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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516990145
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- Publisher: Airicka Phoenix (May 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y4EIKS2
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- Lending: Enabled
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Always Yours, Baby (Damon & Willa) (The Baby Saga Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This was my first book in the Baby Saga, and I can promise you – it will not be my last.
First off, I want to say how much I love the fact that the first books were the parents’ books, and this and the last were their kids’ books (the next book, is as well). So many times, authors feel the need to wait x-amount of years until they write the following books if they’re doing the offspring, but I loved that Airicka went right into the children of Sloan, Lily, Cole, and Beth.
So again, while this was my first Baby Saga book, I am excited to go back and read the earlier books. Do you need to read them? Nope, not at all. But I want to because I want to know the early years of Damon especially – the years when he was a hot-headed kid who didn’t feel he deserved anything.
Hell, as an adult, he doesn’t feel that he deserves everything he’s given, but he’s better at accepting it (well, pretending to accept it, anyway).
Damon has been in love with Willa since the moment he met her – when he was all of six years old. Even as a young child, he recognized her as the one person he’d be able to be himself with. True enough, Willa is his safe haven. The longest the two of them have been apart has been during their college stints.
Separately, both has loved-loved the other as long as they can remember, but neither has had the nerve to say something, both being afraid that the sentiment wouldn’t be returned and their friendship would be ruined. But as their friends later tell them, the only ones who didn’t know the other returned the same love was… well… the two of them.
I did find it odd that they were best-best friends who lived together (ok, that wasn’t odd), that slept in the same bed and did nothing (that was what I found odd). I found it funny that they didn’t really find it to be odd (they did, but they didn't, if you get that...), and that the town just already assumed they were together. When the time finally came and they admitted their feelings, no one was really shocked. Ok, the initial kiss was shocking, but that’s because it was new.
I loved the meddling of Jared and Calla – best friends/siblings at their best, of course. I loved how much Willa and Damon loved one another, and I loved that Damon was terrified of doing wrong by Willa, even though truthfully, nothing changed with the status change.
And as much as it pains me to laugh at the man, there were two times that Damon had some control issues that I just loved – mainly because they show him as extremely human and vulnerable. He puts on a very good face, but occasionally his fears come to surface.
There was a point where I was almost annoyed with the self-confidence and way Willa and Damon were with one another, especially once they decided to put a new label on their relationship but were too timid to kiss, even… but the annoyance went away quickly because honestly, I was so endeared by Damon.
Be prepared for tears…
Ok, maybe don’t. (I cried watching Pitch Perfect 2 and my saving grace is simply that Elizabeth Banks’s character states that the entire arena was moved by the performance, so surely it was ok that tears were leaking from my eyes, right?!) But know that the possibility of tears is there. Happy tears and sad tears. My face was a bit leaky; don’t know what my problem was. Allergies, maybe.
Here goes that phrase again but “I loved…” a lot about this story. I loved the families and how together, they were one big family. I loved that Damon wasn’t an outsider, even though he still had feelings that he was – nevermind the fact that he’d been a McClain for nineteen years (he simply chose to keep his birth surname). I loved that even though Damon wasn’t blood, he was a damn good brother to Toby (my goodness, I’m excited to read that boy’s story; I really liked Toby).
And most of all, I loved the relationship between Willa and Damon. Because it was something they’d been working on for years, even unknowingly, it was beautiful and true and real.
While I adored the hero, I had some issues with Willa. As a 23 year old woman she tended to act more like a child. She was fearful of everything, emotionally broke when confronted with negativity, while secrets and surprises left her hyperventilating. I kept expecting there to be a reason in her past for this but I didn't see that here. Everyone knew she had these problems but instead of getting her help they fed into it. While she was full of child-like naïveté though, she was a truly kindhearted person whose cheery outlook Damon needed to overcome the darkness of his childhood. Willa loved Damon unconditionally and once she committed to him it was completely, which made their new relationship move very quickly and in a very mature direction.
Along with a memorable main couple there was a large cast of secondary characters to interfere in Damon and Willa's relationship, which they often did with little regard to their feelings. There were numerous familial interactions to show the importance of family, especially to Damon who had only his vile father as a role model. His wonder and love for all the chaos made me ache for him all the more and happy for the peace and contentment that Willa brought him despite my feelings for her. His interactions with his male friends also added a bit of humor to a sweet story with very intense feelings at times. The story may have started out slow but a face from Damon's past makes for a fast-paced conclusion full of pulse-pounding fear. While this return felt a bit jarring, it did add a bit of much-needed excitement to a story that didn't have much conflict. While this story can be read on its own the familial connections and long-simmering love between two connected souls will be more richly rewarding reading the other books in The Baby Saga first. Fans of sweet yet sensual romances will find themselves charmed by this tale and its drool-worthy hero and will soon want to take a trip to Willow Creek!
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Enjoyed meeting the adult Damon and Willa, who have both turned out to be really lovely,...Read more