★ SYNOPSIS ★
Handsome twenty-eight-year-old Will Hallerman has finally had enough of the dating world—he’s ready to find a wife and settle down. This announcement is catastrophic in Hannah Becker’s world. After knowing Will her entire life and adoring him from afar since junior high school, she realizes her chance at love with him is in grave danger. Hannah’s problem? To Will, she will never be more than his best friend’s little sister. Determined to open his eyes to her charms, Hannah sets out to sabotage Will’s wife hunt by placing nightmare dates in his path and taking his search on a wild goose chase. Her plan is risky, but she’s willing to take a chance to catch the eye of her soul mate.
Despite her crazy schemes, nothing seems to be working. Hannah can’t help but wonder if it’s time to set aside this childhood crush—to move on and settle down herself. She’s ready for a fresh start with a great guy. If only Will weren’t suddenly changing the rules of the game… And how can Hannah move on when Will just won’t let her forget?
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Always Will is the by new-to-me author Melanie Jacobson. It is a stand alone novel, with an HEA. It is safe, and there is no cliffhanger. It’s told from first person point-of-view by the heroine of the book. I’m solidly on the fence with this book, meaning it didn’t overwhelm me or underwhelm me. There were things I liked about it, and things I didn’t so much like.
The story itself had me amused. You have a girl who is in love with her older brother’s best friend, who just happens to be her neighbor too. Hannah has been in love with Will for years. She sees his apartment door as revolving, watching women go in and out, new girlfriends and what not. After the latest mess though, Will makes the choice that he’s done dating, he wants a serious relationship. It drives Hannah into a panic, someone might take Will from her. She can’t let that happen.
They set Will up an online dating account, several of them actually, and Hanna plays it so that he has the worst dates ever. To throw off suspicion, she also sets up an account for herself, which Will thinks is totally fake… but then she starts dating too and he’s not exactly on board with that.
From Hanna’s POV it just seems like Will is being unreasonable, date crashing, treating her like a kid, while still going on his own dates and trying to find his dream women. She can’t convince him that she’s that person. So she gives up. Which starts a whole other parade of problems.
Typically, I’m completely enamored with friends to lover stories, second chance romances or even the whole “I’m in love with my brother’s best friend.” trope. However, with the case of Always Will, I think it would have benefited from dual point of views. A majority of the time it’s massive communications problems, in other instances, it feels like Will’s side of it doesn’t translate well. There were a few times he comes off as jealous and you see that but it couldn’t make up the rest for me.
I would still recommend the book to others, there are some insanely cute moments in it. I’ve given it a solid 3 star rating myself.