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Never Have I Ev... Wait, what was the question again?! What happens when an ill-advised party game makes it obvious I've still got my V-card? Embarrassment. A lot of embarrassment. Especially when the sexy, older guy at the party who witnessed the whole thing turns out to be someone I have to see every week. Not to mention my best friend's cousin. He's not only straight, but w Never Have I Ev... Wait, what was the question again?! What happens when an ill-advised party game makes it obvious I've still got my V-card? Embarrassment. A lot of embarrassment. Especially when the sexy, older guy at the party who witnessed the whole thing turns out to be someone I have to see every week. Not to mention my best friend's cousin. He's not only straight, but way out of my league. It's going to be so awkward for both us. Or awesome...if his protective nature and flirty attempts to teach me how to date lead to the kind of tutoring that lives in my fantasies. But how likely is that to happen? I'm not known as the sweet, naive one among for my friends for nothing. I'm probably imagining those looks he throws my way. Probably projecting my own want onto his expression. But...what if I'm not? Never Have I Evan features an inexperienced, shy tech geek, an assistant football coach who oozes confidence, a town full of quirky, nosy residents, and sexual awakening and discovery themes!


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Never Have I Ev... Wait, what was the question again?! What happens when an ill-advised party game makes it obvious I've still got my V-card? Embarrassment. A lot of embarrassment. Especially when the sexy, older guy at the party who witnessed the whole thing turns out to be someone I have to see every week. Not to mention my best friend's cousin. He's not only straight, but w Never Have I Ev... Wait, what was the question again?! What happens when an ill-advised party game makes it obvious I've still got my V-card? Embarrassment. A lot of embarrassment. Especially when the sexy, older guy at the party who witnessed the whole thing turns out to be someone I have to see every week. Not to mention my best friend's cousin. He's not only straight, but way out of my league. It's going to be so awkward for both us. Or awesome...if his protective nature and flirty attempts to teach me how to date lead to the kind of tutoring that lives in my fantasies. But how likely is that to happen? I'm not known as the sweet, naive one among for my friends for nothing. I'm probably imagining those looks he throws my way. Probably projecting my own want onto his expression. But...what if I'm not? Never Have I Evan features an inexperienced, shy tech geek, an assistant football coach who oozes confidence, a town full of quirky, nosy residents, and sexual awakening and discovery themes!

30 review for Never Have I Evan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nark

    meh... not a terrible book i guess, but definitely nothing special either. seems very mediocre and forgettable for the most part, but if you ever want something easy, fluffy and low angst, i guess this could work for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    jock x nerd mm romances never fail me. ”I don’t want to be your warm-up for the love of your life. I want to be the one.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mila ♡ (Semi-hiatus)

    ***3.5 rating*** "I drifted to sleep with his gentle voice in my ear, telling me how much he loved me without once saying the word. And I realized…I loved him too." Brief Summary: Set in the small-town of Granville, Nebraska (which is a real place, thought it was fictional lol) Evan Moore meets his best friend's (Calista) cousin Dawson Woods at a party. 19 year old Evan is a virgin 🤪, so when a hot older man (20 something) comes to this small-town for a new job as an assistant coach at ***3.5 rating*** "I drifted to sleep with his gentle voice in my ear, telling me how much he loved me without once saying the word. And I realized…I loved him too." Brief Summary: Set in the small-town of Granville, Nebraska (which is a real place, thought it was fictional lol) Evan Moore meets his best friend's (Calista) cousin Dawson Woods at a party. 19 year old Evan is a virgin 🤪, so when a hot older man (20 something) comes to this small-town for a new job as an assistant coach at a local high school (where Evan volunteers once a week), it's of no surprise that our young horny MC is attracted to the "very straight" football coach. Evan is a Tech Club advisor/mentor at the high school and who also happens to work there? No one other than Dawson. Mortified by this news, Evan cannot avoid running into our hot coach😂. So much so, that these two become "friends". But of course not for too long, because these two eventually become fuck buddies, or as some would say friends with benefits. Seems like coach Dawson is not as straight as he thought and our young impressionable cute nerd, Evan gets the opportunity to finally lose his precious V-card😏. Can these two become more than just friends who have casual sex? Without the lines blurring in a small ass town, where everyone gossips? Guess you gotta read to find out😉. Thoughts on this book: I thought this was a somewhat cute book but it was very predictable (as usual😑). However, the characters were likeable enough that I continued to finish the book and to even read the next book. I thought Evan was an adorable nerd and Dawson was sweet. Their "love" was cute but cheesy af. Dawson who was straight his whole life is suddenly aware of his sexuality without any doubt, that was just unrealistic. Evan is 19 years old and immediately in love🙄🙄, give me a break. Regardless of all that, I still thought it was an okay enough book to finish. If you like somewhat cute characters, with some fluff, low angst and a predictable plot then I guess this is for you. However, if you like angst, chaos, character development and characters with depth, interesting plots, then sis this is not for you💅🏻.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Teacups & Tropes)

    4/5 ★ 3/5 🌶 This was such a low angst, cutesie read. I love the nerd/jock pairing and this was a nice take on it. Also okay if Kevin doesn’t get a book and if his book isn’t called 7 Minutes in Kevin IM OUTTA HERE 😂

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This was too cute. Nothing new or earth shattering plot-wise, just a fun and romantic story about Evan, a gay virgin tech guy, and Dawson, a "straight" high school assistant football coach. I loved the small town feel and all of the nosy grannies in everyone's business. And all of the side characters in this book were great (with one exception). I loved Calista most of all, though. She was brutally honest, but so supportive, especially when she was about to slap a bitch on Evan's behalf. I can't This was too cute. Nothing new or earth shattering plot-wise, just a fun and romantic story about Evan, a gay virgin tech guy, and Dawson, a "straight" high school assistant football coach. I loved the small town feel and all of the nosy grannies in everyone's business. And all of the side characters in this book were great (with one exception). I loved Calista most of all, though. She was brutally honest, but so supportive, especially when she was about to slap a bitch on Evan's behalf. I can't wait to see how Darren's story plays out next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    THIS WAS SO GOOD 🥰

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    4.25 Tech club and Coaching stars I had a really nice time reading this one, where Jamison gave Evan and Dawson interesting and full-fleshed side stories, which completed the "teaching" trope on the best way possible. Why the quoting marks? Because, let's be honest, it wasn't really about teaching - ahead of flirting - as Dawson was quickly figuring out why his relationship with Evan felt so right. That's where the deeper topics entered the game, with reflections about regrets, guilt, depression 4.25 Tech club and Coaching stars I had a really nice time reading this one, where Jamison gave Evan and Dawson interesting and full-fleshed side stories, which completed the "teaching" trope on the best way possible. Why the quoting marks? Because, let's be honest, it wasn't really about teaching - ahead of flirting - as Dawson was quickly figuring out why his relationship with Evan felt so right. That's where the deeper topics entered the game, with reflections about regrets, guilt, depression and low self-esteem. This book tackled some heavy themes as we explored healing processes through Dawson's story. He had to let go of his past (mentally and emotionally) to finally be ready to turn the page and start afresh. Evan had also his share of burdens with taking care of the family business while balancing all his other responsabilities. Not that he ressented his Grandpa for that, but it took a toll on his life nevertheless, and he struggled between his dreams and his duties. Then things got worse... but I'm not telling you everything! Interactions between Evan/Dawson and the students were nice, but I especially liked Dawson's connection with Rojas and how he involved himself in this kid's life. As he struggled with some family problems he needed support and understanding, two things Dawson gave him in order for him to build a better future and reach his dreams. It was heartwarming and a huge help towards Dawson's healing. To be honest, Evan's story was interesting, but I felt like the book's main focus was Dawson's emotional life-altering storyline. And I'm not complaining. Overall Evan and Dawson's couple was very sweet and steamy, with an amazing chemistry. There was a lot of support going on, for one another, but also from their friends. I loved Calista, so honest and caring💕and I'm super excited to learn more about Darren now. He seemed hilarious, especially when he didn't try to be funny and things took a sudden turn for him - that's what you get when you play with fire, buddy! I'm surprised by his pairing, but it makes me anticipate Book 2 even more^^ P.S. I've realized there is already a book about Lyle and Truman. Why isn't it part of the series?! Now I have to read it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    kau (taylor’s version)

    I forgot to put it here because I finish the book and I forget immediately after.. so we have that

  9. 5 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    After an injury, Dawson can no longer attend the NFL, but he can coach! Meeting the shy geek Evan is fun. As the older straight guy, Dawson will teach Evan to flirt, so he can find his guy. Evan has to adjust with Dawson around, it’s so confusing to have this very attractive flirting guy at his side. Pity the guy is straight. They go to clubs together, Dawson as wingman, for Evan it’s all hurtful, trying to flirt but never with the guy he wants. When they finally got a guy Evan seems interested in After an injury, Dawson can no longer attend the NFL, but he can coach! Meeting the shy geek Evan is fun. As the older straight guy, Dawson will teach Evan to flirt, so he can find his guy. Evan has to adjust with Dawson around, it’s so confusing to have this very attractive flirting guy at his side. Pity the guy is straight. They go to clubs together, Dawson as wingman, for Evan it’s all hurtful, trying to flirt but never with the guy he wants. When they finally got a guy Evan seems interested in, Dawson doesn’t like it a bit. He got a proposal for Evan, he wants to help him, to experiment with him. Evan can experiment and Dawson wants to enjoy the ride and be a safe place for him. It’s a win-win right? Watch them play never have I… They are hot together and fun. Evan blooms and Dawson can’t get him out of his system. It was a great read, Evan’s naivety was endearing and hot to watch. All the small town fuss, nosy people, the high school, students, football, coaches, the apps, and the shop. It is all very entertaining. Both guys together were fireworks, there are a few obstacles before they end up as a couple. Some fierce friends are of help. Clear and captivatingly written story, sexy af, and feelings all over. Love this story, read it in one sit!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle's

    I really enjoyed this. This was fun and cute. M/M coming of age. Evan is a virgin and now everyone knows it. When the hot guy he meets turns out to be a permanent fixture in town he gets a chance to get to know him well. What starts as friends turns to more. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ari_romancebooks

    I like so much but so much this book , I am fascinated with the world so beautiful so full of comfort and unique characters that has created this author, I despertly need that there are more than 20 books in this series and I am completely in love with this group of friends , of the small town , of the vibrations that the author implements in these stories, I loved the prequel and this book did not stay behind, Evan and Dawson were so cute and amazing charachters , I thought it would only be a c I like so much but so much this book , I am fascinated with the world so beautiful so full of comfort and unique characters that has created this author, I despertly need that there are more than 20 books in this series and I am completely in love with this group of friends , of the small town , of the vibrations that the author implements in these stories, I loved the prequel and this book did not stay behind, Evan and Dawson were so cute and amazing charachters , I thought it would only be a cute story but it was much more than that , The spicy moments were no joke and it’s that Evan and Dawson are fire when they’re together, I’m dying to read Darren’s book and I just don’t want to ever get out of this beautiful world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Delightful! This was my first book by this author and I LOVED IT! I’m already excited about Book 2. Fabulous characters, funny, witty, charming, heartfelt, just a very delightful read. Evan is the young, naive, nerdy friend of Calista. After she brow beats the sweet introvert into attending a party in an effort to help him relax a little and hopefully meet a nice young man, he actually does meet a nice man. A super hunky, totally out of Ev’s league man who a) is straight and b) doesn’t even regist Delightful! This was my first book by this author and I LOVED IT! I’m already excited about Book 2. Fabulous characters, funny, witty, charming, heartfelt, just a very delightful read. Evan is the young, naive, nerdy friend of Calista. After she brow beats the sweet introvert into attending a party in an effort to help him relax a little and hopefully meet a nice young man, he actually does meet a nice man. A super hunky, totally out of Ev’s league man who a) is straight and b) doesn’t even register Evan’s weak attempt at flirting. Evan’s humiliation is complete when he’s inadvertently outed as a virgin during an ill-advised game of Never Have I Ever. The plot thickens when the super hunk, Dawson, turns out to be the new assistant football coach at the local high school AND Calista’s cousin. Oops! Calista sets Dawson straight about crushing shy Evan’s attempt at flirting and when Dawson runs into Ev at the local coffee shop to apologize, they make friends and Dawson offers to coach Evan in the art of flirting. Their flirting lessons turn to more and it’s a fun, romantic, and yes - steamy, journey to a happily ever after relationship. You’ll be smiling at the end and looking forward to Book 2 just like me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    There are so many things I loved about this, right down to the fun title. It checked a lot of boxes for me - first times and bi awakening, to name a couple. Evan is a sweet, geeky guy from a nosy small town, and will do anything for anyone, with little reward or time for himself. He's the inexperienced one, and he gains confidence by the end. Dawson used to play football, and now he's coaching in this small town, needing a second chance at his life. He never expected to like a guy, but he isn't There are so many things I loved about this, right down to the fun title. It checked a lot of boxes for me - first times and bi awakening, to name a couple. Evan is a sweet, geeky guy from a nosy small town, and will do anything for anyone, with little reward or time for himself. He's the inexperienced one, and he gains confidence by the end. Dawson used to play football, and now he's coaching in this small town, needing a second chance at his life. He never expected to like a guy, but he isn't resistant to the idea. And he's such a sweet, caring person. I loved these boys, and I am super excited for the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miriah

    3.5 Stars Adorable, easy to read, inoffensive, and forgettable. I enjoyed it enough to read the next in the series :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars This is an odd-couple, OFY, New Adult romance with a cast of characters that’s really fun. There are the gay men and boys whose strategic flirting gets Dawson willing to step out of his comfort zone—as long as there are no strings. And, there are nosy elderly neighbors who are always sniffing out a good rumor to pass along. Evan also works at his grandad’s hardware store, a town landmark, but for little wages and mostly to give his retired grandpa a break since t A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars This is an odd-couple, OFY, New Adult romance with a cast of characters that’s really fun. There are the gay men and boys whose strategic flirting gets Dawson willing to step out of his comfort zone—as long as there are no strings. And, there are nosy elderly neighbors who are always sniffing out a good rumor to pass along. Evan also works at his grandad’s hardware store, a town landmark, but for little wages and mostly to give his retired grandpa a break since the business is failing. I loved how Dawson pitched in for Evan to allow him freedom to concentrate on his own passion of app development. The growth Dawson shows as a coach is also notable, because he’s able to make peace with his dashed NFL-career dreams. The romance starts pretty quick, but doesn’t heat up immediately. Evan is afraid that he’s taking advantage of Dawson’s kind offers—not recognizing that Dawson is just as into the sexytimes as Evan is. They make a really good match, but it takes almost losing Evan for Dawson to wake up and recognize that he’s got himself a boyfriend, whether he wanted strings, or not. Read Veronica’s review in its entirety here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carra

    This story has a few different tropes I enjoy - nerd/jock, bi/pan-awakening, first time, small town romance…all done with some sweet characters in an “experienced teacher” way. Sweet doesn’t mean there’s not heat though, so you’ll still find plenty of sexy times in this story. There’s even a touch of family drama; nothing crazy, just enough to add a little more depth to the story. Oh, and let’s not forget throwing an ex in there just to add a smidgen of extra angst. I really liked both main chara This story has a few different tropes I enjoy - nerd/jock, bi/pan-awakening, first time, small town romance…all done with some sweet characters in an “experienced teacher” way. Sweet doesn’t mean there’s not heat though, so you’ll still find plenty of sexy times in this story. There’s even a touch of family drama; nothing crazy, just enough to add a little more depth to the story. Oh, and let’s not forget throwing an ex in there just to add a smidgen of extra angst. I really liked both main characters, Dawson and Evan, and thought they matched quite well. This is a classic “I’m not into guys but this one is different” tale with Dawson becoming protective of and falling into a teacher-like role to Evan. Subject? Flirting…and more. Though the “more” actually turns into them teaching each other. Is this a type of story you’ve heard before? Maybe so, but It’s still a truly enjoyable read and includes a strong cast of supporting characters, and several of them you’ll want to read their stories as well. Overall Never Have I Evan was a solid 4-star read for me, and I would recommend this to any M/M romance fan. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angeshay

    3.75⭐️ Light and sweet pan-awakening. Evan is a shy, nerdy, 19 yr old gay virgin. Dawson is the “straight” older jock who offers to teach him about flirting and sex. It’s all very cute and hot🔥 with a bit of second-hand embarrassment and fumbling. I liked that the sex wasn’t perfect and seemed very realistic. I do love the friends with bennies, “we’re just fucking, don’t catch feelings” trope and though this one didn’t really offer up anything new, it was well-written and swoon-worthy. I really 3.75⭐️ Light and sweet pan-awakening. Evan is a shy, nerdy, 19 yr old gay virgin. Dawson is the “straight” older jock who offers to teach him about flirting and sex. It’s all very cute and hot🔥 with a bit of second-hand embarrassment and fumbling. I liked that the sex wasn’t perfect and seemed very realistic. I do love the friends with bennies, “we’re just fucking, don’t catch feelings” trope and though this one didn’t really offer up anything new, it was well-written and swoon-worthy. I really liked both MC’s. There was a bit of hurt/comfort and ex-girlfriend drama but it was relatively low-angst. it was a bit too long and I skimmed in some areas but I would definitely read more by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Verdelite

    It wasn't bad, but it was very forgettable. This didn't give me any strong feelings while reading, but it was entertaining enough that I wasn't bored. I feel like I've read basically the same book multiple times already, and there wasn't anything (like a particular moment or any particular character) that makes it stand out. It's a decent choice if you're looking for a decent read with these tropes, but you're also not missing anything by skipping this book. It wasn't bad, but it was very forgettable. This didn't give me any strong feelings while reading, but it was entertaining enough that I wasn't bored. I feel like I've read basically the same book multiple times already, and there wasn't anything (like a particular moment or any particular character) that makes it stand out. It's a decent choice if you're looking for a decent read with these tropes, but you're also not missing anything by skipping this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    DNF @ 13%. Had I know Evan was only 19, I wouldn’t have touched this. Dawson doesn’t appear to be much older than 23/24. NA isn’t my thing. On top of that, the plugs for other characters from other books are annoying and the writing and plot just are not doing it for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    frannilys (whitegoldbookishworld)

    3.5 This was ok. I enjoyed reading it most of the time but it was nothing special. I really didn’t like Calista. Apparently she cannot keep herself out of Evans business. Coach Mayfield was a very unlikable character as well so I can’t even say which one I liked less. Also I’m not the biggest fan of the whole virgin thing. It is stated that it is a social construct but all the people in the book still made a huge deal out of it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharing The Book Love

    I loved the start where something is blurted about Evam and his crush hears it. This kinda shapes the whole story Dawson is straight and on a life rebuild after some issues previously. The almost best friends to lovers with a twist, is well written and a perfect addition to this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    3.5 stars, rounded up. After reading Two Truths and a Lyle a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to read Evan's story. He's the shy, geeky (his word) virgin in the little friends group. Those friends being Calista, Darren, Kevin, Lyle, and Truman. During a drinking game, Calista blurts out something about Evan being a virgin. Bad enough, right? What was worse was that she did it in front of a guy Evan had tried to flirt with a few minutes before. Mortified, he takes off. That guy turned out to be Dawson 3.5 stars, rounded up. After reading Two Truths and a Lyle a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to read Evan's story. He's the shy, geeky (his word) virgin in the little friends group. Those friends being Calista, Darren, Kevin, Lyle, and Truman. During a drinking game, Calista blurts out something about Evan being a virgin. Bad enough, right? What was worse was that she did it in front of a guy Evan had tried to flirt with a few minutes before. Mortified, he takes off. That guy turned out to be Dawson, Calista's cousin. I'm not going rehash the entire story in this mini-review. I do that in my full one. I will, however, say that I never could get a good feel for Dawson. His feeling sorry for himself, woe-is-me-I-screwed-up-in-football attitude got old really quick. Evan, I loved, though I felt sorry for him because he was willing to take whatever scraps Dawson threw his way. Dawson did make good later in a pretty big way so it's all good. As for the friends.... I can't stand Calista. Best friends don't publicly embarrass/humiliate you or share your secrets. I also couldn't stand Darren, which is bad because his story is next. I did, however, adore Kevin, and I still love Lyle and Truman from the first story. I'll read Darren's book when it's released but only because I'm invested in the series now. Overall, I liked Evan and Dawson well enough. They do get their HEA at the end, though I feel it went on too long before they got there. Full review can be found at -

  23. 5 out of 5

    ✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

    Genre/Tropes: MM, Sexual Awakening, Opposites Attract POV: 1st, Dual Series: Games We Play, #1 STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥🔥 —————— I am starting PRIDE Month off the right way!! I’ve read a few DJ Jamison romances and they always leave me happy. This one was no different. A shy, gay geek with a heart of gold and a troubled, depressed ex-football quarterback trying to get back on his feet. A true strangers-to-friends-to-lovers story with so much depth, emotion, and love between our two main MCs and the quirky town Genre/Tropes: MM, Sexual Awakening, Opposites Attract POV: 1st, Dual Series: Games We Play, #1 STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥🔥 —————— I am starting PRIDE Month off the right way!! I’ve read a few DJ Jamison romances and they always leave me happy. This one was no different. A shy, gay geek with a heart of gold and a troubled, depressed ex-football quarterback trying to get back on his feet. A true strangers-to-friends-to-lovers story with so much depth, emotion, and love between our two main MCs and the quirky town they live in. Granville will draw you in and make you wish the fictional town existed while Dawson and Evan will have you swooning. || “𝚈𝚘𝚞, 𝚞𝚑, 𝚘𝚔𝚊𝚢?” 𝙽𝚘. 𝙸’𝚖 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚢 𝙰𝙵 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚢 𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚗. 𝙽𝚘𝚝 𝚘𝚔𝚊𝚢 𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕. || Dawson broke my heart, but he was also completely genuine. He just needed to find himself and realize how amazing his life became with Evan in it. And I adored how Evan came out of his shell thank you Dawson’s unwavering support and care. They both gave and took and cared for and loved so hard, even though it took a while for both of them to admit it to each other. || 𝙳𝚊𝚠𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚆𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚔𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚎—𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚝. || Very low angst, so much heart, a good amount of spice, some quirky granny humor, a grumpy old man or two, football, and a sweet little sexual awakening story between an ex-jock and a geeky tech guy. Le sigh. I’m a sucker for these tropes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kira Grace

    Stop it right now! This was SO good! This story was exactly what I needed! Sweet, funny, low angst and with characters who I just fell in love with. Dawson was big and muscled but also had this beautiful vulnerability that kept drawing me in and Evan was such an open and loving human even with his adorable awkwardness they were just the perfect fit! I am really loving the trend towards less “gay/bi/pan panic”. Sexuality is fluid and it’s really refreshing to see more characters who are startled Stop it right now! This was SO good! This story was exactly what I needed! Sweet, funny, low angst and with characters who I just fell in love with. Dawson was big and muscled but also had this beautiful vulnerability that kept drawing me in and Evan was such an open and loving human even with his adorable awkwardness they were just the perfect fit! I am really loving the trend towards less “gay/bi/pan panic”. Sexuality is fluid and it’s really refreshing to see more characters who are startled and maybe confused by their feelings but don’t have to say “I’m not gay” 15,000 times while also very clearly being attracted to another man especially when the character is already around LGBT people and truly doesn’t have an issue with same sex relationships. I am really impressed by DJ’s skill in character building and plot pacing. The plot was well balanced in my opinion and I loved how each MC had their own stuff going on but almost always let in the middle to work it out together. There were ups and downs and not everything was perfect but that just made the story even better. This was an absolute joy to read and I am definitely going to be on the look out for more from this series!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    When I first saw the free series prequel, Two Truths and a Lyle, I’ll admit I picked it up solely (other than loving DJ’s work) based on the title. In learning that DJ’s husband, Lucas, is responsible for the title names, I think we collectively owe him a great big Thank you. The Games we Play series is one we didn’t know we needed but are so glad we have. Never Have I Evan continues the series beautifully. I couldn’t put down this story of shy, nerdy Evan and the jock football coach with a troub When I first saw the free series prequel, Two Truths and a Lyle, I’ll admit I picked it up solely (other than loving DJ’s work) based on the title. In learning that DJ’s husband, Lucas, is responsible for the title names, I think we collectively owe him a great big Thank you. The Games we Play series is one we didn’t know we needed but are so glad we have. Never Have I Evan continues the series beautifully. I couldn’t put down this story of shy, nerdy Evan and the jock football coach with a troubled past, Dawson. I found the characters delightfully layered, complex and easy to love. Evan’s yearning is tangible, while Dawson’s guilt over his past is heart-achingly realistic. The town of Granville and it’s delightfully quirky residents form a great back-drop for this wonderful friends-to-lovers tale. Jamison captures the imagination with her creative side-characters and “interesting” business names. Characters Lyle and Truman reappear briefly, as do Darren and Calista but this book could be read as a standalone. I can’t wait for Truth or Darren!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jozey

    Great story. Good plot. Contains: pan-awakening, virgin, first time gay seggs, geek/football coach assistant, small-town drama, gossip. I love it. The characters, the town, the plot, everything is really good, well writing, and intense. Hot sexy time. Very good advice. I remove one star because it's longer than necessary. It's like they turn around the drama, and left one piece by piece about the store until this major problem. Dive in this book where Evan, the eternal virgin met Dawson who is wil Great story. Good plot. Contains: pan-awakening, virgin, first time gay seggs, geek/football coach assistant, small-town drama, gossip. I love it. The characters, the town, the plot, everything is really good, well writing, and intense. Hot sexy time. Very good advice. I remove one star because it's longer than necessary. It's like they turn around the drama, and left one piece by piece about the store until this major problem. Dive in this book where Evan, the eternal virgin met Dawson who is willing to help him in the experience domain. Dawson past is unsure all along the book. Evan is busy, very busy to achieve his dream and help his grandpa's dream to stay alive. But Dawson is good with Ev and Ev have a lot to teach to Dawson about relationship. Could they make it possible ? And what if the ex came back? Who would he choose then?

  27. 5 out of 5

    DD

    Really, very good. I love DJ’s writing, she is in-depth and engaging. I started this book and felt like I was missing something so I realized there was a prequel novella, Two Truths and a Lyle, that I got off of Prolific Works. It’s not necessary to enjoy this book but I think it added to the story. So many great tropes in this book: jock/geek, opposites attract, size difference, hurt/comfort, bi-awakening. Dawson was so sweet and charismatic, albeit a little lost, trying to find a fresh start a Really, very good. I love DJ’s writing, she is in-depth and engaging. I started this book and felt like I was missing something so I realized there was a prequel novella, Two Truths and a Lyle, that I got off of Prolific Works. It’s not necessary to enjoy this book but I think it added to the story. So many great tropes in this book: jock/geek, opposites attract, size difference, hurt/comfort, bi-awakening. Dawson was so sweet and charismatic, albeit a little lost, trying to find a fresh start after a devastating injury. Coding-obsessed Evan is caring, shy and a workaholic. And a virgin. A fact that brings about an intriguing proposal from his smoke show of a new friend. Another great one from DJ Jamison.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fernanda Parente

    Another new writer for me, I loved this book, very sweet and fun, but at the same time very serious Dawson is a former football player who made bad choices in the beginning of his career and decides to accept an invitation to assistant coach on a school football team. Evan is a computer tech who created a school app to help students study and meets Dawson at a party at the home of his best friend and Dawson's cousin What begins with a school collaboration quickly turns into an exploratory journey Another new writer for me, I loved this book, very sweet and fun, but at the same time very serious Dawson is a former football player who made bad choices in the beginning of his career and decides to accept an invitation to assistant coach on a school football team. Evan is a computer tech who created a school app to help students study and meets Dawson at a party at the home of his best friend and Dawson's cousin What begins with a school collaboration quickly turns into an exploratory journey of sexuality I really liked Dawson's MCs, his inner struggle until he concluded that he deserves the best I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    4.5⭐️s The second story in the series, 'Never Have I Evan' is a sweet story of discovery and first times. I thought Dawson was lovely and Evan adorable as they began their relationship, and it was engaging to watch them become closer and find happiness together. Doing this in a small nosy town added fun to the story. Filled with emotion, heat, humour and some great banter this was an easy sweet read for me. I received a copy of this book to review, and this is my honest and voluntary opinion. 4.5⭐️s The second story in the series, 'Never Have I Evan' is a sweet story of discovery and first times. I thought Dawson was lovely and Evan adorable as they began their relationship, and it was engaging to watch them become closer and find happiness together. Doing this in a small nosy town added fun to the story. Filled with emotion, heat, humour and some great banter this was an easy sweet read for me. I received a copy of this book to review, and this is my honest and voluntary opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Souza

    Meh. This book was fine. It was nothing special, except that I almost stopped reading it at 88% because the "I saw something from a distance, misinterpreted it, and overreacted" thing makes me so mad. Although I suppose that immaturity is to be expected of a 19 year old. Granted, that's probably the *only* thing in the entire book that Evan did that made me remember he was that young. I had high hopes for this series, but the prequel novella and this book have been disappointing. Meh. This book was fine. It was nothing special, except that I almost stopped reading it at 88% because the "I saw something from a distance, misinterpreted it, and overreacted" thing makes me so mad. Although I suppose that immaturity is to be expected of a 19 year old. Granted, that's probably the *only* thing in the entire book that Evan did that made me remember he was that young. I had high hopes for this series, but the prequel novella and this book have been disappointing.

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