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It Was Always You

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A fresh start. A new beginning.

After breaking free from an abusive relationship, Tatum hopes to rebuild her sense of security by moving closer to her brother. But the past is eager to catch up with her. Not one but two of her exes have resurfaced. One wants to rekindle their sweet college romance, the other seeks to punish her for daring to leave him. Torn between her head
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published March 28th 2018
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Kim Bailey
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 for this solid debut.
The characters and the story are full of emotion. Most of it angst - which, if you're like me, is a dream. I love those true to life stories where nothing is easy and the characters don't always make good choices. This book delivers on all of that. Good first book from this author. I look forward to more.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Cassandra Night
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It Was Always You by author S.L. Sterling. This standalone second chance novel is an enjoyable and beautifully written story with likable characters and twists. I have consumed it in one go.

Tatum is dating Parker, but they are at a crossroads in their relationship. Tatum after losing her parents couldn’t deal with a long-distance relationship. Tatum and Parker are sweet young people in love with each other, but Parker got job opportunity he could not pass, so he leaves their hometown to explore
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
-Kacie, 4 stars

I devoured this book in one sitting! I really enjoyed this story, I thought it was well written.

I liked Tatum and Parker. I would have liked to see them communicate more before jumping into bed together. I liked how protective Parker was towards Tatum. Even when they weren’t on the same page, he recognized something wasn’t quite right and went to check on her. I liked the brother/sister relationship that Tatum and Elliot. I loved how close they are. I did not like Dean! He was th
Gwen Shafer
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First book I have read from this author and I absolutely loved it. This was quite the storyline. I absolutely loved Tatum and Parker. I loved this book because it was a second chance romance and I love books where the couples get those chances. S.l did an amazing job writing this one and providing you with quite a storyline that will grab your attention. Parker and Tatum were in love but Parker had to make a tough decision. He choose the hard decision and these two ended up breaking up. Years la ...more
Catty Jane
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** ARC Received for Honest Review ***

3.5/4 Stars

This book is raw and emotional. Tatum goes through too many tragedies and changes in life to handle a long distance relationship with Parker. Since then, Parker has always felt that Tatum was the one that got away. After years of each of them trying to move on Tatum is brought back into his life, albeit with some demons hot on her tail.

This book is full of drama and heartbreak which will have you rooting for Parker and Tatum. As a bonus you will f
Sep 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Fresh out of an abusive relationship, Tatum packs up and goes to live closer to her brother.
A new life. New beginnings.
But when Parker - her college sweetheart - comes back around she’s immediately divided between trying again or protecting her damaged heart.

Parker hasn't been able to get Tatum off his mind since the night he walked out of her life. Eight years of one night stands, along with sleepless nights, and the pain of losing her has virtually fad
Paige Whitecotton
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
True long lasting love here

SL’s ability to take you from past present without the feeling of harsh time lapse made this book feel like your own story coming off the pages. From the harsh reality of who and what Dean really was to the true North for Tatum......Parker. The style of writing is so complete I felt each emotion to my core. Love this book.
Laila Viking
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story started of very slow and I was a bit disappointed. But suddenly it took me by surprise. It all fell into place. It became an amazing read with great storyline and plot. It is slow paced and suits the characters and how they develop. A story about letting the past go and get your HEA. Take the second chance. A strong and independent heroin but also very stubborn and at times too stubborn which annoyed me.
Characters are likeable and well described. They have great chemistry and passion
Nov 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
At times it seems to me that I love to one degree or another just about every book I read and that is odd. But then I come across a book like this and I realize I don’t love every book I read. I didn’t love this book. I didn’t even like it. Though the hero was on the bland side, the heroine drove me bonkers.

Tatum, our heroine, is with a real douche. Though we learn that it’s clearly evident what a jerk he is and even Tatum experiences it, she stays with him until she’s had enough. They are suppo
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it! Tatum and Parker were young and in love but the stubbornness they both had made them walk away from each other. The story had great combination of romance, sex, suspense and angst that made it a total page turner. Excellent read!
C  A M
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotional rollercoaster for me! I loved it
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars 🌟🌟1/2

This would have been an amazing second chance romance (my favorite!), but I just couldn't ever warm up to the heroine, Tatum. The hero-Parker, her brother-Elliot, and her best friend-Jen were all great characters. To me, their never-ending support, love, protectiveness, and sage advice were the best things about this story. With that being said, Tatum's actions made we want to deduct so many stars, but I can't say I hated the story. I just didn't love the heroine. It's 2.5 stars f
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by SL Sterling that I have picked up. I was not sure what to expect about the authors ability to write a well development and likable story with good characters. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this story and the development of both the characters and plot. I really liked the story and it was definitely a page turner. The story starts off with a prologue that begins eight years earlier. Tatum and her brother Elliot have just lost their parents in an accident. ...more
Sassy Southern
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eight years ago Tatum Bancroft was dating Parker Harrison but when he got a job offer in another town they split up with Tatum not wanting to deal with a long distance relationship. Now she finds herself desperate to leave an abusive relationship with her cheating boyfriend, Dean.
Tatum heads to her brother Elliot’s for a chance to start over only his partner in the police force is Parker. Tatum’s only problem is trying to discover whether she still has feelings for Parker and of course dealing w
Kerry - Readkerryread
I struggled with this one on a few points. CW: Abuse, domestic violence on page, stalking, harassment, attempted rape.

I really struggled with Tatum, who was in love with Parker, her first love. Only she pushes him away in order for him to fulfill his dream of being a cop. She doesn't even consider a long distance relationship, just pushes him away and never talks to him again. That doesn't really scream, my one and only true love, but ok fine.

Many years later she is in a relationship with some
Renee Entress
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has pain, second chances, suspense, and sweet love.

This is Tatum and Parker’s story. After finally getting out of an abusive relationship Tatum moves closer to her brother to start over fresh. Being back with her brother brings different memories. When she sees Parker a man that left her and broken her years ago she does not know if she wants to give him another shot. Parker has regretted leaving Tatum for the last eight years and when he find
Aditi ♡
This book was beyond pathetic! We see h catching her ex with some other girl in a coffee shop where the girl was sitting on his lap and they were kissing, and that day was their anniversary. So he left h and was with that woman the whole time.

So she catches her ex and breaks up with him. Then the ex gives her flowers after a week... Yeah he didn't call her for over a week after she broke up with him but then a week later he comes to her house with pizza and saying how much he loves her even tho
Steph (A Brunette and Her Books)
*ARC received*

Parker and Tatum were separated in their relationship due to Parker’s new job for a police force that was long distance from their current living space.

Eight years later, life decides to throw a curveball at both Parker and Tatum, and bring them back into each other’s lives. Tatum had moved on to someone else, but found that the new relationship wasn’t what she was hoping it would be. She realizes her current boyfriend is cheating on her, and now wants nothing to do with him.

Sabrina Thompson
This story started out strong but around the middle point, it started falling flat for me. I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I did not. In the beginning, I thought this book would be wonderful. I enjoyed the plot and I enjoyed the characters. For me, it hit a plateau. The characters were strong and I enjoyed their banter. I thought that Tatum was a strong woman and I enjoyed her relationship with her brother and best friend. Then all of a sudden, she became a completely diffe ...more
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice, easy to read, second-chance romance. I enjoyed Tatum and Parker and found them engaging as well as endearing. ~Helen

This is a beautifully written second chance story. I loved following Parker and Tatum as they reconnect and find their love again. ~Dawn

"I received the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

I was sucked into this story immediately! I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the characters and could definitely relate to Parker. I’ve never
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
It Was Always You was a GREAT read! I enjoyed the story of Tatum and Parker! I loved the reconnect/second chance love story.
In the prologue, Tatum and Parker part ways after college, because they both have separate futures.
Tatum gets into a relationship that goes south, and she decides she is better off moving by her brother, who happens to be best friends with Parker.
Their friendship slowly rebuilds. There is drama, angst, love, hatred, and heartbreak throughout this book. I really loved the s
Penny Leidecker
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this debut from S.L. Sterling. She has given us a beautifully written second chance love story. I fell in love with Parker and Tatum’s book from the first page. Parts of this book was heartbreaking and then, we get to the steamy loving parts. Tatum is broken in many ways, but I was rooting for Parker from the beginning to break down her walls. I’m not going to leave any spoilers, but I recommend this book to everyone that has ever regretted ending a relationship. Go and grab y ...more
Cindy Hughes
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book!

This book is an amazing second chance romance!
It has a great storyline and wonderful characters! It hooked me from the start and wouldn’t let me go until I finished!
Tatum and Parker were together until a job tore them apart. Years latter Tatum moves to the town her brother lives. Parker lives there too!
Tatum and Parker never stoped loving each other and they try again. Both guarding their hearts from being broken again.
This story has love, heartbreak, passion, emotional ups and dow
Rebecca Austin
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had quite a few twists and turns that left me scared and wondering what was going to happen next.

My heart broke for Tatum and everything that she went through with Dean and knowing she had to look out for herself above all else. Yet she definitely had a lot to fear with how Dean would take her leaving, yet I really didn’t expect the reaction to a certain extent.

I loved both Elliott and Parker and how protective they were of Tatum. I was mad that Tatum didn’t tell them both everything
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

I was sucked into this story immediately! I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the characters and could definitely relate to Parker. I’ve never once related to a guy before but this time I did. The reason I gave this four stars was because for me, the love scenes seemed a bit lacking to me. The heat wasn’t all there. I didn’t feel the emotions like I should as it was written rather point blank. Like he did this, she d
J. Ockenhouse
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked by the first page. Tatum is one that you will stay with you. She's been through alot and her and Parker deserve this 2nd chance.

The path isn't one for the faint of heart. You will go through the emotional ringer.

My first book from S.L. and I'm craving more. Writing as though you are witnessing it first hand. Characters that command your attention and give their story that real deal feel.

I am definitely going to recommend "IT WAS ALWAYS YOU" to my reading group.

Don't miss this amaz
Emma bramley
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first book by this author that I've read and i was just blown away, a fantastic story which i just couldn't put down till I'd finished it. This is a second chance romance story you will love. You will fall in love with the characters you read. The characters have a fantastic connection from the start. This is an emotional story, so you may need the tissues at the ready. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.

Highly recommended

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reade
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second chances

Tatum has just moved closer to her brother in hopes of leaving behind her abusive ex-boyfriend. She didn’t plan on seeing much of her first love Parker, but being his brother’s partner it was inevitable they would keep bumping into each other. When threats from her ex surface, will Parker be there in time to protect her?

This was a good second chance romance where both characters tried to move on unsuccessfully because deep down they’ve always loved each other. Looking forward to th
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I teeter between 4.5 and 5. I would have liked a little more character development but I loved the characters and the book is well written. Me being nosey wanted there to be a story with Elliot and Jen to be another book but also glad there is not.

If it would have been to prior commitment I would have devoured this book in one sitting. As it was I stayed up too late as it was to continue on reading.
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USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her

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