Title: Always the One
Author: C.C Monroe
Release Date: August 25
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Friendships are defined as a bond between two people, a building of a strong connection and like for one another. Usually excluding romantic or sexual feelings. Now what occurs when the typical doesn't happen and friendship turns to love?
Trey Adams spends his days working with music and pining over his longtime best friend, Shayla Donovan. The only thing holding him back is his past, a past where love only hurts and leaves you. To love Shayla the way he desires may be a long, arduous road.
Shayla Donovan has lived thirteen years of her life with a secret she is ready to confess. Pushing her fear aside may be the only way she can move forward in helping Trey learn the meaning of true love.
On their journey to finding love, these two souls will fight battles bigger than they could ever imagine.
*This novel contains mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, please refrain from reading if these things offend you. This story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Hot, sensitive, alpha male, with an HEA.
Tonight proved our love is stronger than anything—the feelings and emotions all real.
The only light in the room is the burning fireplace, crackling across the way from the bed. I watch the orange and yellow flames mesh, regaining my bearings. Shay’s warmth on top of my chest is welcoming, helping me relax. I notice she’s been silent for a few minutes, and when I look down I'm met by her sleeping form.
Everything that has happened in the past twenty-four hours wore my girl out. But I'm more than happy just sitting here listening to her light breathing as she sleeps. She looks beautiful, like nothing in this world could disturb her. I want this moment to last forever. I want my time with her to last far past the time we are given here on earth. I don't know if I believe in eternity, but she sure makes me hopeful that there will be one. She makes me feel like the day I was born only half of me entered the world while the other half of me waited with her and the day we met was the day I became complete again.
Lightly, I move the backside of my fingers down her cheek, and when my thumb makes it to her lips I graze the round edges. Remembering the way she kissed me back when I took away her virginity. Looking at her now, I feel a sense of completion. I’m not only falling, but in essence, also surrendering my heart, soul, and body for the chance to love someone.
This is the moment that changes a boy into a man. The moment one falls in love. Not only am I responsible for loving this woman, but I'm also now in charge of protecting her heart and honoring any promise I give her from here on out.
For women, virginity is the one thing that they give to someone that they’ve fallen in love with. Well, most women. The one thing they give away as a symbol of their love and commitment to their partner. But what virginity is to women, is what a heart is to a man. We save that shit with us until the right woman comes along to claim it. That's when we then give it away, without a second thought or regret. Shayla took my heart, and I will never be able to get it back.
“Why are you looking at me like that?” Her voice is soft and laced in a sleepy rasp.
“You look beautiful when you sleep.”
She searches my eyes, seeing if I’m lying or hiding anything from her. Letting her gaze falter for a second she moves on, accepting my answer. She stretches before placing her head back on her spot above my heart.
About the Author
Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved the idea of love. Now that I'm older and have love in my life, I still love the concept of LOVE. More so, I believe in the power of love on paper. Writing the stories of the characters in my head.
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This is the debut novel from CC Monroe and what a debut novel it is. The story is about Trey and Shayla, two friends who were best friends since they were children and now they are in their early twenties we see them trying to fight the attraction they feel for each other.
Trey is this alpha male, which I love in a character. And he has this past that makes him hard to open up his heart to love , even with his best friend, Shayla. Trey goes thru women like they are candy yet when it comes to Shayla, he is super possessive and obsessed with her; with her he doesn’t know if he can do what it takes to try for a relationship and show her his heart. Oh and Shayla, let me say, this woman has her heart on her sleeve for her man. Even though she too has things in her past that keep her from committing, she wants to put herself out there for Trey. Oh I loved how real the characters felt, I loved how the struggles came across-it was like I was right there along with Shayla, when she was hurting and didn’t know how to go on or when she and Trey connected finally. It was real, believable and emotionally satisfying. What a great friends to lovers romance –and the nail biting question was “would Trey let Shayla in, would he finally admit he needs her love and will she let Trey be his alpha-ness with her ?” Well the questions get answered and more.
This story had everything that made me want to keep reading- friendship, good friends, great supporting cast, passion, angst, heartfelt emotions, very believable storyline, Passion, one hot alpha male and one spirited heroine. You wont go wrong with this story and I cannot wait to see what the author has up for her next book because I definitely would love to read it.
My rating: 4.5 stars ****
**I was given an ARC by A4Alpha B4Books in exchange for an honest review***