Thursday, September 25, 2014

3 STAR #REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Love, Always by @emosewAYessi

Love, Always-eBook
Love, Always by Yessi Smith


**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for readers under the age of 17.** 

In love with a man on the brink of greatness, Dee has her life figured out. The love they share is comparable only to the love they feel when they find out Dee is pregnant. Josh and Dee welcome their future together with eagerness as they plan a wedding, baby, and the upcoming tour for Josh’s band Wasted Circle. Big things are finally happening. 

During Wasted Circle’s first big show, tragedy strikes leaving Dee alone. The life her and Josh planned for ends up being nothing but desolate promises. Unable to watch his best friend’s girlfriend drown under her own despair any longer, Adam steps in to help Dee cope with her loss and the upcoming birth of her baby. Adam is patient, kind and unrelenting. He stands by her side, never faltering despite his growing desire to be more than Dee’s supportive shoulder and the idea that he is betraying Josh. He refuses to give up on Dee and remains loyally by her side even when she admits herself into a psychiatric ward and he is left to father Josh and Dee’s baby. 

But even sweet and sturdy Adam has his limits.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

LOVE, ALWAYS is an original storyline that evokes emotions and flows well. Overall, it was a 3 star read for me.

Dee has never had an easy life, but falling in love with Josh was the easiest and most natural thing she’d ever done. Even when she realizes she’s going to be a teen mom, she knows she’ll have the love and support of her rock star boyfriend and they’ll make it through. So when she loses him soon after discovering she’s pregnant, she’s beyond devastated. She’s full out depressed. The only reason she makes it through her pregnancy is the love and support of Josh’s best friend, Adam. He is her rock and allows her to lean on him when her own parents neglect her completely. Immediately after giving birth, Dee knows she can’t continue to pretend she’s coping and she checks herself into a psychiatric ward— leaving all parenting decisions of her new baby girl, Josie, to Adam alone.

Adam’s entire life has been a series of losing people he loves and the only consistent variable is him. He knows he can never be a person’s everything, so he’s willing to settle for whatever scraps he’s given. He’s even willing to raise another man’s baby as his own, even without the love of the baby’s mother. But Adam feels immense guilt for the feelings he has for his best friend’s girl and knows he’s not just doing it out of a sense of obligation. Once Dee is ready to re-enter the real world, Adam has to figure out if he’s willing to settle for always being Josh’s second-hand replacement or if he deserves to be someone else’s one and only.

LOVE, ALWAYS had a solid concept and I appreciated the dual perspectives alternating between Dee and Adam (especially the flashbacks from Adam’s past), but it seemed to get lost somewhere in the execution. I just didn’t believe the characters or feel their emotions. The story could have felt very dark in parts and very uplifting in others, but for the most part I just kind of felt apathetic. The characters felt rather flat, even the main characters. I know Adam was supposed to be a solid rock, but as a result I missed any hint of rock star. It was like I was being told he should be a rock star but I never really believed it for myself. It was such a minor part of the story it almost didn’t exist. It was the same with Dee as an author. I believed her as a blogger, but when she started talking about self-publishing—it was just words. It didn’t feel real.

My favorite part of the story by far was the flashbacks of Adam’s past. I could feel his emotions as a child and I felt for him as a person. I wish I’d felt that much emotion with the entire story because it would have skyrocketed LOVE, ALWAYS for me.

**Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.

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About the Author:
Yessi Smith
I'm a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our "half breed" son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he'd rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out. I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa. I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me. My son surpassed me in the rhyming game by the time he was four. This is something I am very proud of. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog poop to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on a keyboard and bring them to fruition. I published my first book Life's A Cappella last year.

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