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Always [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Weaver
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2007, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.

Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.

Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.

Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?

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  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amanda Weaver (April 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That's it!? THAT'S how it ends?? 3.5 stars April 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Justine is a talented singer fronting a mediocre band on the verge of falling apart. Dillon is a talented guitarist and producer in a band rising to stardom. They fall in love almost immediately but Dillon isn't ready to be the "man she needs" at that point. Then later, he realizes what he's lost but she has moved on. The story goes through years of ups and downs for both of them. After everything they've been through can they finally find their happy ending together?

I really liked this story. It was somewhat predictable and quite a bit sad in places but it was fairly well done. The characters were great and I believed in the choices they made, for the most part.

There were some big, flashing warning signs where Ian was concerned but it didn't detract from the story too much.

My only real problem was the ending--no cliffhanger but ridiculously abrupt! I've never seen a book more in need of an epilogue. Really frustrating and insulting. To have read SO MANY PAGES of Justine and Dillon being apart and then have them get together for like two pages and then--instantly--the end!?!?!

I feel angry and cheated. It has ruined the book for me in some ways.

Would have been four stars with an epilogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story April 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This story follows 2 people involved in the music industry. Justine James is the lead singer of the band Failsafe. Dillion Pierce is the lead guitarist/producer of the popular rock group Outlaw Rovers. One New Year’s Eve gig in Los Angeles, changes the lives of these 2 and opens the door to relationship. When drugs, sex, and rock and roll collide, will Justine and Dillon have their happily ever after?
Amanda took me on a journey through the lives of Justine and Dillon. Chapters were described as months/years and it was good touch. It did help me keep up with the time frame as it did change often. I was about 20% of the book when I felt like I didn’t know what the book was going to take me. It is one heck of a ride and I kept telling myself “there just has to be a happy ending.” I am glad that Justine has her head on straight. The temptations of the road never got to her. Now Dillon was a different story. “Always” depicts a growth within a relationship in a long time frame. Sometimes love isn’t so quick to grow. And there can many realistic hiccups along the way. This love story was not all rainbows and butterflies. Death, success, desire and strength molded these characters.
Music lovers will enjoy this book since it takes you behind the scenes and on the road. Now for those that love a good smutty read, you would have to go elsewhere. While there is sex, you were told it happened. No descriptions. But there is a surprise at the end ;) It was a nice change and a good read. 4 smooches for Always by Amanda Weaver.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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4.5 stars!!

ALWAYS is a beautifully-written, completely engaging story of two best friends who are devoted to each other, loyal and support each other through the ups and downs of fame and stardom. It is also a heart-wrenching story of true love and the perils of fame and excess.

Although this is a standalone novel, all the characters are fascinating and I would love to read more about them! Justine and Dillon meet when she is the young lead singer in a local band on the fringes of making it. Dillon is a rock star, loaded with talent, sensitive, gorgeous and not immune to the temptations of life on the road. They bond instantly, he sees a huge takent in Justine and offers to mentor her and write songs for her. Her band is selected to go on tour with Dillon’s band and much friction, drinking, drugs and groupies ensue. Justine keeps her distance, thinking she is relegated to the friend zone.

Always is a fantastic song about the brutal realities of the music business and the very unglamourous side of life on the road. Not everyone can survive the touring and rock-and-roll lifestyle unscathed and Ms. Weaver shows us that the business is not for the faint of heart. I was rooting for Dillon and Justine to admit their deep love for each other but their path is not an easy one. Dillon, once the more famous one, watches with pride as Justine’s star rises and his falls gradually almost into obscurity.

This is a true romance story; yes, there’s plenty of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, but the sex scenes are not graphic. The drugs use is not glossed over, however, and is heartbreaking at times. I absolutely loved this book and all of the characters. This is a story about true love, true friendship, and honesty. Ms. Weaver is an extremely talented writer and I am looking forward reading more of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and great characters April 21, 2014
By floryp
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I really loved Dillon and Justine's story through the years, even though it broke my heart many, many times.
Justine felt real, and she never let her fame go to her head. I believe the few "diva moments" she had, were very well used :)
Dillon's road was difficult and he had to learn the hard way how to deal with his different demons. I'm really happy with where he's standing on his life at the end of the book.
Nothing felt rushed, their story unraveled through the years and it was natural and the supporting characters were important to the plot, especially Ash (oh, Ash)
Thank you Amanda for writing these great characters and I hope to read more from you really soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more
Great storytelling! I wish that we had a bit more, since the ending seemed a bit soon. However, the writing is great and the story reads very smoothly.
Published 5 days ago by sepideh9
3.0 out of 5 stars strong love & dislike
ohhh this book
I love, love, love, LOVED Part I - it was heartrending, it was engrossing, I loved all the music talk and going to concerts and all of the energy and the pain... Read more
Published 12 days ago by ReadingNoVA
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful read
It took me awhile to get into this book, but after about 15% of the way in I could not put it down! This author was able to tell the story of two musicians so vividly that I could... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story of Music To My Ears
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Always by Amanda Weaver. The story between Dillon and Justine is a love story set at the wrong time in both of their lives. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I always love a slow burn and this one delivers. A healthy dose of angst and it was impossible to put down! I can't wait to read more from Amanda Weaver.
Published 3 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars The Connection Was Always There
This is a heart-racing, heartbreaking and immensely satisfying read. A budding pop star sees the genius in the quiet guitarist and songwriter behind a popular band, and the two... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne (arfalcon)
4.0 out of 5 stars A Smart Romance
Sometimes you run into a story that gives more than the same old formula that most these days. The delicious feeling of being sucked into it, and devoured by it thrills me to no... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mssmd
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific debut!
Thoroughly enjoyed Always! Justine and Dillon are characters that you would want to get to know as real people. They are not perfect, but are relatable and lovable.
Published 3 months ago by Vodka&Cookies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
Love reading a story where you are rooting for the couple when they finally make it to each other.
Great read stayed up reading way into the night!
Published 3 months ago by Daffy Duck
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More About the Author

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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