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Synopsis from Goodreads: I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.
This book sums up what every contemporary romance should have.....a beautiful love story, a little angst and heartache, and a whole lot of super hot man! First, I must tell you about Liam. He is everything I love in a strong male character; plays the guitar, check, football quarterback, check, tattoos, check, motorcycle, check, and to top it off, he's a hopeless romantic. Heidi did a phenomenal job developing his character and making him a what's sure to be a recurring dream for readers. I equally loved Josie in this story; she is battling a broken heart and doing everything in her power to protect her son. The secondary characters were just as real and genuine to me and I loved the roles they played in the plot.
Forever My Girl is ultimately about second chances at love. We have all been there with our high school friends, dreaming of the future and holding on for dear life to that bittersweet first taste of passion. Heidi McLaughlin's words were pure perfection as she so vividly laid this story into place. She has a true gift for creating imagery without drowning the reader in unnecessary details. I pictured everything perfectly and immediately fell in love with her carefully chosen words. There was not all of the misplaced, "fake" drama that we often find in contemporary romances, but real emotions that I believe we can all relate to in our own lives. I adored the way that Heidi intricately wove glimpses from the past throughout the story without disrupting the flow. These snippets only made the plot stronger and they were crafted beautifully.
“I know she hates me.
I hate me.
I ruined her life. That is what her voice message said. The one I've saved for the past ten years. The one I've transferred from phone to phone just so I could hear her voice when I’m at my lowest. I can recite every hateful word she said to me when I was too busy to answer and never found the time to call her back.
Never found one second to call and explain to her what I had done to us. She was my best friend and I let her slip through my fingers just to save myself from the heartache of hearing she didn't want me anymore.
I had dreams too.
And my dreams included her, but she would never have gone for it. I’m not living her American Dream. I'm living my own. My decision destroyed everything.”
This book is a must read for all of you who are looking for a feel good love story. The love scenes were so intense and unlike any I've experienced before. I could feel the electricity charging between them on my own skin, yet there was not all of the "mushy" sludge that can ruin a great story. I am looking forward to the next book in the Beaumont series and Heidi McLaughlin is now on my radar as the next new author to watch. Grab some tissues and prepare to fall in love!