Title: Always You
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2015
To Samantha Christensen, Lucas Hunter was always the guy—the sexy, smart and unattainable man she pined for throughout college. To Lucas, she was a treasured friend, a younger sister he felt the need to protect. She had a choice—to wait and hope, or to settle.
When they meet again years later, Lucas looks at Samantha and sees a woman he wants—even though she’s not free to take. As they renew their friendship he finds he’s falling hard, and can’t accept any less than all of her.
Samantha realizes there’s hope with Lucas. Will she finally have a chance to be happy with the man she’s always loved, or will obligations and insecurities stand in their way?
Can Samantha and Lucas convince each other that they belong together? That it was Always You?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Always You Stars ~
Always You is the debut novel for Stephanie Rose and I have to say she knocked it out of the park. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved that it was a cross between a second chance romance and a friends to lovers type story. I will say it leaned more towards the friends to lovers story because the main couple were never really together in the past…the heroine just had a major crush on him but was afraid to tell him, but that all changes when they are reunited 10 years later.
I thought this was a really sweet love story. The storyline was engaging and held my attention all the way through. I felt that this story was very well written. There was never a time that I was rolling my eyes or felt it was dragging. I really liked that there wasn’t an over abundance of drama. Don’t get me wrong there was some drama, but it was usually short lived and not dragged out throughout the whole book. I also liked that the author didn’t drag out getting the main couple together. It was sort of a insta-love but it worked in this case because they had a history together.
I will warn you…..that if cheating is a hard limit for you, then you might want to pass on this book. Normally I don’t like cheating in books AT ALL, but for some reason it worked in this story and I wasn’t bothered by it. I think that had to do with the fact that the author made it clear from the beginning what a DBag the husband of the heroine’s was. There was never a time that I rooted for Samantha and Marc (the DBag husband) to ever work it out. You knew from the beginning that Lucas was meant to be with Samantha and just bad timing and other circumstances kept them apart.
We meet Samantha (Sam) and Lucas in this book. Like I said, Lucas and Sam have a past. They went to college together and Lucas was Sam’s advisor. They met when Sam was a Freshman and Lucas was older. During the three years they were in college, they remained good friends, but Sam carried a secret torch for Lucas the whole time. She wanted to tell him but when she finally had the guts, something got in the way. After college Lucas left New York and moved to California. Sam’s life moved on and she married Marc and had a child named Bella. Fast forward 10 years and Lucas comes back to New York for work and reunites with Sam. What happens after that is a really sweet friends to lovers story and also a story about learning to follow your heart and knowing what is best for you. I loved watching Lucas and Sam reconnect. And watching Lucas with Bella was heartwarming and totally swoon worthy. Lucas truly does make an amazing Book Boyfriend. As for Sam….I loved watching her come out of her shell and realize she deserved to be happy. I enjoyed watching her get a back bone when it came to Marc and his mother.
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a second chance romance or a friends to lovers story. This book will have you giggling, crying, smiling and blushing, but overall it will leave you with a HUGE smile on your face. This is definitely one I will read again in the future!!!! I look forward to more book by this author.
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“Shit, Sam! Baby Girl, are you okay?”
God, please no. Calling me Baby Girl now was like sticking a knife directly into my already broken heart. Lucas lifted me off the ground to help me stand. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. I always loved when he did that, but now it hurt like hell. It was torturous, but I let myself feel him one last time. I wanted to remember the way he smelled, how his arms felt like home—but he wasn’t my home anymore, and it killed me to know that.
I pushed out of his hold and looked at his face. His beautiful face. His blue eyes were still glassy, but they were red now. I didn’t want to believe what I saw. I wanted to look at the unshed tears growing in Lucas’s eyes and think it meant he really loved me, and he would never ever hurt me.
I saw an empty cab coming up the block and raised my arm to hail it. I must’ve fallen hard as blood trickled down my wrist when I held my hand up. The cab slowed to a stop and I headed to the curb where it waited. I willed myself to stop crying at least until I got inside.
Lucas grabbed my arm again, shaking his head. “You can’t leave like this.” His voice was cracking. “I need you, I love you. You know me, Sam.”
I shook my head sadly. “No. No, I don’t.”
About The Author :
Stephanie lives in the Bronx, New York with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
Her day job is marketing, but she always has a story in her head.
This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock
After spending most of her youth watching soaps, Stephanie has an obsession with angsty drama and hot romance.
She’s excited to finally bring the characters she’s been dreaming about to life!