Sunday, September 6, 2020

Review: Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep

Never Say No
by Elizabeth Neep 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 301
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  It’s always been yes. Yes, I’ll be your friend. Yes, I’ll be your girlfriend. Yes, I’ll move in with you. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t just change my mind now. Can I?

Hailey has always been told she can have it all. And saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way seems like the obvious way to make sure she gets it.

When she finds an engagement ring hidden in her boyfriend Dom’s closet, she knows she’ll say yes.

Her best friend Sophie suggests they run a marathon together and although Hailey hasn’t done more than sprint for a bus in years, she says yes.

And every time her new boss, the infamous Vivian Jones, asks her to stay late (again) at her dream job, the answer is always yes.

But somewhere between saying ‘yes’ to Vivian’s latest demands and still trying to make it home on time for boxsets and burritos on the sofa with Dom, Hailey has lost sight of what she really wanted in the first place.

Far from winning at life, Hailey feels like she is fighting to juggle two very different worlds. When those worlds finally collide, could having it all actually mean losing everything?

Kritters Thoughts:  Hailey has just started the job of her dreams under the mentorship of a woman she has idolized for awhile.  She hopes to become a lawyer that makes headlines with cases that impact people.  At the same time she is trying to maintain her longtime relationship with her boyfriend and continue to be a good friend.  The new job keeps asking more and more of her and she must make some hard decisions about her priorities.

When I was pitched this book, I was very into the synopsis that accompanied the book, but I have to say that the synopsis nor the title didn't quite fit the book that I read.  I liked the story that I read, but would have made some changes to the title and the synopsis.  

The story I loved centered around Hailey and her struggle with a major career change and how that affects all the other areas of your life.  It is the time old issue of work life balance and is there ever really an ability to balance all the things you want to give your attention to and make sure you are being to do all the things you wish you could.  

I loved Hailey as a character to follow.  There were moments were I was definitely talking to the pages and encouraging her to make different decisions, but I enjoyed watching as she stumbled and made mistakes in hopes that she would end up in a good place.  It is also good when you want to know how a character's story will end.  

This was a nice and light read which is what I needed at the time of reading it.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 87 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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