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Tidal by Emily Snow

tidalSYNOPSIS

Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she’s got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s shit list. At least, that’s what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn’t really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.

When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxicity she’s been drawn to time and time before and whose presence brings about the painful memories she’s tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the guy she’s falling hard for

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Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

Gitte: I really enjoyed this story Jenny. I think it was just what I needed after some heavy emotional reads. Don’t get me wrong this one sure did have high emotions and angst. However, Emily’s writing made this journey a quick, sweet and easy read. I have to say I was really hooked in this story as well as pleasantly surprised as I don’t have an affinity with the celeb world at all.

Jenny:  I did eventually enjoy this story and yes, it was the perfect book to delve into after a few very heavy emotional reads.  I say eventually, because I have to say it did take me a while to get into this one and the reason for that was Willow, which I’ll explain shortly. I enjoyed Emily’s writing and the story was brought together well and it definitely was an all round read with drama, romance, a heat factor and angst.

Gitte:  Tidal is an emotional and sweet journey about Willow and Cooper, two broken people who by finding each other start their journey together, helping each other come to terms with the past whilst falling in love.

I loved Cooper, I thought he was a lush character. He had depth and intrigue and yeah he was also extremely yummy! He was intense yet knew when to step back. He saw through Willow’s façade and liked the girl behind the public persona. Despite having his own emotional issues and a tragic past he wanted Willow to find her true self again. I think I actually connected with Cooper more than Willow.

Now in regard to Willow, it took me a while to connect to her. This is a personal thing for me. I have a real problem with whiny celebs as I am of the opinion that these people chose this lifestyle well aware of its pitfalls. If you don’t like what comes with fame and fortune; get out. You chose it, deal with it. That may sound harsh but hey…it’s my opinion. So this is where I struggled a bit with Willow to begin with. Nothing to do with how she was written by the Author, because I thought she was spot on. As the story progressed I saw the girl underneath and I thought she was sweet, funny and intelligent. She just didn’t have the coping mechanisms nor the family support. She also had a tragic experience which actually broke my heart once it was revealed.

Jenny: I’m with you there Gitte.  I absolutely connected with Cooper more than Willow in this story.  I really did love that guy.  He wore his heart on his sleeve, he was gorgeous, sweet, cheeky and well….Australian.  Being an Aussie myself I know that’s a bit biased ;). He isn’t afraid to show his feelings and he was such a good influence and a perfect fit for Willow.  He was just what she needed

Cooper what exactly do you want from me?”
Nothing. Dammit, everything.  I needed to get it out there, Wills – how I’m feeling about you”   sigh…..I really did love Cooper!

I said earlier that I “eventually” really liked this story.  By that I meant that it did take me a while to connect with Willow’s character and therefore I was finding it hard to find my footing with the story.  I had problems with her for different reasons to you GG.  For some reason in the beginning Willow sounded so much like Lindsay Lohen and I commented to you that I was having a hard time connecting to her because of this.  I actually really disliked her at one point because I couldn’t shake the image of LL out of my head.  But Willow did eventually grown on me and I  came to understand her and like her.  As you say, she wasn’t afforded the support and understanding from her parents and those around her plus she had a lot of pain to deal with from her past.  Little by little she inched her way in and then I started finding myself caring about her and totally forgot the LL comparison I was making earlier.  I became concerned for her and so wanted everything to be right in her world and everything to work out for her and Cooper.  Lord knows, they both deserved each other and they deserved happiness. 

Gitte:  So overall, I really enjoyed this story, there was romance, intrigue, suspense and angst and the epilogue was FAB!!! Melted my heart!

Jenny:  I enjoyed this read too Gitte and thought Emily Snow did a great job of conveying the trials and tribulations of the Hollywood machine and the selfish parents who don’t always have their children’s best interests at heart.
There was definitely romance, drama, a lot of chemistry between Cooper and Willow and I absolutely loved the supporting cast of characters in Paige and Eric, I thought they were really warm characters who added to the story and I also loved delving into Connor’s background story as well.
I have to say the epilogue absolutely won me over.  I actually welled up reading that.  It was a really nice way to end this story.

 

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Conduct Unbecoming by L A Witt

SYNOPSIS

“As long as no one asks and they don t tell “

First class petty officer Eric Randall is less than thrilled about taking orders to Okinawa. Three long, lonely years on a crappy island that s thousands of miles from his daughter? Oh. Yeah. Sign him up. But as long as he s stuck here, he might as well make the best of it, so he discreetly checks out the local gay scene.

Shane nearly drops his drink when the gorgeous, cocky-looking guy strolls into Palace Habu. He buys him a drink, and before long, they re making out in a booth. Eric is a straight-to-the-point kind of guy and doesn t want to play games. Since Eric s idea of not playing games is getting the hell out of there and going back to one of their apartments, Shane is more than happy to go along with it.

What starts as a scorching-hot one-night stand leaves both of them wanting more until Eric finds out Shane doesn t just outrank him, he s an officer. DADT may be repealed, but an officer getting involved with an enlisted man falls under conduct unbecoming.

Still, they can t resist their mutual desire. There s no reason anyone has to find out. But secrets have a way of outing themselves.

Warning: Contains two military boys who keep forgetting they re not supposed to be together. Probably because they never have their uniforms on for any length of time ”

 

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte – 4 Stars

Jenny:    Well, I have to say Gitte there was so much I “really” liked about this book and so much I “liked”.  It was such an enticing read based on two military men stationed in Okinawa who attempt to develop and maintain a relationship against the odds.

Gitte:    I was really excited to start this book as who doesn’t like a bit of gorgeous military men action and yeah I was immediately engrossed in this story. Though I have to be honest here and say the cover photo really doesn’t do it justice. I hold my hand up to being a cover snob so I was pleasantly surprised and we have our own image of our main characters don’t we Jenny!  (sigh check out the photo below!)

Jenny:  Oh we sure do GG! And I agree with you that the cover doesn’t do this book justice.  Okay,where to start with Conduct Unbecoming.  I think we have to start at the lust at first sight between Eric and Shane when they meet in a gay bar…..Gulp! The sexual chemistry! WOW! you really felt it didn’t you Gitte?  You felt the instant attraction between these two for straight off. It was palpable.   The booth scene! Two alpha males having such an intense physical attraction to each other….pass me the smelling salts, I think I may have fainted.  Was it the same for you GG?

Gitte:    Oh wow Jenny….the bar scene…so fiercely sexy and hot. The physical attraction sure was intense! Eric and Shane immediately had my attention hahaha….

 Jenny:   I can understand why! Let me start with Eric. A divorced single man who has been just been stationed in Okinawa for three years and is feeling the emotion of being away from his teenage daughter for such a long period of time.   I truly felt this man’s sadness at having to leave his daughter and straight away, you knew these two shared a special bond didn’t you?

Gitte:  Oh Jenny, my heart really felt for Eric. He came across so lonely and lost despite his extreme alpha-ness. The background we got on him from the start showed him to be such a decent and lovable guy. His relationships a true testament to this! I especially loved his relationship with his daughter, melted my heart! I have to say that Eric stole my heart.

Jenny:  Next we have Shane.  Shane is a bi sexual, divorced Dad of two young children.  Unlike Eric, who has maintained a good relationship between himself and his ex-wife, Shane has to deal with the separation from his children and, due to the problems with his ex, doesn’t have the access and relationship with his children that Eric has with his daughter.  I felt so sorry for Shane at these times, what about you Gitte?

Gitte:   Shane intrigued me Jenny. He has this confidence and is completely comfortable in his own skin; a true alpha, yet he refrains from taking action to correct what is wrong in his life. That is until he meets Eric.

Jenny:    Yes GG, until Eric……..Both these men have had their fair share of doomed relationships when they meet.   They both share a sexual compatibility like nothing either has ever experienced before – yes; the sex is plentiful and very hot between these two!   But they share so much more than a physical connection.  They are compatible in every sense of the word and really understand each other, but due to army regulations must ensure their relationship remains a secret and are forced to arrange clandestine meetings to enable them to be together.

Gitte:   You are absolutely spot on Jenny these guys are perfect for each other. They complement and enhance the other. They fit, in every way possible and more. Now, my problem here is that the character development started off so intense and so much was made of this navy regulated forbidden relationship….it kept me hanging in the build-up waiting for that moment I thought they would have to face….the moment that was built up but never came. Their love was never tested. It was kind of an anti-climax to me. Though perhaps this is a sign of how caught up in their story I was that I wanted more, I wanted to see them have that final show-down and succeed.

Jenny:  I felt the same. The build up was there for sure but the climax just didn’t eventuate for me either.  I I loved the relationship between these two men.  I absolutely adored the bond and the relationship between Eric and his daughter; this was actually one of the highlights of the book for me, together with the developing relationship with Shane and Eric.

Gitte:   Yes, I agree Jenny. This Author had two extremely lovable, sexy alpha characters who had amazing relationships and angst/struggles. At times it seemed as if Eric and Shane acted as tour guides on a much too detailed exploration of Okinawa, it took up a little too much of their story, instead I would have liked to have their individual external relationships explored as well as the one they had with each other in the face of adversity and navy regulations.

 Jenny:   Spot on again Gitte. I hate to say this because I really did love so much about this book, but in the end it fell a little short for me and I also felt the characters were a little let down and I’ll tell you why.

I was loving the story and the characters.   I was invested in them, and I was so looking forward to seeing how these men overcame Military rules, regulations and obstacles that were in their way. To see how love prevailed etc. and then…………..it ended. Just like that….it jumped to the epilogue which really didn’t satisfy me either  to be honest. I just felt there was so much that could have been further explored and I would have LOVED this to have been the case because I really did love these characters and this story.   I felt the author could have delved a lot further into this story and the characters towards the end.  I so wanted to “experience” this rather than just having it alluded to.

Does that make sense?

Gitte:    Oh completely Jenny, perfect sense. I loved so much about this book, the premise of the story of fighting for love and overcoming the military rules, the characters and their intense relationship as well as their family relations. The build-up was perfect.   I do want to mention though, that as a reader with no prior knowledge of the Navy; its abbreviations and regulations; I was lost at times. The Author almost assumed I would have this prior knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly dislike being spoon fed in a story; however, when something is so intricately linked to the story line, I would have liked to have been able to understand it more.  Overall though I really enjoyed Eric and Shane’s story, these guys were pretty amazing and their story highly addictive, I just wanted more.

 

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Our Eric & Shane….sigh!!

Thank You to  Michael Walker Photography & Stuart Hatton Jr. for letting us use this amazing photo!

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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SYNOPSIS
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.


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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

5 emotional and beautiful stars

Jenny:   Gitte,  is it possible to fall in love with a book and its characters from the first few pages, because if it is then that is exactly what happened to me in Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I fell in love with this book instantly and my feelings didn’t waiver until I read “the end” and even then I’ve spent the past few weeks thinking about this book and how it affected me.

To say I have loved everything this author has written is an understatement. Every word she writes is flawless and every word demands to be read. This story took me completely by surprise.  I didn’t know what to expect and what I got was so much more than I could have ever  hoped for.  This story touched me, moved me, humoured me and devastated me and I loved every minute of it.  Hopeless is a darker read than Slammed and Point of Retreat and I was absolutely enthralled with the places this author took me throughout this book.

Gitte:  I am speechless Jenny, after I had finished this book I felt faint; every word this Author wrote squeezed my heart tight; made me dizzy and light headed….my eyes hurt as did my head; I just could not put it down! I am in complete awe and utter admiration….Reading Sky and Holder’s story left me breathless, made me cry. This Author captures a reader in a tight hold carries you with words that each takes their rightful place in your heart and doesn’t let you go until the story has been told. Long after, every single word still stays with you. This story just flowed so naturally. The relationship between the characters was inspiring their relationship and story intense.

“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy, it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

Jenny:   I know how immersed you were in this story, you wouldn’t even answer your phone until you finished it.
Sky is heading off to High School (and school in general) for the first time after being home schooled by her Mum for her school life. Unfortunately, she is forced to do this on her own as her best friend Six is moving away for six months and leaving Sky to face her first year of school alone.
Her  introduction to school isn’t a pleasant one with the other students already having a preconceived opinion of who Sky is – they couldn’t be more off the mark where Sky is concerned, but Sky takes it all in her stride and she is lucky enough to make a friend in Breckin.  This friendship is just so warm and funny!  I just loved these two. They were kindred spirits and I absolutely cracked up at the banter between these two.
I have to say GG that I just ADORED Sky.  She was strong, independent, yet vulnerable in some ways, funny and when her story starts to develop my heart just ached for her and the sorrow and sadness I felt for her was all encompassing.

“Sky, I’m not kissing you tonight but believe me when I tell you, I’ve never wanted to kiss a girl more. So stop thinking I’m not attracted to you because you have no idea just how much I am. You can hold my hand, you can run your fingers through my hair, you can straddle me while I feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. And probably not tomorrow, either. I need this. I need to know for sure that you’re feeling every single thing that I’m feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.” 

Gitte: LOVED Sky; she was an amazing character. She is up front and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She is honest, genuine, funny, adorable, naïve yet knows more than a person should know. The somewhat sheltered life she has had, for reasons which become clear, has left her with this endearing quality an tangible innocence. Yet at the same time she had a spot on sense of humour and a sarcasm which yeah made me fall in love with her even more!

Jenny:   Sky has never “felt” before.  She has kissed a few boys, but she has not felt anything with them…nothing.  That all changes when she meet Holder.
Dean Holder has a troubled past and a reputation and temper that precedes him.
Dean Holder……Wow! Be still my beating heart!  I LOVED this guy! He stole my heart from the outset. There is an instant attraction between these two but it’s not just an attraction – it’s something deeper, something instant, a connection.  They both feel it and the chemistry between these two was palpable.  You absolutely felt their connection and you immediately needd to know why Holder especially is so drawn to Sky.
Sky is wary of her feelings for Holder but she confides in him.  In Holder she sees something, she begins to open up to him and express her feelings of “nothing” -.
Holder assures her that with him she will “feel” –   “the moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then then no one’s ever really kissed you.  Not the way I plan on kissing you” and how true this was! Not only did Sky feel that first kiss but I swear I did too GG!

Gitte:  If anyone could make Sky feel again it had to be Holder. Seriously Jenny, what can I say about Holder. He was pretty damn perfect! I LOVE this guy. He was perfectly imperfect!! And yeah Jenny I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stand up because I felt it too!

Jenny:  I felt exactly the same GG!  To watch the relationship between Sky and Holder develop and flourish was something I devoured! These characters entered my heart….they nestled deep down in it and have found a place there forever.

The intimacy these two shared could be felt, with every word, with every touch and with every breath you feel it.  This author really does have a way of bringing her characters to life and in this story they are brought to life so realistically that at times I actually found myself clutching my heart.  You really do care what happens to these characters.

‘She had me at, “completely and comfortably numb.

Gitte:  This is where I have to bring the intensity up again. This Author just has this amazing talent  that completely draws a reader in. Her words have a hard impact yet they soothe too; making each established word count in a way that it gets absorbed and doesn’t leave, instead burrowing itself into the heart of the reader thereby creating a scene, an atmosphere, a picture, a feeling, a memory a smell even a perception or judgement.

The characters in this story…I loved them. Both of them. Their story… was beyond heartbreaking, amazing, touching, beautiful and emotional even funny at times. Hopeless is without doubt one of the best books I have read this year. What an amazingly talented Author Colleen Hoover is, Sky and Holder will always have a piece of my heart!

Jenny:   Couldn’t agree more GG.  This is definitely going to be up there as one of my best reads for this year that’s for sure! As each piece of the story was peeled away and their pasts revisited, my heart broke one piece at a time.  It initially broke for Sky but in the end it shattered for both of them.

There were twists and turns all through this book and the reveal crushed me.  The way it was handled amazed me.  The ending satisfied me.  It all felt so real, and I felt I was there with them in the moment for every moment.  My interest, concern and love for these characters never wavered and I felt every emotion they felt.

There is the perfect blend of light and dark in this book so you don’t feel weighed under with sadness but you do feel sad, you do feel the hopelessness and the hopefulness of Sky and Holder.  Just as it becomes too much and you think you won’t recover, the author injects humour and warmth and brings you back from the brink.  It was perfectly crafted, wonderfully told and Hopeless forever has a special place in my heart.

J&G:  This book is a departure from Slammed and Point of Retreat and we’re so glad this author took the plunge and wrote this story.  As readers we love and admire any author who can break the mould and produce a story that surprises us and gives us something different and that’s exactly what happened with Hopeless.  Don’t’ got into this thinking it’s a carbon copy of her previous books.  It isn’t, and it is for this reason that this books so excited us.
Colleen Hoover is one storyteller who we feel could write just about anything and it would be captivating.

“When I touch you, I’m touching you because I want to make you happy. When I kiss you, I’m kissing you because you have the most incredible mouth I’ve ever seen and you know I can’t not kiss it. And when I make love to you—I’m doing exactly that. I’m making love to you because I’m in love with you.”

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Brother’s Keeper by Elizabeth Finn

brothers keeper3.5 stars

I really didn’t know how to rate Brother’s Keeper.

I was so conflicted.  Could I put this book down? No! Not a chance, I was hooked from start to finish.  Did I love this book?  I’m really not sure how I felt.  That sounds very vague I  know, so let me explain.

On the one hand this book had me utterly consumed but on the other hand there was a lot of eye rolling on my part throughout this book.  I also have to add that by the end of it I was over the physical scenes with Rowan and Logan.  Their relationship was lacking something for me which made me feel disconnected to the story in some way.

We meet Rowan, who lives in a trailer with her alcoholic father after the death of her mother.  She soon learns avoidance is the  only way to deal with her father’s drunken rages and finds warmth and safety with the family of her best friend Sara. They take Rowan in as one of their own and provide a safe haven for her whenever she needs it.

I really did empathise with Rowan.  She was dealt a cruel hand in life and I felt so sorry for her at what she had to deal with and at times my heart went out to her.

Rowan is also close to Sara’s brother Logan.   He knows her family offers Rowan the love and security that Rowan does not find at home. Even though Sara’s family have an idea that Rowan leads a far from the perfect life with her father, they are not aware the extent of her unhappiness and the cruelty she experiences  as she manages to keep a lot of her life hidden from those around her.

One night Logan answers a call of help from Rowan that begins a relationship between the two that soon turns passionate and all consuming.

Logan is attempting to hold back the extent of his feelings towards Rowan, which he doesn’t manage to do,  as she’s only 17, a virgin and his sister’s best friend plus his parents love her like a daughter.  All that aside, Logan also  has his life set out for himself, a path that he is not wanting willing to deviate from at all.

Logan has a job offer in Colorado with a very prestigious Law Firm that has been his dream and doesn’t want anything to interfere with that.  It’s what he’s worked towards for a long time and what he thought he wanted.

Logan is so torn in his feelings towards Rowan and you get to experience his confliction first hand with the story being told from alternating pov’s.  You are able to delve into the confusion he feels over his growing feelings for Rowan and his arguments for why he can’t explore their relationship further. His plan begins to waiver and his priorities change as he begins to feel the true depth of what Rowan means to him.

Rowan is a very mature 17 year old.  She has seen a lot and had an extremely hard and difficult life at the hands of her father and I understand that she was old for her years, but part of my issue with her character was her internal voice.  While I did like her character, she was strong and determined and did not want to be seen as a victim, I just didn’t feel her inner voice reflected her age.  In fact this is where some of my issues with the story came into play.  Yes, I can understand she is mature, but some of her internal dialogue just didn’t come across as a young girl, so it made it difficult at times to relate to her and I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading this through the eyes of a young girl.

The story is first person dual POV’s and it does lend well to the story to have both voices heard, though at times it was a little difficult to follow whose voice we were hearing.  There were a couple of times I had to back track to get the feel of exactly who was talking.

I’m a reader who likes a lot of dialogue between characters.  The dialogue enables me to be present, to feel certain scenes. There was a lot of internal monologue through this book and whilst it didn’t bother me too much, I’m considering  if this may have been the reason I didn’t feel the emotional connection between Logan and Rowan.  I experienced the physical side, oh yes, the sex is hot, but emotionally their relationship fell a bit short for me.

The epilogue was a nice conclusion to the story and I found I couldn’t put this book down.

 

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Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

Standalone Rock Star romance 

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SYNOPSIS

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

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Reviewed by Jenny

4.5 beautiful Stars

In Forever My Girl we are introduced to Liam Page.  Liam left town and walked out on the girl he loved ten years previous to pursue a music career and never didn’t look back.  Or did he?

Liam appears to have it all.  Fame, fortune, women………any woman he wants , except the one he still thinks about every day – the woman who truly stole his heart ten years ago.

Liam lives quite the nomadic lifestyle, touring and living out of a suitcase and never putting down roots.  He doesn’t seem to belong.

Liam is pulled back to his hometown of Beaumont after a tragic event and prepares himself to once again meet up with the girl whose heart he broke all those years ago and who still owns a large piece of his heart to this day.

Josephine Preston had to move on.  She was forced to pick up the pieces and build a new life for herself after Liam’s departure and has found happiness living in Beaumont with Nick.

When Liam comes back to Beaumont and once again comes face to face with Josie he is not quite prepared for the effect she will have on him after all this time.  Josie is knocked for six seeing Liam again especially when seeing him makes her question everything that happened the day he left and every day that she has spent without him since.

Josie is confused and questions everything about her life since the day Liam left her and broke her heart. Does she still have feelings for Liam? And if so should those feelings be left buried deep where they belong? The day he left he completely devastated her heart.  Can she forgive?

“I thought for sure we’d spend forever together. I thought our love was one of a kind. I would almost be okay if he had met someone else and fallen in love, but he didn’t. He just left. He said he was suffocating.” 

There is something that pulls these two together.  They shared a love that was so deep, so passionate and so engulfing that really, could either of them just move on and forget about the other totally?  I’m not so sure they could.

Forever My Girl came as a complete surprise to me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but the synopsis had definitely piqued my interest.

Heidi McLaughlin is a new author and Forever My Girl is her first book in the Beaumont Series and let me tell you, I will be lining up for book two.

Forever My Girl is told from alternating POV’s through the voices of Liam and Josie.  I love dual POV’s and this is told in such a way that it allows the reader the chance to get close to the characters and really feel their story.  We get to hear from two different voices and each brings so much to the story that you really do connect with them in every way.

I adored watching Josie and Liam’s second chance love develop and I was so enamored by them.  As much as I loved this relationship, it was the bonding and flourishing relationship with Noah and Liam that also captured my heart.

I loved everything about this story.  There only one scene I would have liked explored a little more but the fact it wasn’t in no way detracted from the story.  It was a scene with Nick that I would have liked to have “felt” rather than “read”.

I love second chance love stories.  I love friend to lover’s stories, I love books with beautiful characters, I love books about deep friendships and I love rock star stories and Forever My Girl had it all for me.  It was at times sweet, at times emotional, at times funny, always endearing and the chemistry between Liam and Josie could be felt in every word .

If you want to read a book that is all heart – full of characters you will instantly connect with and love from the first page to the last then Forever My Girl is the book for you.

A beautiful read that I devoured and loved from start to finish.

 

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