Sunday, February 8, 2015

{Review} Ever Always by Diana Gardin

Ever Always by Diana Gardin
Published: January 13th, 2015 by Forever Yours
Series: A Nelson Island Novella #2
Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 25,000 words

Hunter Waters has loved only one woman for his entire life.

Unfortunately she's his brother's girlfriend, Ever Allen. Hunter isn't the kind of guy to betray family, but when his brother Sam has to leave town and asks Hunter to look after her, the feelings he's fought for years can no longer be buried.

Ever can't think of a time when both Waters brothers hadn't been watching her back. Sam's boldness had charmed her, but now Hunter's quiet, steady strength makes her feel safe for the first time in her crazy, messed-up life. But how can she choose between the only two people in the world to have cared about her? How can she live with loving one brother if it means breaking the other's heart?

I was really excited to read this book, but unfortunately, I just did not like it.  I thought that the cover was absolutely beautiful and the synopsis sounded really interesting, especially because I kind of like love triangles, but it was not executed great.  Before I get into my review, I do need to state that this is the second book in a series and that I did not read the first book.  It was not clearly stated that it was in a series, none-the-less being the second in the series.  So I would probably not have requested this book if I would have knew that, but I do feel like this book is able to be read without reading the first book, but you will miss out on the character development of Sam (one of the brothers). 

I thought that the writing was okay, but not the best.  The pacing in the book was actually pretty good and I never found the book dragging until about 75% of the way through.  I feel like the storyline of the book was not executed well.  It is kind of a touchy subject having the main female protagonist fall in love with two brothers.  The way the romance comes about made me really not like the romance in this book.  To put it bluntly, I felt like the relationship with Ever and Hunter (other brother) was horribly wrong and both of them were douches for it. 

The characters were not very well developed and they were all annoying.  Ever was really needy and helpless the entire book.  I felt like she fell into the stereotypical girl who cannot take care of herself and completely relies on a man to hold her up.  I didn’t mind Hunter, but I did get tired of hearing his ramblings about how guilty he felt and then about how he was so attracted to Ever within the same sentence.  The guilt never felt sincere….really on either Ever’s or Hunter’s part.  I also had a huge problem with the end of this book because it felt like the Gardin wanted to have all loose ends tie up perfectly, which I think is impossible for this book.  Not everyone can be happy at the end, I don’t care if all of the characters find love…there was major betrayal that would take longer than 3 months to heal from.

With that being said, I am not going to continue on with this series.  I really wish that I would have enjoyed it more, but I could not get past the problems I had with this book.  I just feel like there are other New Adult books that have better characters, as well as a good story plot. 


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