Book Review: Never Have I Ever: Wanted My Brother’s Rival by Willow Dixon

Never Have I Ever: Wanted My Brother’s Rival

Author: Willow Dixon
Series: Never Have I Ever, book 4
Publisher: Independent (May 18, 2023)
Kindle edition, 359 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


“Why is the one person I hate the only guy I can’t stop thinking about?”

West, my older brother’s high school rival. The rich kid who has it all. The guy who disappeared six years ago and destroyed my brother’s life.

I thought West and I were friends. I trusted him, but he showed me I was nothing more to him than a means to an end.

Being twenty and in my last year of college isn’t easy. Neither is being a virgin. I’ve never been normal or felt like I fit in, and I don’t feel what I’m supposed to.

My online job has given me the perfect way to solve my virginity problem, but then the last person I ever wanted to see again shows up on my doorstep. Not only has West learned what I do for a living, he’s essentially my landlord.

I hate him. So why can’t I stay away from him? Why is he the only person I’ve ever felt a connection with, who makes me feel like there’s something in me worth wanting?

Eli and West’s story is an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance between a former bad boy who seemingly has it all and an awkward genius who’s never felt like he fits in. Expect lots of banter and hot first times as these two try (and fail) to stay away from each other. It is the fourth novel in the steamy Never Have I Ever series but can be read as a standalone.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have adored Eli since the first moment he awkwardly appeared on the sidelines in the first book in the series (Never Have I Ever: Punched My Roommate’s V-Card). I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for him to get his happily ever after, and wow, West is sure worth the wait!

I love the chemistry between West and Eli so much, especially as Eli is so unsure of himself and his self-worth, and West is just sort of like “Hmm, let’s see how long it takes him to realize we’re boyfriends.” They are just so CUTE together, and while their enemies-to-friends-to-lovers relationship is super sweet, it’s also SUPER hot!

This is the fourth book in the Never Have I Ever series, and can be read as a stand-alone. The couples from the previous series show up as side characters in this one (again! I love these guys!) I CANNOT WAIT to read Eli’s big brother Gray’s story in Willow Dixon’s upcoming series, The Crimson Club!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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