Monday, January 22, 2018

ARC Review: Always My Girl by Samantha Chase

Always My Girl
The Shaughnessy Brothers #3
ARC Edition, 352 pages
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: July 5th 2016

Book #3 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's dazzling new series.
The Shaughnessy Brother you've been waiting for!

Sometimes the love that's closest to you is the hardest to see.

Quinn Shaughnessy's two older brothers have found their true loves ... but Quinn's not about to join that parade. Nope, as he tells his best friend Anna, there's a lot more to life than getting tied down to one person. He's positive tomboy Anna will be on his side - except she's inexplicably developing other interests - even dating! Suddenly Quinn is seeing Anna in a very different light.

Quinn has been Anna's buddy since they were both five years old. She can tell him anything - except the one big secret she's been hiding for years - that she's fallen in love with him. Now Anna is determined to make a life for herself that doesn't include pining for Quinn. Falling in love with your best friend? Easy. Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.
Reese's Review:
After reading Love Walks In the second book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series I knew I needed to find a way to get my hands on Always My Girl. I’ve read a couple books prior to this series by Samantha Chase so I knew I could count on her to give me an interesting story.

We met Quinn and Anna in the previous books, so I was doing a happy dance when I learned they were getting their own story. Quinn and Anna have been best friends since Anna moved in across the street. Anna has been in love with Quinn for a long time, but Quinn… well he doesn’t really see her as anything more than a friend. Until he sees her in a bikini and then everything changes. Now Quinn is fighting his attraction for Anna and Anna is trying to both move on from Quinn and become his dream girl.

Quinn doesn’t believe in settling down and being with one woman for the rest of his life. When he finally sees Anna in a more than best friend light though everything begins to change for him. When Anna starts dating he starts to get jealous and when she backs off from their friendship to try and gain perspective on what she wants he begins to see how important she is to him. Now he’s the thing; Quinn is a huge freaking douche a lot of the book. He does try to be good with Anna and I really think he cares about her, but he is still kind of a rude a lot of the times. He gets really upset when he starts changing to be a better person and everyone continues to call him out on his crap-which is understandable, but he really goes about fixing his misdeeds in a poopy way.

Anna has wanted Quinn since before she started liking boys and everyone but Quinn knows it. I was a bit back and forth on Anna because she kept going from “I want to find my own way away from Quinn” to being “I’m going to be Quinn’s dream girl.” I felt she was better than that and it made me just sad for her. She ended up better for it in the end, but it was sad all the stuff she put herself through to be barely noticed by Quinn.

Overall the book was OK. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. Best friends who fall in love story, if you’re looking for a fluffy story with alright characters and a somewhat overdone plot this is the book for you. I usually enjoy Samantha Chase’s books, but this was a bit of a let down.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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