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There are some hard times for them all especially who grew up with only his dad for most of his life so their bond is stronger then most, he also happens to adore Shayla and thinks she's perfect for his son if only he'd tell her....
Not to spoil it for readers but CC Monroe has done her self proud for her first book she has so much to give and I know there's more to come.
Firstly let me start by saying this is a debut author and OMG the book is totally amazing. It is a book that I felt an emotional connection to with the two main characters mother's being absent from their lives and generally not feeling loved by them, Trey's mother especially having a knock on effect that nobody should have to feel.
The book is based around a close knit group of family some by blood others by an amazingly strong friendship with some major ups and downs to conquer. The banter between them all is a major part of the groups dynamic and the sex scenes are sizzling hot!
Shayla Donovan and one of her best friends Lana have just graduated and the book starts with her father & her brother Kingston being there to show their support as always her mother is nowhere in sight. But her and her brother's best friend Trey Adams is also there, Shayla has had a massive crush on Trey for years but kept it to herself. Her & Lana have a future planned out to open a fashion boutique so they and are moving to Seattle by Kingston & Trey. Her feelings for Trey get stronger but he is way out of her league based on his social status and sexual experience. He also a revolving door for women and a problem with commitment. Shayla can see Trey for the loveable person he really is and helps him learn that he can be loved unconditionally whilst he brings out her more confident side.
Trey Adams is really close to his father, loves music and owns a studio with Kingston. He’s had his fair share of partying and picking up random girls but he wants something more in his life. The thought of love scares him because of the way his mother treated his father. There is one person he has his sights set on and that's one of his best friend's Shayla. When it comes to Shayla he's possessive and obsessed with her but he doesn't know if he can give her the love she deserves. Plus the fact she has no clue how he feels about her. Trey is such an emotional person on the inside with the exterior look of a bad boy. He loves Shayla with all his heart with her love being returned, love can conquer both of their insecurities making them both better people.
Through the book you get an insight into Lana who is an emotional mess & Kingston 'The shark in the bedroom & gentleman at dinner'.
They are going to need each other more than either of them bargained for in the second book Always Us.
Trey Adams wants Shayla so badly it hurts, and he can no longer stand to one side anymore. Claiming her for his own is everything he has ever dreamed of and more. But when jealousy raises its head, Shayla worries that Trey's past will destroy their future. Abandoned by his cruel mother when he was eight, Trey and his dad have the closest relationship and his dad worries that Trey will lose Shayla because of his issues. Throw in the tense atmosphere between Lana and Kingston, and the atmosphere is becoming very difficult. But life is never simple. And when things take a turn for the worst, can Shayla and Trey be there for each other at their time of need?
ALWAYS THE ONE by C.C. Monroe is the first book in the Always and Forever Series, and Shayla and Trey's story will continue in the second book. This erotic tale is a story of friendship and love and having to fight for what you want. Watching Trey and Shayla's friendship become more was lovely, and their chemistry is off the charts. And Lana and Kingston's troubled relationship also adds an extra element to the story that just works. Sometimes Shayla's naivete got on my nerves, I still liked her as a character. The sex scenes are steamy and intense if a little cringe at times. Overall I enjoyed ALWAYS THE ONE by C.C. Monroe and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
*Book received from A4Alpha B4Books in exchange for an honest review
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This story - the cover & blurb sucked me in. I was super excited about this one! It turned out not to be exactly what I was expecting, but it's still a very good story! Told in alternate Trey & Shayla POV's, but we also get glimpses into Kingston & Lana, who will have their own book later, I believe. This whole group have been BFF's since childhood, and have all had stronger feelings for one another about that long, but due to circumstances not being right, they haven't made the leap until just recently. This story takes us through the beginnings of these transitions.
It wasn't as light of a read as I was expecting. There is a lot of drama going on! There is a lot of humor, too, and as I said, Trey & Shayla have a very sweet relationship. They're protective of each other & you can definitely feel their chemistry. There are some things I saw coming, and some well-kept surprises!
The things I didn't like about the story I won't share because they would be spoilers. I'll just say that there were some "wrong turns" for me as a reader, which made this a slower read (as in the amount of time it took me personally to read it, not story wise). At the end of the day, however, I DO recommend this book, definitely, because I enjoyed it & am looking forward to and planning on reading future books in the series.
This book is about the love that has formed over the years between best friends and the struggles that they each face when they take their relationship to the next level. Those insecurities and pains that weighs on one's heart doesn't have the same effect when you are "just friends" but when love is involved it takes it to a whole new level. For Trey that pain lies in his fear of abandonment. His love for Shayla almost crippled him to the point of self-destruction. Shayla has issues and fears of her own but she is one strong woman.
This story is mainly about Trey and Shayla but it also opens up the relationship between Shayla's best friend Lana and Shayla's brother Kingston, who is also Trey's best friend and business partner. Kingston and Lana's relationship is explosive and I'm anxious to see where it goes in future books.
I love watching this story evolve. The characters were so real and relatable. The chemistry between Trey and Shayla was off the charts hot and you could feel the love they had for each other. Be prepared for some very intense moments.
This book ends on a cliffhanger that has me biting my nails wanting more. Five fantastic stars!
I FLOVED it!! So darn much!!
Always The One is the debut novel by C.C. Monroe and you would never know it! This book grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let up until the last page. Trey and Shayla had such an obvious and beautiful connection and it was wonderful to see it all play out. The author's style of writing is flawless and was wonderfully edited. I was so enamored by all of the characters, and even the smallest of characters were beautifully portrayed. I loved the "in the background" relationship of Layla & Kings. And I cannot wait for their story.
Go buy this book. RIGHT NOW! You will not be disappointed.
If you're looking for a book with a strong female lead, a hot as hell alpha male, who also isn't afraid to show his sensitive side and vulnerability. If you want to laugh, cry, and wake your husband up to show him how much you loved this book, this is the one for you!!
I really enjoyed this book. There is so much chemistry between these characters and you also get the usual ups and downs that every book needs to be great. The book started getting even better for me as I worked my way to the end because I felt the suspense starting to build more when certain things were happening with different characters. I am looking forward to the next book to enjoy much more of these characters. I REALLY can’t wait to get to know more about Kingston and Lana. I know they weren’t the main characters in this one, but I confess, there were a few moments when I wanted to lock Trey and Shayla in a room and let Kings and L come out to play :)