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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
“I’ll love her enough for both of us until she’ll learn to love me again.”
Jenny: This book was a hot pot of everything wasn’t it Gitte? Suspense, drama, espionage, mystery, intrigue, passion and some very, very hot scenes…..Kindle windscreen wipers required! I really enjoyed It’s Always Been You despite my misgivings over a few plot holes which did leave me shaking my head once or twice and other scenes that felt more like fillers than integral story lines, which stilted the flow of the story a little for me.. I think you know the ones I’m talking about Gitte?
“I’ve been in limbo, babe. You’ve brought the pulse back into my blood.”
The author did a good job though of bringing me back into the story as I HAD to see how it all played out! There were times I thought I guessed how it would unfold, sometimes I was right on the money and other times I was thrown a curveball but it always kept me entertained. There was a big I KNEW IT moment when I actually think I whooped loudly! I will be picking up more in this series because I’m very intrigued about a couple of characters 😉
Gitte: Yeah, this story had everything, literally. Whilst I really enjoyed it and kept reading out of intrigue I have to say that rather than cramming every possible scenario into one story I’d have loved more character development and background. We had two great characters and an interesting suspenseful mystery so it was a real shame the plot holes, the unnecessary fillers and lack of attention to character development in regards to the heroine let this story down.
‘She could never compare to who she was before. She stared at herself in the mirror. She was scarred in more ways than one.’ – Caitlin
It became too sensational without enough ‘meat’ and detail. I loved the premise and some of the twists but there was just too much going on. For a hot passionate read with a filthy talking possessive alpha male though it was spot on though. Right, Jenny?!
Jenny: Travis Blake. Well as far as big, bad arse, bossy, possessive, dirty talking alphas go, Ex SEAL Travis Blake is up there with the best of them. Admittedly sometimes his blustering, jealous behaviour could be a little over the top but I soon forgave him these indiscretions because wow! He was something else! A demon between the sheets with a mouth he frequently put to good uses….
‘But his sexy hip bone and that dusting of hair trailing from his navel down to his weapon of mass orgasm…’ – Caitlin
His commitment and love for Caitlin was without question. He wasn’t about to lose her again. Caitlin caused me confusion to say the least. I had to question her thought processes after she so easily accepted Travis and happily walked off into the sunset with him. Not once enquiring about her family, friends or anything else with her past life. Did you find all that a bit odd Gitte?
“We’ll find each other again. And, sunshine, you’re not building a wall between us because I’ll take it down with a sledgehammer.”
Gitte: Yeah I found it really odd that as integral as Caitlin’s amnesia was to this storyline her character wasn’t developed more and her past examined and elaborated upon. I just didn’t buy her behaviour, attitude and acceptance in this regard.
“It fucking broke me Cat. My life shattered that day. I don’t think I’ve pieced myself back together again. So don’t fucking tell me it didn’t happen to me, because I lived that nightmare.” – Travis
Her lack of questioning and wanting to find out what happened pre-amnesia baffled me. It led me to think perhaps this storyline suffered because of everything else going on? I don’t know really, but this was my biggest issue and why I didn’t enjoy this story more than I did. I will say though that I loved her kick arse character!
As for Travis, I think you said it all, Jenny. He was an extremely passionate domineering hard arse Ex-Seal who basically had no filter for his thoughts or behaviour. At least you know where you stand with this guy though! I found him incredibly yummy and though not a classic romantic per se; his actions and his feelings over the missing three years and what comes after, clearly showed a loving heart and a man desperate for the love and return of his wife.
“I’d walk through hell for you, as long as you’ll be waiting for me on the other side.” – Travis
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I will definitely pick up more in this series. But sometimes less really is more!
**Reviewed on ARC copy provided by author**