Review: Never Say Goodbye by Felice Stevens


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Felice Stevens's latest standalone brings back that romantic angst that she's known for. I'm not saying Never Say Goodbye is going to have you shedding copious amounts of tears, but it does deliver that pinch to your heart while also tempering the heavier feels with lighthearted moments and a generous amount of wit. And the romance! Goodness, the romance was picture perfect (wink, wink). But I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I? Allow me to tell you a wee bit about the book before I dive back into my thoughts about it.

Never Say Goodbye begins with wildlife photographer Renaldo Stewart and airline pilot Schaeffer Morgan meeting while stuck at an airport during a winter storm. Their hook-up feels like it has potential for more, but is that even possible with Ren's nomad lifestyle and Schaeffer not being out to anyone but his immediate family? Anyway, it's not like they'll see each other again. But what happens when they end up on the same beach in California? With their crazy schedules and times apart, how will they never say goodbye?

This book gave me major le sigh feels. Ren and Schaeffer were just so worth becoming emotionally invested in. Their respective back stories--particularly, Ren's childhood and Schaeffer's time in the Air Force, as well as what happened to his mother--had me empathizing with what they went through. I do love, though, that they has such strong support systems by their side, even some they didn't realize they had. Never Say Goodbye was a beautiful story of true love, family, and fighting for what you want and deserve. Five stars.

Release Date: 10 January 2024

Date Read: 07 January 2024

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