Review: Always You by Samantha Young (Adair Family #3)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
We're back in the Scottish Highlands as Samantha Young takes readers on an angsty journey with age gap feels in the third novel in her Adair Family series. Always You is the story of Arrochar Adair and Mackennon Galbraith. If you've read the previous books in the series, then Arro and Mac should be familiar to you; ditto with the fact that they've had feelings for each other for YEARS. In the beginning, Arro believed what was stopping Mac from being with her was their thirteen-year age difference and that he was her brother's best friend and bodyguard. With so much time having passed and Arro now in her thirties, she feels their time has finally come; but it seems that there was more to Mac's resistance and hesitation to all these years, and when his harshest rejection hits her, Arro is left with no other option than to count her losses and move forward--away from Mac and whatever hopes she had for them. Then a threat against the Adairs makes itself known, and Mac vows to do anything and everything to ensure the entire family's safety, especially Arro's, even if she makes it clear that she wants nothing to do with him.
We finally have Arro and Mac's story! These two have had VIBES between them from the get-go, aka the series starter, Here with Me, which features Lachlan Adair and Robyn Penhaligon, Arro's brother plus Mac's best friend and Mac's estranged daughter, respectively. I'll be honest, I had feelings of ambivalence towards Mac, both because of Robyn and Arro. If it weren't for Samantha Young peeling back those fortified layers of Mac's, I would have probably held on to my doubts as to his suitability as Arro's "the one". Was he stubborn? Oh, yes, but then I had a better understanding of what made Mac the man that he was and why he felt he wasn't someone worthy of a woman like Arro. Could he have handled things better? Absolutely, and I most certainly am not saying it was okay even given the circumstances, but he did redeem himself and it was a hard-earned redemption. Always You is a great slow burn romance that gave me the feels, and I happily give it four stars. I cannot wait to see what else Young has in store for this series.
Read my reviews for the Adair Family series:
Here with Me (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
There with You (book two) - five stars - My Review
Always You (book three) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 26 April 2022
Date Read: 23 April 2022
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