All My Life by Prescott Lane
Release Date: October 10, 2018
All My Life, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Prescott Lane.
The beginning of any love story starts with the meet.
I’ve known Garrett Hollis since before I can remember, and I’ve loved him just as long. I loved him while he loved someone else. I loved him when he had a baby with her. I loved him when she left him.
The greatest of love stories is that between a dad and his daughter. I should know. I’ve had a front-row seat. First steps, first words, all the big moments.
Garrett was just a teenager when Mia was born. I’ve watched him braid his daughter’s hair, hold her hand crossing the street, seen her asleep on his chest. I’m the best friend, the one they can count on for everything from dance lessons to motherly advice, anything they need. I’m their go-to girl.
The best part of any love story is the happily ever after.
But what if the happily ever after doesn’t include you?
All my life, that’s how long I’ve loved him.
Of course, he’s clueless.
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As far as dates go, this one has been good. I like her. She’s attractive, funny, smart, seems to have her head on straight. All the boxes are checked. This should be the point where I kiss her, ask her out again. I should be devising ways to get in this woman’s panties, but instead, I’m thinking more about yanking down the tutu of one very sexy Biscuit Girl. I should be thinking about how to get this woman to fall for me, but it’s me that’s fallen. I should have one thing on my mind, and I do — Devlyn.
There’s just one big ass problem. She’s my friend. I can’t go there. There are so many reasons why I can’t go there. The town would have a field day. We’d have no privacy. Everyone would have an opinion. If we broke up, where would I get a decent cup of coffee? How would Mia react to this? Then there’s Scott, who’s actually the least of my concerns. Devlyn seemed pretty sure it was over, and if it’s not, I plan on convincing her.
I don’t want to lose Devlyn.
Staying friends guarantees her in my life. Dating her doesn’t.
Love doesn’t come with a guarantee.
Love is a risk. I used to be a risk taker, but teenage fatherhood buried that part of me. Stability became the name of the game. It had to. I look towards her diner, wondering if she’s back.
~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~
Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She’s got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.
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That said, as soon as I found out the hero’s daughter was 17/18, and not a young child (as the cover suggested), I knew this was going to be a struggle for me to get through because now we have a heroine that has been pining for this hero for 20+ years. She sees him ask out, fall in love with, and knock up Mia’s mother. She sees him going into the house of his Thursday night hookup. And of course, she has had nothing but shitty relationships. She gave up opportunities because Garret and Mia needed her. She just pathetically sat on the sidelines while Garrett lived his life…groan.
On top of that, we have a hero that not once thought of the heroine as more than a friend (and quite frankly took advantage of her friendship) for 20+ years. Even though he has seen her EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and she has basically been a Mom to Mia. Then BAM figuratively out of the blue he is all over her like white on rice? Since I was already annoyed about the above stuff, I started to get extra prickly, and a lot of things started to annoy me more and more. The whole “keeping the fact they were together a secret” from everyone, seemed entirely unnecessary. You are adults, just be upfront! As well as the whole “she wants kids; he doesn’t” thing that should have been resolve before even starting a relationship (IMO). I also wasn’t a fan of the letters by Mia’s Mom (or her coming back into the story to cause a bunch of ridiculous drama). Nor the plethora of OW that show up to date the hero. Nor the way too often mentions of what he did with OW (and he wasn’t even a manwhore, but it got repeated way too many times). All these things made it extra hard for me to feel a connection between Garrett and Devlyn. Nor did find it remotely believable that after 20 years this hero all of a sudden saw the heroine as more than a friend.
So yea, it was pretty much the timeline, and the fact I couldn’t help but feel that the heroine was a self-sacrificing doormat, that did this one in for me. Had the daughter been younger, and not so many years had passed, I probably would have given this one a much higher rating. Still, a lot of people will love it, and they should. So do read a few more reviews before you decide on whether to read it or not.