Blog Tour and Review: Always You by Stephanie Rose

Blog Tour and Review:  Always You by Stephanie RoseAlways You by Stephanie Rose
Published by Stephanie Rose Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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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?

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“Superheroes need a girl they can save, so she can save them right back.”

Always You is beautiful and passionate story of second chances and true love making a way. It is the debut novel from Stephanie Rose and has paved the way for her a bright future in the book world. 

“Slow and steady wins the race, but keeping it slow and steady hadn’t done much for me in my life so far.”

Samantha watched the love of her life walk away and then she settled.  Her love life is now a dead end with a capital M. She’s done her best to be the steady hand and keep her family together. But, as things change in her life, there is still one uncharted path that she always wishes she could have taken. 

“Lucas Hunter’s notice Samantha O’Rourke’s, but sometimes they mess up and let them go.”

Lucas is the one that got away. Devilishly handsome, sweet, and charming.  He is witness to the adage “don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone”.  On the outside he has it all. But, he is lacking the one thing that will make his life complete.

Samantha and Lucas have a history. But, they haven’t interacted with or spoken to each other much in recent years. This is about to change.  There is no doubt that a force higher than us continues to cause Lucas and Samantha to cross paths. They are compatible in every way, when they were younger and now. Always You takes us on a journey to explore the complexities of their connection. With each turn of the page we are allowed to relive moments from the past as we fall harder for Lucas and Samantha. Each time they are together in the present we trip over our own feet trying to watch too closely, as if doing so would increase their chances of begin together.  We are given the perfect story. The perfect guy, the perfect girl. And…the perfect ending!

“Alright, Pandora. Game on.”

This book should have initially made me feel like the situation was wrong.  But, all I could think was that it was SO right. And I was screaming, “YES!”  Not only could I feel every single emotion that Lucas and Samantha felt, I shared those emotions. They were intense and unwavering. Boy meets girl and crushes on girl. Girl meets boy and falls in love. Then, sexy, grown man reconnects with woman and is changed.  Sensual and complicated woman becomes reacquainted with the man of her dreams and is allowed to love. Every hot and dirty word from Lucas’s mouth made me savor the moment and race to get to the next scene.  That mixed with his terms of endearment left my insides melted. There were so many moments that were amazingly intense and intimate. I also loved that the other special person in Samantha’s life was a very integral part of the story. She was fun, witty, and affectionate.  The character personalities coupled with Author Stephanie Rose’s fluent style of writing made this a story that should not be missed.

“You’re my favorite part of every day.”


“Shit, Sam! Baby Girl, are you okay?”

God, please no. Calling me Baby Girl now was like sticking a knife directly into my already broken heart. Lucas lifted me off the ground to help me stand. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. I always loved when he did that, but now it hurt like hell. It was torturous, but I let myself feel him one last time. I wanted to remember the way he smelled, how his arms felt like home—but he wasn’t my home anymore, and it killed me to know that.

I pushed out of his hold and looked at his face. His beautiful face. His blue eyes were still glassy, but they were red now. I didn’t want to believe what I saw. I wanted to look at the unshed tears growing in Lucas’s eyes and think it meant he really loved me, and he would never ever hurt me.

I saw an empty cab coming up the block and raised my arm to hail it. I must’ve fallen hard as blood trickled down my wrist when I held my hand up. The cab slowed to a stop and I headed to the curb where it waited. I willed myself to stop crying at least until I got inside.

Lucas grabbed my arm again, shaking his head. “You can’t leave like this.” His voice was cracking. “I need you, I love you. You know me, Sam.”

I shook my head sadly. “No. No, I don’t.”

5 Stars

About Stephanie Rose

Stephanie 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
After spending most of her youth watching soaps, Stephanie has an obsession with angsty drama and hot romance.
She's excited to finally bring the characters she's been dreaming about to life!

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