Always Been Mine by Victoria Paige
Series: Always #2
Also in this series: It's Always Been You, A Love For Always
Published by Self-published on December 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Beatrice Porter swore she would never fall in love with a man like her father. For years she watched her mother self-destruct in bitterness, married to someone who only lived for his job. Gabriel Sullivan was such a man—a Navy SEAL, a man who put duty and country above all else. Yet falling in love with him was inevitable. She thought their relationship could work until he’d left her one night with a broken heart and her pride in tatters.
Three years later, he’s back and he wants a second chance.
Having committed atrocities for the greater good, Gabe has nothing left but darkness inside him. The only flicker of light is the memory of Beatrice—a woman embedded deeply under his skin.
Winning her back won’t be easy for she has erected walls that only the toughest of SEALs can hope to scale.
When Beatrice finds herself at the center of a deadly game, Gabe discovers the eerie similarities of the killer’s MO to a former assassin.
Discovering a link to the past, a truth that may cost him the woman he loves, distancing himself may be the only option to save Beatrice, but he is done walking away.
Gabe just needs to convince her this time he is all in, and a future with her is the only redemption worth having.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This was by far Victoria Paige’s best book yet. I started this book not sure if I would like it or not. What I did know about the main characters left me with a feeling of “are they really meant for each other?” Beatrice came across as self-centered and spoiled while Gabe seemed bossy but also a bit selfish.
Getting to know Gabe and Bea changed my opinion of them completely. Gabe was a lost soul after his last mission but was determined to win Bea back after the heartbreak he caused her. Bea had been badly hurt by Gabe and didn’t think there was a way to get past his hurtful words and abandonment. Bea thinks that Gabe is exactly like her father and her trust issues stem from having a father like the Admiral who placed his work commitments above family. The Admiral also left her with an alcoholic Mum who could hardly look after herself let alone Bea.
The storyline – Wow it was good. Working out the baddies from the goodies kept me completely engrossed from the beginning to the end. To be honest this was the first book by Ms Paige that I could follow easily without thinking I need to go and watch CNN for 24 hours straight or find some literature on political strategies throughout the world. She explained things thoroughly and I never felt lost. Nervous, anxious and excited yes, but never lost.
The sexy parts were off the charts HOT!!!
The main characters have a believable and realistic approach to how they would work as a couple, compromises would have to be made.
Overall I loved this story and the characters involved, especially the guest appearances. Ms Victoria Paige is one of my favourite authors and I’m glad she gave me the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Always Been Mine.
Love your work My Lovely!!
Sassy’s Rating: 5 Stars
Wow. Just finished Always Been Mine by Victoria Paige and can definitely say it was another fast paced, high octave, romantic suspense story! While my overall rating was a bit higher for book one in the Always series (It’s Always Been You), that’s not a reflection at all on the quality of this second book. The first book in the series happens to feature an amnesia romance which happens to be one of my favorite guilty pleasure story lines. Don’t judge!
Always Been Mine had a great mix of everything you could want in a romantic suspense story. The prologue as well as the snapshots sprinkled throughout Gabes life as Dmitry were both intense and emotional. I’m really glad the author provided some glimpses into Gabes past but didn’t do lengthy flashbacks. Sometimes, I find a lot of flip flopping between the present and past to be distracting and I’m glad the author did short snippets instead. It worked perfectly.
“Everything I’ve done for the past three years destroyed the man you knew, except the part that loved you.”
One thing that kept running through my mind as I read Always Been Mine is that Victoria Paige can write the hell out of steamy scenes. As an author, I think she gets what I want and delivers. Repeatedly =)
“Please, Gabe, I need it . . .” Her body hummed along the edges of fulfillment and she was greedy enough to demand it. “Harder . . . Oh, please.”
“You got it, babe,” Gabe growled by her ear.“Fuckin’ you until you scream.” Shifting his arms under her thighs, he plowed into her without mercy. Even as the rough wall abraded her back , she didn’t care. Her nerve endings were electric, the current seizing her body until it coalesced into pulsing sensations in her core.
“Gabe!” she screamed as light exploded behind her eyes. She grabbed his hair; he grunted in response and relentlessly pounded into her like a runaway piston. She was raw, full of Gabe, and alive. That was all that mattered.
“Ah, fuck . . . fuck . . .” he groaned, convulsing against her. His arms shook as the spasms hit him. Warmth filled her core, his cum spilling inside her. He uttered a feral sound as she clenched her pussy on his cock.
“Take it all. Take it all, babe . . . ah fuck!”
I enjoyed the alternating points of views. One person I may have wanted to understand more was Beatrices’s dad. Although he came around towards the end a bit, he still seemed shady as hell. It always seemed like he had more information than everyone else but wouldn’t share. (I thought at one point the author may have been setting up a future story line for him and the girl that got away but I don’t see that in the cards).
One of the things I liked most about the book was Gabe. Now I’ll admit, he really really fucked up. Totally. But…. he came back and tried to make it right. He didn’t give up. He didn’t change his mind. Beatrice was his and he wasn’t going to accept anything less. I love that kind of hero!
“Take a chance on me, poppy,” Gabe whispered . “Please. I promise to protect you, guard you, and shield you from everything that would harm you until there’s no breath or life left in me.”
What kept this from being a five star read for me was the complexity of the suspense portion of the story. I don’t mean that it was really complicated but there was a lot going on that was a bit out of the norm when compared with my normal stalker/damsel in distress stories I gravitate towards. Again. Don’t judge. CIA operatives, bio-weapons, secret identities, the Black Plane, political intrigue…there was a lot to keep track of. Still, everything came together in the end to make a highly enjoyable story!
I’d recommend Always Been Mine to readers that love romantic suspense stories, special- op type stories, second chance romances, and readers that enjoy a healthy dose of steam with their suspense. This series remains a must read for me and I look forward to what’s coming next!
Miss V’s Rating: 4.25+ Stars
Read This Book!!!! Finally an alpha male that knows how to grovel. I love my alpha male book hero but sometimes an author sends me into a cussing fit when they screw up and just expect the h to get over herself. Not only do we have a majorly hot alpha male that’s a true hero (and he loves his dog – I just melted at that), but Bea is kick ass in her own right. I loved that she didn’t let people jerk her around, including Gabe. This book had a lot going on, but I loved every freaking second of it. Rhino stole my heart too. Well done Miss Paige!!!!
Spice’s Rating: 5 Stars
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