Thursday, 23 February 2012

Always You (Book Tour):Book Review + Excerpt

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Book Title: Always You
Author: Shilpa Mudiganti
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 6th 2012
Format: eBook, Paperback, Kindle
Rating: 3 Stars!
Book Synopsis:
Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago.  Trying to decide about life with her fiancĂ©, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life.  That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight.
Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew's grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him.
But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close - dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew.
It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?

Excerpt : 
After the hour-long meeting, Alex sat alone in the conference room, long after his team had left for their coffee break. Today he’d touched Lyla again…his Lyla. He’d casually glanced up from his laptop when she walked unannounced into the room. To say he was stunned was an understatement. It had been five years, two months and sixteen days since he last saw her, and she looked as desirable as always, perhaps a bit more, considering how long he had waited impatiently for the day he’d see her again.
In her white blouse with puffy sleeves and that black skirt hugging her figure intimately, she looked lovely and vulnerable. He didn’t miss the grimace on her face the moment she laid eyes on him but the look of recognition in her deep green eyes made him alive in a way he felt nowhere else.
What he wanted to do was take her in his arms, and kiss her soft, velvety lips, but he knew how impossible that would have been. Neither the surroundings nor their past would allow that.
He had lost her five years ago and failed to win her back. None of his calls and letters were ever answered. After a year of relentless pursuit, he gave up and quietly acknowledged that Lyla would be the one woman he could never have...
It was not his nature to share how difficult it was to lose her. No one expected him to ever lose. After all, he was Alexander Knights, the man who could have any woman he wanted. But he terribly missed her each day and his body ached for her closeness each night. Yet she wouldn’t come back to him because of one mistake, the guilt of which he could never forget.
He knew it was a huge mistake, but first she had to forgive him. He didn’t think it would take so long. However, he tried to move ahead and thought he had safely tucked her into a hidden corner of his heart. Seeing her today proved that wouldn’t work, not when she stood across the room from him, her dark lush hair brushing her soft cheeks?  
His stomach muscles clenched as he replayed the image of her shaking hands with everyone in the room, and how hesitantly she had shook his. As their hands connected, he had felt a tremor pass through her. Had she felt it too? Was it longing, pain, or  love? Maybe she had. Maybe there was a chance for them yet.

Book Review:

The POV is either Lyla or Alex (but mostly Lyla) and a few lines from Nik's POV.
First, i want to say i liked the book (And the cover...).I really did, but there were a lot of situations and some character actions that did not stood well with me.
The book is shorter than i would have liked.
The plot was believable  , but the characters and their actions really did have some flaws.
Now onto the good things i have to say !
I did like the author's take on second chances.It kinda changed my view on them!
Normally, in these the guy thinks the heroine did something..they go separate way..reunite..have some problems and maybe a happy ending, but in this case it's actually the heroine thinks he did something...(YOU KNOW from the blurb he had a secret!), which i rather enjoyed.

The  Characters and their relationship!
The main characters were  Alex and Lyla.Their relationship, even through we hear it from one or the others POV was sweet, but the ending was really a "normal for these kind of romance story".

Alex is/was a  playboy , a real-life Casanova, which by the way i thought he seemed more real than other playboy's "gone good" in other books , so kudos to you! 
Lyla was a bit selfish,stubborn and a little bit naive/her thinking did not make any sense in one particularly situation.

They didn't particularly have any annoying flaws(they did however have a almost palpable sexual tension ), but i definitely did not like the whole Nik/Lyla/Alex triangle.First, because really she did not love or think about Nik in a romantic way, then because i did not like how she goes from one to the other (in her head) and sometimes real-life.
As a secondary Character i really liked Nik.He's definitely swoon worthy.

Recommendations and some reasoning: 

I recommend this to whom does like second chance romance with a Casanova and does not mind the presence of the other guy(Nik)!
The reason why this novella got only 3 stars (I would have given it 3 1/2 but i can' ...)is all mentioned above.While there were some things that bothered me , it may not bother you , so if you do not find anything wrong ,consider it a 4 star!
As Shilpa Mudiganti is a debut author, you should  check it out!Just to see what she has!

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