This stunning debut novel by authors, Lily and Miller, follows Olivia and Parker as they find their way back together after years of separation. Breaking up at eighteen, Olivia and Parker followed opposite paths that led them anywhere but together for years. Olivia opened a flower shop with her best friend Ellie while Parker worked for his father and their company opening managing hotels along the east coast. When Parker’s mom walks into Bloom, Olivia and Ellie’s flower shop, wanting their help designing arrangements for her anniversary party, Olivia can’t say no. With the party approaching, Olivia’s fear of running into Parker after all these years grows stronger, and when they do cross paths, the flames that ignited as teenagers sparks right back up again. Will Olivia and Parker be able to make their relationship work this time around? You’re going to have to read this book to find out, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
I was so excited to read this debut novel, and it captivated me right from the beginning. Olivia and Parker, along with every character that surrounded them, were so lively, funny, charming, and relatable. The dynamics created for this book were really beautiful, and it absolutely amazed me.
The storyline itself was magnificent. I loved that this book followed a structure that I haven’t read a ton of in the contemporary romance genre. The past struggles that Olivia and Parker both had to deal with, along with their very understandable contemplations about the future were honest and admirable. Their story is one for the books–literally–and I cannot praise Lily and Miller on their first book enough. It was so good. I’m definitely adding this to my re-read list. (Cough cough, someone gift me the physical copy, cough cough)
While the actual formatting of this book was different from what I’m used to, it definitely didn’t distract me in any way. This story was so captivating, elegant, and beautiful. I loved it. So much. Ohmygod. *Sighs heavily* I want a Parker.
Everyone follow @authorlilymiller on Instagram and PLEASE go out and get this book. Read it. You won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t!
As always, let me know what you thought of Always Been You by Lily Miller in the comments below, and let’s talk about how perfect Parker is while we’re at it. I want him.