Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Always by Sarah Jio

Always by Sarah Jio book cover and review
I have read most of Jio's novels, and after reading Always, I'm not going to change that.

Kailey and Ryan are about to be married.  Ryan's family is rich, and he's the perfect guy. Kailey couldn't be happier.  Then she encounters a homeless man and after looking into his eyes, realizes he is Cade, the man she was hopelessly in love with until he suddenly disappeared without a trace a few years ago.

You can see where this is going, right?  So I don't have to say too much more about the plot.

Now, this is a far-fetched premise.  To think that someone popular, wealthy, and successful would disappear on the streets of Seattle without anyone ever finding him is a stretch.  I mean, people don't become homeless overnight.  It just doesn't add up.  Oh well, just get past that.

Because these characters are lovable.  All of them.  You know that either Cade or Ryan is going to get hurt because Kailey truly loves both of them. She is so caring, and Ryan is so understanding, and what happened to Cade is just so unfair.  It's all very "good."

Another beef is that we don't really ever learn what happened to Cade.  Not entirely.  Especially the part about him leaving the hospital.  That's all I'll say.  I just wish all the loose ends were tied up.  It would have made it more believable if there was more of an explanation.

But Jio's stories are full of warmth and romance and these characters stole my heart.  If you are in the mood for a bit of a sappy love story, try Always. Her books are appropriate for teens who are romance fans, and I'll  be sure to tell them about this one. Jio's books always hit the spot with me, and I look forward to the next one.

Published by Ballentine, February 7, 2017
eARC obtained from NetGalley
288 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. I think I'll be frustrated if I don't hear what happened to Cade :-)

  2. This one sounds really good. I can overlook a far-fetched plot for good characters and writing.

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