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?
Title: Always You
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2015
“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.”
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!
Have you ever had a crush? Our leading lady, Samantha, had a major crush on her BFF's cousin. He was a great guy in addition to being drop dead gorgeous. They are friends but she never gets the chance to tell him how she feels.
Years, a marriage to a jerk, and a daughter later, they reconnect via Facebook. They decide to re-establish their friendship.
Lucas was truly a great guy. He never felt a spark with anyone and though he "hooked' up sometimes, he remained single. When he sets eyes on Sam after all the years away from her, he realizes that he should have held onto her.
This story has some of everything. There were plenty of scenes that made me sad, mad, and you guessed it.... very, very glad. :D
I especially liked Bella, Sam's daughter. She was super sweet and her reactions to some things just made me melt. I really liked the bond that she formed with Lucas. In many books the secondary characters remain in the background even when I want to see more of them. With Always You, Bella was a great part of the book as a child would be in her mother's life. I applaud the author for writing it this way.
I recommend this book to those of you who like to be affected by what you read.
I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was wonderful!
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