Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn't even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton's life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Always is a timeless love story that spans over forty years. It is written in a manner where the entire story comes full circle. It is a beautiful, unforgettable, and captivating story that you will FEEL until the very last page.
"When kindred souls meet, they are destined to be together, always.”
Avery Adams was born into prestigious, political family. He is confident and charismatic. He goes after what he wants in every way possible. He decides to follow his grandfather and start a career in politics. However, those plans become thwarted the moment he falls for a devastatingly handsome, restauranteur, Kane Dalton. Kane had a strict Christian upbringing. He is shunned by his family because of his sexual orientation. When he meets Avery, his life is never the same. Their connection is immediate. Choices are made. In all things. Above all things. They chose love. Always.
Where do I begin with this story? Avery and Kane were quite the opposite in their demeanor, but were perfect for each other in every way. Love doesn't know or understand time. When it's right, you feel it. You know it. That is how I would describe how Avery and Kane fell for each other. While it happened quickly, it is very much real and genuine. As mentioned before, the story is told over the span of forty years. You have to keep in mind that same sex couples were looked at different in the past than now. Many of the stereotypes from the past are experienced and we get to see how Kane and Avery deal with them. We experience them in everything. Their trial and tribulations. We see them fall in love, question their love, and fight for their love.
The flow of this story is quite slower than what I am used to. Perhaps slower than most love stories. However, it's flawless. Every chapter allows you to fall deeper in love with Kane and Avery. I have not read many M/M romances, however I was blown away at the depth of of the love and romance contained in this story. There is no questioning what they have found in each other. They have found love, peace, solace. They found their happiness. Their journey is eloquently captured in this story. It is beautiful, thought provoking, and completely consuming. The emotions in this story are raw. You don't read this story. You live it.
Overall, Always is a story about true all consuming love and acceptance and it has to be one of the most beautiful reads of the year. Their love goes beyond the happily ever after. You feel the ever-lasting bond between Kane and Avery in life and beyond. Love always win. In all things, choose love. Always.
"I don't want to live without you, ever. I want us together always."
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This was my first book by Kindle Alexander; I guess I had a preconceived notion that Always was going to be a fast paced, gritty m/m romance. I wasn't expecting the slow, super sweet love story that it was. Avery Adams was a successful lawyer with a family history in politics and it was only right that he followed in their footsteps, that was until a chance meeting with Kane Dalton. Avery knew from the very first moment he met Kane that they were destined to be together.
"He stared openly at the exquisite man who seemed to rip his soul wide open without so much as trying . . .he looked up into Kane's blue eyes and realised he'd met his one. Kane was meant for him."
Kane struggled with who he was; although he was openly gay to his close circle of friends, his family shunned him the moment he came out and Kane's own religious beliefs had him warring with his sexuality. I really felt for Kane, he was such a sweet character, the quiet brooding type with a heart of gold. His issues made it difficult at times between him and Avery but luckily Avery's determined attitude guaranteed nothing would come between them.
"Goddammit! I can see it in your eyes. We aren't wrong. My love for you isn't wrong."
I'm glad Avery won out in the end as what transpired was a sweet, contenting love story. Always detailed the life of Avery and Kane and spanned over four decades, I witnessed the highs and lows of their life together, the obstacles they had to overcome and the sacrifices they had to make. The layout of the story was different to what I had expected. Usually the H/H meet and after a crazy ride I catch a glimpse of their HEA in the epilogue, with Always, Avery and Kane got together really quickly and the remainder of the story was essentially their happily ever after, as the reader I got to experience every milestone alongside them. Although it was a very sweet read, I did feel my attention wane, I wanted a little more angst from the story line (said by the girl who usually avoids lots of drama) I just felt everything was perfect in their world. Even potential problems were resolved quickly, it felt monotone to me, everything was on an even keel and I just wanted a little bit more from the plot.
Always begins in 1975, ends in the present day and is set in the political world. I won't pretend to know anything about America in that era but I was surprised everyone was so accepting of Kane and Avery's relationship, asides from Kane's family, no one objected their union and they were spared from the prejudice of others, or the story certainly didn’t focus on that side. Of course I was happy about that but knowing we still have a long way to go in our world today, I expected things to be tougher for an openly gay couple back then and I wondered why that wasn't the case for Kane and Avery. Again, this comes back to the overall theme of no conflict and everything being smooth sailing.
Kindle Alexander created some endearing characters; Paulie and Kennedy were both a pillar of strength for the men. Avery's character slightly outshone Kane's and I felt I didn't get to know Kane just as well. I sometimes struggle with third person narrative and perhaps that's why I didn't connect as well as I could have.
I did shed a tear or two, I am a sucker for romance and Kane and Avery really did have an everlasting connection. I know the author tried to convey this at the end but the way in which it was written took me out of the story and I felt it didn't really work for me.
Overall, Always is a long standing love story between two great men who were lucky enough to find their soul mate and prove to each other and the world that love is eternal.
"You're my always."
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
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Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
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