This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Never Have I Ever
Summary: In this game, even winning can be deadly…
Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.
Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.
When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.
To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.
A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Never Have I Ever is my third of fourth Joshilyn Jackson book, but the first that she has written with a suspense-y feel. And I LOVED that.
What I liked:
The cover. Picture perfect with hints of darkness.
The depth of the characters. There was plenty surface level stuff to keep this book going, but Joshilyn Jackson’s ability to fully flesh out her characters gave this book that extra sparkle.
The ending. I really enjoyed how Joshilyn ended this book- it wasn’t picture perfect, but life is not picture perfect. The ending felt very real.
Bottom line: Fans of Joshilyn Jackson will love this book! I am stoked to see her take her writing in a different direction and eager to see what the next book will be about.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T
8 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson”
Great review! I am interested in reading this book.
Thank you! I hope you love this book!
I liked it until I got to the icky child abuse section ….. it didn’t feel necessary and was put in for shock value.
I didn’t love that part 😦
I really enjoyed the suspenseful feel of this one and the way the ending was not-too-perfect too 🙂
YES! I really can’t wait to see what she writes next!
I’ve never tried Joshilyn Jackson, but it sounds like Never have I Ever would be a good one to start with.
I completely agree with your thought process!