Book Review: Always by Kindle Alexander

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Always
Author: Kindle Alexander
Heroes: Avery Adams and Kane Dalton
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 280 Pages
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: 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.

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Be still my battered heart. This story!!! OMG, this story was just so beautiful, so romantic, and so perfect in too many ways to count. But, it was also incredibly heartbreaking, and at times I could barely breathe, I just couldn’t catch my breath, and I had to lock myself in my room so that the family wouldn’t think I was nuts or having a meltdown from all the ugly crying. I was afraid to keep reading but I couldn’t stop. I needed to know where it was going but I was terrified at the same time. I am still very unsure of my exact feelings on the ending; I hated it…but at the same time, I loved it too. But truthfully, any story that gives me that many feels, that brings that many emotions to the surface, and keeps me reading when I know my heart is about to break in two, is a gift.

Avery and Kane are probably two of the most romantic characters ever. They live for each other, they breathe for each other; they are true soul mates. Avery is an attorney with his eye on running for the Senate; Kane is a restaurateur. Both are professionals, both suave, both are completely and utterly in love with the other.

Always follows the history of Avery and Kane for the forty years they are together; beginning from the day that they first meet in Kane’s restaurant. Sounds so simple but trust me, this story is not anything I would have ever said that I wanted, but ended up being everything I needed. There is very little angst between these guys, nothing earth shattering, no miscommunications or lack thereof. They are just two men who are in love and forge a life together, and it was an absolute pleasure to read.

There are hosts of secondary characters. Some are wonderful, some are horrendous. Paulie was the most amazing man/father to Kane. He took him in when Kane’s family kicked him out at the tender age of 18 when he came out. Paulie was everything Kane needed and treated him as his own. His brilliance was in complete contrast to the darkness that was Kane’s biological father, and family. Bigots, the lot of them, and they were just horrid.

The ending, there are no words that can adequately describe the last fifteen percent of the story without giving anything away. Just believe me when I say that it’s very painful, it’s very real and authentic, and it nearly killed my fragile little heart. But don’t despair and throw your e-reader; keep reading because there is a happy ending, just not in the traditional sense. But it soothed my battered soul and took the pain away. It was beautiful and I really hope that’s what I have to look forward to as well.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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