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Quinn Shaughnessy and Anna Hannigan have been a constant presence from the start of the Shaughnessy Brothers series and now we finally get their best friends to lovers story in the third novel, Always My Girl. Quinn and Anna have been by each other's side from the time they were six and Anna's family had moved in right next-door to Quinn's. Through the good times and the bad times, they've been there for each other. Anna has always put Quinn's needs first and she keeps hoping that he'll see her as more than just his best friend. She suffers through sordid tales of his latest female conquests and she even tries to make changes in order for him to notice her...until he sees her in her bikini and slathers her in sunblock lotion. Suddenly, having his hands on her skin takes on a whole new meaning, leaving Quinn extremely confused about the new barrage of feelings coursing through him and fantasies dirtying up his head. Now that she's got Quinn's attention, however, for how long can Anna keep it? Are they besties with benefits or far more?
Bestselling author Samantha Chase has crafted a tale that was at times fun, at other times frustrating. There's a lot of push and pull between Quinn and Anna, as they take two steps forward, one step back as their friendship transitions into something more intimate and romantic (with as much romance as Quinn can muster). For two people who conversed on a regular basis and could tell what the other was thinking or feeling, they suffered from a lot of miscommunication and just a general lack of communication once they started hemming and hawing about whether they would take the next step and pursue a relationship or second guessing what they were doing and making a host of assumptions about each other (and you know what they say about assuming...). And of course, they became the target of a lot of ribbing. There's a saying in Filipino that goes "Laging talo ang pikon," which loosely translates to "A sore loser always loses," and case in point is none other than Quinn, who doesn't like being on the receiving end of familial teasing.
I've been looking forward to reading Quinn and Anna's story since it was clear that there was a different kind of chemistry going on between the two best friends. The story itself is a simple one but it does have its complications, as is often the case when friends consider becoming more than what they've always been. Quinn seemed to have a penchant for self-sabotage while Anna wanted all the bells and whistles that came with being boyfriend and girlfriend and never seemed to think what Quinn was doing was good enough. Maybe Quinn was clueless (something these Shaughnessy boys all seem to suffer from), and maybe Anna was expecting too much too soon, but these two so needed just sit down and speak and listen to each other instead of involving everyone else around them because at the end of the day, making the relationship work had to be a conscious decision they both made. Frustrations aside, I still enjoyed this third installment and am looking forward to reading Riley's story next. Always My Girl garners four stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Shaughnessy Brothers series:
Made for Us (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Love Walks In (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Always My Girl (book three) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 09 July 2016
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