Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Always Will by Melanie Jacobson


Handsome twenty-eight-year-old Will Hallerman has finally had enough of the dating world—he’s ready to find a wife and settle down. This announcement is catastrophic in Hannah Becker’s world. After knowing Will her entire life and adoring him from afar since junior high school, she realizes her chance at love with him is in grave danger. Hannah’s problem? To Will, she will never be more than his best friend’s little sister. Determined to open his eyes to her charms, Hannah sets out to sabotage Will’s wife hunt by placing nightmare dates in his path and taking his search on a wild goose chase. Her plan is risky, but she’s willing to take a chance to catch the eye of her soul mate. 

Despite her crazy schemes, nothing seems to be working. Hannah can’t help but wonder if it’s time to set aside this childhood crush—to move on and settle down herself. She’s ready for a fresh start with a great guy. If only Will weren’t suddenly changing the rules of the game . . . And how can Hannah move on when Will just won’t let her forget?


Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and books. After meeting her own husband on the Internet, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed potted herbs.


I've read a number of books that involve someone falling for a brother or sister's best friend.  I'm not quite sure what felt so different about this one, but it wasn't quite like any romance I've ever read before and that's a good thing.  Hannah is a sympathetic character right from the get go since it's obvious that she has unrequited feelings for her brother's best friend, Will that aren't returned.  And when Will creates a plan to find himself a wife, Hannah comes up with a plan of her own, hoping to get Will to see her as more than her brother's little sister.  But like many such plans things don't go the way either of them hope and instead they end up with a friendship on the verge of implosion, something neither wants to lose but aren't quite sure how to work out.  The miscommunications complicate things as the two struggle with their own feelings and making decisions about what to do next.  I like the fact that Will is a brilliant scientist who isn't very 'in the know' about feelings and relationships and even Hannah herself is awkward sometimes and yet their friendship is clearly a very solid one despite their issues.  I enjoyed reading this clean romance and shaking my head with a sigh as the two dance around things for a long time.  It's interesting though that since the book is told through Hannah's point of view, that I didn't get a look at Will's point of view until the end when he's trying to express it and it turns out to be quite surprising. A fun reminder that things are always as they appear to be.


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