Review // Always Been You by Q.B. Tyler

March 14, 2022

Always Been You by Q.B. Tyler

It's a weird thing when you're in love with someone in your family. Fights or disagreements with them feel personal in two ways that somehow have to co-exist within you. I'm his sister and the person he may be closest to in life. He's my best friend and I never wanted to be on weird terms with him. But I'm also in love with him which makes things difficult in their own way.

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Always Been You by Q.B. Tyler

Always Been You by Q.B. Tyler

Release - March 3, 2022
Genre - Taboo Contemporary Romance / interracial
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat Level - 5 out of 5 / frequent and spicy
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 256 pages
Publisher - Indie

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Wrong. Sinful. Taboo.

I know I shouldn't want him.

I know I shouldn't touch myself in the middle of the night as thoughts of him run through my mind.

Thoughts of his kiss, his touch, his love.

I'd spent years obsessing over the man I thought I couldn't have.

But as it turns out, he wants me too.

And he wants me now.

My Two Cents

3.5 "If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right" stars

I'll be honest... taboo reads haven't really been on my radar lately. I can't even remember when the last time my eyes even came across one. However, when I read this review from Sonya, I couldn't pass it up. She made it sound so good and I'm happy to say that I agree. At least for the most part.

So this isn't your typical 'he's my stepbrother and we're now involved. There's some fallout and a happy ending' kind of read. This is about adopted siblings. Gabi was adopted when she was two. She was a part of the family in every single way.

But what's a girl to do when she falls in love with her older brother?

Knowing they can't be together doesn't keep her heart from aching for him. It doesn't stop her body's longing for him.

So what happens when she finds out he feels the same way?

"Gabrielle." He turns around and I can see the anguish in his features. Does he... feel the same things I feel? "In another life..." he leans down, "I'd make you so happy, and it just kills me sometimes that it can't be this life."

I liked a lot of what this story offered. The writing was definitely on point. The chemistry between the characters was beyond sizzling. The drama was actually kept to a minimum, if you can believe it. I even liked the dynamic explored by Gabi and James in their new relationship. I found it more realistic that they were being realistic about how strange their circumstances were. They knew it was messed up, they knew that many people would be grossed out, but their love wouldn't allow any of that to matter.

"I don't see this ending with James. I wouldn't have crossed this line if I was ever planning to uncross it."

"You say that, but you don't know what life has in store for you. You're eighteen, Gab. You don't have your life figured out yet."

"Maybe not, but I do have who I want to spend it with figured out."

I do wish this story encompassed more than just the sexual chemistry between the characters. I know, I can't believe I even typed that, but it's true. There were some flashbacks that missed the mark on showing me the depth of their relationship. It was more tell than show and I would have loved to see the before better. Overall, a very solid read and I can easily recommend it to anyone looking for a bit more than a splash of taboo in their romance.

About the Author

Write. Wine. Work. Repeat.

A look inside the mind of a not so ex-party girl's escape from her crazy life. Hailing from the nation's capital, q.B. Tyler, spends her days constructing her "Happily ever afters" with a twist, featuring sassy heroines and the heroes that worship them. But most importantly the love story that develops despite inconvenient circumstances.

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  1. I don't think I could read this book. Actually, I know I couldn't. I am adopted. I cannot imagine feeling anything other than sibling feelings for an adoptive relative -- especially one I was raised with. My sister is my sister. My parents are my parents. My cousins, uncles, aunts, etc. are all people I have been raised with as being my family and I can't imagine feeling anything more than related to them. I can't imagine my daughter falling in love with her cousin even though they're not blood related. I mean, I guess it's all possible, but it makes me cringe in the same way I would if it was an incestual romance. That's just me, though!

    1. I absolutely get that. If I were adopted, this would definitely not be the read for me. And I have to admit, I was grossed out, because regardless of the fact that they weren't blood related, they were family. I have step-family who are family no matter our blood ties or lack thereof. So them, their offspring, etc. are completely off limits. However, to read this and actually enjoy it, I had to turn my brain off. Forget the logic. Otherwise I couldn't touch it.

      It's the same way I feel about step-brother books. Unless they're newly related, meaning they didn't grow up together, I can't do it. It's way too close to home!

    2. I feel the same way about the step-brother thing. Has to be newly related as adults.

  2. Great review you have here Natalie. Taboo reads can be tough for me. I know this author writes some good books (I have read one that didn't work out for me) but I will need to explore some of her other works. I struggle with the step sibling stuff though, I can only do it if they didn't grow up together. (Lisa Renee Jones for example has a great trilogy that works for me and doesn't feel incesty for me haha )

    1. Thanks Renee! 💞
      It's really hit or miss for me. Incesty books have worked for me (I'm thinking of The Wild by K Webster), but it depends on the circumstances surrounding the situation. There's a thin line lol

  3. So glad you took a chance on this one and you enjoyed most of it!! There's definitely a forbidden line and not everyone is going to like this book but for the most part, it was really good and we got to see how their relationship affected their loved ones and it wasn't covered up. I love your review and it was beautifully done❤❤

    1. Thank you soooo sooooo much, Sonya! 🌼
      Honestly, it was down to your review. After reading it, I had to take the chance. And while some people won't ever like a book like this, the author made it work for those of us that do take the chance on it.


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