Riley Tanner has a best friend, the best friend a girl could ask for. He's supportive, loyal, honest, trustworthy, kind, and thoughtful. He's also the biggest player in school. Their relationship has always been easy and affectionate, but after Riley's month long vacation, things become a little strange. She starts to look at him in ways that go way beyond the 'friend zone'. Add in her best friend's rival, and things become a whole lot more complicated.
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I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm afraid this book was a huge fail for me, I love the synopsis and the fact the that it was a long friendship that turned into love.
The storyline however was just too much, there was way too many stories going on in one book.
Look, we all have our pet names for people, hell I even call my other half "chick" but throughout the whole book????really????
"Riley Bear" (eye roll) is our MC, her and Clay have been best friends since they were knee high, their parents even think that they will eventually end up together living happily ever after, this is probably why at 16 Riley Bears parents allow her to have Clay stay overnight once a week to watch movies, sleeping in the same bed may I add!!!?????
I mean come on, parents of 16yr old daughters would not allow this, especially with an 18 year old boy with raging hormones, are they stupid or what??
The thing is Clay is not like other boys, oh no, he is a perfect gentleman and treats Riley Bear with the utmost respect (apart from one time copping a feel) even telling his friends to leave her alone!
Oh and what is up with the hickeys ?? Nobody does that NOBODY!!!
The list kinda goes on and on for this book and I feel terrible giving a book a bad review, but I said I would be honest so there you are ;○)
One story morphs into another story, Riley has the most trustworthy parents in the universe, even giving her and Clay $1000 to go gambling, in Vegas, underage! (oh yeah and getting married!) After scoring some fake id's (they just give them away in the US don't ya know) they win twelvety million squillion dollars at the casino and just walk on out with it, without even flashing their sparkly fake id's and pop off to get wed!
Then we have the stalker Blake (eye roll) Then the accident with the miraculous recovery (eye roll)
Riley Bear telling Clays parents that they basically weren't allowed into the hospital room to see their own son on deaths door, and of course the sweet sacherine ending.
After reading it I wanted to go and read some good old fashioned smut to cleanse my pallet! .
A love story of two best friends who grew up together !! Clay sounds like the most handsome boy who is soo sweet to Riley his best friend and the girl he is so obviously in love with to everyone but her. They have some ups and downs along the way but what's a great love story without the good and the bad times. I love Clay and Riley from both of their point of views and I'm telling you this is such a sweet story. Andrea did a great job with the narration.
Best ~ There was an interesting story line. Not like most YA/New Adult books.
Least ~ The story line was very unrealistic at times. Teenagers and parents are NOT like this in real life. I know this is fiction.
I liked her female voices. Her male voices were a little rough. I think Ms. Emmes did the best she could with the material she was given. I would like to give her another chance with a different book. I really want to see Ms. Emmes succeed in narrating.
No, the plot of this book was so unrealistic that I think that a follow up isn't necessary.
I'm glad that Always You was fiction. I can't see this happening in real life. Yes, teens fall in love, have bad relationships and feel as tho they are with the love of their life at the age of 17. I just think that this story was so ... out there. I can't see parents condoning the behavior in this book.
"Teenage Love is Sometimes True Love"
I really enjoyed Riley and Clay's story. They were both very young but their love was real~something many do not find in an entire lifetime. Although the book is categorized as YA (which I am not), anyone who had a first true love in high school will relate to the problems and emotions of this young couple. The parents of both, in my opinion, were too permissive but I liked them~particularly the mothers who stood strong for their children when necessary. The narration was great and the ending was just perfect....
"Sweet YA Romance"
The "innocence" of the characters coming into their love.
Yes. I really enjoyed how the narrator is able to make the characters feel alive and "real". There was a lot of personality and emotion with these characters that I think really moved the story along. Especially when the main character was going through heartache.
This wasn't my normal genre and in all honesty it was way too long for this genre. Of not for the narrator and her talents then I may would've stopped because the length just didn't suite the story. But don't get me wrong because author Kirsty Moseley created a great story and I do love bad boys. The story was filled with drama, amazing characters, and romance. This was the first story that I've listened to by this author. I must say the story was well written but I do want to offer some advice to the author and she can use it or not in the future that's totally up to her. I think when writing this type of story the length should be anywhere from 4 to 9 hours tops. This story would've received better reviews if the story wasn't soo long, honestly.
Andrea Emmes, I must say thank you for getting me through this story. It was a good story but way too long and I feel sorry for the long hours it had to have taken for you to have finished narrating the story. You did an amazing job with your telling of this story. I didn't have any trouble identifying the characters. You kept me listening to the story even when I wanted to quit so thank you for that. The story is worth the listen if you take the time and have the time to listen. I've listened to stories that are alot longer but because of it being a different genre it worked. I received this audio from the author/narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Always You review"
That's hard to answer since I haven't read the paperback edition.
Riley. She's a real interesting character.
A fantastic audio book.
"This story has it all"
yes for sure this book has it all laughter to tears but what a great story line
"Loved it, hated it"
I really enjoyed the overall storyline of this book, it was quite involved and a lot happened over the course of the book. However, there was lot that I intensely disliked about this book as well. Primarily these were:
1. The reader has to suspend their belief quite significantly as the story unfolds, primarily due to the behaviour of the parents. For instance, Riley's parents don't seem to express any concern over their 16 year old daughter going on a date with a 21 year old, even though her date quite rightly points out that they can't have sexual relations because he could get charged with statutory rape. Also, they seem to be quite happy for Riley and her best male friend to have sleepovers in the same bed all the time, even though she at 16 and he at 18 are at a prime age for something more than friendship to be going on.
2. Clay constantly refers to Riley as 'Riley Bear' which became incredibly annoying after a while. Ditto with Blake always referring to her as jailbait because she was younger than he. Neither one of her romantic interest seemed to call her by her real name.
3. The two MC constantly telling the reader how beautiful their boyfriend/girlfriend is... Ok, we get it, they are extremely good looking!
4. The fairly constant stream of girls and even women who hit on Clay or Blake while Riley is out with them, or the constant glares and dirty looks she gets from females when she is seen together with them.... do females really behave this way when they see another girl with a good looking guy? Apparently they do. And
5. The slut shaming.
However, although these facets of the story aggravated the hell out of me, I was thankfully still able to enjoy the overall story. At first it seemed there was going to be an annoying love triangle but it was great to see the story take a surprising turn and go down a completely different path. The relationship that Riley eventually forms with one of the boys
Is really quite charming and loving and I really cheered for them to work. The characters also have to face some trials and tribulations over the course of the book and this kept me interested in the story.
Finally, This is the second young adult book I have listened to that was narrated by Andrea Emmes and I think she performed well. She seems quite suited to the YA genre and I have enjoyed her narration on both occasions.
Overall, I would say if you feel you can move past the aforementioned annoying parts of the book, this may be an audiobook you could enjoy.
I was provided a free copy of this audible book in exchange for an honest review.
"A sweet love story!"
No, I don't usually listen to books a second time.
The part after the 'fight' and the moments in the hospital. Although I think that the parent-children relationship was a little too fictional, I don't think there is a possible way to persuade someone that his parents don't love him enough and are selfish for a decision like that.
No, I haven't but I really liked her voice very much.
I couldn't if I tried because it is a 15 hour book, but after the second half it was way more interesting and I've listened to most of it in almost two sittings.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.
I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers.
Thank you very much Kirsty Moseley and of course Andrea Emmesh for this book.
"A beautiful love story!"
OMG, I loved this book! This is a beautiful love story about two best friends who grew up together and were always destined to be together!
Riley Tanner and Clay Preston grew up next door to each other and were always best friends. Clay always knew she was the one, his Riley Bear. Riley was the last one to realize they had feelings. Before they were a couple, they dated others. Riley had dated Blake. There was just something not right with Blake and his hot temper, so after 2 dates with Blake , Riley said no more and decided she was in love with Clay.
Read along to see how this story plays out. Have tissues on hand. Together Riley and Clay experience more turmoil than any couple should. We get to experience, love, danger, suspense, love of family, friends and each other.
This story had me on the edge of my seat. Fantastic plot written by Author Kirsty Moseley. She had me on the edge of my seat, in tears and laughing at times too! This is a really long book and definitely more than our moneys worth! I loved every minute of it!!! The narrator, Andrea Emmes did a really great job delivering this story to us flawlessly! With her multiple voices and accents (I loved David's English accent). Highly entertaining and believable! This story was so good, I didn't want it to ever end!!!
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