Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★ ½
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Never Again from Alyse Nennig in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
All vampires were once human. Who says they can’t be again?
Carrying invisible wounds from a tragic childhood, Hannah Jacobs doesn’t allow herself to fall in love – until she meets John Trott. Sexy as hell, charming, and sensitive, she immediately finds herself drawn to him and, within days, giving him her heart.
Twice broken, John effortlessly makes her heart whole again, except Hannah’s buried fear threatens to shatter it once more as dangerous circumstances reveal dark secrets. One is a vampire and the other a vampire hunter, making a relationship impossible as they’ve been labeled natural enemies throughout history.
A witch’s journal, however, tells a much different tale. Centuries old it holds a dark and troubled past with a cure and prophecy, giving Hannah and John a future. But, it’s one they’ll never see… if she has a shattered heart.
First Line: “Never again. Just two little words, although deeply engrained in my mind, can’t dictate one’s life….or can they?”
What better way to end the month than with a vampire who falls in love with a vampire hunter?! Gaawd this book makes my life complete.
Immediately, we are thrust into the angst. Alyse Nennig is not holding back! Our heroine, Hannah, is a vampire hunter and she has closed off her heart. So much, in fact, that she completely ignores it—does she even have one?
John Trott is our swoony God of sexy, and of course Hannah can’t resist. She tries…but please. He is about to nibble on Hannah’s heart with his vampire hotness. John is ready to trample all over this woman!
“Based on experience you seem to have a hard time resisting me. However, if being charming doesn’t work, I am not opposed to begging…I bid you good night and sweet dreams…perhaps of me.”
John may make Hannah all tingly inside, but (and there is always a but) there’s darkness in store for these two. Baggage. Doubt. Fears. Secrets. Hannah has some seriously negative juju in her pocket, but it’s nothing compared to what John’s carrying on his back. These two are destined to fail from the beginning!
They are opposites—a perfect juxtaposition—yet they perfectly complete one another.
Slowly, Hannah’s story unravels atop John’s and their stories merge into one. They are two individuals drowning in mediocracy and they don’t realize all they could have until they find each other.
Well…until John lies. Why does he have to do this? Gah!
John’s secrets have the capacity to hurt Hannah, he risks everything to protect her…yet he still manages to break her heart. Hannah’s shell of a body has finally started to fill with color, but she’s at risk of being shoved back into living in black and white.
Is that worth it?
Hell naw, girlfriend! You run away from that sexy vampire man STAT.
But can she run? Not after knowing what love feels like…
Oooo friends, Never Again is totally enrapturing from start to finish. The plot is a mix of everything: action, romance, mystery. Things are never as they seem, and Alyse Nennig has beautifully captured the complexity of fate and what one will do for love: everything.
I died inside reading this book and John Trott brought me back to life.