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?
Always You follows the story of Samantha and Lucas. Samantha has had a crush on Lucas for as long as she has remembered, but he has never once looked her way. When Lucas gets an opportunity to move to the west coast, Sam finally decides that it’s time to move on. She moves on with Marc. At first things seem wonderful. He’s the perfect guy. They fall in love, get married and have a baby. Now, many years later, Sam and Marc’s marriage is slowly deteriorating. He’s jobless, mean and just plain lazy. He’s out all the time and doesn’t even take his wife into consideration. And worst of all, he acts as though his child is a burden. Why, oh why does Sam stay with Marc, you wonder? The answer is simple. She does it for her daughter.
Lucas has always had feelings for Sam. He’s always treasured her and felt the need to protect her, but the timing was never right. Years later, Lucas finds himself back home. When he meets Samantha again, he finally sees what he’s been missing all along. Only the problem is that she’s married. The more time they spend together,the more they fall into the easy friendship that they’ve always had. They’re both trying to fight what they’re feeling, but are both falling hard. When life throws Lucas and Samantha the opportunity for happiness, will they grab on to it with both hands? Will Samantha finally get the life that she deserves?
What an amazing debt novel by Stephanie Rose. The writing in this story is so captivating, so real, so palpable. When I read words like these:
“No!” Lucas yelled as a tear ran down his cheek. “You’re mine, Samantha–and I’m yours. You, me, Bella. We’re a family. My family. This is not what you think it is. I would never hurt you like that. I love you so much. Always you. You’re my life, my everything, my fucking world. I’ll never let you go. I can’t. I won’t.”
I couldn’t help but be hooked. This is one of those stories that sucks you and you can’t help but read every last word. I devoured this book. I savored every last word. I was rooting so hard for Samantha to get the life and love that she always deserved.
“I love you because of the way you look at me–like I’m a superhero who can do anything. I love you because I can’t picture my life without you”
“Superheros need a girl they can save, so she can save them right back.”
Lucas and Samantha’s road to HEA was not an easy one. They had so many obstacles and insecurities to overcome. I was hoping and praying that things would work out for them. They are exactly what a second chance romance should be.
Always You is such an amazing read. I have been looking for a really good, angsty read and this one more than delivered. I loved the characters. They were so real and easy to relate to. Their situations captivating, pulling at my heart and never letting go. Always You is a beautiful story of friendship, love, finding that second chance and never giving up. The perfect amount of angst and romance. As I said before, this is an amazing debut novel and I can not wait to read more from this author in the future!
*I received an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
“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.”
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Alone – Heart
See You Again – Carrie Underwood
Still Into You – Paramore
(You Want To) Make A Memory – Bon Jovi
Come To Me – The Goo Goo Dolls
Run – feat. Sugarland – Matt Nathanson
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth
Lonely Tonight (featuring Ashley Monroe) – Blake Shelton
Colorblind – Counting Crows
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Stay – Rihanna
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
Start of Something Good – Daughtry
I Touch Myself – Divinyls
Hanging By A Moment – Lifehouse
It Was Always You – Maroon 5
Superman Tonight – Bon Jovi
Endlessly – Green River Ordinance
Love Someone – Jason Mraz
Almost Is Never Enough – Ariana Grande
Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Agullera
Without You – Max
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Sorry – Buckcherry
All I Wanted – Paramore
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
All In – Lifehouse
By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North
Turning Page – Sleeping At Last
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
You & I (Nobody In The World) – John Legend
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
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About The Author
Stephanie lives in the Bronx, New Yourk 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!
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