adult - 18+

Always by Kindle Alexander Narrated by Lee Swift




Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.

Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.

Re Read # 20? Lost count.

I’m not the first to review this, nor the last. But I realized that I’d never reviewed it at all and it’s absolutely one of my favorite reads. So I thought I’d re-read it again and just comment on how this book makes me feel.

The first thing I noticed on this re-read – is how hopeful I am that one day something like this will come to pass – and soon. With Obama, and possibly Hilary making history – with the passage of marriage laws – with the new open eyes we (as a nation) have and continue to open – I sincerely hope that one day sexual orientation won’t be considered a “hindrance” in any way shape or form and that a gay politician can make it to whatever office he or she or they desire.

I loved the OTT mushiness in this. When I’m feeling low, this book is so full of sweet and happy and that ending – OH. Man. Talk about an emotional release. I cry every single time I read it. Ugly cry. Every. Time.

Now, the beginning makes me cry as well – so I’m pretty much a wreck right from the start.

Another thing I liked about this was the movement through time. The new technology. The change in their relationship as they aged, had kids, got a different job… all of those played out in their personal interactions, too.

The ending – well – I consider it a beginning. I like to think that after all the hard work and dedication to their family and careers, Avery and Kane can finally just BE together. Always.

With my highest recommendation 6 of 5 stars.


Lee Swift does an ok job with this. He isn’t super compelling and I can’t say that I thought he really added to the story but it wasn’t a bad way to listen to this story. He was pretty monotone and flat and for this story, it was a shame.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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