Arrochar Adair has loved her brother’s ex-bodyguard and best friend, Mac Galbraith, for years. Once upon a time, she was too young for him, but now that she’s a mature woman in her thirties, Arro can see no issue with their difference in age. Yet something deeper, a problem much more difficult to surmount, is keeping them apart.
Mac Galbraith remembers clearly the night Arro became everything to him, no longer just his best friend and boss’s younger sister. However, having made many mistakes over the years, there is one mistake Mac is determined not to make: to believe that he is worthy of Arrochar Adair. Allowing them to grow closer during his daughter, Robyn’s, return has proven his undoing. And when Arro forces the subject of their relationship, his response pushes her away. He just never meant for it to destroy them completely.
Devastated by Mac’s final rejection, Arro is determined to move on without him in her life, though he seems intent on staying put. And when the Adair family face a new threat, one that may have ties to Mac’s past, Arro can’t seem to be rid of the man. In fact, Mac will do anything to protect her.
But with so much hurt between them, will Arro let Mac close enough to guard her from their enemy… before it’s too late?
Title : Always You
Author : Samantha Young
Series : Adair Family #3
Format : eARC / eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 368
Genre : Romantic Suspense
Publisher : Self Published
Release Date : April 26, 2022
Reviewer : Micky / Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ / ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
Push and pull
I’ve been waiting for Mac’s story in particular from the Adair family and it was an epic push and pull of emotions with plenty of angst along the way. The Highland setting remains a great backdrop to this family and as ever with this series, we get the previous couples along the way which I enjoyed.
Arro and Mac’s long and convoluted, crush, attaction, denial, resistance and pull was something to unravel. The narrative had some past and present in the first half to truly understand the history of these two. There was much more to their story than I realised. I had moments of finding both Arro and Mac infuriating, their miscommunications, some of Arro’s actions, followed by Mac’s…but, it made for a deep story and deeper connection.
There was an interesting side story of Mac seeking therapy which I appreciated even if I didn’t really engage that much with the narrative of those sessions. The suspense element of this story harked back to previous vendettas and plots while bringing some newer complications. I do like that this series is romantic suspense.
I love the weaves of Ery’s story being set up and I can’t wait to know more about her. I’m hoping she’s next.
Thank you to the author for the early review copy.
Hollis’ 2 star review
I have no one to blame but myself for this. But hey, I read this in almost one sitting, due to pressure from my library as this hold was due to expire, and considering I’m in this horrible reading drought, that’s something.
While I struggled a lot more with the romance element in book two, in this one it’s the suspense/action/whatever element. This is a subgenre I have enjoyed in the past but I think when it’s packed in with things going on for both sides of the pairing, plus added to all the existing things that have happened to other people in the family in previous books, it’s A Lot. Much like the A Lotness of the family tree now that all of one family has hooked up with half of the Adairs. But at least there’s no more of them. The other family, that is.
Having said that, the romance in this one was pretty tepid with that typical “one is ready, the other is not, only for the one to not be ready when the other finally is” switcheroo. Much angst, because it had to have it, but I think I liked the flashbacks more than the present day shenanigans. And I definitely wasn’t feeling those sex scenes. What I did like in the present day, however, was the therapy positive dialogue and time spent doing the necessary emotional work. I do side-eye the miracle of realization within a two week period but I’ll let that one slide and still award the points.
Being this far into the series, even though my enjoyment has gone steadily downhill, I will probably continue just to wrap it up. They are overwrought dramafests but sometimes, in the right mood, that can be enjoyable. I’m hoping I’m in the right mood by the time book four comes out.