Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
*While part of a series this book CAN be read as a standalone*
I love this series so much! Every time you think you can’t love a character more than the one you just finished reading, Jennifer pulls out new and amazing characters to love. If you have read the previous books you’ve met both Nick and Steph. Nick bartends at Mona’s bar with Roxy and Steph went to college with Cam and Jase (and previously hooked up with them before their current relationships).
Previous reaction about these characters: I loved Nick so much after he helped Roxy during Fall with Me. He is a mysterious, heartbreaking bartender and he is very serious about not getting into relationships. Even though you might question his dating practices, you love him because he is obviously a good and dependable man. Steph is a little bit of a different story. We first meet her in Wait for Me and Be with Me. At first all we know about her is that she has hooked up with Jase and Cam in the past and while you don’t necessarily hate her, you also don’t have any information to love her. In Be with Me she redeems herself when she helps Teresa, but we don’t have a lot more information on her to really form an opinion.
In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…
Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.
Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .
This book had me laughing and crying and then back to laughing and crying. Happy and terribly devastated tears were flowing, which was a bit awkward because I was reading this book at work today. Nick and Steph start off simply enough, they both like to hook up with no strings attached and don’t have any issues with what they believe will be a one night stand. Once life brings them back together, the truly start to dig into each other beyond the surface that they show other people.
I love that this book allowed me to LOVE Steph. She is so strong and in control. She doesn’t apologize for getting what she wants. However, she’s also flawed and insecure inside that tough exterior. This book also shows all the dimensions of Nick. You know Nick is a heartbreaker but also a good friend and this book really shows how insecure he really is. He’s experienced loss and heartbreak before and finds it better to be detached to protect himself.
I love how they challenge each other. They each have strong personalities and are not afraid to call the other one out. They are both what the other needs in a partner, someone that complements you, as well as tells you when you’re in the wrong.
As their relationship starts to build, Steph has a lot of insecurities about Nick’s reason for actually being with her. She’s been looking for true love and previously refused to settle for anything less. Nick doesn’t always do a good job of showing his feelings. He’s so used to guarding himself that it’s hard for him to actually let it all out in the open for her. They both have such strong personalities and it takes a lot of back and forth for them to get on the same page.
Ironically, it was the most imperfect situation and the
imperfect guy who was capturing my heart.
Who had captured my heart.
Once tragedy strikes my whole world broke apart. Jennifer’s amazing writing makes you feel like you’re right in there with them. You’re in the middle of their struggle as they figure out how to rebuild from that moment. I was sitting in the car with my brother with tears rolling down my face; there was plenty of judging on his part.
I couldn’t put this book down!! I started it late last night and fell asleep reading it, (because I was exhausted, not because of the book) once I woke up I just kept going through it during the car ride and breaks at work until I finished it.
Tell me that you still want to be here.
Tell me that you still see a future for us.
Tell me that you love me.
- I absolutely loved that the group just fully took Steph in. She wasn’t ready for them to accept her and then brought her into the folds of the group and readily accepted her. This is such a wonderful group of genuinely generous and kind hearted people and I love that they just take her in.
- There is SO much Cam and Avery in this book. ❤ ❤ If you love them, get ready for so much happiness!!
- I believe I read somewhere that Fire in You (the next book in the series) is about Brock and Jillian and I can’t wait after reading a little bit more about them in this book.
About the Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. LYNN) is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wait for You and the Young Adult Lux and Covenant series, among other books. She writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. She is published with Entangled Teen and Brazen, SHP, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen. [from Amazon]