August 25, 2023 | Posted in:Review


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 fiancé 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.





5 out of 5 stars

I Could Never is Penelope Ward’s newest romance. This is an enemies-to-lovers slow burn, but freaking hysterical and full of heart and hope. The subject matter is sad, but done so well that you feel for them while also rooting for them to make a move. They both lost someone important to them, Carly’s fiancé and Josh’s best friend and they are the only one who knows what the other is going through. But the longer they are together, the more they care about each other. I laughed out loud so much and most of the book is foreplay and I loved it! Penelope knows how to entertain us with her complex characters and heartwarming situations.



Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

I Could Never is the newest standalone by Penelope Ward. If you follow my reviews then you know I love going in without the read the synopsis. Once I figured out it was a forbidden, enemies-to-lovers story, I was extra excited. 

Carly lost the love of her life two years ago and his father just recently passed away. After getting her life in order in California she hit the road to a small-town in New Hampshire to take care of Brad’s adult brother with special needs. She felt in her heart it was where she needed to be. At least until a home was available to fit Scottie’s needs. She didn’t know what to expect but she definitely didn’t expect him to show up…

Josh. Brad’s best friend. The last person she wanted to be stuck in the house with. He was a bad influence while Brad was alive so she didn’t trust him to take care of Scottie on his own like he insisted. Apparently, they had the same idea and neither of them were leaving. They hated each other but they loved Brad and Scottie so they had to make it work. It was only going to be a few weeks, a few months, tops. But like I said, the unexpected happens…

An attraction. One neither one of them wants. They think it’s wrong. A betrayal to Brad. It’s not something they take lightly but damn does it make the book amazing. A slow burn. The flirt. The innuendos. The sexual tension is explosive. I absolutely loved it. Its heartfelt, funny, sexy, and emotional. 


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.







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