Forever (Friends #3) by Monica Murphy | Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Review

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Forever (Friends #3) by Monica Murphy | Blog Tour, Excerpt, & ReviewForever by Monica Murphy
Series: Friends #3
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 221
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

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…

Forever.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

This group of teenagers infuriated me to no end, Livvy and Ryan the most, but I couldn’t stop reading about them. Is this the last book for Amanda Walters and Jordan Tuttle? I think they were the most decent of the bunch, and I was sweet on them and their relationship.

Forever follows More Than Friends after Amanda and Tuttle broke up. As Amanda tries to move on, Tuttle realizes he’ll do something to make him happy, and that’s having her beside him. He has to prove himself that he’s 100% sure of what he wants, and will be in this with Amanda. He’ll try.

Tuttle is as sweet as he was in More than Friends, and even sweeter now since he doesn’t want to ruin his second chance with Amanda. He’s still hot and raunchy, but ahhhh his affectionate actions made me swoon. I’ll definitely cuddle with Tuttle. Such a sweet man.

Amanda is still the most logical of the girls, but she gives in to Tuttle too fast. I would have wanted a bit more resistance and some groveling.

The angst is focused on Tuttle and Amanda’s will they or won’t they issue. Will Tuttle finally open up to Amanda? Will Amanda give him chance after chance?

If Livvy improved in book two, she pretty much jumped back to how she was in book one. Amanda tried to help her do what’s right, but Livvy couldn’t be controlled. Girl’s gotta do what she wants to do.

While Livvy showed little growth, Em is the opposite. She showed a softer and a more human side in Forever, and the romance between her and one of the jocks, Cannon Whittaker, made me want to read more about them.

I’m surprised at how quick I finished this book. I would have wanted to seen more on Tuttle’s growth since there was a lot of time skips. It made it seem the conflict easily resolved. I believe there are still a few loose ends in the Friends series, so I’m hoping there will be more.  This book pretty much breezed by the last few months of their senior year. What happened to Livvy, Dustin, Ryan, Em, and Cannon? How about Kyla?

I know Amanda and Tuttle have reached their HFN, but I want to read more about them! I’d read about their college life for sure. A spin-off maybe? But if this is the end of their story, it was a pretty satisfying one for sure. I’m going to miss them!

Forever is the third installment in the Friends series, told in Amanda and Tuttle’s POVs. It has teenage angst, brooding jocks and smart girls, and a*hole jocks and not-so-wise girls. Such is the life of high school. Full of boys, drama, and everything else in between.

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.

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About Monica Murphy

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.

 

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