- File Size: 637 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eXtasy Books (April 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JK050C4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Always Cambridge Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The life of a Cambridge is never easy. Death, deceit, and fear are the norms of life, yet Holly’s spirit remains pure despite surviving the deadly encounters common to her family’s lifestyle. Sequestered in the shadows and always looking over her shoulder is not what she wants out of life.
Randy Phillips is only a few years older than his charge but has grown up knowing he’d always be one of the suits protecting Holly.
This is an incredible read with an in depth look at growing up in the underworld where death can come at any second, from any direction. Each character was well defined, the world building realistic and suspenseful.
The only warning – there is a cliffhanger. Usually when I come across that, I’ll drop the series. This however, draws you in tight – I’ll definitely continue reading.
A five star beginning.
The story kept my interest. I read it in one sitting without taking a break. This book provided a good background on the heroine and other characters. Also the suspense and drama slowly built as did the relationship between the heroine and her main bodyguard Randy. While she was a child it was a friendship that for her turned into romantic love when she was In her mid teens Randy loved her too to the point he would readily die for her but for him, it was a platonic, the way he would feel for a younger sister if he had one. By the time she reached 18 years old a sexual tension had started to built as well despite him being around 9 years older. I was eager for her to get older so they could be together and hot sexy times would commence yet sadly that never happened. The story never got beyond a single incident of heavy petting. However there is always the next story in the series for that to happen that I will now be reading.
In “Always Cambridge,” H K Carlton takes us, as if we’ve been watching the episodic storylines of “The Sopranos”, into the life of a little girl, Holly Cambridge as she grows from being a naïve child who has no realization of the type of family fate has chosen her to have been born into to realizing it all too well.
Holly lives an almost cloistered life and can’t understand, at her young age, why she can’t play like the rest of limited circle of friends, or why she has some “huge” grownup constantly watching her every move only a few feet away while no one else her age does. Growing up, she slowly begins to realize and understand the reality of her daily existence and the mob moss family she has had the luck or misfortune to have been born into.
When Holly turns that “sweet sixteen” and begins her long journey into womanhood, her family assigns a much younger and better looking man, Randy Phillips, to be her new bodyguard. With unfamiliar hormones coursing through her young body, Holly, the now extremely vulnerable young woman, looks at her new ever present companion as a friend and confident with an almost god-like attraction she can’t understand.
Randy, on the other hand, understands his young charge’s behavior towards him, and is thrilled to have Holly’s idolization. However, he knows what his limitations are and wisely maintains an appropriate distance from her.
The author’s writing is clear and vivid when it comes to the authentic dialogue and interaction within her family and with other mob families; which for me made an exciting, page turning experience.
When Holly gets injured during a bloody and deathly on-going rival family confrontation, the association she has had with Randy gets unexpectedly changed forever. You might be able to envision what’s going on here, but you’ll have to read this book to find out for sure; as well as what happens as she becomes a real woman.
At the present time, no matter how much I’d love to read the other two volumes I’ve received, I can’t. As a Book Reviewer, I’m not afforded that sort of luxury. I did however take a very brief look at the beginning of next volume, and as the author, herself, has promised, there’s a seamless transition between the two volumes. This seamless transition makes it seem as if the two volumes had originally been one, and got separated later by the author.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to come back to this series and read the next two volumes I’ve received. So, with no one holding a gun to my head, I’m giving this volume of the “Always Cambridge” series, 5 STARS.
HK Carlton takes you on a gripping journey of discovery and growing up as you follow Holly, daughter of a mobster, from childhood into adulthood.
In this first book, you follow Holly from pre-teen to college student. You watch as she falls in love and learns about the world around her. You hurt with her as she suffers loss and realizes she will never be able to lead a normal life.
HK brings Holly, Randy, and all the other characters to life, leading to a page turning tale that leaves you anxious for the next book in the story.