Welcome to my review of How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry, the fourth book in her Friends First series, based on a group of friends searching for their own happy ever afters. Please read on for my review, read the excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Select Loveswept eBook bundle.
I know with a book from Laura Drewry that the dialogue will feel natural and flow nicely, and each story will highlight an issue that many of us have experience with, personally or in our own circle of friends. In How Forever Feels, we get a chance to peek in on Maya and her second chance at romance.
Maya has had a rough time of it, still reeling from her divorce from a lying cheat, she’s decided to just move forward and on. Life for her isn’t going to include the love of a man, 2.5 children and a picket fence. She’s regrouping and adjusting to her own new normal, and then Jack appears.
Best friends with her ex, Jack and Maya have always had ‘something’ but he’s constantly deferred to his best friend. They took him in as a child, and he is constantly trying to ‘prove’ his love to them. Jack needs a spine, and the ability to tell his best friend that he behaved despicably toward Maya. There’s a solid deferential streak in Jack that is just not attractive. Even when we are given his history, the lack of growing up that he has done is just annoying. His constant ‘we can’t, but I want you and love you” repetition is frustrating, and I don’t always get Maya’s interest.
A bit repetitive, with some seriously boneheaded utterances from Jack, these two are moving toward a happily ever after, until his guilt and the influence of Will’s family takes over his better sense. If for once, Jack would just shut off the outside voices, these two would shine as a couple, he does adore her, and they are meant for one another. Maya has a long road to keep Jack solid, she doesn’t stand up for herself and what she needs nearly enough, and while he’s giving, he’s just not consistently thinking about her, about them.
Friends and their support are highlights in the story, the skill that Drewry has in showing connections and developing dialogue are highlights in her stories, and while I didn’t always buy in to the Jack and Maya forever premise, here was a story that I couldn’t put down.
Title: How Forever Feels
Author: Laura Drewry
Series: Friends First #4
Also in this series: Accidentally in Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 13 October, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.
Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.
Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.