Welcome to our stop on the Anywhere With You blog tour.
Title: Anywhere With You
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Released: 20 August 2013
Tour hosted by Mary Elizabeth's Crazy Book Obsession
Allison Hagan has not lived the life of a normal teenager. Her parents died in a car crash when she was ten and she has been living with her elderly grandmother who happens to be her only living relative ever since. Allison became best friends with the boy next door Aiden. Aiden’s family has taken her in as part of their own, which is why when her gran insists that she live in the dorms at college so Allison chooses to attend the same school as Aiden.
Liam MacCoy is a college senior and quarterback of his college football team. Liam is rumored to be first round draft pick for the NFL following graduation as is his best friend Aiden. Liam has one focus and that’s football that is until his little sister introduces him to her roommate Allison. Since he met her he hasn't been able to think of anything else.
Liam is not a relationship kind of guy and Allison wants it all. She wants the romance and the family that she grew up without. Will Liam overcome his fear of relationships as well as the tangle of friendships to give Allison everything she wants?
“Liam, Hales is already in there asleep. After we got your text she was wiped out, so I convinced her to go on to bed. I had to promise that if anything changed, I would wake her up.”
Fuck! I want Allison in my bed. I want to take care of her. I turn and headed back towards the living room, she can sleep on the couch and I would take the chair.
“Um, Liam, Blitzen is here, remember?” Aiden smirks. He knows this is killing me and he’s enjoying the hell out of it.
“Fine,” I mumble as I walk into his bedroom. I lay Allison down on the bed. As I do, she reaches for me.
“Shh. You’re in Aiden’s room,” I tell her.
“Here,” Aiden says handing her a shirt of his to sleep in.
I glare at Aiden and he smirks at me, yet again. He knows what it does to me to have her in his clothes. He knows that I want her in my bed with me. Asshole!
Allison starts to set up. “Let me help you.” I lean down and place my arm around her back and gently lift her so that she is sitting on the side of the bed.
She looks up at me with a small grin, “Are you going to help me change?” My heart stops. This beautiful amazingly sexy creature is looking at me with innocent trusting eyes asking me to help her remover her clothes for bed. Before I can get my brain to function so that I can respond, Aiden is protesting.
“Ash, I can go get Hales, she just laid down I’m sure she wouldn’t mind helping you,” Aiden suggests.
Allison looks at Aiden like he is crazy. “Why would I wake her when Liam can help me? she says it so matter of fact like me undressing her is a normal as breathing. My stalled heart is now thundering in my chest. Its beating so loud, I am sure that they can both hear it. Somehow I am able to make myself speak above the thunder inside my chest. I cup her cheek in the palm of my hand “I can get Hales if that would make you feel more comfortable.” Please say you still want me to do it. Hell yes, I am being selfish but my protective instincts are in overdrive when it comes to Allison. I will always want it to be me.
"Life is a giant canvas ... and you should throw as much paint on it as you can"
Anywhere With You was simply gorgeous. A sweet love story, without any relationship drama, deception or unnecessary angst - it tells the story of Allison and Liam, how they meet, how they fall in love and how they realise that with each other they can have everything they ever wanted.
Kaylee Ames has done a wonderful job with this story. She has created characters that are realistic and incredibly likeable - I found myself investing in their friendships and hoping for good things for all of them. I'll admit as I read through I kept wondering when things were going to go pear shaped for Allison and Liam - it's a formula that is fairly prevalent in romance books, the couple meet and are attracted, they struggle with coming together, they do, then something from their past or some other drama takes place and tears them apart until they find themselves coming back together again. While I was expecting it, I was really hoping it wouldn't happen and then was so pleased that it didn't. The fact that Anywhere With You has not only a HEA, but doesn't have relationship drama, made it stand out from many books I've read of late and I really enjoyed it as a consequence.
While the focus of the story is Allison and Liam, Hailey (Liam's sister) and Aiden (Allison's best friend) are feature characters. And there is the promise of something developing between the two of them. Given how much I enjoyed Anywhere With You I really hope that Ames' next book is about Hailey and Aiden.
With a more thorough edit, Anywhere With You may have just snuck into a five star rating from me - but there were a few too many errors in the version I was reading and they did distract me from the story more than once. Despite that, it was an absolutely delightful story, with a couple of very memorable quotes - like "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" and "live a love fearless" - out of the context of the story they don't sound like much, but they are delivered just perfectly and that is what made them memorable for me. Of course my favorite is the one I started this review with - "life is a giant canvas ... and you should throw as much paint on it as you can" - such a wonderful concept and one that I think we all should take notice of.
4 out of 5 stars
Kaylee has had a passion for reading since she was a little girl. That passion has slowly led to spinning romantic tales, and a one-click addiction. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in her kindle or fingers glued to the keyboard, you can find Kaylee hanging out with friends and family. She loves all genres of music, enjoys scrapbooking and is a huge football fan. She lives in Ohio with her husband (her real life happily ever after) and their rambunctious little boy.
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