Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
Narrated by Greg Albany and Elizabeth Ann Rollins
***NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN RE-RECORDED WITH NEW NARRATORS SINCE THIS POSTING***
Interconnected NA Standalone.
I grabbed the first two books in the Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin when I saw that they were $1.99 on audible. With as much as I listen, I really appreciate the cheaper ones, especially when it’s a book on my TBR for years.
I enjoyed the story enough to listen to the next in the series, but I have to say, I had a really hard time with the female narrator. She was strangely slow, but never really ended her sentences, just went right into the next one. I had to speed up her chapters, then slow it back down for the male narrator. Very annoying, but worth it, because I enjoyed this new adult rock star novel.
“Hey, Jojo?” he yells.
“Yeah,” I yell back.
“I’m going to marry you someday.”
Josie and Liam were high school sweethearts. He was the football star and she was the cheerleader. Their whole lives were about football. His family life was about football. After a time in college, Liam realized he loved music, not football, and left everything in his life to pursue music. Including the love of his life.
“I thought for sure we’d spend forever together. I thought our love was one of a kind. I would almost be okay if he had met someone else and fallen in love, but he didn’t. He just left.”
Ten years later, Liam, now a famous rock star, is back in town for his high school best friend’s funeral. Mason stayed with his high school sweetheart and left beautiful little girls and a loving wife behind. Seeing the hole Mason left had me crying even though he was already gone before the book begins.
Liam never stopped loving JoJo. She was always the one who got away, and he realized over the years that he will never love like that again. He was scared to go to the funeral, yet so drawn to Josie he couldn’t help himself. But she is engaged to a good guy (or he seemed good, but I never liked him). JoJo has secrets now, and Liam wants answers.
“You don’t get to come in here and demand answers, Liam. You’ve been off playing rock star. You’re the famous Liam Paige. You left this,” I spread my around and point to myself. “You left me. There’s no room for you here.”
Josie’s heart didn’t agree with her words, and she never thought the young words they had spoken could ever happen again.
“I love you, Liam.”
“You’re forever my girl.”
- Really sweet second chance romance.
- I liked the secondary characters.
- It never felt rushed at all.
- Made me FEEL right from the beginning.
- Alternating points of views and present and past.
- The children.
- Made me want to read the next.
- Not sure if was the narrator or the story, but I was kind of down at the end.
- The female narrator was too slow and didn’t know how to stop at a period.
- Their original break-up just didn’t make much sense.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 stars, 3 heat, 2.5 narration (he was pretty good) Would probably be rated higher if I read and didn’t listen.
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