Book Review: Now or Never by Victoria Denault

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There aren't enough words to describe my level of enjoyment when it comes to this book, but I will do my best! Now or Never is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I am so happy to have started the new year off with this book. The characters are so genuine, their relationship so realistic, that I felt like I was living it along with them. Rarely do I come across a romance that truly has a relationship you could see happening in real life, in exactly the way the author has written it. Nothing was contrived, nothing was way over the top, and everything was absolutely, perfectly human. This is one of those books I would recommend to people who don't normally read romance, because it's the type of story that will get you hooked on the genre and begging for more. Winona Braddock and Holden Hendricks have never been friends. Holden was a mean bully who lashed out at everyone and ended up in juvenile hall. Winnie was his friend's fiery younger sister, who broke his nose and walked away. The two never expect to meet again, but when Winnie's father dies, she hides out in her family's cottage to get away from everyone. Problem is, Holden is there too, having been hired by her brother to renovate the place. Past wrongs and stubborn personalities clash as Winnie and Holden try to determine how their adult relationship will be. Their feelings are strong, but at the end of the day, will that strength turn to hate or love? I loved this couple so much! Winnie was stubborn, had put up with a lot of crap from Holden when they were kids and then had a rough time with her ex-boyfriend's philandering ways. With her father passed, she was a mess, unsure where her life would take her. Enter Holden, the button-pushing bully from her past, and Winnie was spitting mad - with good reason! From her perspective, this was the last person she needed to help get her through a tough time. But really, Holden was exactly what she needed. Holden had a lot of growth in character as he struggled to move from his juvenile delinquent history, and you could feel the struggle in his actions as he tried to right the wrongs he had done as a teen. I really felt bad for him, because we have all done things as kids we regret. How awful would it be if everything we had done was held against us 10+ years later? Winnie and Holden helped each other so much, and I was almost in tears when they both realized how much they needed each other. Their relationship as a couple felt so natural, and even though they had a few misunderstandings along the way, the way they resolved their issues was, for the most part, healthy. This romance really teaches you a lot about the human capacity to forgive and love one another. I am amazed that this is the first book I have read by this author, given how amazing it is! I look forward to reading more books by her. **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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