Book Review: Sometimes Never (Sometimes Never #1) by Cheryl McIntyre

Hope didn't have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.

Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.

Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.

Release Date: December 19, 2012
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Purchased

I really enjoyed this new adult novel.  It was everything I like about contemporary fiction: a good love story, well-developed minor characters, main characters with issues of their own which they are working through, and an ending full of closure.  

I really liked the story, although it was your typical new-adult love story at times, it had some parts that made it unique.  I really felt for Hope, being an orphan and being afraid of love.  I didn't love Mason right away, but he really grew on me.  The love story was well-done and full of chemistry, without being too explicit. 

I liked the alternating POV's: I think that style of writing lends itself well to contemporary fiction.  I love getting in both main characters' heads, and really knowing exactly what they are thinking.

My one complaint about Sometimes Never is that the writing style didn't flow well.  There was a sort-of stream-of-consciousness feel to the writing (and I'm not a fan of that style) and I found myself re-reading certain sections because some parts didn't always make sense to me right away.  There were a lot of contrasting internal statements that sometimes confused me.

The epilogue was my favorite part of the book.  I loved that there was a firm conclusion to the story, and it looks like book two in the series will feature another character.  I love it when contemporary series do that: feature one character per book.  It keeps me interested in the series without the dreaded cliffhanger endings from book to book.  I also liked that Hope and Mason work through their issues in healthy ways.

I love contemporary fiction, because I can jump right into the story, and I don't have to work at reading the book.  By that I mean that with paranormal or fantasy novels, I have to actively work to remember the "rules" of the world the author has created, so the books are not as easy to read.  When I'm not really wanting to read much, or read anything too heavy, I pick up a contemporary novel and it always leaves me satisfied and happy.  

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