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Always
     

Always

4.5 6
by Amanda Weaver
 

From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2007, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.
Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets

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From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2007, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.
Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.
Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.
Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045721264
Publisher:
Amanda Weaver
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
286 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are. Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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Always 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a groupie of rockstar-themed romances I've read many releases over the last year and I can honestly say this has been my favorite thus far. It's an amazingly in-depth story, both emotionally and in regards to the music world, that completely sucked me in from the very first page to the last. It realistically depicts the rise and fall of a band, the high cost of fame, and how reaching rock bottom can sometimes be exactly what you need to find true happiness. Rockstar Dillon's band is just starting to gain fame as this story starts. He's the brains behind their music, a talented man with pain from his childhood always surrounding him but fueling his talent. His best friend since childhood and brother in shared pain, Ash, is the lead singer and together they forge a path of sex, drugs, and alcohol. For Ash, these vices are slowly consuming him but for Dillon he's merely a bystander trying to keep Ash under control but losing his grip as alcohol becomes his favorite way to numb the pain. The only bright spot during this chaotic time is Justine, lead singer of a band where she is becoming a star in the making. Dillon's immediately drawn to her and their shared love of music binds them together from the moment they meet. He's immensely attracted to her as well but knows he's no good for her but can't let her out of his life. Being friends is difficult but anything else is unthinkable, and as his band and life falls apart he'll need her friendship more than ever. She'll be the only person to believe in him and help him regain the muse he lost long ago. She'll ultimately give him the family he never had just by being his friend. I ached for Dillon from the very start as his mother cared nothing for him and left him to fend for himself at the age of twelve. He's quiet but says so much through his music or a subtle look or small gesture. He's extremely loyal which works against him at times but it's also appealing as he can always be counted on to help no matter how much pain he's in. Justine is an immensely likable heroine who's worked for everything in her life. Nothing was handed to her and because of that she deserves the fame just starting to come her way. She loves being on stage and signing songs people can dance to but is stuck in a band helmed by an egotistical control freak jealous of her obvious talent. Meeting Dillon changes everything for her, both professionally and emotionally, and takes her on a journey of highs and lows that kept me on the edge of my seat rooting for her to succeed. She loved Dillon from the moment she heard his music and being around him enthralled her even more but his lifestyle leaves no room for her love so the only thing left is friendship. As her star rises she'll rely on his friendship even more as life and love bruise her confidence and break her heart. Things come full circle by the end of the story though to put a smile on my face with a truly HEA. This was an intensely emotional story that goes full circle in two people's lives never pulling punches on the good or the bad. It makes for a heart-wrenching read that's immensely rewarding for its believability. The main characters are fully fleshed out and this made for a deep connection to the reader. The author perfectly balanced vivid depictions of living in the chaos of the music world with the quiet of everyday life which made it easy to become immersed in the outcome and left me anticipating more from Ms. Weaver.
BiblioMicki More than 1 year ago
This is not normally a genre I read, but I was looking for something different, so contemporary romance it was. I made what turned out to be a really good choice. The writing is well executed and clean. The story is straight forward with a happy ending, which I needed. And best of all, while I cannot relate to the characters, I was able to come to care about their choices and sympathize with them. I was so engrossed with what they were going through that I could not put the book down. The timing of the novel was quite easy to follow as well. This is not a story that takes place over a weekend or a month, but over a couple of years. Time does not stand still for these star crossed lovers, life happens, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The author though maneuvers through it effortlessly without the reader feeling like they may have missed something or bogging them down with the daily minutiae. Yay! Even if you are not a fan of the genre this is a good read. Weaver managed to give her readers a romance without emotionally manipulating its readers. This is something many writers (not matter what the subject matter) have a hard time accomplishing and I really appreciate the lack of it here. Well done Ms. Weaver. I looked forward to more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author is one of my favorites. She never disappoints in providing a great plot with artistic writing. Her writing provides enough to detail to engage you in the story while not being over the top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading and definitely wasn't ready for it to end. Will miss these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure what kind of journey I was in for from this book when I first started to read it. Lacey clearly has issues, she admits to lying on a daily basis in the past. As the book progresses her OCD is shown as coping mechanism of dark event in her life, the number six and it multiples manifests itself into everything. Six can/bottles of everything in her cupboards, washing her hands six times whenever she finds herself getting anxious. You don’t get to fully understand why the six is so significant until the reason for her compulsions is revealed. The event is dark, tugs on the heart strings of the reader and refreshingly different one for an author to focus on, not the usual sexual abuse that is prevalent in a lot of new adult genres. The writing is great and absorbing, you feel her distress, her need to lie, to make her hands red raw. I was Team Dylan for the majority of the book but he could have acted better at times towards Lacey, dead wife or no dead wife. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Writing 4.5 Characters 5 Plot 5 Pacing 4.5 Cover 5 Heat 4.5