Monday, September 22, 2014

Christie's Blog Tour review and Giveaway: It's Always Been You by Victoria Paige

“I’ll wait forever, sunshine. I loved you then. I love you now. I’ll always love you.”

Former Navy SEAL Travis Blake is a rising star in the security business. In two short years, Blake Security Inc. has become highly sought after by the who’s who in Washington DC.

But unbeknownst to many, Travis is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife three years before. He carries with him the guilt of not being there to protect the one person who meant everything to him. He has buried his wife, but his heart refuses to accept that the body six feet under is hers. His obsessive search for her leads him deep into the trenches of covert ops—and everything is not what it seems.

Caitlin Kincaid has been on the run for a while. The sum of her memories began three years ago when she awakened with a broken arm and leg and a severe concussion. Hunted down by a secret group within the U.S. government, her companion persuades her to stay off the grid because of the standing kill order on their heads. One night, while fleeing assassins, she is left on the side of the road with a cryptic message: “It’s time for you to stop running. I’m not the one you love.” 

When Travis receives news that the woman who has turned up at the American Embassy in Berlin could be his wife, he wastes no time getting to her. He is unprepared for the devastation that shreds him when Caitlin looks at him with no recognition in her eyes. Amnesia is a challenging enough obstacle for winning the love of his life back. But with lies defining the past three years of her life, Caitlin becomes wary of anyone’s help.

Love was never the problem. A marriage cannot survive without trust. As sinister forces threaten the bond they are trying to rebuild, trust must come quickly or one of them will die.

* Strong sexual content and language. Disturbing situations.

This book is one of those that really has it all. You name it, it's probably in this book. You like bikers? Mobsters? Alpha heroes? Lots of action and suspense? Plot twists? Paranormal elements? Combustible chemistry between the heroine and hero that is hot and steamy? Suspense that never stops and always keeps you guessing?......Every one of those things are in this book. I think the only thing missing was a rockstar and an athlete. Throw those in and any romance reader could be satisfied at some point in this book. But seriously, this book is an exceptional romantic suspense with an amazing couple!

Admittedly, I wasn't fully sold on the amnesia aspect of the plot-these can get so unrealistic or hokey but by the end, I was a believer-I think it was explored in a natural feeling way. Both the heroine and hero had a lot to overcome emotionally regarding her memory loss. In the three years since Travis lost his beloved wife, he's still unable to let her memory go. They have a deep connection-always have, and he feels that if that connection was snapped he would feel it. He doesn't.

She's still on this earth. He knows it. And this ex Navy Seal started his own security business in Washington in order to pursue any clue he can find. Just when he starts to believe he may be searching in vain, he gets a call that his wife has been found. But the people she's been running from for three years are just as interested as him in getting to her. The woman has a whole multitude of people out to kill her.

The Russian Mob, secret government agencies, a long lost husband that she has no memory of....

She gets one hell of a surprise when Travis walks in to claim the woman he loves. And so does he. He's a stranger to her.

But a little memory loss is not holding him back. He's total alpha all the way through. He could bring her memories back for her through sheer determination and will alone. This man is not going to let anything come between them again.

Along with her memory, her trust is gone as well. She believes the things he tells her about her past, but believing and feeling are two different things. Travis' biggest difficulty in forming a bond with his wife again is taking things slow.

She was his world. The notion should scare him, but deep down, he knew he wouldn't have it any other way. He lived and breathed for her.

I really felt bad for the guy-he's insanely in love with her and super possessive and he's got to rein in his alpha tendencies. Poor thing. Well, luckily for us readers, he doesn't do that great of a job of it. When I tell you this man would battle the devil himself in order to protect her...I ain't lying.

He goes up against the mob, gang members, secret government agents, and anyone who questions his commitment to her. He is badass.

From the moment they reconnect, they have un unbelievable amount of hurdles to overcome. This is not your average couple with their average problems. As her trust is rebuilt, they slowly become a team again. Working to clear a path to make a future together possible.

I love you, Caitlin." His eyes were searching.
She pressed a light kiss on his lips and said, "I'm getting there, Travis."
"I'll wait forever, sunshine. I loved you then. I love you now. I'll always love you."

This book was packed full of suspense-I loved how I was kept guessing about who was out to get her. Just when I thought I knew who the antagonist was, I was wrong. I was surprised more than once. This was such a well planned out and executed book-I was totally impressed with Victoria Paige's ability to draw me into the story literally from the first page. And the heroine was really someone who I could empathize and connect with. She was intelligent, brave, and contained quite a bit of badass-ery (Hey, it could be a word!) of her own. This book really hit the spot in many ways, I have to say I loved every minute of it. I'm looking forward to checking out more from this author in the coming books in the series!

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


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Meet Victoria Paige

I work as a freelance database administrator, and when I’m not geeking out, I write romantic suspense novels. I live in Richmond, Va—less than two hours away from Washington DC—so most of the settings of my books are in the nation’s capital—of course, I’m not averse to creating fictional towns and cities. ;)

When I’m not arguing with the alpha male characters in my head, I love to watch high-octane action movies. I think Jack Bauer is the shit, which is why most of my characters are such badasses bent on saving the world from evil doers.

I love reading adult contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, romantic suspense, and a few new adult fiction as well as military non-fiction.

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