I’m so excited to be participating in the review tour for Forever with You. I love JLA’s books and her Wait for You series is no exception. This book really punched me in the feels and I’m kinda sad it’s over now. Check out my full (and as spoiler-free as possible) review below!
Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #5
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 350 pages
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Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.
Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever...
Holy emotional roller coaster. Not only did this book grab ahold of me and not let me go, but it made me feel all the feels in the process. Jen had talked a little bit about this book (and how tough it would be to read, at times) when we hung out in NYC during BEA. I’m glad I was somewhat prepared. What a book!
I’ve seen several other reviews that talked about being unsure how they would like Stephanie as a heroine because they weren’t fond of her in earlier books. She must not’ve made much of an impression on me because it really took me awhile to realize who she even was. So, that wasn’t a problem. I found her easy to connect to almost immediately. In the beginning, I appreciated her attitude and her willingness to embrace her sexuality. Towards the end, I loved her strength as she went through something truly horrible. My heart ached for her and I shed more than a couple tears.
I’ve been totally intrigued by Nick since Fall with Me. Though, if I’m being totally honest, it took me some time to warm up to him in this book. He truly came off like a real asshole early on and because this book is written solely from Stephanie’s POV, I couldn’t tell what his deal was, but I still held out hope for him. It didn’t take all that long for him to melt my heart. He is a good guy. He’s just dealt with a lot of crap and loss in his life. As Stephanie, too, knows loss, this made them a great pair in my eyes.
I adored these two characters together, once they got past the initial rough phase. I loved how they came together when confronted with an unexpected situation. Neither of them was looking for anything real, but there’s no doubt what they found together was just that. I enjoyed watching both characters grow, separately and together. There were things that happened that absolutely broke my heart, but I can’t complain about how they handled it together. I had some concerns about how it would all go, given each of their history, but it was pretty much as perfect as it could be in a horribly imperfect situation.
I loved this book, even with the heartbreak and abundance of feels. The relationship felt authentic, I loved the characters and I was THRILLED to get a glimpse into the lives of some of my favorite couples from earlier in the series. Forever with You was a great addition to the Wait for You series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.