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Always My Girl

by Samantha Chase

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Always My Girl
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Overview

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Always My Girl by Samantha Chase

Falling in love with your best friend? Easy.
Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.

Quinn Shaughnessy believes there's a lot more to life than romance, and he always thought his best friend Anna agreed. But now she's coming out of her shell and dating...and Quinn starts seeing her in a very different light.

Anna can tell Quinn anything, except the big secret she's been hiding for years-that she's fallen in love with him. Now Anna is determined to make a life for herself that doesn't include hopeless pining. But just as she's ready to move on, Quinn seems determined not to let go-and the way he's looking at her might be enough to finally change them from best friends to best everything.

The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)

Praise for Made for Us:
"Another winner in a series that is true to life." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars



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ISBN-13:
9781492616290
9781492616290
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Series:
Shaughnessy Brothers Series , #3
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
352
Sales rank:
21,270
File size:
951 KB
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About the Author

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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Editorial Reviews

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★ 05/09/2016
Unrequited love is discovered along the shores of North Carolina in Chase’s delightful, superbly written third Shaughnessy Brothers contemporary (following Love Walks In). When former race car driver Quinn Shaughnessy catches Anna Hannigan, his childhood best friend, sunbathing, he realizes he’s been chasing the wrong curves. He’s lived his life on the road, so he’s never seen the tomboy in anything skimpy. Anna has been in love with Quinn for years and is determined to get him to see her as a desirable woman. With the encouragement of a winsome ensemble of supporting characters, the lovers embrace a romantic relationship; however, Quinn has to change his unintentionally selfish ways, and Anna wonders whether she has the patience to wait on his transformation. Clever retorts add comic relief to strong lessons about giving and self-esteem. Vivid descriptions, endearing yet flawed characters, and a steady pace add vibrancy to the well-developed plot. Agent: Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (July)

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Twenty four years ago, the Hannigans moved next door to the Shaugh ...
Twenty four years ago, the Hannigans moved next door to the Shaughnessys. Six year-olds Anna Hannigan and Quinn Shaughnessy became best friends almost immediately. Unfortunately for Anna, some years later, she fell in love with Quinn, but he could never see beyond his tomboy best friend. Quinn always took Anna for granted, and as with everyone else, he used his considerable charm to get his way, while Anna always bent over backwards to make him happy. The Shaughnessys are getting ready to celebrate Aidan’s wedding to Zoe, and the whole family is reunited under one roof. Anna is also there, sunning herself her face hidden by a hat, and Quinn doesn’t recognise her. He finally realises that his best friend is a … girl! ALWAYS MY GIRL begins as light, humorous fluff, as the house is filled with boisterous Shaughnessys and their friends and significant others. Ms. Chase’s dialogues sparkle with wit, and sound so authentic, you feel part of the family. Anna still carries her torch for Quinn, who suddenly realises what was in front of him all this time, and eventually agrees to have a go at it, and this is where things get awfully messy. Or more to the point, so realistic, that you have the feeling of watching a relationship unfold in real time, with all its joyous moments, as well as heartbreaking ones. Let’s be honest: Quinn was a jerk, a charming one albeit, but still a selfish jerk. And I felt so sorry for poor Anna, whom everybody loves as their buddy, but not as a lovely woman, and wasting decades of unrequited love while watching Quinn live it up. Both Anna and Quinn are at a crossroads in their lives, and without saying anything else about the plot, not much happened how I expected. There is much character growth, as well as surprising developments with other characters, and even though ALWAYS MY GIRL is the third instalment of the series and there are references to the previous books, it works perfectly as a standalone. Once again, Samantha Chase displays her immense skills at weaving a compelling story with multilayered characters that will captivate anyone looking for an intelligent and beautifully written story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
- MoniqueD
July 5, 2016
A yummy sweet and hot best-friends-to-lovers romance! She'd alway ...
A yummy sweet and hot best-friends-to-lovers romance! She'd always been in love with Quinn. Ever since they were kids. She just... she knew. He was the one for her. Her soul mate. The only problem was Quinn didn't feel the same way. She was his pal. His buddy. There'd never once been anything romantic between them, and if he even suspected how she felt, he'd never let on. I absolutely loved Quinn's and Anna's best-friends-to-lovers story in ALWAYS MY GIRL by Samantha Chase! The cover is delightful, too - it would have drawn me in all by itself. This is a very sweet read with flashbacks to the couple's childhood memories interspersed with the two in the present day. This is the story of Quinn Shaughnessy and Anna Hannigan. They have a long history having been best friends since grade school when Anna's family moved in next door to the Shaughnessys. "I love you, Quinn Shaughnessy. From the very first day when we snuck into my house and stole those chocolate chip cookies and then hid behind the jungle gym, I was hooked." While Anna's feelings for Quinn have evolved over the years into a serious crush, Quinn continues to think of Anna as a tomboy, the girl-next-door and his best friend. Anna really wants Quinn to see her as a woman, but she doesn't know how to go about that. Quinn has a well-earned reputation as a player. He only seems to be attracted to bimbos - and, even they, only garner his attention for a night or two. Her brother and friends tell her to give up on her fantasy, move on and find her HEA elsewhere. Quinn sure doesn't expect to meet up with a new version of Anna when he arrives at the beach-side home where his brother's wedding will occur. On the contrary, he expects to be bored out-of-his-mind. He knows his brother's bride-to-be, Zoe, has a few friends attending and he hopes that he can convince one of them to indulge into some pleasurable activities during the long weekend. When he sees a curvy woman sunbathing by the pool, he thinks he's struck gold - until he introduces himself and looks in his best-friend's eyes. He'd never seen her in a bikini before and swallows his tongue knowing he can't hit upon her. His friendship with her is too precious. He does not want to lose what they have and fears that is what would happen if their relationship changed the way his body obviously demands. Now, if he could just get his mind and body to listen! Samantha took the generic friends-to-lovers storyline, added a dose of tough reality with a slew of trials and tribulations and wrapped the package up tidily with an enchanting HEA. While I wanted to shake Quinn more than once during the telling, he sure said - and meant from the bottom of his heart - the sweetest, most yummiest things. This couple was so genuine - their feelings for each other so strong - that their story came across as intensely real. I was utterly mesmerized. I've enjoyed every book by Samantha that I've read. That said, this is, hands down, my favorite so far. I highly recommend ALWAYS MY LOVE to anyone who enjoys delectable sweet and hot contemporary romances with completely endearing characters! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
- LindaTownsend
July 6, 2016
I'm starting to really love Samantha Chase's writing style, and wi ...
I'm starting to really love Samantha Chase's writing style, and with Always My Girl, I've got a new series to love. Now I need to go back and read the previous books in the series to get the low down on the other brothers. Quinn and Anna were so adorably sweet, and I wanted to smack Quinn a bit, but other than maybe a little more heat, this story had it all.
- kmichels
July 6, 2016
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