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Almost Always

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Jane Pearson needs a job and daring war reporter Griffin Lowell needs someone to insist he get to work on his memoir. His literary agent hired the bookish blonde and while Griffin would prefer to hide from his painful memories in drunken beach parties and busty bikini girls, prim and proper Jane is becoming more sultry and sexy—to his eyes—by the day. Maybe she’s the distr ...more
Published (first published January 22nd 2013)
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Elizabeth (Liz)
3.5 stars

Book doctor Jane Pearson arrives at the beach house of reclusive war journalist Griffin Lowell NOT expecting him to be hosting a party and surrounded by beauties in bikinis! She's been hired to help him through a case of writer's block, but Griffin makes it abundantly clear that he needs no help, especially from someone so prim and proper. Jane needs this job, though, and stands her ground. Who will win in this battle of wits...and reluctant hearts?!


Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
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Lisa Filipe
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly missed my Christie Ridgeway romances, but she is back and I am LOVING this new series so much!!

Jane and Griffin are fun, sexy and just freakin adorable!

Full Review Posted on http://atastyread.blogspot.com

For anyone who doesn't know, the book that lured me back into reading romance after I finished college was NOT ANOTHER NEW YEARS by the very amazing and talented, Christie Ridgway. It was naughty and nice, and was the raunchiest book I had read, well, up to that point in my life, AND I bor
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Katie_la_geek
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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For this review and more my blog

A while back I read the second book in this series (Bungalow Nights) and I wasn’t a fan. When I was given the opportunity to review the first book in the series I was unsure but decided in the end to give it a go, Bungalow Nights could have been a one off. Unfortunately for me that was not the case and I am finally throwing in the towel where this series is concerned.

My first big issue with both the first and second books is that writing. Christie Ridgway is by no
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Donna
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these stories from Beach House #9. It’s such a magical place.
It was the best place for Griffin to end up when he came home after spending a year in Afghanistan as a Journalist witnessing the horrors of war. He comes home a broken man who puts up walls and shuts down, spending time around partiers, listening to loud music and drinking and whatever he can do to shut out his thoughts. He can’t sleep at night, and he does everything to avoid writing the book that Jane is sent to help
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Isha Coleman
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In order to find our strengths, we must face our weaknesses. Never have I come across more powerful words than that statement. Almost Always is a proclamation of those words amplified. Ms. Ridgway speaks to the heart and mind with the courageous journey of Griffin Lowell. His adventurous spirit and inquisitive mind has taken him all over the world. His experiences have broken his heart, opened his mind and haunted his dreams, but his greatest challenge is born from writer's block. One women is d ...more
Susan
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. There's always a lot of humor and emotion in Christie Ridgway's books and this was no exception. I loved both Jane and Griffin. Jane has been sent to get Griffin back on track in writing his book about his year with the troops in Afghanistan. After the trouble she had reaching him by phone or email she wasn't expecting to find him in the middle of a party at his beach house. She also wasn't expecting the immediate zing of attraction she felt for him - something that was very unwe ...more
Jess
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C

Jane Pearson needs to save her reputation and career as a “book doctor”, helping authors in any way she can, to get their books done. Her past client, and lover, decided to end their personal relationship but when Jane wasn’t too keen on keeping their professional relationship going, he bad mouthed her to anyone who would listen to his bestselling words and now Jane needs to get her career back on track, fast. Her current assignment is getti
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Janga
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conflict between Jane and Griffin is equal parts humor and poignancy. The reader is convinced that these two stubborn people burdened with baggage from their pasts belong together, and watching them reach this conclusion is fun. A strong cast of secondary characters gives the central story greater dimension. All the characters from a drama queen teen to a curmudgeonly Pulitzer Prize-winning neighbor to a wimpy kid grown into a hot firefighter add their own appeal. Hints about a connection be ...more
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Reviewed by Molly
Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

So, I wanted to read this series really bad. I loved the sound of the beach, the romance, characters that would become friends. But, sadly this was not quite what I was expecting.

Ms. Ridgway captured me in the beginning with Jane and her witty charm. She hooked me with the sexy Griffin and his tortured self. Then the story started to drag on for me with Jane and Griffin’s issues. Towards the end, however, it did
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Cherise
3.5 Stars

Jane Pearson is a Book Doctor. She helps authors keep on task, and organizes their thoughts and notes. When she is assigned to Griffin Lowell she arrives at Beach House No.9 expecting a hermit but finds her new author surrounded by 20somethings and the host of party central. Griffin doesn’t want to work, Jane needs the work. The fun begins.

First I have to say I am a Christie Ridgway fan. I love her books and her characters. I loved the characters in this book but found myself getting fr
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LaFleurBleue
I liked the premise of this new series, with an almost tropical beach in California where bungalows are rented to different people and bungalow number 9 bring out the romance in the air.
However I'm not a huge fan of double romances, with two couples in one book, as it always feels to me like the author was not able to develop either story and the characters of each couple enough to really fill in a book.
Moreover the beginning of this one was rather difficult to overcome: Jane was supposedly int
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Asheley
I first saw Beach House No. 9 when I was browsing my library's online catalog. I was very new to the adult contemporary romances at the time and noticed that the wait list was miles long for this one. Despite never having heard of the book nor the author, I put it on hold for myself since everyone else seemed to be reading it too - I figured I'd see what all the fuss was about.

This excerpt is taken from my full Three-Things Review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here: http://www.intothehal
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Heather
This book was reviewed for SBTB's RITA Readers Challenge 2014.

The heroine, Jane Pearson, heads out to Crescent Cove, an idyllic, beach cottage-filled gem of not-stucco development in Southern California. Her job: to help Griffin Lowell, a journalist who'd (TRIGGER WARNING) spent a year embedded with American troops in Afghanistan, finish the first half of his memoir in time for the deadline.

Jane ruminates on her frizzy, dishwater-blond hair, her "pleasant but unremarkable features", plain gray e
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Lisa
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it.

Almost Always is the second book in Christie Ridgway’s “Almost Paradise” series. This series takes place in Crescent Cove, California. This is the story of Griffin Lowell and Jane Pearson.

This book is a little different from Ms. Ridgway’s other books. This author skillfully writes this book with two distinct story lines. Each has its own profound theme and includes characters with great depth, intelligence and intensity.

Griffin wa
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Marcia
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Always series. While I thought it would be Skye's story, instead it revolves around the Lowell siblings. The Lowell sibs also spent summers at Crescent Cove of Southern California. The twins Griffin and Gabe were always thrill seekers and as adults, Gabe is a world traveling photographer and Griffin a war correspondent. Tess, their sister, at eighteen was the famous OM girl, of the green tea gum commercial. Now she is the married mother of 4. Griffin is contracted ...more
Terric853
Jane Pearson is a book "doctor" who helps authors shape and edit their books. Griffin Lowell had been a reporter who was embedded with the Army in Afghanistan for a year. He's supposed to be writing his memoirs but instead is holed up in a small beachside town partying. Griffin's agent hires Jane to work with him and help him meet his deadline.

The problem is that Jane's persona is that of a librarian and Griffin resists her efforts at every turn. Except, she has the most kissable mouth Griffin
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Pam
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Griffin was a reporter imbedded with the military in the war. During that time, he submitted articles detailing the truth of the war. Now that he's back home, he's under contract to write a book on his experiences. Only problem is, he can't. He's suffering from PTSD but won't admit it. He's drawn away from life & his family. Enter Jane, the book doctor. She comes in to help authors organize their thoughts & get on track. Jane has low self esteem & it seems like Griffin is going to ro ...more
Paula
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Almost Always by Christie Ridgway takes a first impression of a shallow seemingly character to reveal a deeply troubled intelligent individual who is avoiding emotional distress any way that he can. Since Griffin Lowell had spent a year with soldiers in the Middle East reporting on the war against terrorism, this is a timely book. Jane Pearson who becomes his love interest in more than interested in having a job helping him write his memoirs, but is concerned for the man too. What a heartbreakin ...more
Pam
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Griffin was a reporter imbedded with the military in the war. During that time, he submitted articles detailing the truth of the war. Now that he's back home, he's under contract to write a book on his experiences. Only problem is, he can't. He's suffering from PTSD but won't admit it. He's drawn away from life & his family. Enter Jane, the book doctor. She comes in to help authors organize their thoughts & get on track. Jane has low self esteem & it seems like Griffin is going to ro ...more
Eileen
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Almost Always by Christie Ridgway, the second book in her Almost series. This story is a re-issue from her Beach House series with updates. Jane Pearson is excited to be working with war reporter Griffin Lowell on his memoir but Griffin would rather hold frat house style beach parties than deal with the PTSD he is suffering from the time he spent in the Middle East. Prim and proper Jane might just be the distraction Griffin needs. As Jane works her wiles on Griffin, he i ...more
Julia David
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the characters. Griffin spent a year as a journalist embedded with a military unit in Afghanistan. He was excited for the opportunity, but after seeing all the horrors of war, he came back a bit broken. He didn't want to feel anything for anyone. Jane has always been told by her family not to be silly and emotional, to be practical. She comes to help Griffin with his book and turns his world upside down. He can't deal with it. Griffin's sister Tess shows up with her "minions", her ...more
Deb Fernow
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author just keeps them coming! I love all her books! Laugh, cry, sweat (from the steamy scenes), and feel good all over! This is Book 2 of the Always series and it is well worth the read.

A troubled war correspondent with PTSD and a literary agent/editor with the need to prove herself make a very interesting combination. Griffin Lowell wants to shut himself off from emotions and remembering the horrors he saw in a war zone. Jane Pearson fell in love with her last client and when he dumped he
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Melanie Holden
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christie Ridgway writes the most compelling and complex characters. This book is about Griffin Lowell, who was an embedded journalist in Afghanistan. While he was with them he wrote articles detailing his experience. When he returned he was to write a book about his time in Afghanistan. He goes to Crescent Cove in order to write his book, however, his agent is getting nervous because he isn’t submitting anything. The agent hires Jan, a book doctor, who has been very successful in the past but he ...more
Kari Hansen
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Griffin was sent to Afghanistan to spend a year with the military to report on the war he never expected to return still suffering from the effects of what he had seen. He has pushed everyone that was close to him away and prefers to try to forget by partying but the deadline to finish his book is approaching and now his publisher has sent Jane to get him on track.

Jane is successful at ensuring that the authors she assist remain focused so that they can meet their deadlines. She may appear
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Sheila Schwartz
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do you review one of Ms. Ridgway's books BECAUSE there is never enough words to convey the sentiments you want to put on paper! I mean every book is better than the last, the dialogue draws you in and the situations are always so heartfelt and meaningful BUT the getting there is filled with angst and heartbreak, miscommunication and misconceptions and Griffin and Jane's story is no different! PTSD is so misunderstood that reading about the symptoms are so painful that I have to give Ms. Ridg ...more
Christyg
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was a zing between Jane and Griff from the beginning. Both of these characters had something to overcome. Jane had a bad relationship that caused her problems in her career. Griff is recovering or rather hiding from a traumatic year embedded in the war. Jane brings some order and calmness to Griffin so he can deal with his experiences and losses. Griff gives Jane something no one else has, attention and appreciation for her true self. The story was both fun and emotional. The secondary rom ...more
Melissa
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing


I think this book is about us finding our weaknesses and working through it to better ourselves.  Jane had some issues with her father that I think came out into her personal and career.  She lacked confidence in the way she lived her life her way.  She had to please her father.  Griffin had to overcome an awful event in his life.  One where people around him died.  Now Griffin has to get what happen written on paper because he promised that he would.  How can he?  So much emotions that he will
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Robin
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written contemporary romance. Jane is hired by Griffin's literary agent to help Griffin finish up his memoir. Jane is determined to keep the book on course despite her attraction to Griffin. Griffin is trying to hide from painful memories and resists her efforts, but he is finding himself more and more drawn to Jane. Jane and Griffin were great characters, and I enjoyed reading about them as well as the secondary characters including Griffin's cranky elderly neighbor and his sist ...more
Terri
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: street-team-book
This is a revamp of a previously released book, which I also read. I enjoyed it each time. Ms. Ridgway manages to take characters that at first appear to not have much substance and develop them into challenged, flawed individuals. "Plain Jane" has been hired to help party central guy, Griffin, meet his deadlines on his book of his experiences being embedded with troops during wartime. Her professional image rests on it. The only problem is that Griffin has no intention of working on the book. T ...more
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“Rebecca let out a gusty sigh. “Pregnant, I tell you. I’m definitely getting pregnant.” Her mother responded by passing over the tearful little guy. Not a bad idea, Jane decided. Birth control by baby brother” 1 likes
“It’s… You’ve been all over the world. Been in perilous places, taken risks that stop my breath. In comparison to all that, will what we might have…will I be enough?”

“Sweetheart…”

“You said my world, this world, is colorless, remember?” It almost made him laugh. “Honey-pie, when I’m with you, I think of a thousand colors. Your beautiful silvery eyes, your lemon-yellow swimsuit, your pink sunburn, your pumpkin shoes. You’re…you’re my rainbow.” His darling, serious, wonderful, brave, spirited, beautiful, talented Jane. So, so lovable”
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