You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
Series: Forever Yours Book 1
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance
Genre: New Adult Romance
SYNOPSIS: I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.
Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.
By text message.
Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…
We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.
This time, I’m going to make her mine.
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Much anticipated follow up for Mandy and Tuttle! You Promised me Forever is technically the first book in a new series, but it is also a follow-up to the Friends series. This book I suppose could be read as a stand-alone, but I highly suggest you go back and read at least More than Friends and Forever from the Friends series to really be able to enjoy this book. You Promised me Forever is the book I didn’t know I needed. I was very happy to be able to follow-up with these two characters.
The plot of this book intrigued me. What happens after the happily ever after? A lot of times we assume that everything works out perfectly for them. I liked that Monica Murphy came back and showed us that sometimes life gets in the way. Happily ever afters aren’t always perfect. This book checks back in with Amanda and Jordan. They are not quite where we would have expected them to be. Will they find each other again or are they destined to live a part?
I have always loved Amanda. She was the only one I really cared for from the Friends series. I loved to see that she grew up a lot since we last saw her. She is strong, independent, and living the best life she can. Enter Jordan. Jordan is the love of her life. I liked Jordan in this book as well. He hasn’t changed too much, but enough to make it worthwhile. I actually really like grown up Jordan. I feel like he is a little bit more stable in life.
The heat between these two have always been there. They always had this push and pull between them, even back in high school. I love how this heat has morphed into something more as they are now adults. Add in the six years they are separated, and you just knew these two were going to combust once they finally got together.
I liked the writing style of this book. I think I love this book more than any of the others with Amanda and Jordan. I liked that we briefly got to check in with Livvy as well, but I never really cared for her that much so I could have took it or left it. The pace of this book is steady. It was perfect for adult Mandy and Tuttle. I liked seeing where they ended up.
Overall, I am so glad I read this book. Mandy was always my favorite character in the previous series. I loved her relationship with Jordan. I thought it was an unlikely pairing, but that they would make it work. Then I found out this book existed. I was happy to be able to see where things ended up. I really liked how the author didn’t make everything peaches and cream. The conflict in this book was perfect.
Writing Style: 5/5
Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.
Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?
I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.
“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.
Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.
Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…
She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.
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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