To Samantha Christensen, Lucas Hunter was always the guy—the sexy, smart and unattainable man she pined for throughout college. To Lucas, she was a treasured friend, a younger sister he felt the need to protect. She had a choice—to wait and hope, or to settle. When they meet again years later, Lucas looks at Samantha and sees a woman he wants—even though she’s not free to take. As they renew their friendship he finds he’s falling hard, and can’t accept any less than all of her. Samantha realizes there’s hope with Lucas. Will she finally have a chance to be happy with the man she’s always loved, or will obligations and insecurities stand in their way? Can Samantha and Lucas convince each other that they belong together? That it was Always You?
I really, really enjoyed this story. However, I felt a little uncomfortable at the beginning of the it. It's hard for me to put in to words, but let me try...
Samantha is married to Marc. Before they were an item, she had a major crush on one of her friends, Lucas. Lucas moved away for a job, and so Sam let go and moved on with Marc. Marc turned out to be a grade A a**hole. He is always demeaning Sam, yelling at their daughter, or ignoring them all together.
Then, Lucas comes back. He and Sam pick up their friendship right where they left off. Their feelings and attraction become deeper and stronger, and it is soon too much to resist. This is where it gets murky for me. Their deepening relationship before she separates from her jerk of a husband is a fine line. Emotionally, Sam and Marc were already split, but not physically. Is it okay? Wrong? That's up to you. I'm of the opinion to cut ties before cheating, but life is never that simple. This book mirrors hard choices that you sometimes have to make in life. Only you can decide if it's the right one for you. I understood this part of the book and the necessity of it for the story.
Though Sam and Lucas' relationship made me nervous at first, this book turned out to be really good. I could hardly put it down. I fell in love with Lucas, and when his alpha tendencies came out he was even better! I came to love his and Samantha's relationship. They were passionate, fiercely loyal and protective of each other. I absolutely adored how Lucas was with Sam's daughter, Bella. All in all it was a great story that you don't want to pass up.
“Shit, Sam! Baby Girl, are you okay?” God, please no. Calling me Baby Girl now was like sticking a knife directly into my already broken heart. Lucas lifted me off the ground to help me stand. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. I always loved when he did that, but now it hurt like hell. It was torturous, but I let myself feel him one last time. I wanted to remember the way he smelled, how his arms felt like home—but he wasn’t my home anymore, and it killed me to know that. I pushed out of his hold and looked at his face. His beautiful face. His blue eyes were still glassy, but they were red now. I didn’t want to believe what I saw. I wanted to look at the unshed tears growing in Lucas’s eyes and think it meant he really loved me, and he would never ever hurt me. I saw an empty cab coming up the block and raised my arm to hail it. I must’ve fallen hard as blood trickled down my wrist when I held my hand up. The cab slowed to a stop and I headed to the curb where it waited. I willed myself to stop crying at least until I got inside. Lucas grabbed my arm again, shaking his head. “You can’t leave like this.” His voice was cracking. “I need you, I love you. You know me, Sam.” I shook my head sadly. “No. No, I don’t.”