Posted in July Book Reviews

Always My Girl by Samantha Chase

alwaysmygirl

 

Falling in love with your best friend? Easy.
Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.

Quinn Shaughnessy believes there’s a lot more to life than romance, and he always thought his best friend Anna agreed. But now she’s coming out of her shell and dating…and Quinn starts seeing her in a very different light.

Anna can tell Quinn anything, except the big secret she’s been hiding for years-that she’s fallen in love with him. Now Anna is deter mined to make a life for herself that doesn’t include hopeless pining. But just as she’s ready to move on, Quinn seems determined not to let go-and the way he’s looking at her might be enough to finally change them from best friends to best everything.

Okay, fan girl moment here. I freaking LOVE Samantha Chase. I really don’t know what it is exactly, but I just think she is awesome and I have loved every book of hers that I have gotten to read. I think it might be because I always feel like she focuses on the actual love story and I really admire that.

This book is the latest in Shaughnessy Brothers series. This time around, we get to spend more time with Anna and Quinn. As a side note, I really enjoy series that follow a particular family. So I really admire what Samantha has done with this series, in regards to following each family member (so far). Its nice to not lose past characters that you’ve fallen in love with.

Anna and Quinn have been best friends since they were little. From day one, its been Quinn and Anna as buddies and nothing more. As time went on, however, Anna developed feelings for Quinn but she never acted on them. The only person who was unaware of Anna’s feelings are Quinn. Everyone else can see it very clearly.

Quinn is, to me, sort of a quintessential guy who doesn’t know much about women. He normally “dates” women who look like playboy playmates, but its never anything serious. So when he sees Anna in a bikini at his brother’s wedding, he initially doesn’t even realize that its Anna (she is wearing a hat at the time). In those moments, he starts to see Anna as a woman and not just his tomboy best friend.

One thing that I really liked about this book, and I am not sure if this was intentional or just my feelings as the story progressed, but I found Quinn to be fairly unlikable in the beginning of this story. I didn’t hate him, but I found him somewhat insufferable. He was just acting like such a brat sometimes. And for a grown man, that seemed just foolish.

As the story continues, we get to see Quinn growing and maturing. This was actually my favorite component of this book. Yes, we do see Anna and Quinn’s love story, but really, we are watching Quinn’s growth. Anna is changing too, but she isn’t going through some of the changes and enlightenment that Quinn is.

I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book in the Shaughnessy family series!

Buy it here: Samantha Chase “Always My Girl”

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