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Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer Book Review

I’d never met anyone quite like Mathias Wade.
He was brooding and arrogant, but I loved him anyway.
Together we were wild and uncontained—a hurricane raging.
Then I had to leave, and words were exchanged that could never be undone.But now I was back, and Mathias better watch out, because this bitch wasn’t finished with him.
Game. Set. Match.
All is fair in love and war, right?
Mathias Wade, the lead singer of Willow Creek, is used to getting everything he wants. Except for Remy Parker—the one that got away. Childhood friends that grew into more, Remy was the one constant in his life until she moved away. In anger, he lashed out and broke the only girl he ever loved. With temptation around every corner Mathias drowns his sorrow in women and alcohol. When the band returns to their hometown for the holidays the last thing Mathias expects is to run into Remy—but she’s back, and she’s not done with him.
Remy never forgot Mathias or the pain he caused her. When she moves back to the place she grew up to take care of her ailing grandma her heart is set on revenge. She’s determined to make Mathias fall in love with her all over again—only this time she’s going to break his heart.
But Mathias never stopped loving Remy—and she soon discovers that her feelings haven’t disappeared either.
Can two people too stubborn for their own good overcome their own demons and find the love they always deserved?

I got off on such a rough start to this series that I was afraid I wouldn’t like anything else that I read from it. I’m so so glad that I gave this series another chance! 

“I’m the f*cked up bad boy everyone wants to save”, his voice lowered, “but you wouldn’t try to save me, would you, Remy? Because you’re just like me." 

Mathias first appeared in Last to Know as the broody, closed off, foul mouthed, frontman of the band Willow Creek. He’s the one with the endless one night stands. The one who’s always on the front page of a magazine for getting into trouble. His only weakness is Remy, the high school sweetheart, the only girl who he ever loved. The girl who left and the girl whose heart he broke and the girl who he has never seen again. Until now. 

I was afraid that I wouldn’t ever like Mathias. I mean, he’s a jerk. Simple as that. But in this book we get to see a different side of him. We already knew how bad his childhood was, but here we actually see his insecurities, his doubts, his soft side. Mathias Wade is not all that the press makes him out to be. 

Remy is a whole different story. I loved Remy because she was so confident. She wasn’t afraid to speak up, to stand her ground. Remy wasn’t afraid to be in touch with her sexuality; she knew that she was beautiful and she wasn’t afraid to exploit that. Remy’s heart was shattered by Mathias, and now that she’s back she wanted him to know what it felt like. 

Mathias and Remy together are explosive. Sometimes they were self-destructive, dangerous, and frankly together for all the wrong reasons, but at the end of the day their love was what always drew them back to each other. 

“I love you in the only way I know how and I’m sorry if it’s not good enough and I’m sorry if it’s flawed, but at least it’s real.” 

The secondary characters were great, and really contributed to the story! I especially loved Remy’s Grandma, because she basically had a teenager’s soul. 

"Have you been working out?” My grandma asked him, reaching up to grasp his bicep through the material of his shirt.
“Grandma!” I scolded.
“It’s like a rock.” She rapped a fist against his arm. 

The way their story developed was wonderful. They go from “damaged and destructive” to “damaged and in love”. I loved seeing the change in both of them. We also got to see appearances from other characters in the series, plus introduction to the next book, In Your Heart.

Overall, this book was much better than its predecessor Last to Know. I liked how the story developed, and how both characters went through a wonderful journey. 

Marianne :)


  1. I love when you give a series or author another chance and it works! Great review. :D

    1. Thank you! Now this series is one of my favorites, so I guess I just had to give it more of a chance! :)

  2. I'm glad this you practiced more patience with this book, and that you've ended up like it in the end. :)

    1. The key to not losing my mind is patience, lol. Thanks Joy :)


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