Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Always You by Denise Grover Swank

Title: Always You
Author: Denise Grover Swank
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #3
Main Characters: Matt and Anna
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
First love is better the second time around.

Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew's soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn't want now that he's given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt's the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.

Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can't afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He's a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn't over. Not even close. But if she's not careful, she'll break both their hearts . . . again.

My Review:
Ooh, I do love me a second chance at love story and this was a good one. 

Matt and Anna dated 12 years ago. Matt thought it was forever; Anna had other ideas. So, when he proposed she broke his heart. Neither one has really been the same since.

But now Anna is back...temporarily. To add insult to injury, she has a 5 yo old son and a divorce under her belt...both things she swore she never wanted when Matt proposed (something that was a complete shock to Matt.)

Anna's father broke his leg and since he's elderly is having a harder time recovering. Anna has no choice but to come home to help even though she's not supposed to take her son out of England, her dad doesn't want her there, and her boss is giving her a hard time about her working long distance. It's certainly not the ideal. But her son, who's also not happy about the move, has one bright light in his world...his best friend, who just happens to be Matt's nephew that he has temporary custody of. As a result, the two are thrown together time and time again. They have to get over their hard feelings quick...for the sake of their boys. 

Like I said, it was a good story. Anna is stuck in an impossible situation. Yes, she made some bad choices, but as the book progressed I became more and more empathetic to her plight. 

I really liked how no matter what was happening between them, these two absolutely put the boys' needs first. They were always very aware that what they were doing impacted two young lives who had already gone through too much emotional trauma.

The story was really sweet. The boys cracked me up, especially with how literal they were about everything. I liked how pragmatic Matt could be regardless of the fact that Anna devastated him. I liked that she was really honest about how much she screwed up. 

In fact, I've enjoyed the entire series built on three men who vowed to stay bachelors, but all three got married within a year of that vow. It's pretty much awesome when karma happens like that.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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