Sunday, August 20, 2023

Release Blitz for Penelope Ward's I Could Never

Title: I Could Never
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Forbidden Romance/Enemies to Lovers
Release Date: August 21, 2023


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new forbidden, enemies-to-lovers story…

It all started with an unexpected phone call.
Two years after my fiancĂ© passed away in an accident, his father died suddenly, leaving Brad’s adult, special-needs brother with no one to care for him.
The next thing I knew, I was on a cross-country drive to New Hampshire where I’d be moving in to look after Scottie until I could get him into a group home.
The last thing I ever expected?
I wouldn’t be taking care of him alone.
Josh Mathers, my fiance’s best friend—who also happened to be my sworn enemy—insisted he was the better person for the job. He told me to go back to California, and I told him where he could stick that demand.
Our disdain for each other wasn’t anything new. It dated back to a text I’d accidentally read years ago.
We hated each other. But we both loved Scottie, so neither of us budged.
Now we were living together in a tiny house—with one available bedroom. Thank goodness it was only temporary.
Over time, I realized the broody jerk I thought I knew was different than I’d imagined.
I found myself slowly growing attached to someone I once considered the enemy…and growing attracted to him.
Sure, both of us were guilt-ridden over Brad. We were also two grown people with pent-up frustration toward one another—stuck in a cabin in the woods.
But this was Josh.
I could never.


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.






Lisa Kane's 4 Star Review

Carly Gerber has moved from California to New Hampshire to care for her deceased fiance's autistic brother, Scottie. She feels Brad would have wanted her to step in and she feels the sense of purpose in helping. Scottie is going to a group home at some point and a relative, Lorraine, who has been taking care of him, isn't interested in doing it long term. Carly's just arrived when an unexpected visitor comes a knockin' at the door. 

Josh Mathers was Brad's life long best friend. He's a bit of a player and Carly always thought he was a bad influence on Brad. But he has been part of Brad's family far longer than Carly and he's come to help with Scottie. Guess these two should have coordinated their plans. But they've had no contact in the two years since Brad's been gone and had no idea what the other was planning. 

There's no love lost between these two-Carly's held a grudge over a text she accidentally saw on Brad's phone. One where Josh told Brad how he felt about his new girlfriend. That's smarted ever since and Carly never moved on from the slight. She let's Josh know in one of their heated conversations now that's he's ridden in to save the day. He admits he shouldn't have written it, but he can't take it back can he? 

Carly admits to herself that she had no idea how hard it would be to take care of Scottie. He's completely non-verbal and relies solely on his tablet to communicate. He's strong willed, has a large build and is more than she may be able to handle by herself. Maybe Josh helping isn't the worst thing that could be happening. 

Josh for his part (this is told in dual POV's) may have had his own reasons for keeping his distance from Carly. He wrangles with his feelings of being second best and his guilt and how he would react if he only knew that Josh has feelings for Carly. This is quite the sticky mess and how two completely different people with the best of intentions can straighten out their complicated relationship-well that's the meat of this story. Learning to let go of the past and look ahead to a future (can their be a future for them?) well, that's the thing about life. It keeps changing and throwing curve balls and road blocks our way. Making a life for ourselves and learning to let others in-that's what makes life worth living. 

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