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Published by Silver Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie
After years in New York, Seth Hall has returned to his hometown to raise his two children and start a bakery. The last thing he wants on his first day on the job is to run into the guy he loved in high school—the same guy who humiliated him and broke his heart. At first he’s angry and defensive, but then he really starts to listen to what Jared has to say. Realizing they’ve both been played, Seth and Jared are determined to make up for lost time, but someone doesn’t want them together…
Always Been You has a nice premise and setup, but I was really disappointed in how everything played out. The huge misunderstandings between Seth and Jared are cleared up almost immediately, leaving them free to fall into near insta-love. Unfortunately, that leaves only external conflict, which is created by one character. The woman starts out manipulative and cruel and morphs into an almost ridiculous figure by the end. I would have liked to see more internal conflict, or conflict regarding the children, as opposed to everything being caused by a few people and a whole lot of misunderstandings.