It’s a convergence of the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration and Kindle Alexander’s Always Blog Tour at The Novel Approach today, as we welcome Kindle, feature Jackie’s lovely review, offer you a trailer video for the book, and point you toward a great giveaway!
“’Always’ is a good word to believe in.” ― Susan Abulhawa
Author: Kindle Alexander
Pages/Word Count: 280 Pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Blurb: Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
Review: Most of the books that I read in the genre have tons of angst, their fair share of misunderstandings, break ups and make ups. There really isn’t any of that in this book. Kindle Alexander has written nothing here but a love story. It isn’t over the top, rot your teeth sweet or anything along those lines. This love story was more a documentary of what most people dream of from the time they start noticing the little butterflies in their stomach when they are around the person they are attracted to. I think everyone has that secret longing somewhere inside themselves for their other half. In this book Avery and Kane are lucky enough to find theirs.
Avery Adams and Kane Dalton are two men who never should have worked as a couple. Avery is about as close to Minnesota royalty as you can get, and Kane is a transplant from down south. Avery is about to embark on a political career in the mid-seventies, and being out and proud wouldn’t serve him very well. Kane was summarily removed from his family at eighteen for being gay, and is a self-made man who is not only a wonderful chef but a successful restaurant owner in Minneapolis. Even though they have completely opposite pasts, the moment they meet there is instant attraction that can’t be ignored.
In Always, Kindle Alexander takes us, along with Kane and Avery, on their forty-plus year adventure. These two men shared love, family, career and forever with one another. They not only loved each other from almost the moment they met, but they raised a family together. I know that some readers aren’t big fans of “insta-love”, but I feel that the author did a wonderful job of making this instance believable. These two men were meant for one another, and it was plain to see as the story progressed.
As I read this, I experienced a full spectrum of emotions. There was happiness, sadness, anger, love, loss, and the unconditional love of a parent. I will warn you, though, if you typically cry at poignant stories, stock up on the Kleenex! You will need A LOT. If you are looking for a complete love story that depicts everything, the good the bad and the ugly, then this is definitely the book for you. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Go out and get yourself a copy, you won’t regret it.
About the Author:
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.