Always You by Karen Stivali
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
When Shari discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she lets the wedding go on according to plan. Except while everyone else is at the church, Shari is heading to the airport to fly off on her honeymoon with her best friend, Jon.
Jon is only too happy to help Shari escape what he knew would have been an awful marriage. Plus he’s thrilled by the prospect of time alone with her in a tropical paradise. He’s always loved her, and desired her as a lot more than a friend.
A steamy, romantic night on the beach turns into a whirlwind of desire as they take their friendship to multiple new levels of passion. But when Shari’s apologetic ex tries to win her back, she must choose between the life she thought she was going to have with him and the possibility of love with Jon.
Shari finds out her fiancé is cheating on her right before they’re set to walk down the aisle. So what’s a girl to do? In this case, leave him at the altar and head to their honeymoon destination with none other than her best friend, who just happens to be a guy named Jon.
The author did a great job plunging us into the action with Shari and Jon as they headed to the hotel room on what should have been her wedding night. Ms. Stivali also did a nice job setting up the sexual tension that comes from their mutual attraction. The fact they initially thought of one another as just friends made the first chapter very hot. Although it had them sleeping in separate beds, the attempts to resist temptation but ultimately not being able to fight it was totally steamy.
Considering this is a short read, the author also explored their characters in depth enough for me to care about these two people. I wondered and anticipated when they would finally admit they both wanted more than friendship.
The dialogue is good with spot on pacing for this length of story. To top it off there’s the exotic setting of Aruba with swimming and dining on the beach. Sex scenes are hot when Shari and Jon finally give into the inevitable. Of course by the time you’re cheering for Jon, Shari’s ex is back in the picture and trying to win her back. I have to admit I did find myself thinking, don’t do it, Jon’s the guy for you.
If you’re looking for a sexy story about friendship turning to love and all taking place on exotic locations, don’t miss this one.