Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Always by Sarah Jio

Title: Always 
Author: Sarah Jio
Publisher: Ballantine Books 
Release Date: February 7, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart's capacity to remember. 

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister. 

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt "right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants. 

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.

"When someone wants to leave, you let him."

Always had an intriguing synopsis and a great cover. I love second chance romances and it sounded like this one had a good one. 

Kailey Crane is ready to get married. Her fiancée is a nice man who loves her and wants to give her the world. After finishing a meal at a restaurant and while Ryan is retrieving their car, she sees a homeless man. When she approaches him, she realizes she knows him. He's the love of her life. The one man she can't forget. His name is Cade McAllister. 

Cade disappeared a decade ago without so much as a phone call or a message. No one knows what happened to him during those ten years. At some point, he suffered a brain injury and his mind is in disarray. Cade used to be a successful business owner. His world was music. When he goes missing, Kailey is lost without him until she meets Ryan. Despite the pain Cade has caused her, Kailey can't leave him when she sees him so vulnerable. She knows she has to help him even if this could cause trouble with her relationship with Ryan. 

Always had a good premise but it was predictable. Like I mentioned before, I love second chance romances and first loves are always fun to read.  I was hoping for big drama and very tough decisions but I didn't get them. The end felt rushed with all issues resolving in a matter of minutes.  Still, I couldn't stop reading it.

Cliffhanger: No

Toujours Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Ballantine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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