Title: Always Been You
Author Name: Jess Buffett
Publication Date & Length: February 4, 2015 – 153pgs
After recovering from a shooting that took the lives of his best friends, Seth Hall returns to his hometown for the first time in eleven years with his two children in tow. Intent on setting up a happy, stable life for them, he vows not to allow his past to intervene with their future. That is until Jared, the boy who had broken his heart all those years ago, returns to his life a full grown man who knows exactly what he wants…Seth.
Jared Stewart thought he had lost his only chance to be with Seth after a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. When Seth finally comes home and back into Jared’s life, Jared vows to do anything it takes to keep him there. However, while Jared and Seth grow closer, they discover that not everyone is so happy for them.
Will they be finally able to make a life for themselves together? Or will they be torn apart again, by people they thought they could trust?
I really loved this book! Both of the main characters were well developed, attractive and interesting. I loved the town, the bakery and the kids. The time changes worked well. I liked seeing Jared and Seth as boys and then as adult. The author allowed readers to fill in the missing time at the same time the characters did which developed suspense.
This is a Nora Roberts-style gentle, cultivated New England romance full of big supportive families and quirky minor characters. It is not erotica. There is some sex, but the focus of the story remains on the romance between Seth and Jared. I haven’t read the author before, but I will be certain to look out for her other book.
Like too many good M/M books, it was very short for a novel. I wasn’t ready for it to end and I think the author could have spent another two hundred pages developing the minor characters, the back stories and the town even further. The kids were fantastic but I don’t think we were ever even told their ages. I also wanted to know more about Seth’s professional life in New York and Jared’s time at Yale. I’d love to see a sequel with Tyler or Skye’s story.
Straightening his back, he met Jared’s gaze.
“Fine. Let’s take a seat and get this over with, shall we?”
“Is that the way you talk to all of your clients? Cause I have to say, I’m surprised you get much business then,” drawled Jared.
Ignoring the comment, Seth led them to one of the booths. He cast a glance towards the kitchen, but Sal seemed to be preoccupied. Maybe telling the man to just ‘go for it’ hadn’t been a smart move. Something told him things were going to cost more than he thought.
Taking a seat opposite one another on the old scuffed booth with weathered red leather seating, that he absently noted to himself had to be added to the ever growing list of things that needed replacing, Seth launched straight into professional mode. He needed details to come up with something that the future bride wanted and that’s all he was focused on. At no time did he notice how good Jared looked, or how muscular he had gotten. Seth hadn’t even taken note of Jared’s soft pink lips or his large firm hands.
Not at all.
Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She is a mum of two, married to her high school sweetheart.
Jess is a hopeless romantic who is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance with a happy ending—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door.
A caffeine addict who shamefully can’t make a decent cup of coffee to save her life, Jess believes in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.