Lucy Braden is everything Park is not. She’s sweet, caring, and an all-around nice person. She tries to follow Lucy’s Rules to Live By everyday.
When Park moves in with Jessie, which happens to be the floor below Lucy, Jessie’s one stipulation: Lucy is off limits to Park. The problem with that is Lucy is determined to be a good friend to Park and see past the drinking and random girls to find the man beneath it all. The other problem: Park follows his own rules.
*This is a New Adult novel. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations, harsh language, and drug and alcohol use.
Before Now is a companion novel to Sometimes Never, and many of its characters are in Park’s story. However, it can be read as a stand-alone book.
Cheryl McIntyre, you never let me down. Before Now was everything I wanted it to be, and maybe, just maybe a little bit more. There is something about the way Cheryl writes that keeps me hooked until the very end. This is the second book in the Sometimes Never series, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. The books were written to complement one another. You don’t have to read the first to enjoy the second. (BUT… I recommend that you DO read the first simply because it’s ah-maze-ing!)
Park Reed had his heart trampled on by Hope Love. Ironic name, right? Now he has little to no hope when it comes to love. In fact, he spends his nights consuming copious amounts of alcohol and sticking little Park into anything with two legs and a hoo-ha. He is the definition of man whore, and this man whore slut has just moved in one floor below Lucy Braden.
Lucy is the complete opposite of Park in almost every way. She’s full of life and love. She tries to see the best in people, look at them with an open mind (and heart). When this naturally beautiful hippie chick first meets Park, there is an instant attraction. Jessie, Park’s new roommate, forbids Park from pursuing Lucy. He’s fully aware of Park’s track record with women and doesn’t want Lucy to become just another notch on Park’s bed post. She’s WAY too good for that; way too good for Park in general. But Lucy has other plans. Using her ‘Lucy’s Rules to Live By’, she’s determined to be Park’s friend – someone he can lean on. The closer the two become, the more sparks sizzle and pop between them. It’s almost impossible to maintain a friendship when sexual tension hangs so thickly in the air.
Park is good at messing things up, and boy does he ever. He’s a walking disaster. I swear half way through the book I wanted to choke him. Can you say moron? That’s Park in a nutshell. He makes some really poor decisions – repeatedly. Somehow, Cheryl writes him in a way that still makes him loveable. I’m telling you, this woman is talented. Eventually Park begins to get his shit together and the book just takes off from there. He has these ‘life lessons’ he adds throughout the book. I adore them. He’s such a mess and seeing life through his eyes is priceless. I hearted it so hard. Oh, oh! And Park is the lead singer of a band, but guess what? The book doesn’t revolve around that. It touches on it here and there, of course, but it’s not the end all and be all of the book. We don’t have to read about groupies throwing themselves at him at every turn (even though they do…) or him pelvic thrusting on stage at the turn of each page. The lead singer angle helped to solidify his bad boy image, but it didn’t make or break the book.
All-in-all, I’d say Before Now is a must read and while you’re at it you should most definitely pick up Sometimes Never, if you haven’t already. Both books are phenomenal. I personally enjoyed Before Now a little more than Sometimes Never, but both books are worth your time. I promise.