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Forever My Lady: A Novel | Contemporary Romance | New Adult | Coming-of-Age Book [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Rivera
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A Contemporary Romance | New Adult | Award-Winning Book

#4 Bestselling Book on Amazon
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Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lady. But can trainee Rodriguez get his act together among the hardcases in prison? And will Jennifer be waiting for him if and when he does?


"I read your book ... It was good!" -- Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook

"Moving and meaningful... Its suspenseful ending leaves us all waiting with
bated breath for the romantic sequel...This is more than just an urban love
story, it's a human story." -- Abiola Abrams, host of BET's The Best

"Captures those fleeting but powerful moments in young love." -- Luis J.
Rodriguez, author of Always Running

"Forever My Lady is a wonderful book. It describes in vivid words about the
main character, Dio, and the problems he goes through for his girl. Just by the
prologue anyone could tell that it was going to be a gripping page-turner. It's
about love and doing what's right for yourself and others." --

"Jeff Rivera's thought-provoking novel, Forever My Lady, is
part romance, part coming-of-age tale. Reminiscent of novels by S.E. Hinton ...
This touching book kept me in its grip from the first page to the last." -- Karen
McQuestion, author of A Scattered Life

Short Interview with the Author

What inspired you to write this novel? I had just come from being homeless. We were living in our car and my first job was working at K-Mart, that’s when I met my friend that inspired the Dio character. He was trying to turn his life around for his girl, having been in a gang. He’d write letters to her and poetry and I’d come into work anxious every day to hear what happened next. That’s what sparked the idea. The rest of the story is completely made up of experiences I went through. Most of the characters are inspired by a combination of people I know.

Many people have love the ending because of it’s realism but others were hoping something different. What do you have to say about that? I’m proud of the ending. It shows how far the main character has progressed that he’s able to make the decision that he makes. I’m happy that so many people love it. That’s why I write so that people will connect emotionally and be taken on a journey. When people tell me they’ve read the book and cried or laughed or in one case someone said they were reading the book while they were driving, it really makes me feel great.

What’s next? Will their be a sequel?Yes! It’s taken me almost 10 years to get it done but right now, I’m working on both the prequels and the sequels. (Yes, there will be more than one). I don’t like to say when it’ll be done other than hopefully very soon.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dio "Playboy" Rodríguez grows up poor with a drunk single mother in gritty Las Vegas, leading him into gang life at 13. Now 17, Dio hides a softer side beneath a fierce exterior that's known only to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer. But when a drive-by leaves Jennifer wounded and sends Dio to prison boot camp, their soul mate relationship is put to the test. Rivera, who originally self-published this debut, traces a classic redemptive arc: perpetually scowling Dio resists the authority of drill instructor Jackson and clashes with fellow inmates, but he pours out his heart in letters to Jennifer, forms meaningful peer relationships and gains an appreciation for discipline. A genuine care for dynamic Dio allows Rivera to deliver a sincere story of transformation. (July)
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"Very Powerful" -- Randy Powell, Bestselling Author "Run If You Dare"

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Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976283808
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D6PPCA
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars November 3, 2008
When Forever My Lady opens, Dio is preparing to interrupt the wedding of his true love Jennifer--with a gun. Then we back up a year to find out how he got to that point.

Dio is a 17-year-old gang member whose life changes when Jennifer ends up in the hospital with several gunshot wounds and Dio ends up in a prison boot camp.

Most of the story takes place at the boot camp, as Dio goes from surly and uncooperative to making friends and becoming competitive and determined to succeed. Through it all, his desire for a better life with Jennifer is his driving force.

The descriptions of his life in the boot camp are interspersed with memories and letters to and from Jennifer, and as the book progresses, you can see his growth both in the things he does and in the way he writes about them.

Boot camp was very vivid, particularly at the beginning, when it was all new to Dio. And it was very familiar. I kept thinking "and I volunteered for this?" (I went through army basic training--boot camp.)

Dio's emotions and motivations were very clear, and right there on the page. I was moved to tears at several points, particularly when as an adult--or simply a reader, seeing things from the outside--I could see what was going to happen, but knew that given his personality and emotions, there was no way to avoid the upcoming pain or heartache.

Huge kudos to Jeff Rivera for treating Dio and Jennifer's emotions with the seriousness they deserved. So often, a teenage love affair is treated like puppy love, when that time of life is when emotions tend to be most intense. Plus, given these characters' backgrounds, they were certainly not children.

My only complaint is that the ending was just a little quick and easy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Knock Life November 8, 2007
Forever My Lady
Jeff Rivera
Genre: Urban Fiction
APOOO rating: 4 rating: 4

A Hard Knock Life

Forever My Lady is a book that vividly tells the influence the street life can have on a person's mind, body and soul. Jeff Rivera shows the constant struggle an individual can have within themselves to survive on a daily basis and in life when they are dealt a bad hand. Rivera proves through his eloquent use of words that the path one chooses in their life comes with many twists and turns.

Dio "Playboy" Rodriguez grows up with many strikes against him. The family that he shares a home with causes mental anguish and abuse in what should be a nurturing environment. It is the family on the streets that welcomes him into the fold and will serve as the force that raises him. The rules of the street life will prove to be conflicting to Dio's heart as he finds love in another lost soul, his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer. The walls that surround the heart of this thug come tumbling down when he falls deeply for Jennifer and the glistening of hope of the life that they could share together. But the future of these two young lovers will hit a brick wall with such force when a tragic event occurs in their life and Dio is sent to boot camp. Will Dio clean up his act while in boot camp? Will love truly prevail for Dio and Jennifer?

Jeff Rivera tells an extraordinary tale of struggle, abuse, perseverance and transformation. In doing all of this, Rivera was able to acquaint the readers with a love story from the streets. Rivera is a talented author with the ability to breathe life into the characters on the pages. Rivera has pieced together a well-crafted book that I would recommend to lovers of urban fiction and young adults.

Reviewed by Sharon Russ
APOOO BookClub
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Emotional! January 5, 2006
This is such a great book. I couldn't put it down and read it in one and a half days. Being a playwright myself, I am very sensitive to dialogue and the dialogue of the characters in this book is honest and real and true. The writer also doesn't waste time giving us unimportant info to set up scenes ...he goes straight to the heart of the story and keeps you there until the end. You actually feel the character's emotions immediately. Excellent book. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Urban Love Story December 1, 2008
By Shannzu
Forever My Lady is not your traditional romance. I would actually call it more of a love story. Dio is a gang member, a child of the streets with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. His childhood sweetheart, Jennifer has had a life just as rough as his. After a violent incident, Dio finds himself in a work camp for juvenile offenders. As you would imagine, he's not happy to be there but finds himself growing and changing both physically and intellectually. Dio's journey from his gang past to trying to be a responsible adult is a slow journey filled with setbacks.

The relationship with Jennifer is revealed in a series of letters between the two. It becomes evident fairly early on that the desire is one-sided. Not surprising, considering the circumstances of their parting. Dio's path to maturity and forgiveness is challenging and heartbreaking at times. I think the happy ending is more of a personal accomplishment rather than the happily ever after delivered in your typical romance. I don't want to spoil the story too much but if you're looking for something that breaks the mold of the romance and features characters in a more urban setting, you might consider Forever My Lady.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story
This was a really good book
The ending was how I would expect it to be. Very good I say
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Forever My Lady: A Novel Contemporary Romance by Jeff Rivera
I was very disappointed with this. NOvel. I thought I was losing it, I kept reading the same lines over and over. There was no editing of this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great young Adult Story About Stepping Up And Taking Responsibility
Dio Rodriguez is part of a Latino gang. The gang is basically his family until he meets Jennifer. But then a drive by happens and Jennifer takes six bullets that were meant for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to finding love
It felt like i was reliving my youth. I know many people who have been through similar situations in life. Jeff brings each and every one of his characters to life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Deborah Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviews by Livin' la vida Latina
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Member of Livin' la vida Latina

Review: What's a jaina? Not being too familiar with the Chicano slang, that was my first question right from the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Livin' la vida Latina
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring -_-
I was bored from the first word......dont get it unless you love being bored. Not worth reading, trust me ive read better and im only 13
Published 18 months ago by dashnad03
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
This novel captured me in the first few pages...I connected to the characters and couldn't tear my eyes away from the story. Excellent writing Jeff Rivera!!!
Published 18 months ago by Erika
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever My Lady
Dio, a young Mexican man is in a youth reform camp in Forever My Lady as he slowly begins to realize that he has the power within himself to change his life and he dreams of a life... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jane Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama with a side of real life
Forever My Lady reads like a fast paced screenplay, and I get the feeling the author meant it that way. It's very visual and the scenes come across crisply. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zig Zag Claybourne
3.0 out of 5 stars Forever My Lady
The book title fooled me in away of thinking that they would be together to raise the baby. But all in a it came out to be a good book and very turn of the page that he did not do... Read more
Published 19 months ago by imelda soto
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More About the Author

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.

Top Interviews:

Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, Jackie Collins, Jamie Raab, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias, Avril Lavigne, Macy Gray, Joel Schumacher, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Jeff Kinney, Harlan Coben as well as 200 others.

Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera

Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and your a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?

Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?

Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies. I'm a big fan of those old Disney musicals too.

Q: One of the things you've done is put together Skype tours for big authors and stars like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) as well as tons of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stars and kid stars from Twilight and Hunger Games. How was that and will you do a Skype tour on your own?

Rivera: Another great question! Working with these huge authors and stars is a blast because I get to work with people I've always looked up to. The kid stars are fun to work with too because they're so talented and funny. I'd love to do a Skype tour on my own and if anyone is interested in me speaking to their class they can email me and we'll try to find a time. I normally don't charge anything to do them if I have time.

Q: Um, Mommy I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet is hilarious. It's your first children's book. Will you write a sequel or any others?

Rivera: It's funny you should ask because I just finished writing the first sequel and I'm writing the third one soon too. I also have written a handful of others that I'd like to come out very soon too. So far, the parents and kids that have read them have given them a big thumbs up so I hope everyone else likes them as well.

Q: You've said that you based your two main characters in this book on your own brother and sister. How so?

Rivera: The Falisha character is definitely like my big sister Velicia when she was little. Incredibly smart but a little bit mischievous. The Jesse character is just like my little brother Stephen when he was little too; always getting into something. It was really important to me to have characters that are of all colors and sizes because that's the world we live in today.

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