09 November 2011

REVIEW: Always You by Karen Stivali

always you
Karen Stivali
ISBN #: 9781419935107
Publisher Name:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing Company
Date Released:  September 2011
Genre:  Erotica/Contemporary
Book Format:  eBook


BACK COVER BLURB:

When Shari discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she lets the wedding go on according to plan. Except while everyone else is at the church, Shari is heading to the airport to fly off on her honeymoon with her best friend, Jon.
Jon is only too happy to help Shari escape what he knew would have been an awful marriage. Plus he’s thrilled by the prospect of time alone with her in a tropical paradise. He’s always loved her, and desired her as a lot more than a friend.


A steamy, romantic night on the beach turns into a whirlwind of desire as they take their friendship to multiple new levels of passion. But when Shari’s apologetic ex tries to win her back, she must choose between the life she thought she was going to have with him and the possibility of love with Jon.


COVER SNARK:
I don’t like Ellora’s Cave covers. They are blah and they've been in the business long enough where they could be a little different. Also the couple on the cover is pasty white and they're supposed to be in Aruba. I know I'm picky, but still.


FIRST LINES:
Jon raced Shari down the hallway of the hotel, feeling as if they were back in college again. The keycard jammed the first two times he shoved it into the door.


LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
Don't tar and feather me in the comments, but sometimes a girl is in need of some light and fluffy erotica. Whenever I get that need, I turn to a book from Ellora's Cave. I don't generally categorize a publisher, but there is something about Ellora's Cave books. They're not always deep, but whenever I'm in the mood for some light, fluffy quick erotica, I turn to Ellora's Cave.

ALWAYS YOU was one of those books you read for a quick pick me up. ALWAYS YOU is a novella that I breezed through. Even though the heroine Shari was somewhat oblivious for my tastes, I liked her. I think that was because I was so that girl back in the day. I seriously had no clue that guys were into me and thought we were just friends. Now that I'm older, it's embarrassing for me to realize how many opportunities I passed up because I was such a dingbat.

The relationship between Shari and Jon was straightforward and pretty close to what was describe on the back cover blurb with some great steamy encounters that were not just about being erotic but showed the characters personality as well as having quite a bit of emotion in them as well. This is something I don't always find when reading Ellora's Cave's novels. I appreciated that very much. Despite the shot length and ALWAYS YOU being an erotic romance, I totally bought into their happily ever after.

I did have a couple issues that pulled me out of the story, but they were minor but you know me, I'm mentioning them anyway. ALWAYS YOU opens with Shari and Jon arriving to their hotel room drunk and falling asleep in separate beds. What seems like seconds later a drunk Shari is pleasuring herself with Jon hearing her in the next bed. This did not seem plausible. I went back and re-read to see if it was clear that some time had passed before Shari starting umm . . . enjoying herself and it wasn't clearly stated. The same thought occurred to me when Shari and Jon have an encounter on the beach because only moments before they were at a beachfront restaurant. Although they had walked awhile, the prose wasn't clear to me that they were alone enough to have such a encounter. It was little details like that which pulled me out of the story and had me focusing if they were really alone or if this was plausible instead of focusing on the hero and heroine.

Other than that, I enjoyed ALWAYS YOU very much.


WHERE PURCHASED:
Won copy from author in a Twitter contest.


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2 people posted their 2 cents:

MamaKitty said...

I have to say that sometimes I really enjoy light and fluffy so no flamage here. ;)

Looks like a cute read. Putting it on my maybe TBR list. And yes, I actually have one of those. lol

Lynette said...

I'm lazy about my TBR pile. I write stuff down and then forget where I write it. I should put it on a computer file.

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