Never Darling (Fortune Favors the Fae) by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

This story, and these characters, will completely captivate you, and bring you into a world you won't want to leave.

From the Never Darling blurb:

Connor Darling has the perfect life. Beautiful husband, million dollar company, and the most adorable tow-headed kid any man could ask for.

When the worst thing imaginable happens, it all crumbles through his fingers. He’s left revisiting the scene of his real-life nightmare over and over, not sure if he’s coming back to try to fix things or figure out where he went wrong. Or if maybe, this is where he belongs now.

Mattias Hall has come home, because the worst has already happened. His grandfather, the man who raised him, has died, and left his grandmother alone to run the family inn. So Mattias gave up his flashy New York chef life for one he’s perhaps better suited to: small town innkeeper.

When Connor Darling returns year after year, neither is sure what the other is looking for, but in Cider Landing, anything is possible. Maybe they’ll both find just what they needed in each other, and in the magic of the woods outside of town.

Never Darling is a part of the multi-author series, Fortune Favors the Fae. From spicy to sweet, zany romps to epic adventures, there’s something for everyone in this mystical series. Discover destiny and true love and follow the coin on its fickle journey to the next world and a new magical adventure.

Angel's review:

I've read quite a few books now by these two authors and they never disappoint. You know how sometimes when a book is co-written you can tell that two people wrote it? Well that doesn't happen with these two, nor did it occur in this story. The flow and the pacing of this book was marvelous!! I was worried at the beginning because quite a few things happened early on, so I was worried the rest of the book would drag on or be used as filler. That's not what happened though, which was a huge relief!

Mattias is a chef who used to work in fancy restaurants in the city, but after his grandpa's passing, he returns home to help his grandma run the Inn. One day during check in, he meets a married couple and their adorable child, and that day changes their lives forever.

Connor thought that going to a small town with a cozy inn would be a great opportunity to spend some quality family time with his husband and their child. When someone misgenders Jessie, and Trevor doesn't correct them, it causes a turn of events that no one was prepared for. And from there is where the story fully begins.

I wasn't expecting this book to go the way it did, but that's okay because I love to be surprised. This book definitely surprised me! Jessie's character is simply adorable, they are so cute and their obsession with frogs is endearing, along with their love for chocolate. Which I definitely understand, haha. I don't want to give away any major plot details, so I'll just say that what happened to Jessie's character was really unique. I've never read anything remotely similar to this, I love when an author/s create something new, and that's what happened here.

I enjoyed how Connor and Mattias took their time getting to know one another slowly over the course of a couple years. They communicated with each other and they let one another know that they had to take things slow, which I enjoyed. This is a low-steam story with loads of love that shines brightly throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm sad that it's over. I do want to say that I absolutely loved that Jessie's character was nonbinary, and the way their character was written was fabulous! I loved the way they explained themselves and told others how they identify. The representation was beautiful!!

Please do yourself a favor and read this book, it's so good!! You won't regret it!

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