22922491ABOUT THE BOOK: 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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REVIEW: This story begins with Samantha being a “love-crazed” college girl chasing after her desires. Lucas Hunter is the man that she has always wanted, but never thought that she could have. After thirty years, Lucas moves back and wants to see her. Even though she is married to a man who despises her, she can’t stop thinking about what was lost when Lucas went to San Diego after college. His presence creates an emotional turmoil within Samantha, which leaves her with a lot of questions. Does he still feel the same way about her or could there ever be anything more? And…with a daughter in the picture, what are her options? While I do not condone some of the things that happened within the story, I also know that people are not perfect and mistakes happen. I could relate to Samantha in ways that tore at my heart when she faced her struggles. Her marriage had ended long ago, but she was still living in her shell with a man that she couldn’t stand. Her fear crippled her, she wanted her daughter to have a father; even if it meant a lousy one. When temptation fights it’s way through her front door, I found myself asking “what would I have done?” The answer is not always easy to decipher since the experience isn’t mine; however, I did find that this story showed a lot of realistic issues. In my opinion, this story is targeted toward a female audience. It is very romantic, shows pain and understanding, as well as legal hardships and ramifications; however, I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and realistic reads. I rate this with five stars since it is well written, original, and full of creativity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie is the author of the Second Chances series, stories based in New York City about second chances at love. She 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. Her voice often gets mistaken for a mob wives trailer.

After spending most of her youth watching soaps, Stephanie has an obsession with angsty drama and steamy romance.

She’s excited to finally bring the characters she’s been dreaming about to life!

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