M.R. Joseph can turn simple words on a page into something magical that will have you devouring the pages of her books, and this one was no exception.
Always In is an emotionally gripping tale of Second chances and fighting for love when you believe all hope is lost. This book continues shortly after the end of book one Giving In, and shows the struggles Harlow, Cruz, Willow, and the rest of the gang are going through while Harlow is healing.
Not a huge fan of Cliffhangers, I was devastated at the end of book one, knowing I would have to wait quite a while for book 2 but I can tell you that this book was worth the wait, surpassing any expectations I had as a reader. I felt like I was one of the gang while reading, whether it was because I was Laughing at Willowâs completely ridiculous yet hilarious sexual innuendos, or I was crying because my heart was breaking at either Harlowâs or Cruzâs frustration, this book grabbed me from the beginning and me tied up in knots right up until the end. Whatever you do, be sure to have a stress ball, box of tissues, and chocolate on hand while reading!
The secondary characters have much more of a role to play in this book than in the first, so you definitely get a better sense of who they are and what they are about. For instance Willow, one of Harlowâs best friends and a Teacher at the same school as Harlow, has a big mouth and has no problem calling it as she sees it, like in this scene âHarlow, you are just going to sit there and not say a thing about that guy? What in the hell has gotten into you lately? Waitâ¦. I can answer that. Nothing ! Your hymen has probably grown back and now youâre a twenty-four-year-old virgin.â
We also get a lot more of Bella, Cruzâs sister âin-law, I love their relationship with each other sheâs very motherly which he definitely needs in his life, and she always gives him the best advice like this, âYou can do one of two things here, Raph. One, Move on. Which I donât really think youâll do. And two, you can fight the biggest fight of your life, bigger than any war you have fought in, do anything and everything in your power to make your way back into her life. You are a fighter and honestly, Iâd be disappointed if you didnât fight for her.â
I canât tell you about my most favorite part of the book because that would be a big HUGE spoiler and I donât want to spoil this book for anyone! I can however say that you do not want to miss out by not reading this book, it has quickly jumped to my second favorite book (the first being Giving In)of the year. An although this book is the last in the series that is dedicated to Cruz and Harlow, I was assured we would be seeing more of them in the rest of the books in the shore series!