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Ever Always

(Nelson Island #1.5)

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Hunter Waters has loved only one woman for his entire life.

Unfortunately she's his brother's girlfriend, Ever Allen. Hunter isn't the kind of guy to betray family, but when his brother Sam has to leave town and asks Hunter to look after her, the feelings he's fought for years can no longer be buried.

Ever can't think of a time when both Waters brothers hadn't been watching
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Published January 13th 2015 by Forever Yours
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Rose
Quick review for a quick read. You know, the problem with reading a novella that's supposed to be the middle of the series (not even clearly marked as part of an ongoing series) is that you potentially have a hard time connecting with the characters.

Believe me when I say that if a writer can convince me of the story of the characters within, even if I'm not familiar with the series, I don't usually have that problem. Unfortunately, this story was just far too shallow to work in novella form. Tha
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Liz's Book Bucket List
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read this book, but unfortunately, I just did not like it. I thought that the cover was absolutely beautiful and the synopsis sounded really interesting, especially because I kind of like love triangles, but it was not executed great. Before I get into my review, I do need to state that this is the second book in a series and that I did not read the first book. It was not clearly stated that it was in a series, none-th
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SimplyƝì₭
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-all-day, new-adult
Thank you for the ARC.

I truly enjoyed this novella. The simplicity of finding oneself amidst pain and anguish, finding comfort where you least expect it, that was Ever journey. She had a very bad home life and one decision she makes changes the course of her world.

This was a quick and relaxing read. I highly recommend it. Although there were other full length novels that expand this story, I liked this just the way it was.
Three Chicks
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars
Review by Trinette Dungee

Ever hasn’t lived a charmed life. Losing her mother at an early age she was left to be raised by her father. Unsure of how to deal with the grief of losing his wife, the love of his life, he becomes abusive towards Ever. In her small home town almost everyone is aware of the abuse she suffers but no one ever does anything to help; no one other than her two best friends brothers, Sam and Hunter Waters. Ever has never had anyone to depend on except Sam and Hunter.
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Jen
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Warning* Unless you want to give away the ending and the plot, do NOT read the synopsis for "Wanting Forever" (Book 2).

First off, The cover has absolutely no connection with the story, at least from what gathered but you know what they say about judging books by the cover... ;)

I have never read anything by Diana Gardin, but I have a vague recollection of reading about a leading female by the name of "Ever" though I can't recall what. Maybe her books are normally very long, which would make this
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Kate Mary
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Ever Always is book two in the Nelson Island series by Diana Gardin. This novella tells the story of Ever Allen and Hunter Waters after Sam has run off to Nelson Island. When I read the first book, Wanting Forever, I hated Hunter and Ever. A lot. Sam is a nice guy who gave everything up to protect the girl he loved. Even though I don’t understand his line of thought or how he believed the choices he’d made in any way benefited him or Ever, I got why he was written that way. He made decisions bas ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers:
I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: I really liked Hunter. He was well-written and I felt like the author did a good job at showcasing his voice.

Ever was a character that I liked, but one that I didn't feel like I really got to know as much as I would have liked to. I knew her past a
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books are love
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received via netgalley.

So I am not sure how to feel about Sam. I think in a way he was selfish but he also wasn't. He wanted out of the small town life and helping the woman he loves did that and he jumped on the chance and when his brother asks him straight out he doesn't correct him. This is where he is being selfish but he is protecting Ever which makes it not selfish. Also he is deliriously happy where he is and doesn't really give Ever's feelings or thoughts a thought. He begins to be attra
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Christina
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ever Always is a companion novella to Gardin’s novel, Wanting Forever. In order to get the most out of the two books, it is highly suggested that you read Wanting Forever first. Each book is told in a different point of view from both sides of the major storyline but it is best understood by reading Sam’s POV first.

Much like the first book, Ever Always begins the same night, the night when Sam & Ever’s lives changed f
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Jina
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
* I will try to avoid spoilers.

Ever Always by Diana Gardin

Ever Allen had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her drunken father but one night had her fearing for her life.

Two guys who were very different but yet brothers always came to her rescue.

Ever had managed to get to her room, lock the door and call her boyfriend Sam Waters who reminded her about the hidden gun. In the next instant, her father entered the room threatening her for the last time before she pulled the trigger.

Sam refused
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Samantha
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I’m always cautious when I come across books with synopses that tell me there’s going to be a love triangle. Good Lord, I worry, where is this going? Am I going to invest in the wrong relationship and be disappointed? Will I even care about the outcome of the relationship? Is there enough substance in the plot for me to give a shit about finishing the book without the relationship element?

Ever Always was a great read—nothing mind-blowing or life changing, but it was an interesting and enthrallin
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Jeraca
I received this free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book started off with a bang and just kept throwing out the punches and surprises throughout the novel! I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel and now I'm left wanting more.

Honestly, the way things were going between Ever and Sam, their relationship was rocky at best. Long distance does work, but only if the couple are eventually going to stay in the same state. If neither person wants to relocate it's kind
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Keanna (KeyReadThat)
I haven't read previous books, so I I don't know the background of the main characters, but reading these novella I wanted to.

Ever has been through a lot in her lifetime, but she has always had two brothers right by her side. But when Sam leaves town, she has to get used to having Hunter being strong for her to let her know that too can be strong. Hunter has always wanted Ever but since she is his brother's girlfriend, he has locked those feelings up for years.

There was a lot of hurt, redemption
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Michela Walters
meh... Ever and Hunter's voices were too similar and the story sort of plodded along. The dialogue felt forced much of the time. Just not my cuppa I guess.
Katrina
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Kim Howlett
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Ever always is a very nice, charming novella. I read this book quite quickly and i did enjoy the story, however i did feel i was missing something throughout the whole book that stopped me enjoying the story as much as i wanted. After reading this story I did find another book called "Waiting Forever" told by Sam's POV. I read this story after and the things I didn't understand in the novella finally all feel in to place. I would really suggest reading "Waiting Forever" before this book and get ...more
Kathy Wideman
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance, series, dark
This book has a great concept. This book is about what happens between Hunter and Ever once Sam leaves after he tells Ever to say that he killed her father and not her. Hunter has always had feeling for Ever. He saw her as someone special even before Sam did. Once Ever and Sam took their relationship to more than just friends he stepped back. Now that Sam is gone he is having trouble keeping those feelings at bay. At first Ever is getting over the fact that she killed her father and then lost Sa ...more
Jamie  Zishka
Ever Always is novella about abuse and the lengths that are taken to make the abuse stop. This a short novella that is about 100 pages. It was quick read but it was full of angst and sadness, and a romance thrown in the mix. I would give this story a 3.5 star and would recommend it to others. It is a standalone with no cliffy and is told in dual POV's of Ever and Hunter.

Ever has been abused by her father for years and when she finally takes matters in her own hands it becomes and even bigger ni
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Hilda
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, new-adult, ebook
This novella started off on a BANG. Literally. From therein, though, I was not overly impressed by the characters. I found that Ever, who started off devotedly in love with Sam was almost too easily swayed in his absence. I get it, that was sort of the whole point but she came off as weak to begin with (let's be honest, she really let Sam just take off without much of a fight) and didn't get all that much better through this short story. Hunter wasn't too much better. Yes, he's loved Ever from t ...more
Amaranthine
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to say, I found this book somewhat confusing. I think part of the problem is that it feels like we begin mid-story, and one third of the main characters immediately vacates the book. It is just difficult to believe in this all consuming love between Ever and Sam, when we never actually witness it.

We are told—repeatedly—that the three grew up together, and that the Sam and Hunter were Ever’s only friends, as well as her only refuge. The problem is, as the book goes along, it seems more an
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Heather Fleet
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So this was my first Diana Gardin book, and I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since it's a novella and novella's usually are not my thing. But I'm happy to say that Ever Always blew me away with it's amazingness in the end.

I've yet to read the first book in the series and in a way, I'm really glad I didn't because I probably would have despised Ever for what happened. But this way? I got to know her, I felt her, I lived through the emotions with her, making me understand why she did what
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Prone to Crushes on Boys in Books
Brothers, Sam and Hunter. Ever Allen, the girl in the middle of it all.
Thy shalt not covet your brother's girlfriend.

After a tragic incident one night, Sam does a noble but stupid thing and goes on the run. Leaving his girl, Ever behind in the care of his brother until he can send for her. Things happened and pinned up feelings are reluctantly unleashed. Everything and everyone is changing and maybe moving on. Ever knows she must make a choice and Hunter hopes she chooses correctly this time.

Su
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Moon Love
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew going into this book there was going to be some hurt feelings. Of course, love is a tricky thing, and it's even harder when the person you love loves your brother or sister instead. That's why I was both eager and apprehensive; I wanted to know how it would be handled.

Diana Gardin does a fantastic job at setting up a new series and introducing new characters. I really liked Ever, Hunter, and Sam. They were just people caught up in their situations. I really felt horrible for Ever. Especi
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Ebbie ~Author Groupies
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it


Ever Always is the second book in the Nelson Island series. Ever has known Sam and Hunter most of her life. She is best friends with both brothers; the boys have always looked out for her. Hunter always thought he'd have his HEA with Ever but when Sam, his younger brother, expressed an interest he let him have her. Ever was abused by her father and one night she takes things into her own hands. Sam goes on the run to protect Ever...but I don't think his motives are completely selfless, he's alwa
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Dana Busenbark
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
In this Novella between Wanting Forever and Falling Deep, we see what happened in Wanting Forever from Ever and Hunter's point of view. We see all that happened back in Duck Creek while Sam is off living his live on Nelson Island. We really get a feel about the heartache that Ever goes through from the word choices that Diana Gardin has used. You start to wonder if Hunter and Ever will make it as you go through the book. We know what happened with the kiss on Nelson Island, but what happened aft ...more
Lisa
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5*

This was always going to be a difficult read after the events of 'Waiting Forever'. Ever came across in that as sulky and selfish and her actions with Hunter didn't endear her to me. I get that you can't help who you fall in love with but there is a way of dealing with that minimises the hurt on all sides. I am completely empathetic to the life that she had with her father and the situation she found herself in. However, there was an immaturity about that was difficult to overlook an
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Katarina
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't know this was the second in a series when I read it.

I may have liked it better if I'd read the first one, but I didn't connect with the characters that well. The book started out great, and I thought I'd be in for a wild and amazing ride. Unfortunately, Ever was a disappointment, Sam was a disappointment and Hunter saved the book, but not until later on.

Ever is so helpless. Which was such a letdown after the strong start of the book. Sam wasn't a big part of this story, so I didn't get
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Gina Paulus
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Hunter's and Ever Allen's story (Sam's brother and his ex girlfriend) So I was iffy on whether or not I wanted to read this. This is a honest to Gosh pull at your heart, rip out your guts love story, told in a short amount of time. And that really shocked me, normally short stories don't go into enough detail and leaving you wanting more, this left you feeling filled.
There is some triggers in the story, there is a drunken father who is abusive and someone does shoot and kill him, there i
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Deb Smith
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!!!!

Awesome read. Hard to read at times but told with empathy and Love. Ever and Hunter are both bound by what they think is true. But they are also drawn together by longing and unspoken love. Once they can see themselves free of the past, maybe they will find each other. These characters jump off the page and into our hearts. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Tracy Reads
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
another truly great book delivered by Diana , I loved Hunter better than Sam he is such a sweetheart and I just wanted to hug him at times. Ever I am on the fence about I didn't hate her but there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. hopeless Romantics you will swim in this one. well done Diana 5 huge stars great story
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Other books in the series

Nelson Island (3 books)
  • Wanting Forever (Nelson Island, #1)
  • Falling Deep (Nelson Island, #2)