Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: All I Ever Wanted
SERIES: Firsts and Forever Book 14
AUTHOR: Alexa Land
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 325 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2017
I’ve been given this amazing gift: a second chance.
I have to get it right this time.
Because Cole Ealy is all I ever wanted, and this is our last shot at forever.
River and Cole met, and fell in love, and then it all went horribly wrong. A year has passed, but River can’t move on. He’s still in love, but after all that time, and all that hurt, can he convince Cole to give him another chance? And if he does, can they get it right this time, or will the same mistakes tear them apart?
All I Ever Wanted is the fourteenth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts & Forever Series. Each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. This contemporary, second chance gay romance is approximately 101,000 words. Please note: contains graphic sex and adult language, and is only intended for adult readers.
I first came across the Firsts and Forever series back in 2013 when I fell for Jamie and Dmitri and was instantly hooked. After initially devouring the first three books I have reviewed all the books since Gathering Storm (book 4) and having just finished book fourteen I still don’t think I have had my fill from this crazy family.
Each book is written as a standalone and you could certainly just pick one up at any point in the series and read about a new couple but if you did that you would miss so much. There is a history to this series that Alexa has crafted – there is laughter and tears, there are good times and bad and there are links, sometimes subtle, that entwine this huge and crazy group of people to each other.
All I Ever Wanted is Cole and River’s story. Neither of these characters are new if you are familiar with the series but they had a sad and messy break up and have been without each other for the last year, yet neither man has moved on. This story was about repairing what they had broken. There wasn’t as much angst as I expected as both men are still crazy in love with each other, in fact this is quite a gentle story, a real romance without a lot of the shenanigans we often see from a certain senior citizen. It felt different from the previous books, there was still humour and some laugh out loud moments but there was more depth and more time spent on Cole and River. Both men have grown up in the last twelve months and they weren’t afraid to talk out their mistakes and this really helped when Cole had to deal with grief and a surprise that could have sent him spiralling.
This was a great second chance romance and as always we got to spend time with the rest of the Dombruso clan and friends. I highly recommend this entire series and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.