Release Launch/Reviews: Forever With You: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Forever With  You (Wait for You #5)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Expected September 29, 2015

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 . . .

Nick Blanco and Steph Keith had instant chemistry, and they truly thought they were on the same page as far as no strings, no promises, and no 
commitments after one passionate encounter. But whenever they end up around each other there is a spark and a bit of sparring that eventually leads to the idea of trying to stay friends. 

I have always been intrigued by Nick in the other books. He is funny and personable, but kind of secretive. 
 He's cocky, confidant, charismatic and a bit hot headed. He sometimes speaks first and thinks later. He does not do attachments or seconds. But we never knew what was really going on with him.

I was a bit worried about how I would like Steph since I did not get warm fuzzies from her in the other books as she seemed standoffish and not very friendly. Steph is bold, brash, and  is not afraid to go after what she wants. She has a bit of a reputation and likes to have fun and do what she wants. 
She is now starting a new life in a new town with a new job, but she is surprised to see some familiar faces.

Nick and Steph have no idea how they are going to affect each other's lives. Neither of them do relationships or really know how to effectively pursue or maintain one. There is a push and pull and mixed signals. They get closer, but also have fears, doubts, and insecurities. They have a hard time communicating their feelings. They both have issues from the past that still affect them. Both have felt loss before and are fearful of more loss or being hurt. 
But when something brings them even closer together and the lines become even more blurred, they have motivation to try to see how it goes. 

But when their worlds keep changing and they are faced with difficult situations, will they hold tighter or let go?

This one was not terribly angsty. It was funny, sweet, passionate, and at times emotional and sad.  I really liked Nick and Steph and their fun, witty banter, their attitudes, and their strong reactions. The author gave us plenty of clues about some of the big plot points, but I was still invested in their story and was hoping for a certain outcome. But there were a couple of surprises too.

It  was told in Steph's point of view and she was one of those heroines with a tough, bold, sarcastic, outer shell, but underneath it was a vulnerable insecure mess. But Nick was kind of the same way. He was cocky and mysterious, but had hidden pain and feelings of unworthiness. They had flaws and their history with relationships was not good. But they were perfectly imperfect together and just fit. I hated to see the struggles they faced, but it was realistic. 

I enjoyed this installment in this series and ended up liking both of the main characters and story line. It was funny, sexy, heartwarming, but also heartbreaking and emotional at times.  I enjoyed spending time with the group: Jax and Calla, Avery and Cam, Jase and Teresa, Roxy and Reece, Katie, and Brock. It is always fun to see a bit more into the future and share more milestones with previous couples. I love their banter, dynamics, and support of each other. I was intrigued by a new character Jillian and the new setting of the Lima Academy tying in MMA. I think we will see more of Brock and Jillian in a future installment. And Heaven help her but poor Katie needs a man. lol. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Stephanie Keith is starting a new job, in a new town, away from home for the first time in her life. She lives by her own rules, knowing that love is out there but not willing to sit around and wait for it.

Nick Blanco is the quiet one in his group of friends. With responsibilities he keeps close to the vest, his friends only know he is dealing with a lot beyond his job at the bar. As he is drawn to Steph he realizes there is more to life than the one night stands he usually participates in.

Each of these two are tough nuts to crack. Neither has done the relationship thing in a long time, if at all, and their initial hook up is intended to only last the single night. But crossed wires about what exactly one night only means causes additional tension to run between them, and the ramifications of that “just one night” will rock their worlds with a secret that both draws them together and drives a wedge between them

I love Nick. I think I must be a sucker for the quiet man, because he’s the second I’ve fallen hard for in less than a week. What he is dealing with behind the scenes only made me love him more.

Steph was a refreshing character. Wholly comfortable with herself, she makes her own rules and makes no apologies for her choices. If I had one complaint about her it would be that her inner monologue talked so much about how comfortable she was with her life choices, but when confronted with some of those previous choices, she worries about perceptions and fitting in. She seemed to have this inner strength and confidence that disappeared when it came to her new life and choices. 

This was an emotional roller coaster. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the story, especially based on clear foreshadowing, but I was so hooked I couldn’t help but feel the highs and lows alongside Nick and Steph. This quickly pushed itself into one of my favorites of this series. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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