Friday, March 14, 2014

Blog Tour + THREE Reviews + Bonus Content: Always by Kindle Alexander

Title: Always
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: March 11, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for Review

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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.

Wow! This was hands down Kindle's best book yet. I finished the book a couple of days ago and I'm still going back and re-reading the ending and crying every time I do! That's the mark of a truly phenomenal book, if it gets you right in the feels. You know what I'm talking about. That rare book that pulls at your heart strings and makes you take notice of the beautiful story taking place in front of you and you just hang on for the ride! Well, emotions certainly ran high in this one. Prepare yourself by picking up a box of tissues and keeping them close by, because by about 15% left in the book, you're going to need them!

Avery and Kane have such a beautiful relationship. What makes their story unlike a lot of other books is that Kindle took the plunge and gave us a LIFETIME in one novel but she does it with such grace, without the story feeling rushed. This book is so much more than hot guy meets hot guy and just has to have him. Of course, there is that bit to it but when from the moment Avery meets Kane, it's a story about being who you are and being proud of it. It's falling head over heels for someone and damn the consequences. It's finding the other half of yourself and grabbing a hold of your soul mate and making sure that they have the most amazing life with you in it.

Kane's story is so incredibly sad. The subject matter of being raised in the deep south where being homosexual is an absolute sin and there is no changing someone's mind breaks my heart and makes me want to just go postal on someone but its real and its raw and you the reader feel his pain. It's relatable even to this heterosexual female. I am raising two little boys and one day they will be teenagers and I hope that if either of them is Gay that they will have grown up in a household with so much love that they won't fear being themselves and be proud of who they are. Avery gives that to Kane, he makes him whole, he chases away the wrong that Kane feels because of his religion even as an old man. He casts a light on Kane's life that was previously missing because of a family that disowned him as a young man. It wasn't right what his family and so many folks in a world not created by fiction have to go through every day. Kindle adds the human element to all her stories and that's what makes them EXTRAORDINARY!

Bravo lady! I am so freaking proud of you on what you created here. I wish Avery and Kane were real people that I could meet. But there are people like them out there, I just know there are. May each and every one of us be lucky enough to find that person who will stand by our side for a lifetime and continue to look at us like its the first time they ever laid eyes on us! I hope you all enjoy their story as much as I did!

OMG! Kindle Alexander I don’t know if I love you or hate you!!!! Hmmmmm……..I’ll go with LOVE!! The box of Kleenex I mutilated probably wouldn’t agree!

From the beginning (seriously...I was at 3%) I knew my little box of Kleenex was in trouble! However, it really doesn’t last long in the beginning. The story quickly moves along and unfolds with characters that are simply…….freaking amazing!!!!!!
Avery Adams is the epitome of political. He is President Adams’ grandchild so it’s in his blood. He’s also an attorney, gay and planning to run for Senate. Taking into account that it’s the 70’s this is going to be difficult. He’s come back to his home state to run and in order to “be seen” he finds himself eating at the new hot place - La Bella Luna…..

Kane has lead a hard life. His family kicked him out when he told them he was gay. His father is a baptist preacher and completely disowned him. He had only the clothes on his back, was hungry and emotional scared when he stubbled into a pizzeria. Paulie helped him find himself and offered him a job. It would change his life. He learned everything he could under Paulie and they started La Bella Luna themselves. Kane worked every day and poured his heart into his restrurant. When he found out a potential US Senator was dining in his restaurant he couldn’t make any mistakes. Upon arriving at his table to introduce himself, Avery loses his ability to speak correctly. He is so taken with Kane that he can’t think and this leads Avery to think he’s done something wrong. Kane sends Avery flowers the next day - Calla Lilies  - Kane’s favorite and Avery is not going to let Kane go. He can already picture their future and knows they will be together……Always!

Once Avery gets it through Kane’s head that they will be together Always their lives begin to unfold and as things happen to them, the one thing that is constant……their love for each other. They Always take each other into consideration. 

God, he loved this man, always had. Avery’s world had been tilted on its axis the day he laid eyes on Kane. His soul had found its other half, he’d been told ‘when kindred souls meet, they were destined to be together, always.’ And there was no doubt he’d met his kindred soul in Kane. He let his husband continue guiding him toward the bed, careful not to trip over the dress slacks that were now pooled around his ankles. The edge of the bed stopped his backward motion, and he finally took the time to rid himself of the annoying pants, kicking them across the floor. “Make love to me, Kane. I need you."

The story of this couple isn’t about the fact that they are a gay couple. Most of the time I forgot about that part. They love each other. They are soul mates. If we could all remove the differences (that usually aren’t our business anyway) and focus on how we treat people. Well, wouldn’t this world be a much better place? This story doesn’t have the normal break-ups, mad gunman, whips or anything of the like. But that’s the best part…..Kindle doesn’t need any of that because the STORY is amazing on it’s on. 

Everyone, PLEASE, read this book!!! There would be a lot less hate in the world if everyone was required to read this book. No matter what your beliefs are on the gay community you can not read this book and think anything remotely close to hate. Kindle I don’t know how in the world you continue to generate books that are not only completely amazing and wonderful but also relevant and free of any hate - just love. It’s all about the love.

I wish I could have rated this a TEN!!!!!!! Kindle I don’t know how you did it but this one is out of the park!!!! The only bad thing to this book… goes by too fast! I would have been fine if this story was 1000 pages!!!

First off I would like to say thank you Kindle Alexander for writing such wonderful love stories. The beauty and emotions that you place in your books is nothing but amazing. Always held true to that form and is nothing short of brilliance.

After reading many stories pertaining to gay lovers I have often wondered if the authors even know what it is like to be in a relationship of that type. Unfortunately those who are gay do have to deal with some of the different issues of being a same sex couple and are often looked at differently because of who they love. Kindle not only puts these issues into her stories but she writes them so that her characters have to address and deal with them in a real world way and my hat goes off to her for this.

In Always we are introduced to Avery Adams who is not only a politician, but a gay politician in the late 1970's when it was not accepted to be gay, but to be a gay political male was unheard of. When Avery meets Kane the feelings ignite immediately. He is drawn to him in ways he could not explain. He is determined from the start to win Kane over and see where their feeling may lead them. Kane on the other hand hold very strong religious beliefs and feels as if he expects to much from his partners. Kane is not the type of individual who is a love'em or leave'em type of person. He wants the whole "forever" dream and because of this wonders if there is anyone out there who feels the same as him.

Avery is determined to show Kane that this is not just a temporary love for him and he wants the forever dream with him. The feelings between these two are almost instant from the moment that they meet. The way that Kindle writes the story from both Avery and Kane's point of views is perfect. She allows us to follow them as if we were living right there with them and dealing with the issues just as they are. The love that grows between Kane and Avery is monumental and will have you dreaming of that feeling of warmth and happiness. With the love and support of each other the accomplishments of Kane and Avery are that of a true "family”.

As we follow these two partners through the different stages of their relationship we see how they grow and support one another. The feelings are those from the soul. I found myself laughing with them, and crying with them throughout the entire book. I remember at one point Kindle posted on facebook is it bad to cry over a character you are writing about. Well, I just want to say damn you Kindle, because you had me not just tearing up, but a deep down cry that used up a box of tissues. It was one of those deep down, soul wrenching cries.

Always is a wonderfully written story that will tug on your heart so strong that you will feel as if you are living life through Kane and Avery. She takes us on their journey as they grow old together and keeps us pulled in tight with our emotions. This is such an emotionally charged story that you will find yourself completely immersed in it. There is no way that this book can receive a 5 star rating, because it is way more than that. If I could I would give it 9.5 stars. As said throughout the book... I will love you "Always.”

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.

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  1. I love the reviews as well as the Turn-On lists for both Avery and Kane. As I'm reading them it brought me back to the book and I want to read it again. Thank you for sharing .

  2. I love these reviews. Thank you so much for getting it! You make me smile. Thank you!