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I Could Never

Written by: Penelope Ward
Narrated by: Andi Arndt,Sebastian York
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From New York Times best-selling 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 fiancé’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.

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The banter was awesome!

Absolutely love this story. It was a cannot put down book for me. Glad I decided on listening to this book.

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Awesome job narrators

Great book love the narration could listen to those two all day . So happy things worked out for them.

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Great Narrating; The Slow-Burn was Exhausting

The narrating of Sebastian York and Andi Arndt is always enjoyable; they make a great team. In I could Never, the voices matched the characters, in my opinion, which makes the story easier to listen to and stay focused.

This was my first Penelope Ward book and I wasn't blown away. There were definitely some emotional scenes that made me tear up, but the slow-burn was exhausting. I loved the sexual tension between Carly and Josh, I just couldn't get behind their reasoning 100%.

I'm sure some people would totally understand the forbidden nature of their relationship, but not me. Tragedy brings people together, and I've seen this type of thing happen in the real world. Unfortunately, this made the story drag for me.

I did love the premise though. Coming together to care for an autistic adult is no small feat, and I loved how gentle, caring, and understanding they were with Scottie.

I Could Never is a fantastic story but needed some other issue to keep them apart.

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Just ok

This wasn't a hit for me. I normally enjoy this author but this one was rather boring.

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