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Now Or Never

(Irresistible #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  222 reviews
He’s ten years older. My brother's best friend.
And for the next two weeks, he gets to have me in all the ways he’s ever wanted.


The last time I saw him, he still called me kiddo.

But fast-forward five years and more than a few things have changed.

He’s still Iain Thorn. He’s still my brother’s best friend and the painfully sexy man I clearly never stopped wanting. But
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Published January 11th 2020
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Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Now or Never is sexy, well-written, entertaining, captivating, and emotional which is exactly what I've come to expect from a Stella Rhys Novel. Every single one of her books I've had the pleasure of reading has been a damn good time. She never fails me, and this time was no exception!

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Holland is a heroine that I adored right from the start. She was raised by a strict, overprotective/mentally abusive mother that not only sheltered her from the world, but also alienated her from her peers and
Rachel (LoverofTBR)
Standalone Series Order
#1 – Sweet Spot – Lukas and Lia
#2 – Bad Boss – Julian and Sara
#3 – Dirty Deeds – Emmett and Aly
#4 – Hothead – Drew and Evie
#5 – Now or Never – Iain and Holland

4 ‘I want Iain Thorne’ ✨

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Kaun Tujhe Chahega - the video linked has English translation of the lyrics.

Iain Thorne is delectable and every bit of the quiet, reserved, and brooding MC that I didn’t know I was looking for! He is the well-known agent
Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Stella Rhys really knows how to break your heart with the reveal of a character’s past. (And I’m not talking about Holland’s difficult past here.) Iain Thorn. 💔

Iain is the epitome of what we generally want a romantic hero to be: total alpha, cocky, gorgeous, radiating power and sex appeal – but underneath there is more. So if you’re initially bothered (just as I was) by the fact that Iain just seems to focus on Holland’s amazing boobs and other assets, give him some time. He has his reasons.

Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is the worst one in the series. Everything is just a mess. The plot, the characters and the chemistry.

The plot is weak and stagnant. Miss Rhys adding angst and drama for no reason. Adding more and more layer to the plot just to add more pages. But the conflict does not support the progress of the story nor the character development.

The character, especially Holland is immature, needy and drama queen. She done nothing but demanding, super annoying that I want to slap her. I feel a bit
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. A solid read. I’m a fan of this author and picked this up on a whim. I enjoyed both characters and it had a good amount of heat and sexual tension.
YAAASSSS!!!! This book was everything I wanted!!!

I am so happy and legit dehydrated after reading this because I sobbed so much. Angsty tears. Happy tears. This book did everything to me.

First things first I AM SO HAPPY THIS IS FINALLY OUT. I WAITED SO LONG I expected so much and this still blew my expectations out of the water. This was the most amazing brother's best friend novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading because it's so hot and steamy (and no surprise full of the best sex scenes I
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!

For some reason I thought I was going to find this book to be a little ho hum but Now or Never ended up being provocative, fascinating and moving. This series has been entertaining to say the least.

Iain, we met in the other books as a friend to the other guys and a sport agent to Drew from the last book. He was a wild child growing up but is very successful now. He is a workaholic so consequently he has been emotionally unavailable. He was in a longtime sex only relationship with a
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(i’m drinking while writing this and i rarely ever drink so sorry in advance)

God, this was SO good. This was Stella Rhys at her best. Like Bad Boss good but with even more consistent pacing.

Stella Rhys is the best for when you want great sex scenes that also sprinkle emphasis on the emotional connection developing between the two characters. The character development in her books is always really good while keeping up the sexual chemistry throughout.

This story has been on my TBR for a year and a
Carmen Rae
I read the rest of the series so long ago that I honestly don't remember anything about it except that I loved it. When I saw this release I knew I had to get my hands on it. And luckily for me it can be read as a standalone. But I really have a massive urge to do a reread before Adams book.

Iain started off as a massive jerk and I really wanted to see him get put in his place. He was so cold and came across so unfeeling that if half the book wasn't told from his point of view I probably would h
Dnf @37%

I've enjoyed this whole series so to say I'm disappointed is putting it midly.

I can't even explain how I feel, I just think there was zero chemistry and hardly any dialogue between them, talk about zero burn. Even the sex was boring 💤 - probably because there was no build up.

I will still read other books by this author, but I do not recommend this book.
benevolent bastard
That epilogue was to die for! Very cute.
Jamie Campbell

I'm reading an arc book Now Or Never (Irresistible, #5) by Stella Rhys by Stella Rhys It started out yummy!

I was failing to reconcile what I was seeing with what I was remembering, because the last time I saw her she was a sweet, innocent little thing. This shy little girl wearing a powder blue backpack and braided pigtails—who I made it my job to protect because   her   own brother had no instinct whatsoever.   But now…for Christ’s sake, now there was no trace of that shy little girl as she f
Feb 13, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 59%

not really feeling this one.
sucks cause I waited over a year for it to release
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
storyline was just ok
buuuuuut the sex scenes 🤤🤭
i’m here all day for those sex scenes 🥵
Tarannum Sayyed
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Seriously? The last date for release was 9th September, after which it got postponed. Tomorrow it will be a total of 8 months and yet no release date? Stella, you are killing us. Please what is taking it so long?
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

The last person Iain expected, or wanted, to see tonight is Holland, his best friend's little sister, who isn't so little anymore. So he fights his still present feelings with everything he's got. But Holland, like I said, she's no longer a little girl, so she fights back and doesn't put up with Iain's bs. Will he EVER let her in?!

I loved this love story. Iain fought it so hard, was so stoic and broody, and quite frankly, such an asshole a lot of the times and I loved that love and an aw
3.5 stars 🌟🌟🌟

An entertaining and sexy read from an author that excels at fun and flirty.
It is an age-gap/brother's friend romance with plenty of heat and just the right amount of sweet.
Holland and Iain are no strangers to difficult upbringings but while Holland has found the tools necessary to survive an overbearing and beyond smothering mother..... Iain has worked to bury his feelings and hide from his difficult past.
The storyline was enjoyable and pretty solid but I could have done without the
3.75 stars!

“You were made to be mine...And I was always made to be yours.”

Holland has had an unrequited crush on Iain since she was thirteen years old. There is a ten-year gap and she has always been seen as the kid sister of his best friend; however, when he sees her all grown up working in the bar he frequents, he can’t stop thinking about her. She has always been off limits but what if they could have one night to get over the attraction they clearly have? Could they walk away in the morning
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This author is for me like a unicorn so I'm very lucky to have found her!

At first I was a bit scared to start this I don't know really why because I know I love all her books!
Maybe it's because the "huge" age difference scared me a bit, but in a way I know it's not that. I like a bit of age difference but I have boundaries in that, not that that's stopping me from reading them. This wasn't the problem. I actually really enjoyed this one, but I knew that was going to happen.

I had so many scenario
Ruth Kamau
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what I expected from Iain’s story, but this was just the perfect ending to a series I had long fallen in love with.

I can’t wait to try more books by the author.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 Stars!!!!

I really enjoyed it!
4 hot stars. I was hooked immediately. It was hard to put down. I liked that all the twists were kind of sprinkled in there just enough to make you think about them.
April Symes
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now or Never by Stella Rhys is book 5 in the Irresistible series. This is Iain Thorn and Holland Maxwell's story. They met back when she was 8 and he was 18 . He was her brother's Adam best friend. Holland literally thought the moon and sun came out of Iain.
But all that changed forever when Holland turned 15. Iain just quit coming around and never would see Holland. It cut her deep. He kept in touch with her brother yet never with her.
Go foward 8 years , Holland has gotten away from her domine
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Iian was well worth the wait! I am smiling deliriously because this book is jam packed with humor, off the charts, panty melting heat and so much love you can’t help but smile at the end! Out of the 5 Irresistible books this is by far my fave and I can tell that the extra time it took to write was more than worth the wait and I’d wait again for a book as amazing as this!

Holland is one of the fiercest heroines I have ever read! She’s fiery, strong and fiercely independent despite her horrible ch
Laur Laur
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yowsa, a dirty talking alpha with a heart and a Mary Sue that *really* loves texting naked pictures!

This has two people who've had seriously traumatic upbringings and deal with it in opposite ways. They've reconnected after 5 years apart, and the hero starts off quite controlling and shocked at the sexpot the heroine has grown into. He can't resist her come-ons and intends for one night to get it out of his system. Then he just can't resist her period, cause when this girl wants something, she w
Stella Rhys is a new author to me and one I will definitely be reading more books by! I loved this book! It ticked so many of my boxes.

Age Gap
Brother's Best Friend
Best Friend's Little Sister
Kink AF hero and heroine
Naughty sexting
Dirty talking hero
Innocent yet naughty minx heroine
A perfectly controlled hero until he hits the bedroom (or where ever the mood strikes) then all bets are off!

There's no slow burn here - this author throws you right into the deep end with all the delicious sexy m
3 stars

A hot and steamy age-gap/brother’s-best-friend romance that is fun, flirty, and did I say steamy? The fifth standalone in the Irresistible series, I enjoyed this one.

Holland has recently escaped her disturbingly controlling mother and is setting out to make her own life in New York City. She’s has found friends and an apartment, and she’s working hard and loving her new life… and then Iain Thorn walks back into her life. Her brother’s best friend, Iain was Holland’s teenage crush. He is
Standalone/Cliffhanger: Standalone
Ages of H and h: Holland is 22 and Iain is 32.
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Descriptive Sex &/Or Drama Between H/h With OW/OM: (view spoiler)
>>If So, Before or After H/h Hookup: (view spoiler)
Contains Cheating: (view spoiler)
Amount of Sex In The Book: (view spoiler)
HEA/HFN/etc Endin
Kayla Brunson
This was my first book by Stella Rhys and I was expecting to love it! I stalked the release for it and was so excited to get my hands on a brother’s best friend romance. I sadly found myself struggling through it.

Character wise, I really like Holland. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it. She had a hard childhood but she didn’t let that define her. She came off relatable and wore her heart on her sleeve. Iain was just okay for me. I couldn’t tell if I liked him or not until
Michelle Krystel
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. This is my very first book by Stella Rhys. After reading now or never I'm dying to known about all these other characters mentioned. I love lain a pretty much love everthing about him. I also love Adam and AJ. And I have little girl crush on Holland. I just can't get over how good she turned out after everthing she has been through. I also love the bromance between lain, Adam and Drew. I am so h ...more
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  • Bad Boss (Irresistible #2)
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