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.
My ARC Review:
So, I am currently loving the single dad trope, I was excited to read this after looking at the blurb, I hadn’t seen the front cover which depicts a younger child sat on a male’s shoulders, suggesting a younger child in the story but this younger child turns out to be 17 yrs old, so this didn’t bother me as such, which I’m glad I didn’t know because I really enjoyed the story – it was really sweet and quite true to life as far as I was concerned, I could totally relate to this and see this happening, for me it was a great story line!!
Set in the small town of Eden Valley, the mayor’s son, local golden boy Garrett ends up getting his girlfriend Sheena pregnant, becoming the talk of the town and being shunned and avoided by everyone, like teenage pregnancy could be catching!! Baby Mia is born, and Sheena walks away from both Garrett and her daughter signing away any parental rights, leaving Garrett to raise the baby girl by himself, knowing she was not made of ‘Mom’ stuff!
The only person who was there to help him was his best friend who he had grown up with, Devlyn, who just couldn’t stand by and see Garrett do everything by himself – Devlyn had been in love with Garrett since she was little, and would always be there to help her friend, no matter what trouble it caused with her parents. Eventually the small town of Eden Valley saw how much Mia meant to Garrett and rallied round behind him.
Mia is now graduating from school and in her speech she gives all the recognition to her dad and how he raised her by himself, she didn’t want to go off to college and leave her dad all alone, asking if any woman wanted to date him, which went viral on social media, causing a major influx of women wanting to date Garrett.
So this story is told in dual perspectives from Devlyn and Garrett’s POV, fliting back in time through Mia and her growing up. I loved the story, don’t get me wrong, but I was also a little frustrated at times, especially with Devlyn having just waited around for 20 yrs for Garrett, always being in the friend zone. Unrequited love is the worst kind, yet she always put Garrett and Mia first and did what was best for them, always putting herself in the background.
Garrett was lovely with his daughter, putting her needs before anything else, and of course he is a man and is clueless as to how much Devlyn loves him and his daughter. This also frustrated me a little, how can he not know her feelings for him, Devlyn was always there for him and Mia no matter what, but as I said that’s men for you, so yes I get this.
So when they eventually get together its like the jigsaw pieces falling into place, it’s sweet and romantic, the chemistry between them is electric, but best of all they are friends who know how to be with each other, it’s just so easy them being together. This is when the penny drops with Garrett and he starts to see just how much he has relied on Devlyn over these past years. This is also when someone appears in their life that causes mega disruption and heartache all round.
I really enjoyed this story, its sweet, romantic, funny, sexy, swoony and emotional – a great single dad / friends to lovers read that really is worth the read.
About Prescott Lane:
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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