Friday, May 29, 2015



Always Your Baby by Airicka Phoenix

Publisher: Airicka Phoenix (5/25/2015)
Series: The Baby Saga, book 4
Genre: New Adult
Source: InkSlinger PR
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How could someone so pure want filth like him?

Damon Comb was no stranger to pain, hunger, loneliness, and abandonment. Being given a family that would die for one another didn’t erase six years of torture. It didn’t take away the nightmares. She did. She was everything someone like him should never be allowed. She was goodness and strength and she made him human.

How could someone so broken complete her?

Willa McClain had it all, a family that adored each other, the love of an entire town and a future she worked her butt off to get. But all she wanted was the boy with the sad blue eyes and the crooked smile. He was her best friend, her protector and the only one who really understood her.

How could a love like theirs be extinguished?

But nothing ever lasted forever. Damon knew better than anyone how quickly the tides could change. Can he keep his past at bay before it consumes the only light in his dark world? Can he finally tell Willa the truth, or will his fears tear them apart forever?

How could love so strong ever fail?

Airicka Phoenix

about Airicka || Airicka Phoenix is a romance junkie with an incurable addiction to chocolate. She is also a prolific author of several novels written for young adult and new adult romance addicts who love bad boys, hot kisses and a gritty plot. Airicka prides herself in producing quality material her readers can fall in love with again and again.

When she's not hard at work bleeding words onto paper, Airicka can be found cuddling with her family, reading, watching TV shows, or just finding excuses not to do chores.
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{ purchase previous titles in series } .

Forever His Baby *Sloan & Lily* (Book 1):
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Bye-Bye Baby *Cole & Beth* (Book 2):
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Be My Baby *Calla & Jared* (Book 3):
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{ review } .
This was my first book in the Baby Saga, and I can promise you – it will not be my last.

First off, I want to say how much I love the fact that the first books were the parents’ books, and this and the last were their kids’ books (the next book, is as well). So many times, authors feel the need to wait x-amount of years until they write the following books if they’re doing the offspring, but I loved that Airicka went right into the children of Sloan, Lily, Cole, and Beth.

So again, while this was my first Baby Saga book, I am excited to go back and read the earlier books. Do you need to read them? Nope, not at all. But I want to because I want to know the early years of Damon especially – the years when he was a hot-headed kid who didn’t feel he deserved anything.

Hell, as an adult, he doesn’t feel that he deserves everything he’s given, but he’s better at accepting it (well, pretending to accept it, anyway).

Damon has been in love with Willa since the moment he met her – when he was all of six years old. Even as a young child, he recognized her as the one person he’d be able to be himself with. True enough, Willa is his safe haven. The longest the two of them have been apart has been during their college stints. 

Separately, both has loved-loved the other as long as they can remember, but neither has had the nerve to say something, both being afraid that the sentiment wouldn’t be returned and their friendship would be ruined. But as their friends later tell them, the only ones who didn’t know the other returned the same love was… well… the two of them.

I did find it odd that they were best-best friends who lived together (ok, that wasn’t odd), that slept in the same bed and did nothing (that was what I found odd). I found it funny that they didn’t really find it to be odd (they did, but they didn't, if you get that...), and that the town just already assumed they were together. When the time finally came and they admitted their feelings, no one was really shocked. Ok, the initial kiss was shocking, but that’s because it was new.

I loved the meddling of Jared and Calla – best friends/siblings at their best, of course. I loved how much Willa and Damon loved one another, and I loved that Damon was terrified of doing wrong by Willa, even though truthfully, nothing changed with the status change. 

And as much as it pains me to laugh at the man, there were two times that Damon had some control issues that I just loved – mainly because they show him as extremely human and vulnerable. He puts on a very good face, but occasionally his fears come to surface.

There was a point where I was almost annoyed with the self-confidence and way Willa and Damon were with one another, especially once they decided to put a new label on their relationship but were too timid to kiss, even… but the annoyance went away quickly because honestly, I was so endeared by Damon. 

Be prepared for tears…

Ok, maybe don’t. (I cried watching Pitch Perfect 2 and my saving grace is simply that Elizabeth Banks’s character states that the entire arena was moved by the performance, so surely it was ok that tears were leaking from my eyes, right?!) But know that the possibility of tears is there. Happy tears and sad tears. My face was a bit leaky; don’t know what my problem was. Allergies, maybe.

Here goes that phrase again but “I loved…” a lot about this story. I loved the families and how together, they were one big family. I loved that Damon wasn’t an outsider, even though he still had feelings that he was – nevermind the fact that he’d been a McClain for nineteen years (he simply chose to keep his birth surname). I loved that even though Damon wasn’t blood, he was a damn good brother to Toby (my goodness, I’m excited to read that boy’s story; I really liked Toby).

And most of all, I loved the relationship between Willa and Damon. Because it was something they’d been working on for years, even unknowingly, it was beautiful and true and real.

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