Always My Own (Tawdra Kandle)


***This is the rest of the story . . . what happened to Trent and Elizabeth after Underneath My Christmas Tree ended. ***  

When Elizabeth Hudson and Trent Wagoner met on a Christmas tree lot in Florida, sparks flew, igniting a fire they both thought would burn for a long time.

The problem with fires is that sometimes people get hurt. In this case, both Elizabeth and Trent end up burnt when an impulsive decision results in long-term repercussions.

Trent, still dealing with the aftermath of a painful situation in his hometown of Burton, struggles with the feelings he has for Elizabeth. He’s not sure that committing to her is a good idea when everything he touches seems to end badly.

Elizabeth took a risk when she moved to Burton for Trent. Now she’s stuck in a job she’s not sure she likes, living with people she doesn’t know, in love with a man who may not be capable of the forever she craves.

When it seems as if hope has died . . . there’s always love.

This was my third book by Tawdra Kandle, and my second one in this new trilogy. I’ve previously read The Last One and Always For You, and the last one left me curious to Trent story, so I was happy to finally read about him. And I didn’t read their previous short story, but I didn’t miss it either, because the events that happened before are quite well explained throughout this book.

Like the other books in these series, the story takes place in the small town of Burton, and I really liked how all the previous people in the other books have important roles – I still need to read the last 2 books of The One Trilogy.

I really liked the writing on this one, I’ve been liking it more as the books go by. The only thing that I had a small problem with was the repetition. Several events and how they unfolded are mentioned several times, but they’re also described in detail several times, and I didn’t think that was needed. A thorough description once would have been enough, even if it was mentioned several times after.

The characters were interesting, especially Trent. Elizabeth had some depth to her, and she had a lot of character growth. Their romance is slightly different from the couples in the other books, since they start the book married already, and not sure they can find their way to each other again.

I liked the overall plot of them finding acceptance in each other and in others, given how the whole town treated Trent, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.

In the end, I really enjoyed this book. I think that my favorite parts are seeing all the gang from the previous ones coming together 🙂 .


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 Last One (Tawdra Kandle)


Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.  

Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.  

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.  

Nobody ever said love was simple.

Hello, welcome back to another book review!!! I find that I’m really into the New Adult genre since the last month, and this books is yet another one that I got approved for through Netgalley.

I had a few problems with the writing at the beginning of the book, unfortunately. I found it really descriptive, way more than needed be, and it took me a while to get really into it. Once I got used to the type of narration, the book flowed well and fast. Heck, I finished in under 24 hours.

About the characters, I liked both Meghan and Sam, but sometimes I just wanted to slap the hell out of them – more Sam than Meghan. I understood why he was “angry” at her and why he wanted to keep his distance, but on 2 occasions, the things he said? NOT COOL!!! Like, at all! But once they get over it, and he gives in to her, the romance is nice and hot and steamy.

Meghan fits in nicely in the farm and small town life, and it feels organic in a way that neither of them has to go out of their way for them to be together and happy. The romance is nicely done, and we can see them crumbling under each other and starting to have feelings way deeper than the occasional fling that they set out to have. But hey, everyone sees it, even them.

Warning though, this is a New Adult book, and it has a lot of sexy times – it’s not overbearingly explicit, but it’s enough. Speaking of those times, these two seem averse at having intimate moments inside four wall… seriously people! The guy owns a farm, a barn, 2 trucks, a stand, did I mention a house? Yet, they end up having sex on the side of the road, near the river, on the middle of the woods, river again… oh wow… Still, the chemistry is very much there and it makes it a pleasurable read.

The plot was predictable enough, though – again – it was nice.

All and all, this was a nice read, but it didn’t go for more than that for me. I had a few troubles getting into the writing, I couldn’t connect to the characters 100% and the plot hold no big surprises for me, so I give it a solid 3 stars. *by the way, sorry for the amount of times I used “nice” in this review*

I am interested in reading the next novel in this series, which focus on Sam’s younger sister and her romance with the father of her 8 y.o. daughter. This book gave clues enough for me to be interested and I really liked Ali as a character. I also want to see how Meghan and Sam are moving forward.