Always For You (Tawdra Kandle)


Maureen Evans has had a crush on Smith Harrington since they were in college together. She always knew he didn’t see her as anything more than his best friend—just one of the guys—but that didn’t stop her from weaving sexy fantasies about him.

Now, after years of maintaining a long-distance friendship, Smith’s moving to Burton, Georgia, Maureen’s hometown, to become her partner at the veterinary clinic. After all this time, she should be able to handle working with him without getting hot and bothered.

Or maybe not.

The more determined Maureen is to maintain their just-friends bond, the more Smith seems intent on testing those boundaries. And when flirting crosses the line into something more, it ends in a night neither of them can forget.

When friendship is no longer enough, there’s always love.

A couple of months ago, I reviewed another book by Tawdra Kandle, The Last One, to which I gave 3 stars. The Last One was the first book of the The One Trilogy, what I didn’t realize was that this book right here, Always For You, the first one of the Always Love Trilogy, was intimately connected to that other series. So when Meghan – the main character from The Last One – appeared, it gave me all sort of feelings. Even if The Last One was not my favorite read, I did get attached to the characters, and I just loved getting to see them all again, and see how their lives were going. It also made me want to read all the other books in the series soon, because I’m so curious about all the couples.

This time I actually enjoyed the writing, it flowed well and simply, enough that I read the book in one sitting.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the 2 main characters. I do love a story of best friends in love, I’m a sucker for them actually, but Maureen and Smith were frustrating at times, mainly Maureen. Even when it was clear to all the freaking town how Smith felt about her, she was still doubting it so much because she felt that no one could love her… I mean… NO!!! Girl, the guy was practically throwing himself at you by this point in the story… oh well.

The romance is a a burn so slow, too slow, but it’s kind of nice too. Because they are friends, and because Smith ends up making friends with all the gang from the previous books too, and they have a huge weight on the story. And because Smith spends the whole book trying to prove how much he loves Maureen… it’s sweet. I even shed a tear or two (but to be fair, it was not because of them… damn you Meghan and Sam…).

All in all, it was a fun and sweet read, for a night I just needed something quick and with a happy ending :).

The Friends Book Tag


Hey! Saturday again, which means it’s time for another book tag! Today I’ll be tackling The Friends Book Tag, and I was tagged by Deanna @A Novel Glimpse – thank you Deanna and people, go check out her blog. I love Friends :D, I’ve seen all seasons 3 years ago and totally fell in love with it.

The One Where Eddie Won’t Go – a character I wish would just go away:

Oh, we’re starting well here… I’m going to have to say Agatha from Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. If you read the book, chances are you’ll agree with this.


The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break – favorite break up scene:

First of all, I do they they were on a break, and I even wrote a post about it… a long time ago. And favorite how? I can only think of sad break ups, because I’m usually rooting for the couple breaking up, I guess. Ok, I got one happy one :D. Juliette and Adam’s break up in Unravel Me… 😀 😀 😀 – that one made me happy!

The One With All The Kissing – a book with lots of kissing:

This one is funny! Most of romances end up having a lot of kissing, right? And I have to be honest that I’m kind of tempted to use Carry On again, but I won’t. Instead I’ll say Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown, that had a LOT of kissing and it’s so good!

The Last One – favorite series finale:

Hmmmm, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, was the perfect ending for The Infernal Devices trilogy.



The One With a Blackout – a scene I’d like to forget:

There’s a scene in Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier that totally broke me. Actually, there are several scenes in this book that I would like to pretend never happened, even though they’re super important and they made me ache and they’re so good. One is on April’s front door and other is in Jonah’s bedroom, and if you read this book, you know what I’m talking about.

The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry – a book that did not make you as emotional as others:

I do get emotional on books, even if they don’t make me cry, I usually end up caring deeply for the characters. Well, when I finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, I didn’t exactly care… the story was sad, and I liked the book, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in it.

The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food – a book you won’t ever lend:

Probably my new The Mortal Instruments books. They are NEW, as in, not even I have opened them, so they will probably never be opened by someone other than me. I wouldn’t mind lending the original ones, if I had to though.


The One With the Thumb – a recent read that you would give two thumbs up to:

Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind was such a fantastic read, I would urge anyone into the New Adult genre to pick this one up, it’s a delight. I laughed and cried and I loved it!


The One With the Ick Factor – a book with a pet peeve:

I’m gonna say one that really bothered me for the past 2 days: over-discription. Yep people, there’s a thing when something is described above the point or normalcy. I’m currently 40% in The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, and Oh My GOD dude, I don’t really need to know every single thing that goes into an 1900’s automobile… I really don’t! (I do now!)

The One With The Lesbian Wedding – favorite LGBTQ book couple:

This will be a toss between Simons, which means I’m saying Simon and Blue from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) and Simon and Baz from Carry On (Rainbow Rowell). They are just both too awesome for words!

And I’m done. Now I’m gonna tag: