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Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 20, 2014
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I got FOREVER YOURS in a box set so had no idea I was reading part of a series.
The book was good but I read a book or more a day and to have to pay that much for just part 2, (and there are more after that), infuriated me.
There was no flow to this story. It jumped around and skipped ahead and was kind of a hot mess. Claire lost her mother to a drug overdose when Claire was 7 (6? 7? 6? I am not even sure) and went through a large number of foster homes, jaded, aloof and alone. But all of that disappears when she is sent to live with Jackie and Chris. Seemingly the moment she moves in. She is accepted as part of the family and into Chris's group of friends like she was the missing piece needed to keep them all together. And then all of a sudden, BOOM, she and Chris are in love forever and always. Although we knew it was going to happen, there was no leading up to it. One chapter, she walks into the house looking like she is "looking at a murder scene", and the next, ok maybe two chapters later, they are declaring their deep love for each other. Whiplash, anyone?
And then there's Chris, the most well adjusted kid who was messed up by his father leaving. So much so that he tattooed on his arm the exact time of his father leaving. Because he remembers. But his mom more than makes up for his father's absence, and Chris wants for nothing, having numerous tattoos, buying a motorbike and a phone for Claire. Where did he get this bottomless bankroll of cash?
And heck, he gets to drop out of school to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. And his mom allowed this? The damaged foster street kid finishes school and goes to college and the boy with everything drops out.
But, of course, he makes it big... On his own? He was ok with changing the name of the band to reflect a solo career, and so were his friends/bandmates?
But the clincher... Claire and Chris are so deeply in love and devoted to each other that they... Break up? Because Claire is letting him go to pursue his dream? And didn't even want to give it a shot? Just automatically assumed Chris would be picking up every groupie he saw because he just couldn't help it. The boy waited over two years before Claire was ready to have sex, and his first week away from her he would be swimming in debauchery? And when he tried to get through to her, she shut him down, and then had the audacity to be upset when she saw evidence of him moving on.
And this is just book one. There are 7 in this series (really 5, as two are companions). What else could happen in four more books? There just isn't enough there. The character development was elementary at best, and I didn't find myself rooting for anyone.
Cassia Leo is a very talented lady. Having read the entire Shattered Hearts Series before this prequel was released , I'm glad that she gaves us this chance to know Chris and Claire a little bit more.
Chris and Claire's story is full of passion and sorrow, mistakes and forgiveness. It's a guaranteed page turner. Yes, your bound to weep , even sob. But there's also those moments that are quite swoon-worthy too. Because Chris is quite a hunk. I will tell you that if you decide to read this first , you might as well plan on getting the rest of the books in the series. For this one leaves you with one heck of a cliffhanger, plus there all awesome and your bound to love them. And if you decide to read this last it will answer all those question you were left wandering about.
I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.
I love the dual points of view. And as a native of North Carolina, I really enjoyed the setting. I think the foundation of the plot was pretty good and the characters are likable. I think they are worth investing more of my time into. But I also think the book deserved more of an investment from the author.
There were a few things I didn't like. I didn't like the bit of time hopping. It made the story flow less fluidly. (Mild spoilers ahead †*******************) There were important events that I felt got hopped over. The conversation on Claire's 18th birthday telling Jackie about their relationship seems pivotal yet it is missing. I also feel that a conversation was needed after accidentally having sex without a condom. Waiting for sex because of claire wanting to avoid pregnancy makes this oversight very out of character for her. That conversation is glaringly absent when it becomes obvious that the lack of protection becomes not an exception but a norm. I also feel that there is a huge hole by leaving out much of the events, conversations and even arguments over the course of the summer as Chris prepares to leave. Without these talks i just cant fathom why they decide to give up. My heart may not have been able to take those talks, but I really feel the reader needs to witness those fights in order to become more invested in these people. I also think dropping out of college deserves more than a blurb, it warrants an explanation. I realize that this book was written AFTER the next books in the series and is meant to be a prequel. But when you number a book as #1 in the series then you must expect new readers to be unaware that this book was written out of order. They won't know that certain holes in the story may be filled in the other books. And those readers may be very frustrated that key elements have been omitted. Frustrated readers don't buy the rest of the series. It seems apparent that the author is intentionally omitting important details. I really hope the rest of the series soothes my dissatisfaction with where this book ended up. Honestly, i am not sure i would have both the boxed set if i had waited until i finished the book. Because while i like the characters and the story foundation, i feel a bit cheated. I also hate when I watch the percentage of the story left and with more than 5% left in the book yet the book is over and the author has filled the back of the book with other stuff. With this book I was 78% done when the book ended. That is VERY unfair and misleading.
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