Book Review: I Could Never by Penelope Ward


Title: I Could Never
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Forbidden Romance/Enemies to Lovers
Release Date: August 21, 2023


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new forbidden, enemies-to-lovers story…

It all started with an unexpected phone call.
Two years after my fiancé passed away in an accident, his father died suddenly, leaving Brad’s adult, special-needs brother with no one to care for him.
The next thing I knew, I was on a cross-country drive to New Hampshire where I’d be moving in to look after Scottie until I could get him into a group home.
The last thing I ever expected?
I wouldn’t be taking care of him alone.
Josh Mathers, my fiance’s best friend—who also happened to be my sworn enemy—insisted he was the better person for the job. He told me to go back to California, and I told him where he could stick that demand.
Our disdain for each other wasn’t anything new. It dated back to a text I’d accidentally read years ago.
We hated each other. But we both loved Scottie, so neither of us budged.
Now we were living together in a tiny house—with one available bedroom. Thank goodness it was only temporary.
Over time, I realized the broody jerk I thought I knew was different than I’d imagined.
I found myself slowly growing attached to someone I once considered the enemy…and growing attracted to him.
Sure, both of us were guilt-ridden over Brad. We were also two grown people with pent-up frustration toward one another—stuck in a cabin in the woods.
But this was Josh.
I could never.




I am SOOOO in love with “I Could Never”. I have to start by saying I love Penelope Ward so much and I am NEVER disappointed by her books.  She has once again blown me away with her words. 

This story genuinely touched my heart. I love Carly, Josh, and Scottie so much. Josh and Carly have a bit of a misunderstanding in the beginning which 
caused them to have animosity towards one another. Carly was engaged to Josh’s best friend, Brad, that passed away. Brad’s dad also ended up passing away, leaving the only member of the family, Scottie, almost completely alone. Scottie had Autism and needed around the clock care. Carly decided to honor her late fiancé by dropping her life in California to come take care of Scottie. Josh had the same idea, leaving his life in Chicago. They both found out very quickly, that Scottie would need the both of them.  Living in close quarters would prove to be quite challenging in more ways than one. 

Josh is such a sexy, charming, loving guy and Carly is so sweet, beautiful and caring. Their love for Brad and Scottie was really touching. This book gave me all the feels and I was able to read it in one day. Such a sweet book!  I recommend this book as well as all of Penelope Ward’s books.  I’m rating this book 4.5 stars!
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.






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