Almost Always (Book 2)

Almost Always (Book 2)

by Christie Ridgway
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Almost Always (Book 2) by Christie Ridgway

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Jane Pearson needs a job and daring war reporter Griffin Lowell needs someone to insist he get to work on his memoir. His literary agent hired the bookish blonde and while Griffin would prefer to hide from his painful memories in drunken beach parties and busty bikini girls, prim and proper Jane is becoming more sultry and sexy--to his eyes--by the day. Maybe she's the distraction he needs...

But Jane has a way of getting what she wants, and soon he's sharing secrets and then they are trading sizzling kisses. And then...summer nights, a moonlit beach, the sound of waves crashing on the sand, all come together to heal what's broken and maybe create something entirely new and almost impossible to believe can come true--a happy-ever-after.

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Almost Wonderful (Almost Book 1)
Almost Always (Almost Book 2)
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Product Details

BN ID: 2940158767203
Publisher: Christie Ridgway
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Almost , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,623
File size: 919 KB

About the Author

Christie Ridgway is the author of over 50 novels of contemporary romance. All her books are both sexy and emotional and tell about heroes and heroines who learn to believe in the power of love. A USA Today bestseller, Christie is a six-time RITA finalist and has won best contemporary romance of the year and career achievement awards from Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A native of California, Christie now resides in the southern part of the state with her family. Inspired by the beaches, mountains, and cities that surround her, she writes tales of sunny days and steamy nights.

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Almost Always (Book 2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters that show emotional growth and sex scenes that steam!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why nobody has reviewed this book. It's very well written and full of heart, angst, sex, feelings, humor and everything that makes a good book. I don't give 5 stars lightly. If I like a book very much, I'll give it 4 and might mention it's worth 4.5, but I loved this book.... not even Almost!
JT1969 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Almost series featuring Beach House No. 9. Jane Pearson, a book doctor, comes to Crescent Cove to take on the assignment of helping Griffin Lowell, a war reporter, in writing his memoir. Griffin struggles with PTSD and has been avoiding emotions while Jane presents another kind of minefield to him. I really enjoyed Jane's independent character as well as all of the rest of the character interactions/dialogues. (I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.)
lep1211 More than 1 year ago
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it. Almost Always is the second book in Christie Ridgway’s “Almost Paradise” series. This series takes place in Crescent Cove, California. This is the story of Griffin Lowell and Jane Pearson. This book is a little different from Ms. Ridgway’s other books. This author skillfully writes this book with two distinct story lines. Each has its own profound theme and includes characters with great depth, intelligence and intensity. Griffin was a newspaper reporter who spent time embedded in a military unit. During this time, Griffin had started a journal. Unfortunately, he is unable to work on it because he has returned with the same symptoms that befall many soldiers who return from war zones. Ms. Ridgway does a fantastic job of allowing the reader to see into the mind of this war-torn reporter who can no longer live a “normal” life. His life is filled with terrifying memories, and he will do anything to get rid of the pain. Jane is a “book doctor,” who is sent to help Griffin stick to his deadline. Her job is to tactfully urge the writer to continue his work and to help him “punch up” the emotional side of her story. She comes to Crescent Cove with her own set of problems. There is a secondary storyline that the author threads throughout the storyline of Griffin and Jane. This is the story of Tess Quincy, Griffin’s sister. Tess leaves her husband, who seems to be losing interest in his family, and, with her four children, moves in with Griffith at Crescent Cove. I found Tess’s story and character as absorbing as Jane and Griffin. Another interesting character is Rex Monroe, Griffin’s next door neighbor. He is a famous reporter who wrote about World War Two in his younger days. He has been a thorn in Griffin’s side since he was a little boy. In spite of their mutual hatred, Rex seems to be a voice of reason throughout this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Almost Always by Christie Ridgway, the second book in her Almost series. This story is a re-issue from her Beach House series with updates. Jane Pearson is excited to be working with war reporter Griffin Lowell on his memoir but Griffin would rather hold frat house style beach parties than deal with the PTSD he is suffering from the time he spent in the Middle East. Prim and proper Jane might just be the distraction Griffin needs. As Jane works her wiles on Griffin, he is soon sharing his secrets as they trade kisses and spend time helping each other heal as they complete Griffin’s memoir. A second story within this one follows the troubles of Griffin’s sister and her children, who are staying next door to him. Ms. Ridgway is a wonderful story teller, making me feel as if I was right there and making me want to spend time in Crescent Cove. Ms. Ridgeway included much of the emotional upheaval her characters were experiencing which also included their sexy time, I truly enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. I definitely recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series (Almost Wonderful) and I don’t know how she does it, but Ms. Ridgway seems to “top” herself with each new book. I LOVED this book too! The main characters as well as the secondary characters, the at times steamy storyline, the humor – all of it, just great! Jane Pearson is an editor for authors and she has signed on to help Griffin Lowell, war reporter, finish his memoirs. Griffin has some dark memories of the time he was embedded with soldiers and is not interested in finishing the book. He does his best to detract Jane from helping him (love those scenes) and finds himself obsessed with Jane, even when she is not near. Jane stands up to Griffin while revealing things about herself that makes her all the more attractive to Griffin. There is Griffin’s sister and her children (love these characters) and the irascible old man who lives next door (ditto) as well as other characters that Ms. Ridgway has melded into the story that keeps you turning the pages. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
mholden More than 1 year ago
Christie Ridgway writes the most compelling and complex characters. This book is about Griffin Lowell, who was an embedded journalist in Afghanistan. While he was with them he wrote articles detailing his experience. When he returned he was to write a book about his time in Afghanistan. He goes to Crescent Cove in order to write his book, however, his agent is getting nervous because he isn’t submitting anything. The agent hires Jan, a book doctor, who has been very successful in the past but her last assignment went south so she is trying to rebuild her reputation. What Jane discovers is Griffin has returned from the war damaged and suffering from PTSD but can’t or won’t admit that he is having problems. The journey these two characters embark upon is funny and heart-wrenching and will definitely draw you in. I’m told this is a reissue of a previously published book, however I had not read the original. I was provided a free ARC of this book in change for my unbiased review.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written contemporary romance. Jane is hired by Griffin's literary agent to help Griffin finish up his memoir. Jane is determined to keep the book on course despite her attraction to Griffin. Griffin is trying to hide from painful memories and resists her efforts, but he is finding himself more and more drawn to Jane. Jane and Griffin were great characters, and I enjoyed reading about them as well as the secondary characters including Griffin's cranky elderly neighbor and his sister, her husband and her children. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is the second in a series with related characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series as well as others by this author.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really like the characters. Griffin spent a year as a journalist embedded with a military unit in Afghanistan. He was excited for the opportunity, but after seeing all the horrors of war, he came back a bit broken. He didn't want to feel anything for anyone. Jane has always been told by her family not to be silly and emotional, to be practical. She comes to help Griffin with his book and turns his world upside down. He can't deal with it. Griffin's sister Tess shows up with her "minions", her 4 children, and Griffin does not want to deal with them. He wants Jane to stand between him and his family. Tess has left her husband. She doesn't know what his problem is, but she can't live with him any more. Tess's husband, David, isn't going to let go so easily. As Jane tries to get Griffin to work on the book, she realizes that he isn't as unfeeling as he thinks he is. She watches him with an elderly neighbor, his sister and her children and knows that he isn't as unfeeling as he wants to be. Will she be able to get him to finish the book on time and will she be able to keep him?
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
In order to find our strengths, we must face our weaknesses. Never have I come across more powerful words than that statement. Almost Always is a proclamation of those words amplified. Ms. Ridgway speaks to the heart and mind with the courageous journey of Griffin Lowell. His adventurous spirit and inquisitive mind has taken him all over the world. His experiences have broken his heart, opened his mind and haunted his dreams, but his greatest challenge is born from writer's block. One women is determined to change all that and maybe find a little adventure of her own. Jane and Griffin learn the value of facing fear while following the heart and end up delivering a little balm to the soul.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Absolutely loved Almost Always...great story...great read!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great read. The ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read this .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read