A splendidly beautiful and heart-warming second chance love story…

I’m not even going to beat around the bush. I didn’t read any of the previous books in this series. To be quite frank I hadn’t even heard of Monica Murphy until Forever landed in front of me. I took a gamble and I’m happy to say that it paid off. I mean, I don’t often read Young Adult books anymore unless they’re a part of a series I’ve been following since I was one… a young adult that is. I know that many people will say that Forever is more fitting to the New Adult genre, but in all honesty if I had a child that had had the birds and the bees talk or sex ed. I would happily let them read it. This is simply a beautifully written coming of age, second chance love story. 

Although there are alludes to sex and other acts of… pleasure, none of it is explicit or in your face. In my opinion Murphy has done such a stunning job at depicting young love. She manages to capture the innocence, hope and endurance – she creates this alluring and captivating draw to those feelings that many of us have probably buried deep in our recesses. Obviously, this was my first acquaintance with Jordan (Tuttle) and Amanda but I will be restarting at the beginning of the series pretty soon. The character and plot development is done marvellously and the story itself has enough push and pull to keep you intrigued and wanting more.

I found Tuttle’s character a joy to get to know, he has this fascinating draw to him because of his broodiness (for lack of a better word) and mystery. I’m not going to go as far as saying that he made me want to rip his clothes off and do naughty things to him – nope, that never once crossed my mind because although he has an air of maturity and importance he is still a minor and I couldn’t get over that to let my mind wander. And, to be honest Monica Murphy doesn’t give the more “aware” reader the push to get to that point. Again, I think this comes down to her clever and beguiling writing skill. It takes something to depict this sexy and confidant guy and yet keep the readers mind clean. I reckon this has a lot to do with how innocent Amanda is. Although the story is from a dual POV, you do feel like you see the bigger picture more from Amanda’s eyes rather than Jordan’s. I felt like Jordan’s POV was always more informative of him as a character, even though I found that his character progression happened through Amanda’s vantage point. 

I’m not going to say that this was a life changing read, but it was one of the sweetest I had the pleasure of setting my eyes on recently. There’s something so invigorating and hopeful about first love. That feeling where your heart is jumping out of your chest, your stomach is so heavy and fluttery with butterflies that it feels like it’s at your feet, and your every breath feels like it isn’t enough. That’s exactly what Monica Murphy makes you feel in Forever. I found that the story was reminiscent of J Nathan’s For Finlay. This was just a splendid and heart-warming read.

Forever is OUT NOW!

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About the Book

She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…

Forever.

Excerpt

I’m walking through the senior parking lot when I spot Jordan standing near his black Range Rover, leaning against its side. He’s wearing a white Henley shirt, his arms crossed and his biceps bulging beneath the long sleeves. The breeze ruffles his dark hair across his forehead and he stares off into the distance, every inch the troubled, broody boy that he is.

He looks so freaking good, I’m momentarily distracted by him. I stop and stare, my lips parted, my breath becoming shallow. It’s still hard for me to believe that this guy, this gorgeous, sweet, annoying, smart, strong, wonderful, awful boy likes me. That he might even care about me.

“Hey.” His deep baritone knocks me from my daze, and I head over, stopping just in front of him. “Where’s Livvy?”

“She made last minute plans. With someone else.” I don’t say anything else. Livvy’s secret isn’t mine to tell, and I’m afraid if I start talking about it, I’ll get really pissed. So I leave it alone. “Guess I don’t need to drive your car after all, but thank you for offering. I sense it was huge deal.”

“It is,” he agrees, tipping his head toward me. “But you’re worth it.”

Oh. He says things like that and I’m left speechless.

“You don’t have any plans?”

“No.” I shake my head, feeling tongue-tied.

Jordan grabs my hand, lacing our fingers and giving them a squeeze. “Then let’s go to lunch together.”

“Don’t you want to stay here?” He usually does. He’s always out at the quad, holding court over his loyal subjects. I used to sit out there with him, with all of them, just basking in his presence. But once we had the so-called breakup of our so-called relationship, I stopped going. One, because I couldn’t stand to be near him knowing he wasn’t mine anymore. Besides, most everyone who would hang out with Tuttle is annoying. Frustrating. Awful.

All of the above.

“No, not if I can sneak off campus somewhere with you.” He tugs me closer, his expression serious, his voice low. “Let me treat you to lunch, Amanda.”

When he talks to me like that, looks at me like that, I tend to give in easily.

“Okay,” I say softly, a jolt pulsing through me when he runs his thumb over the top of my hand. Sometimes the simplest touch has the most devastating effect.

About the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.