Love Always: A Game of Hearts Novel, by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
Publication: Sonya Loveday; 2 edition; August 25, 2015
About the book: Fraternization between guests and employees at the Diamond Isle Resort is against the rules.
However, rules mean nothing when it comes to matters of the heart.
Phillip Warrington is smart, sexy, and goal-oriented. He has always had his life planned out. But none of those plans involved falling for a wildly adventurous employee at the resort. She liberates him in ways he never thought possible—with methods that his parents would never approve. But he can control his yearnings, right?
Maggie Fairchild knows the season is almost over. With her plan to take to the seas only months away, she wasn’t expecting Phillip, one of those off-limit kinds of boys, to stumble onto her path and steal her heart. Between steamy kisses and late-night moments near the ocean, Maggie finds herself caught in a riptide of passion, one she never anticipated. But who’s ever prepared for meeting the greatest love of your life?
With summer coming to an end, Maggie and Phillip take their relationship to the next level before they have to say goodbye. Can their budding romance be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
This book was not scheduled for review this week, but it’s been on my Kindle for a few months and I seem to have a theme going regarding star-crossed lovers from different worlds! Love Always is the story of rich, rigid, and proper Phillip who meets the free-spirited Maggie while vacationing in the Hamptons. Phillip and his ridiculously controlling and overbearing parents are spending a summer vacation at the upscale resort where Maggie works. Maggie is planning on finishing out the summer then heading to California to work and save up money to sail around the world. Phillip is also preparing for a new life, but his new life consists of going to college and getting a degree for a job his parents already have planned for him, as well as, a fiance they have already chosen for him. Once Phillip meets Maggie, however, he suddenly finds himself longing for the freedom that she talks about and also, falling in love with this young woman so different from himself.
It took awhile for me to warm up to Phillip and my opinion of him flip-flopped a lot throughout this novel. I truly felt bad for him that he had such snooty and controlling parents, however, I also thought he really was dragging his feet regarding breaking away from them and their control. Maggie was a unique character that was at times, larger than life. I loved her cheery outlook on life, but she also had some lessons to learn about the real world. Over the course of the novel, Phillip lightens up more and more whereas Maggie becomes a bit more realistic, making them very balanced with one another. The author weaved in a lot of conflict and obstacles for Phillip and Maggie, especially with Phillip’s horrible mother and his “fiance” Sophia. Even when they’re completely despicable characters, I am always impressed when author’s make me feel so strongly about someone in their novels. And I absolutely hated his mother and the arranged fiance. One of my favorite characters was Phillip’s roommate Ed, and I am so excited to read the second novel in this serious about Ed and Hannah 🙂
Love Always was a very romantic and at times frustrating story that I really enjoyed. I loved how Maggie and Phillip built their relationship in the Hamptons, truly getting to know one another and pushing each other outside of their comfort zones. After leaving the Hamptons they wrote letters which was also sweet and romantic. The plot development was very predictable at times, however, I was still engrossed in this novel. This is an enjoyable read for sweet romance fans and I look forward to reading the other novels in this series!