Korena’s Netgalley Review – 4 Stars for Next to Never by A. L. Long


Book Title: Next to Never
Series: Shattered Innocence Trilogy #1

Author: A. L. Long
Genre: BDSM Romance
Start Read Date: 5/15/2016
End Read Date: 5/19/2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
Review Submitted By: Korena
Reviewer for Alpha Book Review


Rade Matheson is a young successful businessman with over a billion dollars in assets. His only objective is to find the man who embezzled millions from one of his companies. What he finds is the innocence of the only women who can lead him to his stolen money and the man responsible. The only problem is he can’t get enough of her. One wrong decision could cause him to lose her forever.

All Dylan Adams wanted was to get her life back on track. After the death of her fiancée she knew she needed to move on. She opens her heart to Rade Matheson only to find she’s falling for a man who betrays her trust. Will her endless desire haunt her forever or will her weakness take over?




(Received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for our honest review.)

Dylan Adams was coaxed by her best friend to go to a new club. Her best friend was trying to get Dylan out since the death of Dylan’s fiancée eight months prior. This fateful night Dylan meets Rade Matheson.

Rade has plans for Dylan. He thinks she might know what her fiancée, Michael Stewart, may have put the money he embezzled from Rade. Rade discovers that Dylan has no knowledge of the money nor of the character of her fiancée.

Throughout the story there is an element after Dylan. There is a mystery that keeps the reader guessing. When Rade went to the Wu family, I thought that was it to realize that was not the case. Enter mystery woman.

There was chemistry between Rade and Dylan. Dylan was getting tired of the secrets that Rade kept from her. He was a dominant man in many forms. He was afraid his lifestyle would scare Dylan. Dylan had to put up with Rade’s women constantly.

This story has so many unanswered questions. The story was a steady pace but questions were building. If building questions is to get me to the next book- I’m there! Next please!!



Questions for the Reviewer:
(these are multiple choice answers)

How is the author’s writing? Great
Is there violence? Some Violence
Is there sexual content? Explicit sexual content
How is the story narrated? Alternating persons
How would you describe the plot of this book? Full of surprises
What best describes the mood? Suspenseful
How would you describe the pace? Steady
How would you describe the characters? Developed


A.L. Long

A.L. Long

A. L. Long lives in Greeley, Colorado .When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with friends. She also enjoys the outdoors whether it be taking long walks or just sipping wine under the stars Out of everything, she enjoys driving in her little two-seater convertible with the top down.



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