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?
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I let out a long sigh and glanced up at the ceiling as I tried to find the right words to say. Yes, he was going to make this as difficult as possible to walk out the door.
“Lucas, it’s not that simple—”
“I know I’m not supposed to think about you all day long. I know I’m not supposed to want to talk to you every minute of the day, or touch you, or kiss you. But, fuck—” Lucas closed the space between us and grabbed me by the nape of my neck, pulling me towards him. “That’s all I ever want to do, Sam.” Our faces were close enough that our lips were almost touching.
From the hungry look in his eyes, I thought he was going to kiss me hard, but he was gentle. A light kiss at first, gentle pecks on my lips, very soft but lingering longer each time his lips touched mine. His hand slid from my neck to the small of my back as he pulled me closer. My heartbeat thundered in my ears as I realized I was about to completely give in. As soon as it seemed the kiss was about to get deeper, he pulled back. His eyes were shut tight as if he was fighting with himself to pull away. He rested his forehead against mine.
“Tell me to stop. Tell me to stop kissing you and I will.”
I hesitate to call this a second chance romance, because Samantha and Lucas didn’t get their shot in college – she wanted him, but he didn’t see her in the same way. Could you imagine what it would be like if your college crush reappeared in your life years later, and wanted to pick up where you left off? Because that’s just what happens….and then those feelings of Sam’s from way back when suddenly aren’t so one-sided anymore.
If it wasn’t for a silly little thing called sleep, I would have read this book in one sitting. I was fully engaged from the get go. Whether you love them or hate them (I’m looking at you, Marc, Nicole and Jeannie), these characters are relatable and completely draw you in. I loved that Sam was not wishy-washy, even if she was with her husband way past his expiration date. I enjoyed watching Lucas fall in love with Sam, but more than that, I adored seeing him fall for Bella. Oh Lucas Hunter, where do I start? He was the perfect blend of what you want in a book boyfriend, your favorite recipe with some HOT ingredients: a whole lot of sexy mixed with caring, compassion, and dirty talk, with a smidge of alpha protectiveness and a pinch of poor judgment. Hey, he can’t be without some kind of flaw! The ups were just as believable as the downs – I felt like this story could have been taken from real life experiences. Now if we could only find the real Lucas at the local Starbucks.
This is Stephanie Rose’s first book, but you’d never have a clue if you hadn’t been told. There is not a single thing about this book that would make you think it was her first time. As far as I’m concerned, she knocked it out of the park. I cannot wait to see what else she has in store!!
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!