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- Publisher: Books by Heidi McLaughlin, LTD (January 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ATNJW3Y
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This book is amazing. I actually listened to it on audio, and it was so well done. I fell in love with the characters instantly. Liam and Josie were high school sweethearts. They had their lives all planned out...until one decision changed everything. After ten years, Liam is forced to return for a funeral, but can he really leave again once he finds out what all he left behind? Can Josie ever forgive him for leaving in the first place? Does she even want to try now that she’s moved on?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love a well written second chance love story. However, I am also very critical of second chance stories. So often, characters come back and expect to just pick right back up where things left off with a simple apology. Clearly the one they left behind has been pining for them and simply awaiting their arrival. This seems so far fetched to me, so I just can’t buy in. This story, however, goes so much deeper than that. Not only did I love Josie and Liam’s backstory, I loved that there was so much to discover about what really happened throughout the story. My heart broke for these characters. I hated how bad they had both been hurt, but I loved when they were together.
It was completely apparent to me that Josie and Liam belonged together. They both completely lit up when they were near one another. However, their story was so complex. Josie had built a life for herself. Deciding to take Liam back would change everything, and trust can’t be gained automatically. However, I loved that Liam understood this and continued to prove himself worthy time and time again. I can’t even tell you the number of swoon-worthy moments.
Beyond Liam and Josie, there was a cast of fantastic characters. Some I loved, and some I loved to hate. Tragedy may have struck Katelyn and her family, but she was such a fantastic friend and mom. I loved the relationship she had with both Liam and Josie. She was also so strong. While things were falling apart, she held things together for her girls. I can’t wait to see how her story with Harrison unfolds! I also absolutely loved the kids in this story. They were very endearing and real.
While this was my first book by Heidi McLaughlin, it won’t be my last! I highly recommend checking it out!
I really liked the premise of the story. I’m a sucker for second chances and this one got off to a great start. I liked that the death of a friend is what brought them back together, and the resulting flashbacks to the history that their small town group shared. I just wish I liked the characters better. Josie was a bit of a doormat and Liam was a jerk. The push and pull between them and the way they handled angst of abandonment and secrets was a little juvenile. By your mid to late 20s you kind of have the hang of this adulting thing, especially given the challenges they each faced.
I was a bit shocked to see so many grammar and spelling errors, given that the book has been adapted for the big screen. I would have expected the book to maybe have been a little more polished, especially given that more readers are probably going to be picking up the book after seeing the movie. I’ll definitely go and see the film and I’m glad I got to experience the author’s vision for the story, and it will be interesting to see what liberties Hollywood has taken with its script.
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I love the story line and was surprised that I loved it more than the film.
Yes, definitely would highly recommend this, a little escapism into love and romance in this crazy world. and I will happily read this over and over again!
It was a little predictable and standard, but I think that's ok, because it was gorgeous! I do have one issue, and that is Liam's reason for leaving his home town of Beaumont and the love of his life, Josie Preston... I can see where the author was trying to go with that but it was the only weak point in the story for me.
'The last thing Betty says to me that day is something I will never forget. "Follow only your dreams, Liam."'
However, moving that aside and putting it in a box...
I knew I was going to love it when I couldn't put it down and I was sobbing my heart out just a few chapters in. Liam and Josie's close friend, Mason, dies before the story begins, so the reader never meets him, but my God did his death make me cry like a baby. The effect Mason had on his hometown and the people he left behind is profound and a very clever way to draw you in to the book instantly!
The other thing that had me gripped was the alternate POV. I love reading both sides of the story. The male POV always fascinates me slightly more, but alternating from chapter to chapter was a brilliant way to keep me turning the pages. I wanted to find out what was going on inside each of their heads and I ended up finishing the whole book in one go, finally turning my light out in the early hours of the morning. Every time I tried to retire to bed, I'd end a chapter and think `Oh, I just want to see what Josie/Liam felt about that scene, I'll read one more chapter'... and we all know how that ends. At the end, of course! But I love a book that can do that to me.
So what can I tell you about the characters?
God, I felt so sorry for Josie. She did nothing wrong yet she was catapulted into this awful situation where there seemed to be no easy answer and no way to keep everybody happy. I felt for Nick. I felt for Noah... and obviously I felt for Liam. Josie, in my opinion, did everything right. She was both strong and vulnerable at the same time, a devoted mother but a woman with emotions and deep routed desires.
"I only have eyes for one woman, period ... When I saw you, I knew I had made a mistake. I should have never left or at least come back for you. My life is better with you in it, Josie. I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize that."
The surrounding characters were brilliant. I can see how there will be more great books in this series and I can't wait to read those!
And then we are left with Liam! *heart flutters* Aaaaw, I heart Liam lots and lots! He is just perfect. A bad boy, tattooed rock star with a burning desire to step into his `Daddy' shoes and spend his life proving his love to `his girl' and his recently discovered son! He is clearly completely infatuated with Josie from the very beginning. I love this. There is nothing sexier than a man that can admit utter devotion to the woman of his dreams.And play guitar! Bonus!
'Never will I or have I told fans that I love them, even with something as innocent as this. I've only loved one person in my life and those words are saved for my girl and now my son.'
This wasn't particularly steamy. There was a nice dose of chemistry between the characters, some naughty stolen kisses, a lot of building passion and plenty of intense desires voiced internally in each of Josie and Liam's respective monologues. There is one fairly heated sex scene toward the end but nothing graphic.
There were some adorable flash backs which really helped set the scene for Josie and Liam's relationship history. You can't help but crave their reunion!
"I promise you, I'm done running. I'm still selfish, but only where you and Noah are concerned. I have years of spoiling to make up for and I plan to spend every day of my life making sure you both know how much I love you."
In conclusion, this book comes highly recommended by Yours Truly! Read it. Read it now and fall in love with Liam Westbury.
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Liam is a rock star, he left his home town 10yrs ago to become the star that he is today but he has deep regrets, he just left and never kept in touch with his parents, his best friends and his childhood sweetheart.
Josie thought she had it all 10 years ago, she was a cheer leader and her boyfriend was the high school jock with an upcoming career in the NFL. It was all set, they adored each other, they would marry, have kids and live alongside their best friends forever. Then Liam up and left, leaving Josie pregnant and unable to contact him.
Their best friends were Katelyn and Mason, they did live that dream, had beautiful twins, he had that career in the NFL and they were blissfully happy. Now Mason is dead and Liam is coming back for his funeral and to try to make some amends with his past.
This is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story, I just adored Josie, as someone who also found herself alone with a 3 month old baby this story was so emotive. The heartache of not having a choice when your world turns upside down overnight, you just survive by burying all that hurt and betrayal, this book shows this very well and is written in alternate paragraphs from Liam and Josie's perspective.
Absolutely loved it.
For me, Forever My Girl was an unputdownable read, I loved the relationship between the characters, Josie, Katelyn, and Jenna, to me this is what a real friendship is. Then we have the boys....what can I say about them. They are hot as hell and I would not turn any of them down. They are fiercely protective of each other, and wont let anyone try to push themselves into the fold.
I will admit that I thought Liam was an ass for abandoning Jenna, but as the story unfolds we get to see what happened, and I did fell sorry for everyone involved having to go through this,
Forever My Girl is a very promising start to a new series.
"I'm standing in front of you, Josie. You just have to turn around."
"I'm on a forever kind of date so no thanks."
"When the clock strikes twelve his lips claim mine, solid and confident, like he's been waiting for this moment forever. I know i have."
It's heart warming and funny and makes me want to have a Liam of my own.
The story of Josie and Liam will make you feel all warm & gooey inside. It made me laugh, have tears in my eyes when relaying about Mason and frustrated at wanting two people to get back together. An altogether brilliant read
10 years have passed since that day and Liam finds himself returning to Beaumont. Mason his best friend has been killed in an accident. 10 years since he has had sight of Josie. When he gets back he realizes that there have been a lot of changes in her life and Liam gets more than he planned when their paths cross again.
If I were to write everything I loved about this story I would be sitting in front of my computer all day. This was a fabulous, well crafted story. Heidi McLaughlin has provided me with a perfect book, her dialogue, descriptions and characters and Liam........................... well! I turned each page just wanting to get to that point was he going to finally kiss her!!!! The sexual tension in the book is so good, really good.
It is hard to believe that this is Heidi McLauglin's first book and to come up with a story like this. I avidly look forward to book 2 in the series and I seriously hope Heidi McLaughlin is well on the way to deliver it.
My kind of story. I loved it!
Loved the storyline, loved the characters, lived the suspense filled tension in the romantic bits. So glad it's book 1 of a series. I've got something to move on to :)
If you like the idea of the rock star in love try Thoughtless or The Mighty storm. If you want the story of absent father who comes good try Take this regret and the prequel Lost to You. These are a much better and more emotional read!