Review: Always Been You by Melanie Shawn
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Book Review: Always Been You by Melanie Shawn

Lately, Jessa Myers has been batting a thousand in the dating game. 

No exaggeration, it’s brutal out there. But, she’s not giving up. Doesn’t matter how much she loves Elvis Pawsley and Marilyn Purroe, Jessa’s determined not to become the spinster town cat lady.

Only one problem: No guy has yet to live up to her childhood crush/teenage infatuation/adult obsession, Ethan Steele. The big, bad, brooding U.S. Marshal is yes, ridiculously hot, but also way too overprotective. It’s that way with everyone who knew her before her long-awaited heart transplant. They all get the same hyper-worried look when she so much as sneezes still. Sure, intense hulk-growl concern is swoony and all, but she wants a man to see her as more than that girl she once was.

So, if that means she needs to settle for someone not nearly as knee-wobbling as Ethan, then that’s just what she needs to do…

Lately, Ethan’s been at his wits’ end. 

No exaggeration, loving Jessa for as long as he can remember hasn’t been easy. But, she’s worth it. Doesn’t matter how much she insists that his mere existence in her past means zero possibility of a future for them, he’s not giving up.

Only one problem: Jessa’s been dating loser after loser to try and find her Mr. Perfect to one day marry, probably have more cats with, and a long happy future. She just refuses to believe Kade doesn’t see her as the girl he once worried over. No, the only thing worrying him now is the stubborn beauty he’s crazy in love with continuing to let her head overrule her heart and slipping out of his life for good.

So yes, asking Jessa to be his temporary fake girlfriend to avoid the very real incessant matchmaking they both endure isn’t the most brilliant plan ever, but if it means they’ll get their chance at forever, then that’s just what he needs to do…

Stand-alone Whisper Lake romance, complete with HEA–and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

This is a sweet HEA with some angst and lots of laughs. Jess was kind of abrasive and I wasn’t sure I’d warm up to her, but I did. She has a unique perspective on life with her background. That includes reflexive coping mechanisms and a tendency to react before thinking, but her issues seem like they’d be realistic for someone who spent their childhood on the verge of death.

Ethan was sweet and caring so I really liked this couple. They had an odd history that gave this a touch of enemies to lovers and second chance, which was fun. I expected Jess’ hang-ups to be what got in the way of their relationship but it was something completely different that turned their world upside-down so I was pleasantly surprised. This was a quick read and a lovely story so I highly recommend it.

Always Been You on Amazon

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