Title: Love, Always
Author: Yessi Smith
Release Date: September 13, 2014
**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for readers under the age of 17.**
In love with a man on the brinks of greatness, Dee has her life figured out. The love they share is comparable only to the love they feel when they find out Dee is pregnant. Josh and Dee welcome their future together with eagerness as they plan a wedding, baby, and the upcoming tour for Josh’s band Wasted Circle. Big things are finally happening.
During Wasted Circle’s first big show, tragedy strikes leaving Dee alone. The life her and Josh planned for ends up being nothing but desolate promises. Unable to watch his best friend’s girlfriend drown under her own despair any longer, Adam steps in to help Dee cope with her loss and the upcoming birth of her baby. Adam is patient, kind and unrelenting. He stands by her side, never faltering despite his growing desire to be more than Dee’s supportive shoulder and the idea that he is betraying Josh. He refuses to give up on Dee and remains loyally by her side even when she admits herself into a psychiatric ward and he is left to father Josh and Dee’s baby.
But even sweet and sturdy Adam has his limits.
Love, Always is a whirlwind of emotional turmoil that had me twisted up inside while I waited for Adam and Dee’s story to play out. Yessi Smith broke my heart repeatedly as I experienced this unexpected couple’s journey. Their story was unique and messy at times, but the intense connection between these two characters kept me hooked even when everything fell into chaos. The profound sense of loss and overwhelming complications of grief gave Love, Always an authenticity that hit me hard. Dee’s struggle to find life after loss was devastating. Her personality was a balance of fierce independence and total vulnerability, which made her someone worth cheering for.
“They’re good together. They create a sort of music of their own and sometimes it feels like no one else is entitled to know the lyrics of their specific song. I guess love should be like that; just the two of them.”
Adam was such a mystery to me. His love for Dee and his willingness to do absolutely anything for her was incredibly touching, while his internal battle made my heart ache. This man was so beautifully broken that I couldn’t help but connect with him. I wanted desperately to understand his pain and experience the things that scarred him so deeply. We see bits and pieces of his past throughout the story, but so much of his childhood remained a mystery. I wanted to see what exactly life with his mother was like and how life with Josh was so different. I wanted to feel more of his pain at losing his best friend outside of the guilt that surrounded his feelings for Dee.
“There’s truth within the lie and lies within the truth. They’re both there, interlaced with one another.”
The storyline had a lot of ups and downs. When things were good they were sizzling, but when things were bad I thought Adam and Dee’s universe would come crashing down. I absolutely adored Josie, Hayley, and Max. The secondary characters really added a lot of dimension to this story and they proved to be essential to the growth and development of our main characters. Yessi Smith definitely got under my skin with this one. My emotions were all over the place as I went from elation to anger and back in the span of a couple pages. I adored the epilogue, finding it to be the perfect way to close out the book. Adam and Dee’s story was something special and this surprising journey was definitely worth the emotional rollercoaster ride.
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