Book: You Never Know
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 21, 2017
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.
Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.
If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.
I always know I’m going to laugh when I open a Mary Calmes book. I know I’m going to be entertained by witty banter and fabulous characters. There will always be that one character that will make me want to drink. The thing is, I’ll want to drink with that character.
I am a longtime fan of Mary Calmes. She has written all sorts of books. From contemporary romance to paranormal/fantasy. She’s versatile and pretty much great in everything she writes. Yes, I’m aware that is my opinion.
In You Never Know I really felt like I was reading the Mary I fell in love with from the days of Jory. Hagen is just an all-around amazing character. He had two gorgeous, rich, celebrity men pining for him. One with the best intentions and the other with an askew version of good intentions. Normally I’d be all, “Oh for heaven sake why is everyone going so out of their way for this guy?” But it won’t take you long to get why.
It’s told completely in Hagen’s POV and that was very beneficial to the story. You needed to really be in his head to get the appeal these other guys were desperate to want. He’s had a life not many come back from. He has had the best love there is and lost it. He’s had amazing parents, lives in a terrific nosy town that cares about him wholeheartedly. I get why having Hagen’s love would mean everything.
Like all of Mary’s books she utilizes her secondary characters. From Mitch’s kids, to the five page appearance of Ash’s assistant. She makes her characters all matter and all have a purpose.
This book was a hug for my heart. Not angsty, great dialog, and beautiful romance.
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