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The Never Have I Ever ClubTitle: The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Release Date: June 18, 2020 by Aria
Format: Kindle ~ e-Arc (325 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Chick lit; Women’s Fiction
Blurb: Robyn Bloom thought Ash Barnes was the love of her life – until one day he announced he was leaving her to fly halfway across the world.

Months later, Robyn is struggling to move on – but then she has a brainwave: The Never Have I Ever Club. Her handsome next-door neighbour Will helps her bring their fellow Yorkshire villagers together for some carpe-diem-inspired fun.

From burlesque dancing to Swedish massages, everyone has plenty of bucket-list activities to try, but it doesn’t take long for Robyn to realise what – or who – her heart truly desires: Will.

There’s just one problem: he’s Ash’s twin brother.

Make that two problems: Ash is moving home… and he wants Robyn back

This book was compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary so I was so excited because I really needed a good laugh.

This story featured Robyn Bloom, who was trying to get her groove back after her boyfriend Ash broker her heart and moved away to Australia where he hooked up with a much younger version of Robyn. She was devastated since she was hoping that he would put a ring on it.

Robyn and her girls came up with an idea for a support club to encourage themselves to go out there and live their best lives. They began meeting and trying to have fun and not be old fogeys. As Robyn starting putting the pieces of her life back together, she found herself getting closer and closer to her ex boyfriend’s twin brother Will. Will is part of the friend circle along with Freya, Eliot and they were the best parts of this book. The witty banter made me smile a bit and it was entertaining.

However, this book dragged for me. It was unnecessarily verbose and it took away from my enjoyment. I did enjoy the gradual development of Rob and Will’s relationship. It didn’t feel like a rebound because the author built a solid friendship. It was pretty clear were this friendship was headed but of course runaway twin Ash returns to reclaim his place in Rob’s life. I enjoyed this “triangle” especially since I was pretty sure I knew how it would end.

This book was cute but I wouldn’t consider it that funny. I smiled/chuckled maybe 4-5 times but I did think that the book’s pace was too slow at times. For my first book by this author, it was okay. I will definitely check another one out in the future.

*Special Thanks to Aria via Netgalley for the e-book given in exchange for an honest review.

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