Review: Wait for Always by K.A. Linde (Coastal Chronicles #4)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing.
I've been itching for James Asheford Talmadge IV, better known as Ash Talmadge to readers of K.A. Linde's Coastal Chronicles series, to get his own book ever since Hold the Forevers. That itch has only grown with each passing book in this series, and now, with the release of Wait for Always, which is the fourth and newest Coastal Chronicles novel, we finally have his story, and if you've followed the series, you know who he's paired with--Amelia Ballentine, his best friend's younger sister. She's always been his Mia, and Ash remains the one guy that she's loved, even when his heart belonged to someone else.
While Wait for Always is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, especially since the author provides the history between the main characters via flashbacks. I will say, though, that having read the previous novels and being familiar with everything that happened to Ash in particular allows the reader to have a better appreciation for this character's growth. Was he perfect, especially when we first meet him in Hold the Forevers? No, but by the time he and Mia have their opportunity to finally pursue a relationship, it's clear that he's regained her trust and proven himself worthy of her love.
One of my favorite things about this book was that as much as Mia loved Ash, he had also hurt her a great deal, and not just once--although I doubt that he did so on purpose--and she wasn't quick to welcome him back into her life, nor did she immediately jump at the chance to be more than friends with him simply because he was finally ready. She knew her worth, he recognized it, and once the time was right, they took their time as they went from friends to forever. I enjoyed the heck out of Ash and Mia and their beautiful love story, making Wait for Always my favorite in the series. I'm giving this book 4.5 stars.
Read my reviews for the Coastal Chronicles series:
Hold the Forevers (book one) - four stars - My Review
At First Hate (book two) - four stars - My Review
Second to None (book three) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Wait for Always (book four) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 17 January 2023
Date Read: 12 January 2023
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