Monday, March 9, 2015

ALWAYS LOVING YOU by Sydney Landon

A Danvers Novel #6
Signet Books, February 2015
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN:  0451472802
ISBN13: 9780451472809
*** 1/2

Sydney Landon’s latest Danvers novel, ALWAYS LOVING YOU, is a story of perseverance and a love that cannot be denied.

Ava Stone has been in love with brother’s best friend, MacKinley Powers, her entire life.  But after being raped by her prom date and discovered traumatized on Mac’s doorstep, Ava has been unable to overcome her fear of men.

Mac has loved Ava for as long as he can remember but she has kept him at a distance ever since the night he became her personal bodyguard of sorts.  At the end of his rope waiting for Ava, Mac decides he has to walk away from her to keep his sanity.  Of course, that would be when Ava decides to throw caution to the wind.

Sydney Landon’s ALWAYS LOVING YOU is a heartrending love story.  Ava’s family brushed her rape under the carpet and she has never really mended.  The extremes she has been willing to go to in order to appear “normal” to Mac and her brother will bring a tear to your eye.  Equally endearing are the lengths she will go to in order to fight through her fears to get Mac back. 

The story moves at a nice pace telling their story from both Ava’s and Mac’s point of view.  Her brother and sister-in-law add depth to the story.  The characters are definitely multifaceted and there is no doubt readers will be cheering for them throughout this book.

Though a touch on the saccharine side at times, ALWAYS LOVING YOU was an endearing love story that held reader interest and wrapped you up in a whirlwind of warm and wild emotions that ran the gamut from heartbreaking to hilarious.  ALWAYS LOVING YOU is the book you want to read wrapped up in your warmest comforter in front of the fireplace with a cup of cocoa on a cold evening.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

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