he’s working and partying.

When they meet two worlds colliding, we get a fierce love story. It’s starting out so well, but it’s difficult because of different circumstances and
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This book! Above and well beyond her past books (and honestly there was not a bad one in the bunch I read, so that is quite the feat!), this book is to show us the background of manager Tali, and it makes you want to reread all the Blue Is The Color books so you can pinpoint everything she does and say 'Oh I get it now'! You can totally jump in here and read this as a stand alone (well, you can read the Duet alone I should say). Its set in the early 2000's so lots of nostalgia with an eclectic ...more
Lydia H
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever started a book and become instantly obsessed with the story? Yes? That was me with Never Lasting.

I had met Tali in the Blue is the Color Series so I was STOKED to get her story and WHAT A BEGINNING to what I know is an epic journey, you guys!! I was immediately PULLED IN completely and all I wanted to do was READ. I stayed up way past my bedtime last night because I simply could not put down this book!!!

Angsty, emotional, sexy, and even funny at times, this book had it ALL.
Beth E
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The early 2000 vibes come on strong in book one of this amazing duet. Tali is a fresh faced 19 year old with the whole world ahead of her. With Nina, her cousin and best friend at her side, Tali is ready to begin her sophomore year at the University of Maryland.

This book has you falling in love with Tali and Jude's journey right from the get go. Their chemistry is off the charts. We are also introduced to Ben and Tino who are both amazing characters in their own ways. The friendship she builds
Comfy Couch Book Reviews
This Never Blue duet from Julia is definitely on my top ten list of best books of 2019. Julia is such an amazing writer but every book I read from her shows so surpasses the one before.

This is the backstory of Tali Di DiPietro the super organized and polished manager of Blue is the Colour who helped their career fly into the stratosphere. In Never Lasting we meet 19 year old Tali just entering her sophomore year at university along with her cousin and best friend Nina. Oh this so took me back
Andrea B
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tali has always been a favorite of mine. She is strong smart and sassy. She holds her own and has a good head and fun. I really hate Jude - he does not deserve her. He will never be good enough for Tali.
This story is all kinds of feels. There is fun, love and angst. There is also feels like u could not believe. This story has everything and so much more. Be very prepared to ride the rollercoaster of emotions that is worth every high and low.
I am soo torn right now. I hate second chances and I
Erica Lafond
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Lasting is a heartbreakingly beautiful, emotional ride that will leave you exhausted but longing for more. Julia Wolf’s “Blue is the Color” series is a favorite of mine and Never Lasting is a spin-off that follows a young Tali during her college years. Prepare yourself to be drawn in, fall in love, and feel like you’re living her story.
This book is so well written and moves along well. I was laughing, I was crying, I was left wanting more... This is a MUST READ.
Lori Caprio Tate
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I have come to expect from my favorite author this duet takes you on an emotional ride through the turbulent relationship of Jude and Talia. Julia Wolf reels you into a world that has you engrossed in the feelings and emotions of two people who were meant for each but circumstances rip them apart only to have fate through them back together while they are on tour. Their reconnection is threatened and so is their happily ever after.... I can not wait to dip into book two and see how Julia ...more
Alison Macpherson
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Absolutely amazing! This first book in the duet will have you joining the Julia Wolf train for one heck of a rollercoaster ride. You will laugh, scream at the pages at times,gasp, have your heart racing and cry... definitely cry! It’s an extremely thought provoking read.
Tali and Jude’s story starts with a chance meeting in an elevator, with a little bit of Benny thrown in. Oh my how I loved Benny! The nicknames he and Jude gave her were really cute, elevator girl and stripes. You’ll have to
Kacie Sholty
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was not expecting this kind of story when I started reading. I absolutely love all of Julia's books so far and this is dark and angsty and SO incredibly good!!! I love trying to figure out each story I read before it ends but I was surprised each time I turned a page. I rode a wave of emotions reading this book, staying up as late as possible so I could finish. You will feel happy, loved, sad, etc in this book. A definite must read!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Never Lasting, book one in Julia Wolf's Never Blue Duet, she presents a coming of age love story that leaves a timeless impression of unfiltered true love!

Readers will be hard put to find a more tortured hero than Jude. His struggle was painful to watch play out as he fought through every barrier put up to save him only to ultimately succumb to the inner demons tethered to him leaving a wake of misery and condemnation all around him. Bad things happen to good people and Jude was a classic
Jeeves Reads Romance
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great writing; bad, bad boy

That man is TROUBLE all right. Our hero is the definition of a heartbreaker, because it is so, so easy to fall for him but he is also so, so bad for you.... something that our heroine learns along the way. The chemistry is off the charts from the very beginning between Tali and Jude, but they might be too young (and a little too dumb) to make things work the first time around. An intriguing and well written start to a duet, this book has all the highs and lows that
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from the author and I am happy to give my honest review.

I'm somewhat of a Julia Wolf fangirl. I stumbled upon her earlier works a few years ago and I have gently been stalking her since. All through the Blue is the Color series I begged and pleaded for Tali's story (Julia's reader facebook group is a very good place to beg). This is it, folks. And it's a doozy.

First off, this can be read as a standalone. You don't need to read the other Blue books but you should because they
Joy R
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feel that with each book an author should grow. I believe JW has done that and it shows in Never Lasting. It is a duet so it's not the whole story but it is an excellent start and as long as it maintains this pace, she's got another winner. Well written, well researched, and full of all the qualities of a good book. There's love and angst, romance and laughter, heartbreak and healing.

Another thing I like is when an author can get you to care about a character that you previously didn't give
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
Pardon me while I sob here in the corner clutching this book like a lifeline. I’ll be real, I don’t even want to take the time to write this review because I absolutely NEED to immediately get lost in the next book, since that’s currently not an option you can instead enjoy my hot mess words as I ramble on about the brilliance of Julia Wolf’s mind and the devastating beauty that is Tali and Jude.
Their story is the epitome of rock and roll. Music, laughter, love, heat, heartbreak all of it is
Suzaan Jansen van Rensburg
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Natalia met Jude just after arrived at college. She was the shy girl and he the rocker guy. They had a strong attraction from the start but he was in a relationship and she did not want a relationship, she wanted to concentrate on college and living on her own form the first time. But some things are just destined to be and one is a love like theirs. This is the story of two people finding each other in an all consuming love. But their lives was on different paths and they struggled to get it ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I was soo excited to finally read Tali's story but damn I did not think what I read would be what her story would be like. I loved how Tali had a whole lot of sass and the love of music even when she was younger and totally thought she would be a bit of a nerdy check but also have a fun side. Her and Jude's love affair is a bot of a slow burn then all sorts of intense, gutting and captivating almost like a car losing control but you hope they regain control before it crashes. Tali's friendship ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Lasting is book one in the Never Blue series. For fans of the author’s Blue is the Color series we already know Tali as a supporting character in that series so it is great that she has her own book to tell her story. Book one takes place before Tali meets Blue is the Color and it is great seeing what shapes her to be the character we already know.
I really enjoyed the support and friendships between Tali, Nina, and Tino. The author does a wonderful job that it is easy to visualize the
Laura Lee
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia Wolf has done it again! The first half of Jude and Tali's story is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some may find certain parts difficult to read, but those events only enhance the story in my opinion. I loved watching the beginning of their journey which is filled with one obstacle after another. Julia's portrayal of an addict was spot on. She painted a clear picture of how an addict is ruled by their drug of choice and how devastating it is to love someone with an addiction. You'll run through ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so heartbreakingly beautiful on so many levels. I'm really at a loss for words. Best read of 2019!

I've never had a book grip me from the very first page like Never Lasting. The authentic vibe of the early 2000s transported me back to my own college days. Somewhere between the cinder block walls and elevator rides with handsome strangers, NOSTALGIA HIT HARD!
Tali is a boss, even at 19. She knows what she wants, and she has her boundaries. She isn’t interested in falling for the first boy
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Lasting is a perfect example of what Julia Wolf does best and that is she weaves absolute magic with her words, she takes you on a journey of angst, heartbreak and destruction with love trying to survive. Jude and Tali have a connection, one that is soul deep but as the life of a Rockstar takes Jude into a world that Tali won't accept, lies will be told and heart wrenching pain will be dealt. As anxiety levels hit DEFCON 1, my heart was beating out of my chest, my pulse was racing and I ...more
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