Always Been You by Sadie Allen is a roller coaster of a ride full of romance, drama and action!
Wow. Wow. Wow! I did not expect this book to be so packed tight of insanity! Sadie Allen does a fantastic job of writing a fantastical tale about a long lost romance, but she throws in some thrills and chills to keep the reader hooked!
I absolutely loved Emma and Braz’s relationship, but Skye was the real winner for me. This teenage girl steals the show, and makes me desperate to grab the next book! Honestly, the wait to pick this book up was SO worth it. I don’t know how, but Sadie has managed to blow my expectations out of the water.
The story follows Emma Taylor coming back to her home town, and her long lost relationship with Braz. The two of them had a bit of a falling out, and now they have a chance to rekindle the flames they built up years earlier in high school. There is a bit of a twist though, Braz had an ex who was the psycho bully back in high school and they share a child together. This story has ups, downs, twists and turns that will leave you breathless and desperate for more! This book is not your typical romance novel!
I think Sadie did really well with this book! I truly only expected some ooey, gooey romance and not the eccentric thrills she added in! That may turn off some romance readers, but for me it added to the epic goodness Sadie has created in this world.
I 100% want to continue reading this series, and I want more by Sadie Allen in general. She’s a very talented writer who manages to surprise me each time I pick up her books. I hope the next book continues Emma and Braz’s story, but I have the feeling it will be another set of characters (since their story ties up nicely in the end).
The only negative thing I could say about this book was that it crosses over genres (and that’s hardly a negative). In my eyes, that might be the only “downfall” for some readers who are expecting purely romance.
If I was to give this book a rating, I would say it’s PG-13 to R rated. There is a scene where someone gets shot, and some suggestive sexual scenes but it’s not insanely graphic. So it lands somewhere between those two ratings.
Five out of five stars!
I received a free copy of this book from the author Sadie Allen in exchange for an honest review.
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Always Been You
by Sadie Allen
Cedar Lake Series, Book 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Design: Oh So Novel
Release Date: July 19, 2018
Emma Taylor ran away from home in a cloud of dust, taking the pieces of her broken heart with her. Fifteen years later, she is back to care for her grieving father and to face the boy who once broke her heart.
Brazos Huntswell was dealt a bad hand. Life hasn’t turned out the way he envisioned it in high school. He’s a single father to a moody teenage girl and trying to make a go of the cattle ranch his father left him.
Trouble is brewing in the town of Cedar Lake, and people are turning up dead. Will Braz and Emma be able to weather the coming storm and take a chance on forever? Or will a ghost from the past destroy that chance… permanently?
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About the Author
Sadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three young children. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.
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