Thursday, December 5, 2013

Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin (Review)

Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication.Date  December 27, 2012
Published By:  Bandit Publishing Company
WebsiteHeidi McLaughlin

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My review copy:Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

"You're so perfect," he kisses me in between the words, showing me how much he loves me.
"I love you, Liam."
"You're forever my girl."
I place three kisses along her lips, the first two in the corners before testing her beautiful face, now marred by deception with my name attached.
I told her I'd love her forever. I said I love you first and promised to never let her go.
And I hate that he asked me about being famous because I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted to make music. I wanted to try my hand at something different just to see if I could succeed.

Without a doubt, this is my kind of book. I mean, just look at the title. Forever My Girl. That already makes me feel happy inside, because it implies something sweet. So I went into this expecting to enjoy what I read, and Heidi McLaughlin definitely delivered.

From the very first chapter, my heart was invested in this story. I have a soft spot for dual POV books, and I loved that this one started with Liam. I think it worked out well that way, since we started hearing his side of the whole situation before we saw what Josie had to say. Yeah, Liam still wasn't perfect, and he never pretended to be, but I liked getting a taste of him before we heard from the reluctant ex. 

Speaking of the reluctant ex...I actually didn't hate Josie. She wasn't too bad, when she wasn't being reluctant. I know her want for space from Liam when they first see each other again is completely warranted, but that doesn't mean I entirely enjoyed reading that. She looked past her own fears to see what was best for Noah, which also gains Josie some points. I respect that. 

I respect Liam, too. He had his reasons to leave like he did, but he owns up to how wrongly he went about it. To go with my respect for Liam, I also heart him. He was nice, sweet, and deep. Oh, and he's a musician. Which is, like, not only the sugar on top but something akin to TEN TIMES the sugar on top. Which also adds to the sweetness... ;) 

As for the plot, this one is more emotion-based. Inner conflict for the characters who haven't seen each other in ten years and now find out that BAM! They have this link for life. Obviously these people need to work through that, and I was more than happy to come along for the ride. The path their story took wasn't all kinds of surprising or anything, but it was still great to read and sweet as all get out. 

The only aspect of Forever My Girl that I distinctly did not like was Nick. Not as a person or anything, I just didn't feel like he was all that important to have around and he seemed thrown around pretty conveniently. We didn't have a relationship really established between him and Josie before Josie started swooning all over Liam again, so I felt like that part of her conflict was more forced. And then the way Nick was taken out of the equation in this story felt way too convenient, as well. I feel like more time should have been spent on him and his character, along with the relationships in this book he was involved in. I do realize there's a novella for him following this, but in this book specifically, I wasn't a fan of his facet(s) in the story.

Overall, Forever My Girl is a sweet love story that stole my heart from the very beginning. The writing was wonderful, the story enjoyable, and the characters easy to connect with and understand. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of the Beaumont series and more from this author. :)

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