Friday, April 7, 2017

Blog Tour+Review: Forever by Monica Murphy (Friends, #3)

Forever by Monica Murphy
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult

Forever, an all new Friends story from Monica Murphy, is now live!!

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Book 3 in the Friends series

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…


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Read from: April 3 to April 7, 2017

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What can I say about this book without giving too much away? Well, one that it was a quick and awesome reading. I got hooked from the start and I needed to get to the end to see how it would all wrap up.

Sasha Keeton is a survivor. She was the only one who escaped The Groom. Coming back to her old hometown wasn’t an easy decision, but she does it for her mother. Finding herself back home should have brought some sense of peace that everything was over, but unfortunately for our main character, the past just won’t let go of her. Her return doesn’t go smoothly as many events happen from her car being vandalized to dead animals in her mom’s car. Throughout the book, you will want to know who, why and most importantly, will they find out before it’s too late?

Sasha’s character spoke volume to me because she went through a lot and she is still standing, even if it’s on shaky legs. She has been more like going through the motion for the past ten years, but coming home was what she needed to start living again even if everything seems to tell her to leave town and never look back. She will make you go through a lot of emotions as the story develops and things start becoming more and more complicated.

Of course, you can't have a book from Jennifer L. Armentrout without a little bit of romance. So if you were feeling hesitant as if you should or shouldn't get into this book because you fear the lack of romance, take this idea out of your head. Cole Landis will give you what you crave for.

Believe me when I say you will all want a Cole Landis. From the moment he reappeared in her life, Cole has been nothing but patient with Sasha even when she was trying to do everything to push him away. He is there for her whenever she needs it and he shows her that she can trust him; can count on him. He has obvious guilt for what happened to her, but there is more than just guilt; he has never been able to forget her. He is genuinely a good guy.

As I am trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will add that you will love some of the other characters, you will hate others and some of them will leave you confused. All of these characters will bring something to the story and I won’t lie, I wouldn’t mind having some novellas about some of them, either from their past or future events because they made that kind of impact on me for wanting more from them.

So yes, I do recommend you plunge head first into this story. You will be asking for more as you finish chapter after chapter. Jennifer L. Armentrout gave us another awesome book with interesting characters and a story that will keep you on your toes.
If you have been on my blog for a while now, you know that Jay Crownover is one of my favourite authors. There isn't a book of hers that I don't love or a series that didn't catch my eye. When I received this ARC for Riveted, I was jumping up and down seriously because I was really excited to read it and I wasn't disappointed at all.

I'm trying to find where to start my review without is being too spoilerish and I hard. So, let’s just type and see where it will take us, shall we?

Dixie is simply a good person; too good if you ask me. She has a golden heart and she will always be there for everyone she cares about whether its family, friends or the man she’s madly in love with. She has a zest for life that not a lot of people possess. But that doesn’t mean she had or has an easy life. Not everything was or is always beautiful in her life, but she prefers to not let those things bring her down. So her need to help others is the reason she agrees to follow Church back home and pretend to be his girlfriend for a few days. She knows it wasn’t a good idea, but she can’t seem to refuse him. I believe that this journey didn’t only teach Church a lot about himself, I think it taught to think about herself more; that she can be put first instead.

Church is a complex character that you just want to dig deep and see what happened to him to become the man he is now. He is not a bad person at all, but he doesn’t let others become close to him; he always keeps a distant between them and him. When he and Dixie leave on this trip to his hometown, you embark on a journey you didn’t expect. I won’t lie, I had imagine a past a lot more different than the one you discover as his past is unraveled. You can see the little boy he used to be, the one who lost so much so fast and how it affected him and others around him. Church grows a lot in this book and even if he still has a lot to make peace with, he is still willing to make things better for him and the people he cares about.

Dixie and Church together have something together. She knows it. He knows it. She doesn’t do a thing about it knowing that he wants to keep her at a safe distance even if she ignores the reasoning behind that.

But romance is not only the main subject of this story, oh no, you will have a lot of drama that will keep you guessing. I liked that it wasn’t as obvious to find out the reasons behind the problems they encounter.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO JAY CROWNOVER, HARPERCOLLINS AND EDELWEISS for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
If you haven't read The Return or The Power, you better stop reading this now or you might get some spoilers from the previous books.

Following the previous events from The Power, Seth has left the group to protect them, or to protect Josie at least. He has yet to understand all the powers that come with being the God Killer and he doesn’t want to harm her more than he has. Heading to the only place far enough from her, he will end up learning a lot more about who he has become.

Seth’s character is probably the character that goes through the most changes in this book. He has become something he has yet to understand the extent of its power and he’s struggling a lot with the guilt of what he has done in the past. The last one isn’t new as we have been following Seth since book one and we know this issue isn’t going to solve itself easily, but it’s such a huge part of who he has become. Even if people forgave him, he had yet to reach that kind of level towards himself.

Josie’s character is going to go through a lot in this book too, both physically and mentally. Searching for Seth will end up being a lot more to handle that she probably first anticipated. An old enemy is back and he wants revenge. I will say that I really love Josie because she is genuinely a good person. She wants to protect and help the people she care about, yes, but she’s willing to risk herself to save others too. She’s always been mature, but the way she handles each situation in this book has made me love her more.  The best example is that she is open to accept so much from Seth because she knows that he has so much good in him. She knows who he was and she knows who he is and she isn’t willing to give up on him. Doesn’t mean she has forgotten; it just means she knows that not everything is black and white and that he deserves a chance.

Josie and Seth are both pretty much in a learning curve versus their powers, their love and their future. It isn’t easy with Seth being protective of her and Josie wanting to prove herself and show she can take care of herself. It isn’t easy as the book progress for them to find a compromise to their problems, but they are trying their best.

The Gods as always are always cryptic and have a tendency to keep information to themselves when it could be useful to our little group, but I guess that sometimes Gods just forget that they have to trust the people they asked to save the world.

I was also glad to be reunited again with Alex, Aiden, Deacon and Luke. They are such loyal friends and I feel like Alex and Josie have become even closer in this book and I was really happy about that.

Overall, Jennifer has once again brought us through a rollercoaster of events that will leave you breathless. The ending is not actually a cliff-hanger, but it will leave you begging for the next book to see where the final book in the series will lead our heroes.
It took me a bit longer to get into the story of the third book in this series, but once I was, I was in completely. The book continues around where the last book finished and we continue to follow Amanda and Tuttle’s relationship’s ups and downs.

Even though Tuttle hurt Amanda, I can’t hate him, like I do with Ryan (yes, went back to not liking the guy lol), because I feel like it hurts him even more knowing he hurt her. I like that he is willing to push through his own fears to get her to forgive him and it’s not an easy job since Amanda knows that he’s the only person who can truly destroy her heart.

Amanda is struggling through her own feelings for Tuttle. She’s obviously still very much in love with him, but she isn’t completely ready to just go back to how it was. Giving him a second chance opens a lot of conflicted emotions in her probably because she knows where his problem lies when it comes to commitment, but she is also struggling because it hurts her whenever he hides emotions the he hits a wall in his life.

Trying to mend the pieces doesn’t come easily, but Tuttle wants to win her back and even though sometimes his old instincts kick in and it makes him take a few steps back, he is not ready to accept defeat.

Honestly, the way Monica Murphy just wrapped their story was slightly different than I had first imagined. I seriously had a few jaw-dropping moments sometimes because I didn’t expect one or another thing but that’s just a plus in my book.

Shall we talk about the other characters like Livvy, Ryan, Dustin, Em, etc?

Well, Livvy has grown on me since the first book. In the first book, I couldn’t really stand her, but she has matured a little through books two and three. I still want to slap her from time to time, but I also feel like being friends with Amanda helped her.

The boys now. Ryan, god I don’t really like him. Too cocky and seriously self-absorbed. I kind of liked that his ending didn’t go as I first thought it would. Dustin wasn’t really much present in this book if only mentioned from time to time so I couldn’t really judge but I liked the idea of where his story might end so that’s going to be enough hahaha Cannon is probably my second favourite guy in this series. I liked that we got a bit more of him in this book, but I wouldn’t mind having a bit more about him.

And Em. If there was one character I didn’t like in the beginning and ended up loving, it’s her. I really liked that through Amanda, we got to see so much more about who she really is instead of what she just wants to show the rest of the world. Her and Canon should have a novella about them. Just to know how it came to be from the prequel One Night to third book of the series; at least just elaborate more.

Overall, it was a great way to end the series. I enjoyed following Amanda and Tuttle’s ups and downs through the series but also the unlikely friendships that were forged in it.

I was giving an advanced copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

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.

Check out the first books of the Friends series...

Here's a little bit about One Night (Friends, #0.5)
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There's a party over at Jordan Tuttle's house tonight and everyone is there. Including... 

Olivia: Who's leaving for her dad's house in Oregon tomorrow. So she plans on having the time of her life tonight with her best friends. 

Dustin: Who wishes Livvy could see just how much she means to him. 

Emily: Who's trying her to best to get with someone. Anyone. 

Cannon: Who has an encounter with Em he won't be able to forget. 

Amanda: Who's finally ready to go all the way with her boyfriend. 

Tuttle: Who discovers the girl he's always secretly liked just might like him back. 

Warning: This story contains mature sexual situations and is suited for a 17+ audience.

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Here is a little bit about Just Friends (Friends, #1)
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It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

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Here's a little bit about More than Friends (Friends, #2)
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He's not perfect, but he's all I want...

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.

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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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