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Relocation from Dallas to Austin with her six year old son wasn't easy for Jo but, after losing her job as an Events Planner six months previously, she had no choice.. however it was very painful leaving her friends, family and memories behind. Memories of Christopher - her best friend who came rushing to her rescue in the playground when they were just five years old.. a best friend that would go on to be the love of her life, her first, her one and only, the father of her child and her beloved partner years later. But tragedy struck their world while Army Doctor Christopher was deployed in Afghanistan and, for five years, his loss and the heartache has been a constant in Jo's life. Jo didn't yet know it, but the new future she and her son were heading towards, was going to include a sexy new love, sugar, cupcakes and HEA's but was it going to last.. because history has a way of repeating itself?
After the sad and touching first few chapters, I settled down and really enjoyed the instant denied chemistry, friendship and growing affection between Jo and Drew as she began to open her heart once again.. to possibilities, to letting go, to second chances and to love. Jo and Drew's relationship was tentative at first, always tender, very touching and hot. Jo was a strong character outwardly battling for a better future but inwardly broken and she was just getting through each day hiding her pain.. until Drew. An angry Jo had confronted her new neighbor whose music was way too loud and the self-assured sexy man slowly weaved his way into her life.. and heart bringing out a sassy sarcastic sexy and very different Jo. Drew was a super hero fan.. and he was a super hero himself with his sweet, sarcastic, thoughtful, kind, sexy, not so humble and healing ways - with Jo he never pushed or demanded.. he understood. He's a bakery owner, a talented musician with tattoos and a mean bike, he's a dirty talker, a skilled lover, a droolworthy sighworthy hero.. and he's a man who knows he's met his forever. Good supporting characters too. A very well written emotional love story told from the heroine's POV and it could've been a five star listen.. but, for me, the narrator's voice took a wee bit of time getting used to and, to be honest, I don't think I ever truly did - however her characters were easily identifiable and different.. I think it was the tone or pitch of her voice.. or perhaps it was just me.
Worth a credit? Yes - it was packed full of feels about loss, letting go, moving on and grabbing hold with both hands the priceless gift of forever love, of second chances.. to love and to live again.
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After losing Christopher, Jo tries to pick up the pieces and carry on with her life. She tries to hide her pain & grief from their son and from everyone else. But by doing that she has become trapped, not actually moving on with her life. It’s been 5 years and she is still clinging to her memories & thoughts of Christopher.
When she gets a new job that requires her to move to Austin, her & Junior go. Not knowing what the future holds for either of them, Jo hopes things will work out for the best, for them both. On their first night things look set to be less than happy as they are rudely awakened at 2am by loud music from their neighbour. As any annoyed adult would Jo heads over to her neighbour’s door to give them hell!!
She did not however anticipate just how things would turn out after this initial meeting! Can Jo find a way to free herself from her haunting past & actually begin to live her life again?
Our Forever is the 4th of E. Matthews’ books that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The other 3 I’ve read as opposed to listening to them.
When I first started listening to Our Forever I wasn’t 100% sure on the narrator, it took me quite a while to warm up to her and her voice. But I continued listening & I’m glad that I did as I was then hooked.
Our Forever is an amazingly emotional listen. My heart broke for Jo more than once during this book. I don’t know how she actually found the strength to go on after losing Christopher, I know she had to for Junior’s sake but I still don’t know how she did it.
The characters are incredible. Their strength, determination & emotions are palpable. E. Matthews has created each of them very well. The way they interact is so real & believable. The conversations and the banter are well laid out and very realistic, and the emotions flow from them almost effortlessly. The characters all have their own flaws making them easy to relate to. To me they are balanced as well as any other human; and these people are only characters in a book.
E. Matthews writing style once again flows & claws it’s way under your skin & into your very heart. It captivates your attention & pulls you into the heart of the story, holding you there until the very end. It make you experience all the emotions as though they are your very own.