Book review – “Always Us” by Allie Everhart – disappointing ending to a disappointing series

always us

Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 8 of 8 of the Jade series
Rating: 16+ for language, sensual content
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads page:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24293128-always-us?from_search=true

In the final book of the Jade series, Garrett tries to save Jade before time runs out and she gets killed and Jade tries to figure out what she wants for her future with Garrett.

Like the last three books, this book started off strong, had a weak middle, and a decent ending. For me, the epilogue saved this book from being a total dislike.

The premise of the entire story is intriguing enough that it’s disappointing that Everhart didn’t use it to her potential. She had the tension there with the Organization wanting to kill Jade but then when it gets interesting, it just resolves itself just like that and the threat is gone. You’re like ‘Really, that’s all there is’.

There were a lot of awkward moments between Jade and Garrett that just felt forced. It was confusing because it was like Everhart was conflicted with trying to make a Romance novel or a New Adult novel but couldn’t make up her mind. She would be explicit in some scenes and glaze over in others.

One bright spot of the book is Harper and Sean’s story. I found myself reading it just to see how their story ends up, wishing that I was reading about their story instead. Maybe sometime down the road she will give us insight to how they found their way back together.

The best part was the epilogue as we get to see the couple’s life unfold over the next decade or so. We get to see a glimpse of how Jade has changed her mind about having kids and how they were able to make their marriage work, despite the odds of it lasting.

The series had potential at the beginning and I wanted to like it, but the last four books just left me disappointed. I wish the series would have ended after book #4. I would have liked it a whole lot more.

Rating: C-

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK| Review

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK | Review

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Finding Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Becoming Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Always Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the book?

Book review – “Becoming Us” by Allie Everhart – medicore story that has to many repeatitive pieces

becoming us

Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 7 of 8 of Jade series
Rating: 16+ for language, sensual content
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23345290-becoming-us?from_search=true

In the 7th book in the Jade series, Jade and Garrett come to terms with the people that have been following them in the last book and are pleasantly surprised at who it is. They think that they are finally free of the Organization but quickly find out that once they want you, there is no escaping their grasps. They must risk everything that they’ve built to try and get to their happy ever after.

Many of the issues that I had with the last book and half were still present in this story. It starts off great with excitement but it’s anticlimactic. It’s slow in the middle as nothing happens and then there is a cliffhanger ending that is enticing enough to keep you interested.

The story fails to do what the first three books did so successfully and that show that life is anything but a picnic. Jade and Garrett got married young and only knowing each other a year, but this doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. They hardly fight and if they do, one concedes to the other without a big argument. They lost that fire that we saw in the first few books and I for one miss it. We saw a shimmer of that a few times in the book but not enough to keep me interested in the whole book.

The bright side of the story is that Everhart has been able to work the Organization into the story as a main component rather then some side story that we know nothing about. We are finally seeing all the sides of this organization and what makes it tick. It introduces us to Garrett’s grandfather, Holton, and we see the bad side of being part of the Organization.

The next book is the final book in the series so it should be wrapping up the whole story. If Everhart can stay away from repeating herself over and over again and redoing the same scenes we’ve read in previous books then it should find some success, but if she just takes pieces from each book then it might end in a disappointment.

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK| Review

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK | Review

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Finding Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Becoming Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Book #8 (TBD)

What do you think of the book?

Book of the Week – “Becoming Us” by Allie Everhart

becoming us

In the final book in the Jade series, Garrett is going to be searching for Jade (who got kidnapped at the end of the last book) while trying to figure out what the organization wants from him. This is going to have a lot of drama and a bit of a thrilling mix as Garrett will stop at nothing to get Jade back. Should be interesting to see how things unfold in this final book and see if Garrett and Jade can get their happy ever after.

Will you be buying Becoming Us?

Cover for “Becoming Us” by Allie Everhart released

becoming us

Yesterday, Author Allie Everhart released the new cover for the 7th book in the Jade series, Becoming Us, through her Facebook page.

The cover is a beautiful picture of Jade and Garrett and really shows the bond that they have with one another. This book will certainly challenge them as a couple more so then they had in the past as the Organization refuses to let Garrett goes (it appears).

There is still no official word on whether or not this will be the final book in the series, but we should find out when the book is finished. Everhart has expressed how much that she loves writing about Garrett and Jade and it wouldn’t be surprising if there is another book or two up her sleeve.

Becoming Us doesn’t have a release date yet, but if you add the book to your Goodreads shelf, you can receive the information when it comes out.

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK| Review

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK | Review

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Finding Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK| Review

What do you think of the cover?

 

Book review: “Finding Us” by Allie Everhart – Garrett and Jade find that they have yet to get their happy ever after

finding us cover

Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 6 of Jade series
Rating: 16+ for language, sensual content
Genre: Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22567734-finding-us?from_search=true

In the 6th book in the series, Garrett and Jade adjust to married life as they start college at a new school in California. They quickly see that their happy ever after is still an arm’s length away.

Of course over the summer, the couple felt on high and were stuck in that honeymoon phase of married life and quickly see that all good things will come to an end. The things that were complicated in their relationship before they got married are still there and don’t get any better after they get married. Like most couples, they argue about money, spending time with one another, and secrets that they both like to keep from one another.

Through and through, though, Garrett and Jade always find a way to get through whatever life throws their way. They have each other and they know that their love can endure anything. At least that’s what they think.

No matter where the series goes you are going to be rooting for Garrett and Jade through it all. Even though that they had gone through enough as it is, you had to know that it wasn’t going to be that easy for them.

Everhart does a good job at intertwining the mystery of the organization into the story. Unlike the other stories, the insertion of the organization into the story didn’t feel forced and it mixed well with what she is trying to do. Or least what I think that she is trying to do.

That pesky organization comes back into their lives and looks like they are not quite ready to let go of Garrett and the Kensington name. Of course, we don’t know what they want but I’m sure we will figure that out in the next book.

The ending is quite the cliffhanger and will leaving with too many questions and roads that the story can go. The story builds up to what is going to be a great next book as we try and figure out what the organization wants with Garrett and how deep does this organization goes.

The only bad thing about this series is that we don’t know how many books are going to be in. We know of at least one more, but depending on how that one comes out, there may be more. If Everhart can keep it interesting enough, then she might find success but she will run into the problem of finding a good way to end the series and not do what movies do and not know when to stop making sequels.

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK| Review

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK | Review

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Finding Us
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the book?

Garrett is hiding a secret from Jade in new “Finding Us” teaser

jade 6 preview 2

If it’s not new releases of books, it’s new releases of quotes from books about to come out. The latest one comes from Allie Everhart and the newest installment of Finding Us. Everhart released another picture/quote through her Facebook page.

In this quote, it looks like we are in Garrett’s point of view and he’s talking about how he’s feeling guilty about keeping a secret from Jade. As we know, this story will indulge us more in this secret organization that Garrett’s father is a part of and the problems that it’s going to cause the newlyweds.

Finding Us is set to come out October 3rd.

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the new quote?

Read “Choosing You” by Allie Everhart from Garrett’s point of view

GarretBlitzBanner

The latest book to come from Allie Everhart is another book for the Jade series except it’s a companion novel instead of an addition. In this book, titled Garrett, we re-read the first book in the Jade series, Choosing You, but from Garrett’s point of view.

Many authors (including Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens) have done this before and have had success doing it. Everhart will be looking to get the same kind of success to do this.

To help promote this book, Everhart released a small excerpt from the book and you can read it below.

“Have a good run?” I walk over to her.

“It was all right. I don’t usually run on a track.”

“You should’ve come with me. I ran a couple miles around campus.”

She shakes her head. “That’s not far enough. I usually run 8 or 9 miles.”

I sit down next to her, so close we’re almost touching. I want to see if she’ll move away. She doesn’t, but she looks at me like I’m crazy for sitting this close.

“Eight or 9 miles? You must be a serious runner. I’m a swimmer. I only run to improve my cardio for the pool. I do a couple miles at a normal pace and then I do sprints on the track.”

She points to it. “Go ahead. It’s all yours.”

“Why don’t you do them with me?” I say, challenging her. “Let’s race.”

If she agrees to my challenge, I might just love this girl. The girls I’ve dated in the past would never race me. None of them were athletic and they’d never even consider doing something that might mess up their hair and make-up.

But Jade’s not wearing make-up and her hair’s already a mess. A sexy mess; long brown waves pulled back into a ponytail, wet around her hairline, a few strands hanging loose around her face.

“I’m a distance runner, not a sprinter,” she says. “But a distance runner can beat a swimmer any day. This should be easy.” She stands up and starts stretching her legs.

She actually agreed to race me? But wait. Did she just insult me? Nobody insults me. This might be the first time this has ever happened.

“You think you can beat me, huh?” I do some stretches even though I’m already warmed up from my run. “So what’s with the insults? You don’t like swimmers?”

She shrugs. “Swimmers are okay. I just don’t think they have to work that hard. I mean, the water makes you basically weightless. It’s easy to go fast when you don’t have to drag your body weight around. You don’t get that benefit with running.”

Did she seriously just insult me again? And now she’s picking on swimming? My favorite sport? The thing I love most in the world? What the hell? I don’t even know what to say to that, so I ask her to clarify.

“Are you shitting me? Did you just say swimmers don’t work hard?”

“Yeah, why?” I see a slight smile cross her face. She’s trying to get to me. She knows exactly what she’s doing. Pushing my competitive edge to the limit. And it’s totally turning me on.

“Game on, Iowa girl. Get your ass in position.” 

I set myself up in lane one of the track.

She saunters over to lane two, yawning like I’m boring her. She stretches her arms behind her back. “Do you need a head start?”

“Damn, you’re annoying.” I smile, but it’s true. This girl’s annoying, but in a good way. In a way that challenges me and keeps me guessing. “We do one lap around. Ready? Three, two, one. Go!”

She takes off down the track and damn, she’s fast. I’m doing an all-out sprint and have a much longer stride and I can’t even come close to catching up. By the time I make it around the track one time, she’s already halfway around it for the second time.

“Stop! We’re done!” I yell it at her and she stops and runs back. I’m bent over with my hands on my knees, trying to catch my breath, sweat dripping off my face. “Okay, I admit it. You’re fast.”

“Fast? That was my normal pace.”

I’m assuming she’s kidding but she’s not that out of breath so maybe she’s serious.

I straighten up and wipe the sweat off my forehead. “Remind me never to do that again.” I walk over and get my water bottle. “You should sign up for cross country or track. You’re really fast.”

She meets me at the edge of the track. “Nah. I ran cross country in high school. Now I just run when I’m stressed.”

“What are you stressed about? School?”

“No. I didn’t mean that I only run when I’m stressed. I run for all kinds of reasons. Like today I ran because it’s nice outside and I’m bored.”

“You want some?” I offer her my water bottle because the girl’s been running for God knows how long in this scorching hot heat and has no water. She hesitates, like she doesn’t want to put her mouth where mine just was, but then snatches the bottle from me and takes a drink. “If you’re bored, let’s do something. I’ll show you around and we can grab lunch somewhere.”

“I can’t. I have stuff to do. I need to unpack and make my bed.”

Make her bed? That’s her excuse for why she can’t go out? How long could it take to make a bed?

As she takes another drink of water I check out her body again. Lean, with good muscle definition, but she still has feminine curves. Fucking hot. I try not to stare.

She hands me my water bottle and I take a drink, more than happy to put my mouth where hers just was. But no water comes out. Not even a drop. “You drank the whole thing! What did you do that for? I’m dying here.”

“You didn’t say how much I could have. You should really be clearer next time.”

I can’t figure this girl out. She seems to have no interest in impressing me, which is something I’m not used to. Last night I had two girls who didn’t even know my name offering me a threesome. And now I have Jade drinking all my water and not even caring that she’s standing here dripping sweat with no makeup on and messy hair. And she insulted me. Twice. 

“Fine. Give it here.” She holds her hand out. “I’ll go fill it up for you.”

“Forget it. I’m heading back now anyway. I can’t do any more sprints after that.” I walk away, then turn back. “Aren’t you coming?”

Two can play at this game. She thinks she can get rid of me with her insults? And beating me on the track? And drinking all my water? Not a chance. When I want something, I go after it. And I’ve decided I want Jade.

I like this girl. She’s tough. Competitive. Doesn’t give a shit what people think. And there’s something about her that gets to me in a way no other girl has. I don’t know what it is, but it’s nagging at my insides, tugging at my chest, getting in my head.

“You go ahead,” she says. “I’ll stay here and stretch.”

“We’re having lunch.” I say it like she has no choice in the matter. “Come on. Let’s go.”

I walk up the hill toward the dorm and when I look back, Jade’s following me. I turn back and smile. Score one for Garret.

There are currently five books out for the Jade series with at least two more books in the works. The 6th book, Finding Us, is set to come out October 6th and the 7th one has yet been announced. Most likely it should be out sometime early 2015.

Garrett has been out since Friday and the reviews are pouring in for the book. You can purchase the book for your Kindle or Nook and add Garrett to your Goodreads page.

To help celebrate the release, Allie Everhart is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card through Rafflecopter. The contest is going to end September 30th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

***

Allie

Author Bio
Allie Everhart writes books about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance health writer for magazines and websites. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she’s not reading or writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.

You can follow Everhart on Twitter , ‘Like’ her on Facebook , or go to her Goodreads page for up to date information.

***

the jade series

Choosing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Knowing You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Loving You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Amazon UK

Promising You
Amazon |Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

Forever You
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the companion novel Garrett?