Friday, 13 November 2015

Review: Forever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Forever with You
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Avon
Synopsis: In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

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 . . . (synopsis from Goodreads)

My thoughts: Too many feels! I am freaking out so much right now, it's not even funny. That ending was so... so... perfect. My tear ducts are working over-time right now.
   Okay. Major fangirl attack over. Sorry about that.
   So, I guess it's pretty obvious I absolutely loved this book, right? Just in case it's not, I'll just say it. I loved this book. It was so sweet, emotional and heartbreaking. It was pure awesomeness!
   I admit I was a little worried when I first found out it would be about Stephanie. We didn't get off to a great start in Wait for You, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to like her, but when I finished Fall with Me, I warmed up to it. I was also super-excited to get to read more about Nick, I found him really interesting in Stay with Me and Fall with Me. And I warmed up to Steph. Actually, I have to say she's an awesome character. She just felt so right, somehow.
   I also loved Nick. As I already said, he's a very interesting character. He's got some baggage, yes, but he's totally swoon-worthy. Honestly, I don't understand how JLA can write about so many perfect, absolutely swoon-worthy guys. Where does she get her ideas?
   There are obviously attraction between the two of them, from the very moment they meet. And neither of them is in the business of ignoring or denying their attraction to each other.
   It was actually pretty refreshing to read about Steph, who supports one-night-stands, but still believes in love. Way too often, you read about overly innocent characters, and I'm happy to know JLA can write about a character who actually has some experience. I feel like it is not really accapted for girls to have one-night-stands, and that they should be super innocent and have seriously zero experience, but it's okay for guys. That is so wrong and sexist, and what happened to gender equality and not making a difference between the genders?
"I was a hundred percent full supporter of no-strings-attached hookups. However, I never understood, and never would, the double standard that existed. It was okay for the guys to take charge of their pleasure, but not women?

Not in my world."
 
   Let's just take a moment to appreciate the awesomeness of Steph, this quote, and JLA, for mentioning these important subjects in her books.
   I could write a full essay about this subject, but since this is supposed to be a review, I'll settle for saying that it's important and that I love JLA for this book.
   Let's get back to talking about Nick and Steph. Their relationship starts with a one-night-stand, and those of you who've read the previous books in Wait for You series know how he feels about hookups, so you can imagine his reaction when Steph walks right back into Mona's. For those of you who haven't, basically, he doesn't see the girls after a hookup, like, ever again.
   Then something brings them together, and suddenly they have to spend time together. It was really great to watch them grow closer throughout the book. It was such a sweet and emotional love story that had me hooked from the first page.
   There was also another, not-so shocking, new about Avery and Cam, which ended with a fangirl attack of epic proportions. Forever with You might be my favorite book so far in this series. I don't know how Jennifer can keep surprising you. When you think it can't get any better, she writes something like this, and you're just struck speechless.
   As usual, the writing is good, the plot is interesting, the characters are awesome, and I'm in love. For the first time ever, I wish there was a way to go back in time, because I want to read Forever with You for the first time again. That’s how awesome it was.
“Nick was like a jigsaw puzzle where the most intricate pieces had been misplaced, and deep down, I knew that no matter how many times I would shake the puzzle up and start over, those pieces would always be missing and I would never have the complete picture.”
 
   JLA is a master at writing perfect quotes like this, which just makes you stop and read them again, because that’s how good they are.
   Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and fangirling.

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