Forever, an all new Friends story from Monica Murphy, is available now!!
Forever by Monica Murphy
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult
In a nutshell:
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…
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.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
This is the second book about Tuttle and Amanda and the third book in the Friends series. If you’d like to read my review on More Than Friends, the first book about Tuttle and Amanda, then go here. I recommend that you read it before reading this review.
My expectations for this book weren’t very high after reading More Than Friends, I kind of new what was coming. I’d love it if I could tell you right now that I was wrong and Forever actually surpassed my expectations at least a tiny bit but that would be a lie.
The story is too cliché for my liking. Usually I love me some good clichés if the story has some freshness to it but sadly this story is lacking that fresh touch.
Forever begins right where More Than Friends ended. More Than Friends ended with Tuttle putting some distance between him and Amanda because he wasn’t able to open up to her. And that’s basically the entire book, Tuttle pulling away from Amanda and then going back to her. Repeat.
By the end of More Than Friends I had a little crush on Tuttle, unfortunately in this second part of the story that crush quickly faded away. Throughout Forever I never felt Tuttle’s love for Amanda, it always seemed like it was all physical from his part, at least to me.
I have to say that I did enjoy reading the last chapters. There are some pretty swoony scenes towards the end of the book that made it all worthwhile. That’s when I finally started feeling Tuttle’s love for Amanda. Very cute ending.
It made me feel terrible to write a low rating review for a Monica Murphy book because her style of writing is everything and I love basically everything she’s ever written. But what can we do, c’est la vie.
I recommend this book to everyone out there with a love for romances full of teenage drama. I feel like there are a lot of teenage romance lovers out there, you’re going to love Tuttle’s and Amanda’s story. Trust me.
3.5/5 flowers ✿
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.