MORE THAN ALWAYS - Jacinta Howard
REVIEWER: Ashley Slater| RATING: A
REVIEW: This sequel to BETTER THAN OKAY essentially picks up right where the story left off, a few months later. Brian and Destiny are officially in a relationship and finding their rhythm as a couple. The romance is profoundly authentic and passionate, though it is not without adversity. As life once again throws some unexpected challenges their way, it places a strain on their relationship and they are forced to adapt. Between work, personal issues and family obligations, how will their love endure?
Again Jacinta Howard has managed to capture the beauty of love in all of its complexity and not just the pretty and fuzzy side of the emotion, but the trials and tribulations that come with it. I love that the issues the hero and heroine face are genuine, not manufactured and overly dramatic. The author masterfully weaves nuance, tension, and intimacy within the prose, so I too could feel their frustration as they continued to debate the same arguments. It’s evident that Brian loves Destiny to a fault, but he is still guarded in some ways and wrestling his own demons. Since this story, MORE THAN ALWAYS, is told from Brian’s perspective, we experience this conflict firsthand. We also get to revisit the vibrant secondary characters we met in BETTER THAN OKAY, who continue to add humor and warmth to the story.
Though this book definitely stands alone, you don’t want to miss, BETTER THAN OKAY, the first book in the series. It provides invaluable background information on this couple’s journey to be together. I have to admit that I was a bit ambivalent going into the sequel, MORE THAN ALWAYS. After falling in love with these characters, I didn’t want to take the chance that something would happen to destroy their newfound happiness.
Of course, these concerns were unfounded. This is a sequel that does justice to its predecessor! So I encourage you to download this one to your e-reader as well, because once you start this story you won’t put it down until you finish it.
22nd March 2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org