Always by Kindle Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 heartfelt stars!
When kindred souls meet, they are destined to be together, always.
This is one of the most beautiful romances I have read in a long time. Avery and Kane have a forever kind of love. Always starts dramatically in present day, then takes us on a whirlwind journey of 40 years of love and romance. We go back to the very beginning. Where it first began in Minnesota.
Avery Adams is on track to be the next senator of Minnesota. His family has a strong political history and he is following in their footsteps. While going to a popular restaurant, he meets the man who will change his life forever. From the moment they meet, Avery knows there is something about Kane Dalton. He can’t take his eyes off of him.
“You’re beautiful. That was my only thought when I looked at you in the restaurant on that first day. You took my breath away. You stole my words. I couldn’t speak.”
Kane Dalton comes from a family of devout Christians, his father is a pastor. Although Kane is estranged from his family, he still loves them. His beliefs have been engraved in him since he was a child. He has morals, he still believes, but his beliefs conflict with who he is. The more he is with Avery, the more Avery convinces him that they are right. There is nothing wrong about their love. They were meant to be together.
“Avery, my God doesn’t believe in us,” Kane said.
“But he does. I know he does. I know you’re meant for me. I know you’re the other half of my soul. We are meant to be together.”
Avery has many tough choices to make early on in their relationship. Although he has a supportive mother and friends, America isn’t really ready for an openly gay politician. Especially one who isn’t willing to hide who he is or his partner. Avery and Kane go through their fair share of obstacles as time goes on, but they always remember what is most important in life. Each other.
When it comes to Kane and Avery, I can’t even begin to tell you which man I loved more. I immediately felt connected to the both of them. They were different, but both so amazing in their own ways. Avery was the outgoing, handsome and confident man. Kane was a little more reserved and almost shy at times, but he was the sweetest man. I loved them separate, but most of all I loved them together. Even though they started out with a little insta-love, it worked. It worked because their feelings were real and they worked at their relationship. Everything felt real and after the beginning I never felt that things moved too fast between them.
I’ve read my fair share of m/m books, and this was an exceptional one. I don’t want to say this is one of the best m/m books I’ve read lately, even though it is. I want to say it is one of the best romances I’ve read lately. Even friends that don’t read m/m, I’ve been recommending this to them. Kane and Avery’s love was unconditional and timeless. I was moved by this story. It was heartfelt, beautiful and emotional. The writing was superb. The ending left me in tears, it was heart wrenching, but it showed how meant to be they were. This is a story I would recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful romance story.
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Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn't even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton's life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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