Always by Sarah Jio is a romance novel that deals with love, heartbreak, and shows that the heart never allows you to forget who you really love.
The main character is Kailey Crane and she living with a man named Ryan. They are serious and are planning a wedding. As the story goes on, we find that while Kailey and Ryan get along well, there is something missing. They just don’t seem to be as in love as would be expected from two people who are getting married. They each seem consumed with their jobs and their romance just isn’t the stuff that makes a good romance novel.
In comes Cade McAllister. He is a homeless man who the couple encounters while out to dinner one night. Upon further glance, Kailey realizes that the homeless man is none other than Cade, her long lost love. Kailey and Cade had a wonderous, magical romance back in the day until one day, Cade disappeared. Kailey never knew what happened to him until now. Gone is the uber successful and handsome man she loved in her past life, and he is replaced with a man who is broken, down on his luck, and a shell of who he once was.
The book alternates between present day and Kailey and Ryan’s life together and the past where Kailey and Cade exist as a couple. As the book continues on, we find out what caused Cade’s life to spiral out of control and we also find out where Kailey’s heart truly lies..and with whom.
The story was an interesting one and I loved how it alternated between the past and the present. However, it felt a bit sappy to me. I won’t spoil the mystery of Cade’s disappearance and his apparent fall from society but I will say that it was kind of…shall I say it? Soap Opera-ish. And then Kailey’s struggles between the two men(not a spoiler, it is evident this will be a central theme from the story if you just read the blurb), is kind of eh. They make Ryan out to be such an unlikeable character(in my opinion) that you just want her to be with someone else just because its emphasized so much that they don’t have that magic spark and that its a relationship of comfort, not true love. Its pretty cookie cutter and the ending is pretty predictable. The main part that I thought would be interesting is when we find out what leads up to Cade’s disappearance. And I will just say that part fell flat and we waited too long to hear who was involved only to be let down by what we find out. I give this book a 3/5 stars. Solid, quick read but a bit sappy and predictable.
I was given the opportunity to review this book when I received a free e-book advance review copy from NetGalley and Ballantine Books. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is set to be released February 7, 2017 so be on the lookout!