(Never) Again Review, Playlist, & Blog Hop!

Today I’m pumped to feature author Theresa Paolo’s debut new adult romance novel (Never) Again! (Never) Again is available from Penguin Books via Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.
Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?
Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out

I really enjoyed reading (Never) Again. It was one of those sweet, real new adult romance novels that just made my heart grow! It’s sincere, which I very much appreciated in a new adult novel. I totally understood where the main character was coming from and identified with her (not just because her name is Liz). I’m not someone who writes spoilers, so I won’t go into details. But I definitely recommend checking out this novel.  It made me remember how fantastic it is to surrender to your heart, and fall in love. OH, and the kisses, my gosh. They rocked!

Theresa was kind enough to write a playlist just for me (and you, because I share)! Here are some of the songs that makes her think of the relationship between Liz and Zach in the novel.

1. Gavin Degraw – Not Over You (This song I actually consider the theme song to the book. Every time I hear it I can’t help but turn it up as loud as it goes and belt it out like my life depends on it.)
2. Colbie Caillat – I Never Told You (Love this song)
3. Kelly Clarkson – Since You Been Gone (This sums up Liz’s feelings perfectly)
4. Taylor Swift – Back to December
5. Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts
6. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
7. Katy Perry – Thinking of You
8. Lifehouse – You and Me
9. Howie Day – Collide
10. Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone (This music video makes me cry. You can laugh at me. I know. lol Seriously though, when the old man goes into his deceased wife’s closet and touches her clothes, I ugly cry.)
11. Gavin Degraw – Soldier
And one of my awesome CP’s told me, Darius Rucker – Don’t Think I Don’t Think About it, reminded her of Liz and Zach so that has to be included! It’s the bonus track 😉

Thanks for sharing these awesome songs, Theresa!

Now for my part of the blog hop. Theresa set up a (Never) Again blog hop question that has left me a bit stumped. Here’s the question: What is it that you swore you’d never do again, but then ended up doing it?

Wow, there are just so many avenues to take this. I think the one moment (well, two, because I did it again) that really stands out in my mind is a foolish decision from childhood (okay, and later college too, but it’s not drinking related). Around twelve years old, I was having a sleep over with one of my good friends. We decided to get “crazy”  at the time  and rode our bikes to the local grocery store to purchase two whole tubes of frozen M&M cookie dough.

We made it our goal to each consume our entire tube of cookie dough in less than an hour.

The goal was easily met.

But the remaining twelve hours of the sleepover were horrendous. Picture tweens dragging themselves across the carpet, begging adults for broccoli, vegetable soup… ANYTHING to take away the yuck of the state we’d found ourselves in.

Fast forward to a late night in college and yet another cookie dough tube challenge. I don’t know why I took it on. Honestly. I knew it’d make me sick for days, but I did it anyways.

There’s something about sitting around with a good girlfriend and just consuming raw cookie dough, ya know? Best part? We weren’t even eating the stuff because we were mad at our boyfriends, drunk or anything like that. We just wanted some good old, processed cookie dough.

So, that’s my thing! If you want to join in on the blog hop, check out Theresa’s blog: No Rhyme or Reason. Also, I have to send out a big congratulations to Ms. Paolo for writing a great debut novel. Go you!!!


  1. Wow! That sounds pretty horrible. I could eat a few spoonfuls and MAYBE a few cookies’ worth, but never a whole tube. I remember in college I ate half a package of those chocolate caramel “star crunch” treats and felt so sick that I vowed never to eat one again, but I actually never did eat one again to this day, so I guess that doesn’t really count. 🙂


  2. Thanks for having me 🙂 !!

    I used to eat the pre-made cookie dough out of the tub my mom would buy but I never ate the whole thing! I think I’d still be recovering if I did LOL! Plus it was humungo!


  3. Boy, you are a wild one. 🙂 I’ve never eaten a full thing of cookie dough, although I do like eating it. Sometimes we get those boxes of frozen pre-formed cookies. They’re usually sold for fundraisers. And I tend to eat more of them uncooked, than cooked. 🙂

    I will admit to eating a footlong sub a few times because it was just so good. And I of course had a little tummy ache afterward. 😉


    • Wow. Looks like I’m overusing smiley faces here. Sorry. ( 🙂 )


  4. oh my…i’d loved mixing cooking dough and eating most of it before it hit the pan. you would have eaten it all if i had you over i imagine!! great to meet your from the bloghop!!


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