Forever, an all new Friends story from Monica Murphy, is available now!!
Forever by Monica Murphy
Series ~ Friends #3
Release Date: 4th April, 2017
Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance
She’s all I could ever want…
I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.
So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.
But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…
Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
Forever is the final book in the Friends series by Monica Murphy. Having read the last two books when I sat down to read this, I was prepared for eye rolling moments because of the drama filled high school antics of the characters. But I was pleasantly surprised as Amanda Winters and Jordan Tuttle’s story to me was low on drama, and the high school antics and I liked that. I think my eye rolling count was under five while reading this book.
The story was easy to read there was a sense that Amanda and Jordan had grown up a bit. Don’t get me wrong Amanda still over thought things, when it came to Tuttle, but she knew she was doing it. These two were definitely the most mature out of their crazy bunch of friends.
“My feelings for Tuttle are illogical and confusing.”
As for Jordan bless him under that persona that he likes to give off was a nice guy who finds it hard to trust and let someone in. Jordan knew that he had not treated Amanda the best, but she was his weakness, and he wanted to make it up to her and prove how much that he loved her. I liked that at the end by the end of the book that Jordan was still Jordan. He wasn’t perfect he had his fault, and Amanda did try to change him.
“I wanted her so badly. I still do. Despite everything I’ve done, everything I have said, everything she’s said. I still do. And I think she wants me too.”
“He’s damage. Thought not broken. I can’t fix him, I don’t want to fix him, but I can be there for him and show what it’s like. That it’s okay to let love into your life.”
It was nice to see what was happening with Cannon, Em, Dustin, Livvy and Ryan. There was still drama for some and other not so much. Forever was a lovely conclusion to Amanda and Jordan’s story and the Forever series I loved the way Monica Murphy brought it all together. I would adore maybe a novella about these two just to see what they are getting up to in the years ahead. This was definitely a book that left me with a smile on my face.
I’m walking through the senior parking lot when I spot Jordan standing near his black Range Rover, leaning against its side. He’s wearing a white Henley shirt, his arms crossed and his biceps bulging beneath the long sleeves. The breeze ruffles his dark hair across his forehead and he stares off into the distance, every inch the troubled, broody boy that he is.
He looks so freaking good, I’m momentarily distracted by him. I stop and stare, my lips parted, my breath becoming shallow. It’s still hard for me to believe that this guy, this gorgeous, sweet, annoying, smart, strong, wonderful, awful boy likes me. That he might even care about me.
“Hey.” His deep baritone knocks me from my daze, and I head over, stopping just in front of him. “Where’s Livvy?”
“She made last minute plans. With someone else.” I don’t say anything else. Livvy’s secret isn’t mine to tell, and I’m afraid if I start talking about it, I’ll get really pissed. So I leave it alone. “Guess I don’t need to drive your car after all, but thank you for offering. I sense it was huge deal.”
“It is,” he agrees, tipping his head toward me. “But you’re worth it.”
Oh. He says things like that and I’m left speechless.
“You don’t have any plans?”
“No.” I shake my head, feeling tongue-tied.
Jordan grabs my hand, lacing our fingers and giving them a squeeze. “Then let’s go to lunch together.”
“Don’t you want to stay here?” He usually does. He’s always out at the quad, holding court over his loyal subjects. I used to sit out there with him, with all of them, just basking in his presence. But once we had the so-called breakup of our so-called relationship, I stopped going. One, because I couldn’t stand to be near him knowing he wasn’t mine anymore. Besides, most everyone who would hang out with Tuttle is annoying. Frustrating. Awful.
All of the above.
“No, not if I can sneak off campus somewhere with you.” He tugs me closer, his expression serious, his voice low. “Let me treat you to lunch, Amanda.”
When he talks to me like that, looks at me like that, I tend to give in easily.
“Okay,” I say softly, a jolt pulsing through me when he runs his thumb over the top of my hand. Sometimes the simplest touch has the most devastating effect.
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.