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"Prepare to cry, swoon, and fall in love with Adam and Emily. This is such a heartfelt and romantic story, as well as an honest, raw depiction of addiction, that you're not going to want to miss." BookDragonGirl
"There is such tragedy in these characters lives. They have both been through so much. The way they meet is not your typical boy meets girl story. But, I'm so glad they find each other ... and I really loved the ending." Danielle. Goodreads reviewer
"Adam and Emily's journey is emotional, difficult, and ugly but their destination is beautiful. You will feel all the emotions during this read and come out complete and happy at the end." Jennifer. Goodreads reviewer
"I love this book, and I know it will suck everyone else in as well. Even with the touchy subjects, it will hold your grasp until the very end..." Paradise of Pages
"Adam is not your typical cocky alpha QB that I have seen so often in sports romances. I found his wholesomeness to be refreshing, and I developed a major crush on him." Dana. Goodreads reviewer
From the Inside Flap
"Emily." Adam clicks his fingers, peering into my face with concern in his eyes. "You still with me?"
"Sorry. My mind wandered." I clench my hands in my lap, swallowing back bile as my body trembles all over.
"You're shaking." He pulls me to his chest, and I rest my cheek against his shoulder, allowing him to comfort me. He smooths a hand up and down my back, and it's such a tender gesture it brings tears to my eyes again.
Adam is one of the good guys. Last night and this morning have proven that. If I was a normal girl, I'd be crazy for him.
But I'm not, and I can't afford to be.
I shuck out of his hold. "Thanks for looking after me last night." I stand. "I should go."
"Emily, wait." He stands, threading his fingers in mine. "I know you're scared. I can see it in your eyes. And I want to help."
"Why me?" I tip my chin up, peering deep into his eyes.
He takes a big breath. "Because I like you and I don't want to see you hurt."
"Is that the only reason?"
He blows air out of his mouth, looking undecided for a few minutes. "I know all the reasons why you and I shouldn't hang out," he says, and my heart splutters in my chest. "But there are more reasons why we should." My heart grows wings and soars.
"You want to hang out with me?" I blurt.
He rests his forehead on mine. "I want to do so much with you, Emily," he whispers, and his warm breath fans across my face, igniting new flames. "But why don't we start with being friends?"
"I don't have many friends," I admit in a hushed voice.
"Then it's settled." He hugs me to him, and I don't protest this time, wrapping my arms around his solid body, and clinging to him like he's my only lifeline. He tilts my chin up with the tip of one finger. "Now, tell me what's really going on with Wes."
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Publication Date : September 15, 2019
- File Size : 2031 KB
- Print Length : 316 pages
- ASIN : B07XGBP33Z
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,208 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Our leading man, Adam, is a college athlete, on the pathway to the NFL. He’s got it all together, but his younger sister is sick and his mother is struggling to make ends meet- so he turns back to what he never thought he’d return to- drug dealing. His path first crosses our heroine Emily in a hospital- as she’s recovering from her latest bender, and later they find their lives intertwined as Adam ends up becoming Emily’s drug dealer. Their chemistry is instance- Adam recognizes a lost soul in Emily, and he wants to shield her from herself. Emily is in a lot of trouble in a number of ways- but she finds the first real, meaningful and reciprocated connection she’s ever had in Adam.
I love how the authors challenge character archetypes here, it makes for some really interesting character development and for an intense emotional connection to each of them. Adam plays football, but he’s not the “jock,” and he may very well be one of the most charming, authentic, and likable heroes I’ve read to date. He’s committed to those he loves, he’s kind and thoughtful, and he’s more conservative sexually and more emotionally open than Emily. He’s the responsible one- the caregiver and altruistic nurturer. SD/SA give him a refreshing self-awareness- he’s both unapologetic about having to do what he does to help his sister while also keenly feeling the weight of enabling the destruction of others- a guilt that is magnified when he becomes the gateway to Emily’s drug abuse. Oh, Emily- she’s such a heartbreaking, a train wreck you can’t turn away from. Her addiction plays a huge role in her identity, so much so that she’s not even sure she knows who she is when she’s not under the influence. She can’t function without a fix, and she’s spirarling, self-destructing pill by pill. She’s just so incredibly lost- and devastatingly alone- surrounded by friends who enable her and encourage her to engage in activities she regrets and a distant family. To be honest, it was hard to love Emily- not only because of my personal history but because her addiction masks who she really is for much of the book. She’s not the kind of heroine you want to be, or even be friends with, but that’s the point- we aren’t meant to romanticize her, we’re meant to understand her- to walk in shoes, and in that, this book truly shines.
At first I had a hard time getting into the story- both because I was apprehensive and because I was waiting for the love story to pick up, and then I realized this really isn’t about the love story. Don’t worry- there is one, and it is charming, healing, deeply emotional, and as steamy as you’d expect from SD. But more so, I found this story to be about one of the greatest challenges in the human experience- COPING. This is a story about two people who have been victimized- literally and metaphorically. Two people trying to cope with the adversity of their lives. Two people who on the surface have the entire world at their fingertips, but who struggle, everyday, to live the life they want. Two people who are trying to slay their own personal demons- and who just so happen to find real and authentic connection, a connection that bolsters them for the battles they were already waging individually.
Their story is not easy- we have lots triggering topics (with some shocking situations- this is SD!), and some truly heartbreaking moments- one of which was so devastating that I feel it might leave a permanent scar on my heart. Is this a perfect depiction of the heartbreaking complexities of the impact of addiction and overcoming it? No, no at all- this is still fiction, and it is still a romance. But, the spirit of what is here is what matters. Emily and Adam’s story is haunting, at times uncomfortable, but it is beautifully hopeful at its core. A testament to the power of healing and connection, that we can find new and healthier ways to cope even when we are in the darkest points of despair. You can hit rock bottom and still learn to thrive, you can hit rock bottom and still be worthy of love and forgiveness, you can hit rock bottom and still be strong.
Adam, the football QB, hasn't had the best out of life either. Peas in a pod these two. Adam having a sister with a terminal illness isn't easy for him to deal with at times. Trying to continue with college and football isn't easy to manage sometimes, and when things fall hard for his mom, he feels it falls on him to take up the slack whether she wants him to or not.
A football star, and the coaches daughter. The drug dealer, and the drug addict. It can be either a daydream or a nightmare depending.
This is a heavy one. Not fluffy at all. Hit on some not so easy to talk but topics. Drugs, addiction everything that comes with it (true me it's a lot) child abuse, because not all child abuse is physical. Mental and emotional is the same. And even rape, and sexual abuse. So, not an easy book to read. But worth it. Very worth it.
Emily has been using drugs as a way to escape her reality. Her family has to keep up appearances, so her drug use has to be on the down low. When she meets her new drug dealer, Adam, she never expected him to be more. Keeping both of their secrets safe is the end game, but when lines become blurred it’s hard to deny that they are attracted to each other. Will their secrets be safe? Or will everything come to a boiling point that could change their lives forever?
‘Holding On To Forever’ is an absolutely phenomenal book. From start to finish the entire story is heart wrenching and amazing. This book touches on some very difficult topics and the author’s handle these topics with delicacy but also without sugar coating either. I was not expecting this book, to say that this book is a journey is an understatement. Just when I thought I had something figured out, I was thrown for another loop! You will be drawn in from the start, and I promise if you think you have it all figured out, you are wrong, but in the best way possible! I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book.
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This crushed my heart and was such an emotional read.
Emily is so broken, on a downward spiral and Adam shows her how love can help her turn her life around.
This is no ordinary college romance story - this is beyond that!
Emily is so strong to go through what she has and still come out fighting. She has strong supportive family and friends around her.
Adam, oh he’s just amazing. To come from where he has, to unconditionally love his family and do everything for them ❤️ just floors me.
They are instantly attracted to each other, but don’t act on it straight away. It builds and becomes something so strong that nothing will break them.
I got so invested in their story that I could put the book down.
Amazing ladies, just AMAZING
From the beginning your heart just goes out for Emily. There is clearly something that she doesn't want to deal with amongst all the other things that she actually has to. Her mother clearly doesn't care for her which is so obviously even before it is 'officially revealed' and her dad is obviously going through a lot on his own. Which leave Emily to resort back to drugs even after rehab. Even though it seems like her friends are supportive and have her back, the further into the book we get the realisation is that they are actually a bit more toxic than initially thought.
But Adam enters her life and neither of them are ever the same again.
When we are first introduced to Adam he is just such a sweet, adorable guy who loves his family more than anything and will do anything to help and protect them. And we see just how much when his little sister needs more medical help and Adam resorts to dealing drugs like he did once before to help his family. Adam constantly has an internal struggle about dealing drugs, especially when Emily enter his life, but the one thing that always keeps him doing it is his family.
Emily and Adam clearly fall in love with each other at first sight. It is an unstoppable thing. When once all that mattered was his family, Adam quickly cares for Emily in a way he only does for his family. He steps up for Emily on several occasions that have you clutching at your heart and nearly crying at the way he cares for her. Their journey isn't easy between the battle with drugs they both have (from different sides but still all the same), blackmail they both go through and all the family drama.
What I do love about this book though (besides everything I have mentioned already) is the viewpoint of both side of drugs. Many people realise and can understand why people turn to taking drugs but the reasons people have for selling drugs isn't always thought of. This book gave a very interesting and poignant viewpoint of both sides which I thoroughly adored.