It's Always Been You by Victoria Paige
Series: Always #1
Also in this series: Always Been Mine, A Love For Always
Published by Self-published on July 9, 2014
Genres: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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Former Navy SEAL Travis Blake is a rising star in the security business. In two short years, Blake Security Inc. has become highly sought after by the who’s who in Washington DC.
But unbeknownst to many, Travis is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife three years before. He carries with him the guilt of not being there to protect the one person who meant everything to him. He has buried his wife, but his heart refuses to accept that the body six feet under is hers. His obsessive search for her leads him deep into the trenches of covert ops—and everything is not what it seems.
Caitlin Kincaid has been on the run for a while. The sum of her memories began three years ago when she awakened with a broken arm and leg and a severe concussion. Hunted down by a secret group within the U.S. government, her companion persuades her to stay off the grid because of the standing kill order on their heads. One night, while fleeing assassins, she is left on the side of the road with a cryptic message: “It’s time for you to stop running. I’m not the one you love.”
When Travis receives news that the woman who has turned up at the American Embassy in Berlin could be his wife, he wastes no time getting to her. He is unprepared for the devastation that shreds him when Caitlin looks at him with no recognition in her eyes. Amnesia is a challenging enough obstacle for winning the love of his life back. But with lies defining the past three years of her life, Caitlin becomes wary of anyone’s help.
Love was never the problem. A marriage cannot survive without trust. As sinister forces threaten the bond they are trying to rebuild, trust must come quickly or one of them will die.
* Strong sexual content and language. Disturbing situations.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
“I like it rough. You do too. And how long you keep me from sinking my cock into your pussy will be proportional to how many days you’ll still be feeling me between your legs— long— after— I’ve—fucked— you,” Travis clarified. “I intend to fuck you every day. Which means, every hour, every minute, and every fucking second, you’ll be feeling me inside you…”
I was so excited to get an early copy of this book! It’s been at the top of my TBR list since I read the blurb. As a total sucker for back from the dead storylines and damsels in distress with amnesia (and no, I’m not embarrassed about that!), it was pretty much instant love for me as soon as I started It’s Always Been you! The story pulled me in immediately and never let go. Travis is the perfect hero, so dedicated and in love with his wife. Total alpha, totally hot!
“Babe, don’t. Don’t come near me right now.” His voice was guttural and rife with warning. “If you don’t want to get fucked over this kitchen counter, keep your disance.”
That made her stop dead in her tracks.
“My control is at it’s end, sunshine.” Travis tried to force a smile through his tense features. “Three years of longing, having you so close to me now, I just want to haul you under me and sink myself so deep inside you, feel your warmth around me gripping me, making sure that you’re really here, and it’s not a fucking dream.”
The book was a great mix of sexy, sweet, heartwarming, wild…I don’t want to give anything away but there was a certain confrontation between the two main characters that was particularly intense towards the end and really got me. There’s also some interesting supporting characters introduced that I feel certain will be popping up with their own stories at some point in the future.
Over the top alphalicious hero, solid writing, and lots of steamy sexy bits made It’s Always Been You a great, fun read! Definitely going in my “re-read/comfort read” pile! I look forward to see what comes next from this author.
Miss V’s Rating: 5 Alphalicious stars
This book had everything, action, adventure, mystery and lots of hot sexy bits.
I am a huge fan of Ms. Paige and have read everything she has released. She is able to give us a strong, tough Alpha male who doesn’t have any problems showing his sweet side, especially to the heroine. This book also had a strong h who was able to stand up for herself while showing love and friendship to the people close to her.
This book had an interesting storyline. I wasn’t sure how I would feel if I was faced with the heartache Travis had to deal with knowing the one he loved didn’t remember anything they had shared. Ms. Paige made it believable and gave us an understanding of how frustrating it was for both Travis and Caitlin.
The action and drama was riveting and up until the end I still didn’t know who were the goodies and baddies.
My favourite part of the book was the last chapter and epilogue and both left me with a big smile on my face.
Great work Victoria, another fantastic start to a series.
Thank you for my ARC and the opportunity to read and review your wonderful work.
Sassy’s Rating: 5 Heartachingly Frustrating Stars
If just reading the blurb is not enough for one-clicking, know that this book, for me, had everything. I LOVED it!! I had been waiting for it to come out and was ecstatic to be lucky enough to receive an early copy from the author.
I found the storyline original, well written, and very engaging. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down…a super alpha-hot-guy set on winning back the love of the wife he had thought lost for the last 3 years. He’ll stop at nothing to regain the love of his life…even her not remembering anything about him and their life together.
With the perfect balance between action, suspense, and romance, Ms. Paige takes us on the journey of two people rediscovering themselves and each other, the love they can have, and the uncovering of the secrets behind their separation. It’s Always Been You includes excellent fight sequences, steamy-hot scenes, witty conversations, and wonderful secondary characters (plus a little MC showdown somewhere in between).
If you like your guys with slight (or not so slight) caveman tendencies; strong, tough heroines with a tender and soft side; great chemistry between characters; and to have a great time with a book, I highly recommend this read. It’s definitely going into my re-read list and I’m anxiously waiting for the next one in the series to be written.
Sparkles’ Rating: 5 Loved Everything About It Stars
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