I NEVER
by Lena Matthews

July 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4199-1713-4
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Tripp Kowlaski, Skylar Daveigh, and Gideon Foley were best friends throughout their college years and afterward, until a naughty game of I Never changed the course of their friendship forever. In their drunken stupor, secrets are revealed and the undercurrent of passion that existed between them is unleashed. Skylar and Gideon were elated and felt this was the next step in their committed ménage a trios relationship. However, the morning afterglow becomes a blinding glare of regret as Tripp struggles with what his actions implicate about his sexuality.


Skylar is the girl that both Tripp and Gideon are deeply in love with. She comes to terms with herself that her empty relationships were not fulfilling her. Skylar realizes how much she needs to be loved by two men, her two men: Tripp and Gideon. The game of I Never was her way of consummating the relationship she had been longing for. Gideon knows he has a love of both men and women; therefore that night was a culmination of his deepest, darkest fantasies. Tripp, a newly signed hockey player, has burned a trail through many women, but the night of I Never caused him to wonder if he is gay or straight. He knows he loves Skylar, but when he and Gideon have a passionate sexual encounter, he becomes confused and angry about what has happened. His reaction causes him to push away the people who love him the most. When the birthday party of a mutual friend brings them all together with the opportunity for a do over of that fateful night a year ago, the dark cloud of bitterness and regret hang over their friendship. Skylar, Tripp, and Gideon seek to repair the damage of their love and friendship that one night of passion may have completely destroyed.


I Never is HOT, HOT, HOT. Lena Matthews weaves a poignant story of friendship and love with a heavy dose of the erotic. If you need a good book to get your body hot and your pulse racing, this is the book for you. The only problem I had with this story is Skylar's character is not developed as well as I would have liked. I would have liked to see her personality more accentuated. Matthews, however, leaves the reader panting for more.


Reviewed in August 2008 by Lakisha.

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