Book Review: Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep

“I’d had no idea that even the most stable relationships were one or two wrong turns away from a fall, that the dynamics could tip and twist, leaving you completely different to the way you were before. I guessed all human relationships were that fragile, masquerading as monotonous but only ever a kiss, a word, a look away from swinging suddenly and throwing you off the ground you thought was steady beneath your feet”. – Elizabeth Neep in ‘Never Say No’

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by the author so I went into this book with no expectations at all.

‘Never Say No’ is a story about Hailey Kidd who has spent most of her life saying yes to everything as far back as she can remember. She has the best boyfriend Dom and friend Sophie, who have been in her life since their teenage years but as she changes her career from being a teacher, leaving her besties behind and begins to work as a trainee lawyer at the prestigious firm of her dreams, she finds herself doubting her choices in life and wonders if there is more to it than always saying yes. This is a fun and enjoyable read about love, expectations, fear, ambition and priorities.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I started and I couldn’t stop. First of all, it is not your regular romance story and I think I am beginning to tilt towards romance stories featuring people in already in a relationship or married more these days.  The main theme is one that I don’t find often in books that I read and it was a breath of fresh air to explore these aspects of a romantic relationship which question what is most important to us. I liked Hailey’s character and found myself rooting for her to make the right choices almost through out the book. At first I expected that she would be a bit of a people pleaser but instead I found her relatable and she reminded me of myself in the past when I would unconsciously take on more than I should for family and friends just because I love them.  I also loved the elements of mystery in the story especially around Daniel and Vivian.

I didn’t quite fancy Sophie’s character much but since it did’t do any damage to the story, I guess it was still o.k.

I highly recommend this book because I think it is a great read and I believe you will all enjoy it too. I am definitely looking up other books by the author and I will surely give a feedback.

Rating: 4 Stars

Published: September 4th 2020 by Bookouture

Pages: 301

Genre: Romance


The Author:

Bookouture sign debut novelist Elizabeth Neep - Bookouture

Elizabeth Neep studied Law and Australian Law (University of Nottingham, University of New South Wales) before getting into publishing, where she now works as a senior commissioning editor for an independent press. She has written features for numerous publications including Cosmopolitan, Dazed Digital and PETRIe, is a trustee for a mental health charity and draws and paints in her spare time. She can usually be found with a flat white or glass of wine in hand around her home in London Bridge.

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