Blog Tour Review: Always by Kindle Alexander

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Always by Kindle AlexanderAlways

Author:  Kindle Alexander

Series:  Standalone  

Genre:  M/M

Rating: 5 Stars

Source:  ARC was provided by Author and Self-purchase

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Liner Notes

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.

Tania's Review

Kindle Alexander, you have absolutely killed me with this book!  Flat out, crying like a hysterical woman in need of a sedative.  I can’t remember the last book that emotionally took me down like Always did.  Every time I read an M/M book, it makes me want to get up on my soapbox and preach about the injustices of this world.  The fastest way to bring forth the spitfire that usually lays dormant inside me is with lying, narrow-minded, slanderous people.  My husband runs interference on television shows and movies because he knows prejudices gets me ranty and all worked up.  He makes the judgement call and then looks at me sympathetically and says ‘Oh no, that is not for you.”  Please indulge me a moment since the mere mention of Kane Dalton’s bigoted father as a devout southern Baptist minister gets my back up.  I despise any person that uses religion as a means to be hateful because that is the exact opposite of what ‘Christian-like’ behaviour should be.  Tolerance, equality and inclusion, regardless of your race, sexuality, religion or disability… if my nine year old can understand that, surely so can grown ass adults!  Moving on…

“The End, or The Beginning, whichever you prefer.”

Always by Kindle Alexander takes on a life completely of its own and it is unlike anything she has published before.  Always is an epic love story of two men that transcends time.  Avery Adams and Kane Dalton may be on opposite ends of the spectrum personality wise but they never falter in their love or respect for one another.  That is not to say that their relationship is without adversity but the one thing you will not get with this story is over the top dramatics.  These men know how to communicate, they support and understand each other, they know when to compromise and they each know when to stand their ground.  Excluding Kane’s biological family, the cast is wonderfully rounded out with devoted and caring secondary characters that make up Kane and Avery’s inner circle of friends and family.  I don’t want to reveal too much because I believe it is the way Kindle Alexander delivers this story that makes it unique, but I think it’s safe to say that Avery and Kane are trailblazers with the decisions they make in their lives.  It is Avery’s confidence in himself and their relationship that insists they are entitled to the same happiness as heterosexual couples; marriage, children and successful prominent careers, and he continually pushes the boundaries of Kane’s inconspicuous comfort zone.

“You’re my always.”

Kane Dalton is a small town boy from Alabama who was raised in an extremely religious household and at the age of eighteen, after he reveals his sexual orientation to his family, his brother delivers some well placed punches and his father throws him out of the house with nothing but the clothes on his back.  Saddened and completely scarred from his family’s deep hatred of him, Kane makes a very successful life for himself under the unwavering support and guidance from Paulie, a wonderful man who without question takes in a homeless boy and becomes the father figure and only family Kane has left.  Paulie is the father every young man should be fortunate to have.  He loves Kane unconditionally as the son he lost, he worries non-stop over Kane’s well-being and isn’t afraid to speak his mind when it comes to Kane’s best interests.  After all, he tells Kane, he can’t die until he knows he has been taken care of.  Kane Dalton is the type of character you want to shelter and protect while slaying all his demons.  His sexual preference is at times at odds with his deeply ingrained religious beliefs and he really struggles with his self-assurance.  Kane is extremely smart, good looking and kind hearted but his intensity, strong religious views and workaholic lifestyle wreak havoc on his personal life, especially when he does not believe in one-night stands and isn’t comfortable with public displays of affection.  Unexpectedly, he is willing to sacrifice most of his ideals when Avery Adams enters his restaurant, and quite literally pushes his way into his life.

“Surely fate wouldn’t put his one in front of him and make him straight.”

As the grandson of a former President, politics comes naturally to the wealthy, gorgeous and charming Avery Adams.  At the age of thirty-five, he has a successful law practice, is being groomed for a potential Senate run and doesn’t take life too seriously.  That is, until his ‘see and be seen’ campaign advisors place him in Kane Dalton’s thriving up-scale restaurant and he is stunned speechless when Kane makes his first introduction.  Avery goes from plotting some hot after dinner sex with the door greeter to losing all sense of himself while he unresponsively stares at the most good-looking man he has ever laid eyes on.  A misunderstanding has Avery pursuing and Kane retreating, confused and unaware of Avery’s attraction.  Did I mention that Avery usually gets what he wants?  After delivering the best, soul searing, life altering kiss Kane has ever experienced, whatever Avery Adams has to offer, Kane is willing to take it.

“Make no mistake, I will romance you, Kane Dalton, just not now.  Right now I need to fuck you.  Fuck you hard, and soft, and then do it all over again.”

And so begins their extraordinary life together.  The extroverted and protective Avery is the solace to Kane’s reserved and at times, withdrawn nature.  I wish I could give you a better word than beautiful…even my thesaurus cannot do them justice.  Their love is all encompassing, stands the test of time and is endless.  To be fair, there were a couple of moments in the final chapter that caused me to pause, but I was an emotional wreck by then and the story had already solidified a five star rating from me.   Tissue and a book hangover, consider yourself warned.

“When kindred souls meet, they were destined to be together, always.”

 

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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

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Comments

  1. Really great review Tania. Needless to say that anything Kindle Alexander writes gets automatically added to my list. The story sounds absolutely beautiful and reminisce of a true love story.

    • Thanks Lola! This is my fourth Kindle Alexander book and I haven’t been disappointed yet. It is a beautiful love story and I am sure you will love it.

  2. This story was like no other I have ever read. It has a voyeuristic feel as it follows their lives for 40 years! 40 YEARS! It’s a one big epilogue book. I LOVE that! I gave it 4 stars…I found parts of it to be a bit boring. But don’t get me wrong here…boring in a GREAT way. It never lost me and sometimes we need boring. (Boring is the wrong word but I’m having a bit of a brain fart and cannot think of another?!) And you are right about that final chapter(s). I had to get up and leave the room.

    I also think this would be a great read for a M/M virgin. It is an easy read and there is not a ton of sex. And it is SUCH a beautiful story. Really, really beautiful. Well done, Kindle Alexander.

    • It’s a love story, pure and simple, regardless of whether it is M/M or M/F and I think you are right that it is a great read for anyone who hasn’t read M/M to ease into. My Kindle told me I had 30 minutes left in the book and I was balling. I would get up, wipe my eyes, blow my nose, compose myself and start reading again, only to start the process over a few minutes later. I think I am still emotionally exhausted.

  3. Tar Heel Tee says:

    Beautiful review Tania. I pay attention when you nerds 5 star a book. Looks as if I will be adding this one. Well done my friend.

    • Thank you Tee! I don’t normally 5 star a lot of books and I think I have already put up three this year? There are a lot of amazing books out there right now and Always is definitely one you should read.

  4. I love your reviews. You take professional reviewers to a whole new level. You make me want to read this book and I cant imagine ever reading it again after the edits. Thank you for your kind words. I feel the same way you do about religion, but I’m taking your words and having them ready in my back pocket when I need them. Religion should never be used as an excuse to hate. The God I believe in was a gatherer and welcomed everyone. The God I believe in can speak for himself, he just needs me to walk in love. The end of this book was the beginning for us. It’s where we started and worked backward. See? Your review just has me talking and talking. THANK YOU for this. I love this blog and it’s a huge compliment to have you saying things like this.

    • Thank you Kindle for stopping by and for your kind words. Some days it’s hard to try write a review and do a book justice without giving away too much of the story. I wish I could just say, “read it, because I said so” and be done with it but I don’t think that would get me very far. As you know, we are big fans around here and we look forward to your future releases! I believe I am waiting on a “Nice Guy” that is ready for the zombie apocalypse.

  5. Well Tania…….you had me seething and clenching my fists at the thought of the injustice this character has suffered and I haven’t even ‘turned’ the first page. I am one clicking this one and know I wont be disappointed…wonderful review my friend…..thoughtout and siccinct as always!

    • Thank you Teena! We were having dinner with friends this past weekend and they were discussing movies. They asked us if we had seen 12 Years A Slave to which my husband answered that he had. When they asked me, he interjected and said, Oh no, that movie is not for her! Although he does indulge me when I get all ranty.

  6. Great review Tania! I have to thank the group here, because you are the ones who brought Kindle to my attention! I’m so glad you did!
    I loved this book… I liked that it was memorable in a completely normal way. It was comforting in the way they relied upon each other and built their lives around each other. No fireworks, not a lot of drama. The kind of relaitonship we all want to have.
    Fantastic job Kindle! I remember you saying that parts of this were difficult for you to write and caused you some tears as well. At least we’re in good company, because I don’t believe that anyone who’s read this didn’t cry… that includes my son!

    • I had no idea about the crying. I don’t read any reviews on a book I know I am going to be reviewing and if anyone I know is reading it, I ask them not to say anything to me so my opinion or what I have to say about the book can not be influenced. It was a fantastic story for all the reasons you listed above, no crazy over the top dramatics which there could have been plenty of opportunity for.

  7. Valerie DeGeorge says:

    Great reviews Kindle this book is my all time fav love Kane and Avery

    • I have loved all of Kindle Alexander’s books but I think that Always may be in a category all on it’s own.

  8. deborah Perry says:

    Really great review! The book is epic and your review helps convey that :-)

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