Monday, January 23, 2017

AotM ~ Always You by Aimee Nicole Walker ~ (Review+Giveaway)

Title: Always You 
Series: (Fated Hearts #6)
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Release date: June 14, 2016
Page count: 221


I’d often felt lost in the shadow of my older brother, Sebastian Blake. People either ran from me in fear or tried to use me to get to him. In my struggle to forge my own path, I’d taken a wrong turn a time or two, which nearly cost me my life. It’s true that what doesn’t kill you can make you stronger, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t filled with self-doubt and questioned my worthiness of being loved. 

The minute I met Tomas Sarantos, I knew there was something special between us. I felt a connection to him that I’d never felt with anyone else, but I sadly watched the heat fade from his eyes the minute he learned who I was. My only choices were to accept his offer of friendship or nothing at all. 

Tom became the best friend I’d ever had and I fell deeper in love with him every day. I died a little bit inside every time he talked about the love he was hoping to find and the family he wanted to have with someone else. My heart screamed at me to tell him that his search was over and that I was right there in front of him. Yet, I held my tongue and battled myself daily for over a year to hide my feelings from him. I lacked the courage to make a move, no matter how tired I was of denying my feelings for him.


I finally had everything I’d dreamed of when I accepted the position of CFO at Blake Industries – well, almost everything. I still hadn’t found the man I wanted to build a life with, until I met Wesley King. He was everything I ever wanted, but he was also the one I could never have. Dating in the workplace was risky enough, but falling in love with the CEO’s only brother was professional suicide. Too bad my heart wasn’t in agreement. 

Wesley became the most important person in my life, the one I shared everything with except the one thing I wanted to give him – my heart. For an entire year, I tried to talk myself out of loving him and focused my efforts on finding someone attainable. I probably set a world record for dating disasters and all that I accomplished was to make me want Wesley even more.

Then life threw me a curveball and made me reevaluate everything. I could either take a chance that Wesley still felt the spark I once saw in him or continue on being miserable in the “friend zone.” It would either be the happiest time of my life or the most mortifying, but I’d never know unless I tried.

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Always You is the sixth book in the Fated Hearts series. It can be read as part of the series or as a standalone novel. Always You also includes the return of Sebastian and Adam Blake from the novel Only You. 

This book contains sexually explicit materials and is only intended for adults 18 and older. 

Always You is book 6 in the Fated Heart Series. It can technically be read as a standalone, although some of the series beloved couples show up here. If possible, though, I recommend you at least read Only You, which is not part of the series, but features Sebastian, who is Wesley's brother, since he and his husband Adam are featured in this book.

Tom has been in love with Wesley since he saw him for the first time, but after learning he is his new boss' younger brother, he realizes nothing will ever come out of it, so he settles for the next best thing and becomes Wesley's best friend.

Wesley isn't too happy to be relegated to the dreaded 'friend zone', but he lacks the courage to discover if Tom might be interested in him and risk losing his friendship. Seeing Tom date other men, no matter how disastrous most of those dates are is slowly killing him, though.

When life throws a curveball at him, Tom decides to finally put it all on the line and show Wesley all his cards. This might be either the best or worst idea he's ever had in his life, but he's got to at least give it a try.

I really liked Tom. He was funny, relatable and reliable. His disastrous dates were too much fun to read. I liked Wes, too, even if his self-sabotaging at the beginning of the story got a bit on my nerves. They had great chemistry and there's no denying Aimee Nicole Walker writes very hot sex scenes.

I loved the parts with both their families, although they kind of sabotaged Tom and Wes' relationship a bit, too. It was obvious it was all done out of love, but really, those two needed help getting together, not to have their families meddling and messing with a good thing, even if it made for an entertaining read.

While some parts of the book were light and fun, there was also some angst as Aimee Nicole Walker delved into some serious themes weaving them flawlessly and respectfully into the main storyline.

All in all, another enjoyable book in this series, filled with fun, tears, jealousy and a lot of love and passion. Very recommendable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

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  1. i just love her stories and the men she writes about

  2. Aimee is a new-to-me author, but her list of books looks really interesting, especially the Curl Up and Dye series as I love a good mystery.

  3. I love the Curl Up and Dye series. Hot guys with a bit of mystery.

  4. I enjoyed the stories Aimee writes and I also the amazing characters that written so well.

  5. Thank you for the review. I haven't had the chance to read a book by this author yet. Her standalones are appealing to me at the moment. Her entire backlist sounds good.

  6. I have enjoyed the Fated Hearts Series but now I am totally hooked on the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries! I absolutely love Josh, Gabe and Savage! Thank you!

    1. I love the fiercely independent Josh and how protective Gabe is. They just work together and I love it.

  7. I haven't read any yet, so don't yet have a favorite