Never Have I Ever: Wanted My Brother's Rival, Never Have I Ever #4 by Willow Dixon - Review, Blitz and Giveaway

The guy who ruined his brother's life is back in Eli's life, and Eli struggles to keep hating him. All West wants to do is protect his old friend, and his attraction to Eli is making it hard to stay away. There is something more between them that they can't deny and if they are willing to work for it maybe that something more can last forever.

“Why is the one person I hate the only guy I can’t stop thinking about?”

West, my older brother’s high school rival. The rich kid who has it all. The guy who disappeared six years ago and destroyed my brother’s life.

I thought West and I were friends. I trusted him, but he showed me I was nothing more to him than a means to an end.

Being twenty and in my last year of college isn’t easy. Neither is being a virgin. I’ve never been normal or felt like I fit in, and I don’t feel what I’m supposed to.

My online job has given me the perfect way to solve my virginity problem, but then the last person I ever wanted to see again shows up on my doorstep. Not only has West learned what I do for a living, he’s essentially my landlord.

I hate him. So why can’t I stay away from him? Why is he the only person I’ve ever felt a connection with, who makes me feel like there’s something in me worth wanting?

Eli and West’s story is an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance between a former bad boy who seemingly has it all and an awkward genius who’s never felt like he fits in. Expect lots of banter and hot first times as these two try (and fail) to stay away from each other. It is the fourth novel in the steamy Never Have I Ever series but can be read as a standalone.

SNik's Review:

Fourth in series (Never Have I Ever), but can be read as a standalone. Former childhood friends to enemies to lovers. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

College student and part time cam boy Eli certainly doesn’t expect his new landlord/property manager to be the childhood friend that left him behind and ruined his brother’s life. West is desperate to rekindle his friendship with Eli, guilt over the past doesn’t dampen his protectiveness toward Eli, nor his absolute attraction to him. 

I enjoyed the slow return of the friendship and the slow build of romantic feelings before anything spicy happens. West struggles under his father’s expectations, and Eli has his own personal issues that weigh him down from his past and they end up strengthening each other as the relationship grows. 

Something about the way Willow Dixon writes characters with difficult backgrounds that don’t instantly disappear but are healed a little by their special person is just so entertaining, as well as their steamy interactions that occur with emotional ties. 

Sad to see this series end, but they all get a nice HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

This Never Have I Ever story is bittersweet, because it's the last roommate finding love and the end of the series... and because of that, Willow Dixon takes us on a slowly building journey - with an enemies to lovers, childhood friends story that helps to clear up some of the reasons that Eli is who he is and why he's been the most mysterious housemate...

I love the camboy/voyeur aspect to this story and how West supports Eli's camming and they use it in their relationship.  It makes for some very steamy scenes... I also appreciate the slow burn of the romance and how West waits for Eli to fully embrace each element of their relationship.

The epilogue was a lovely send off to the entire series and I'm excited to see where the spin-off series goes!

Rating: 5 Stars

Never Have I Ever: Wanted My Brother's Rival is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Genre: M/M College Romance
Trope: Enemies to lovers, opposites attract, older brother's rival, former bad boy, virgin MC

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About the Author

What can I say about myself? It’s kind of like being the new kid in school and being asked to tell everyone a bit about yourself. Anyone else forget everything they’ve ever liked, thought of, and even their name in those moments?

A few facts about me; I’m a veteran, I’m Canadian, and I love books! I’ve been writing my own stories since I was eight and wrote my first novel at sixteen. I’m the first to admit those attempts weren’t my best work, but they started me on a journey of creating stories that has led me to fulfilling my dream of becoming an author. I’ve written and published in several genres under different names, but MM is by far my favorite, and I’m so happy to be able to share my stories with people today.

I currently live on Canada’s east coast with my kiddo and my cats. I have a shoe collecting addiction, and I enjoy taking long walks, discussions with friends, and reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.

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