I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Always You by Samantha Young
Series: Adair Family #3
on April 26, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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Arrochar Adair has loved her brother’s ex-bodyguard and best friend, Mac Galbraith, for years. Once upon a time, she was too young for him, but now that she’s a mature woman in her thirties, Arro can see no issue with their difference in age. Yet something deeper, a problem much more difficult to surmount, is keeping them apart.
Mac Galbraith remembers clearly the night Arro became everything to him, no longer just his best friend and boss’s younger sister. However, having made many mistakes over the years, there is one mistake Mac is determined not to make: to believe that he is worthy of Arrochar Adair. Allowing them to grow closer during his daughter, Robyn’s, return has proven his undoing. And when Arro forces the subject of their relationship, his response pushes her away. He just never meant for it to destroy them completely.
Devastated by Mac’s final rejection, Arro is determined to move on without him in her life, though he seems intent on staying put. And when the Adair family face a new threat, one that may have ties to Mac’s past, Arro can’t seem to be rid of the man. In fact, Mac will do anything to protect her.
But with so much hurt between them, will Arro let Mac close enough to guard her from their enemy… before it’s too late?
I was not sure how much I’d enjoy this one. So far all the romances in this series have been older men with younger women, which is not my cup of tea. But, Samantha Young writes romance in a way I always get hooked into the story. Even so, it was still hard for me to get into Mac, because up till now, he’s been the dad figure, even if he was young, 15 years old, when he actually became a dad, and is in this story still younger than me.
But overlooking my issues, the story was very good. As to be expected by this author. It was easy to understand Arro’s reasons for not giving Mac another chance at first. I mean it was like 3 times he had turned her away. Two of them after really kind of giving her mixed signals. Mac, yeah, it makes sense why he at first was unsure, I mean the younger sister of his best friend. Basically about the same age, if even younger than his own daughter. Things I loved about the story though are how Mac chose to work on himself by going to therapy. I like how we got a really good glimpse into that. Actually made me think about going back myself for my own issues.
More than the emotional relationship part of the story though was all the kind of action and mystery. Young does a great job at throwing that in when you least expect it or have decided it is finally going to just concentrate on the relationship. But I knew better, I was sure that what seemed to be the final answer to who was leaving the notes wasn’t going to be the end-all final solution to the problem. While I had a few guesses as to how it would go, I was still kept actually guessing until close to the end. And I like that in a mystery type of story!
For some reason I thought this would be a trilogy, but then I realized that there are two more brothers that we need stories for, so I’m glad to know we are not done hearing from this family yet.