School’s out for winter break and Caitlin’s determined to have a good time before returning to her normal life of responsibility and control. The last thing she expects is to run into a blast from the past called Eamon Blake, an Irishman with whom she’d shared a hot summer fling while staying in Ireland working at his family’s pub. They’d been great friends with benefits back then and Caitlin has no qualms about reawakening that side of their relationship.
Eamon made the move from Ireland to establish a photography business in Las Angeles after the death of his father. He’s in Seattle where he has a few shoots to do for clients but running into Caitlin is a huge unexpected bonus. He’d had a great time with Caitlin in Ireland and he’s more than interested in reestablishing the sexual side of their relationship. What he doesn’t expect is the sudden desire for their relationship to be more than casual despite the fact that he isn’t ready to settle down.
Eamon’s only going to be in Seattle for a week so they agree to enjoy the time they’re together and part as friends. Only neither of them is able to let go and via phone calls and occasional visits they continue their affair long distance. At some point the long distance affair isn’t going to cut it any longer. Will their relationship survive an ultimatum or will they both find themselves alone and heartbroken over what may have been?
Lauren Dane books have become a staple in my reading library. Her stories are character driven, emotional, and always a lot of fun to immerse yourself in for a few hours. ALWAYS tells the story of a couple who is perfect together yet they live twelve hundred miles apart and the time they spend apart is wearing on both of them. I was able to empathize with both Eamon and Caitlin’s points of view and my heart broke for each of them.
Long distance relationships are extremely difficult to manage but I love how Eamon and Caitlin seem to handle the situation so effortlessly. The secondary characters add a fun characteristic to the story with their interference in Eamon and Caitlin’s relationship. Eamon’s sister-in-law is especially delightful since she seems to especially enjoy antagonizing Eamon.