Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog tour: How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry


HOW FOREVER FEELS
Friends First #4
Laura Drewry
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
Loveswept




From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.

Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.

Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.





“From the guy in the gray T-shirt at the end of the bar.” Grinning, Shelley set a white frothy drink, complete with a pineapple wedge and tiny blue parasol, in front of Maya then moved on to her next table.

With scarcely a glance at the piña colada, Maya and all three of her friends immediately craned their necks toward the bar.

“A piña colada?” Regan snorted. “Come on, buddy.”

“I know him,” Ellie muttered. “Why do I know him?”

Jayne just gaped. “He’s huge.”

Being the shortest of the four of them, Maya had to push away from the table and stand up to be able to see around and over everyone in the packed pub.

“Oh my God! Jack?

“Who’s Jack?” Jayne’s question hung unanswered, because Maya was already dodging and weaving her way around waitresses and other tables.

Ducking under Shelley’s lifted tray, Maya came around the corner of the last table just as the guy sitting there stood up, shoving the chair hard into her hip. She tried to right herself but ended up crashing into the corner of the wall and spiraling off like she was in some kind of pinball game.
Grasping and flailing, and with the floor racing up to meet her, Maya was saved by two big hands that caught her under the arms and righted her.

Jack.

Without a word, Maya thrust her hands straight up over her head, snort-laughed, and gave a dramatic bow as everyone cheered.

“And that’ll be a ten from the Canadian judge,” Jack announced, using his beer bottle as a mic, “for sticking the landing with such grace and style.”

“Thank you, thank you very much.” Another quick bow, then she turned and walked right into Jack’s open arms.

“Hey, Snip.” He laughed quietly, and his huge frame swallowed her up until her feet dangled just below his kneecaps.

“What are you doing here?”

His chest rumbled with a low chuckle. “Someone had to be here to catch your sorry ass, didn’t they?”
Maya pulled back far enough so she could see his face. “Oh, God. Will’s not here with you, is he?”

“Nope—I’m solo.” He set her down slowly, then perched on his stool, bringing them closer to the same level, his hazel eyes wide, his brow lifting slowly. “You look . . . great.”

“Thanks.” She laughed lightly as she leaned her hip against the stool next to him. “But I think we can both agree anything would be an improvement over the last time you saw me.”

“I don’t know about that.” He shrugged. “You looked pretty good then, too.”

Ha! She’d looked like a crazy person and they both knew it, but considering she’d been going through her divorce from Will at the time, she hadn’t really cared.

“So what’s going on? Are you in town to visit Will?”

“Partly.” His grin vanished as he twisted his jaw to the side and blinked down at his beer for a second. “I’m sorry, Snip. I didn’t know about him and Stella, but I swear I could’ve killed him when I finally found out.”

Maya snorted. “Yeah, you and me both.”

“And then . . . jeezus . . . I didn’t know what the hell I was supposed to do. I mean, shit, it’s Will we’re talking about.”

“I know, which is exactly why we’re going to stop talking about him right now and agree to disagree on the fact that he’s a complete asshole and deserves to rot in hell.”

It was a feeble joke at best, so she couldn’t really blame him for not smiling back at her.

“Oh come on, Jack, it’s done, it’s over. Dickhead . . . sorry . . . Will . . . has moved on and so have I.”

“Have you? Moved on I mean.” Finally a smile, hesitant as it was. “Should I be watching out for some big hulking dude who’s going to kick my ass for buying you that drink?”

“Yeah, right.” Jack was six three, with the shoulders of a linebacker and arms the size of tree trunks, so there weren’t many guys who had what it took to kick his ass. “No hulking anyone, just my girls over there and they’re pretty friendly.”

His gaze flicked past her briefly. “I don’t know, that one in the green sweater looks like she could take me.”

Without turning, Maya laughed. “Ellie. And you might be right on that one. Are they still staring?”

“Oh yeah.” Jack’s eyes crinkled at the corners. “I don’t think any one of them’s moved since you shoved them all out of the way and leapt over the table.”

“I didn’t leap!” Heat raced up Maya’s neck and across her cheeks until she finally had to laugh and look down at the floor for a second. “Okay, I might have leapt a little, but I haven’t seen you in . . . what . . . two years, so a little leaping wasn’t completely uncalled for.”

“Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?” His gaze never wavered as he took a slow sip of his beer. “How are you doing? For real, no B.S.”



If you’re a friend of the Friends First series, you’ll adore this final (*sighs*) installment. However, if you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, you will still be able to enjoy Maya and Jack’s story. All the characters from the previous books (including Dr. Scott – yay!) are back, but only as secondary characters. This book is all about Maya and Jack—and, well, Maya’s ex-husband too.

I’ve enjoyed reading about this close group of friends from the start, but I hadn’t expected to like Maya as much as I actually did. She’s a super funny heroine, as well as strong and stubborn, and in this book we get to see behind the tough façade she put on in the previous books. The end of her marriage hurt her more than we’d been shown in the previous books, mostly because she lost all hope of ever achieving her happily-ever-after with another man. Her ex cheating on her made her question her decisions and made it hard for her to trust another person with her heart.

Until Jack enters the picture...

Jack. Aww, Jack! I hope Carter will excuse me if I say that Jack is simply ADORABLE! He’s huge and strong and SO SUPER CUTE you’ll be smiling dreamily whenever he’s around, to the point your cheeks will hurt.

Jack is Maya’s ex-husband’s best friend and brother (he was taken into the family as a foster kid when he was a teenager), so we get to experience how torn he is between being loyal to his family and therefore to Will (Maya’s ex) and being Maya’s friend. He’s been in love with Maya since the first day he met her, but Will stepped into the picture before Jack could even try and act on his attraction toward her, so he took a step back and silently ached for her from a distance.

Until Will cheated on Maya and their marriage crumbled.

Jack had to take sides and, once again, he chose the family who raised him and basically saved his life, even though he’d never stopped loving Maya.

But now that Will’s just about to get married to the woman he cheated on Maya with, and that Jack is in town to supervise the renovation of his company’s new office, he can’t avoid Maya—and he doesn’t want to either.

Although they start hanging out more often now that he’s in town, Jack knows he can’t make a move on Maya, not so soon after her divorce.

On the other hand, we also get to experience how Maya’s awareness changes around Jack. She’s never seen anything but a good friend in him, but now that they’re hanging out together, only the two of them and Jack’s adorable Labrador, she starts feeling things she thought she’d never feel again—especially not for Jack.

This is what I loved about this book: the way their feelings slowly built up, how they went from estranged (Maya hadn’t seen Jack since she divorced Will) to friends again, and little by little they made their way to their happily-ever-after that, I have to admit, left me a little emotional.

Just like in the previous books, the writing is flawless and entertaining. The description are accurate and never too much, just the perfect amount of information you’ll need to create a picture in your mind. The dialogues are real and funny, there’s sass, there’s just the perfect level of heat, there’s humor, there are innuendos (that Doctor Scott is a naughty boy, but that’s why we love him!) and as usual, the author managed to pull me into the book and make me feel part of this great circle of friends without trying too hard.

All through the books in the series I found myself wishing I could have such a fantastic group of friends too—actually, not just a generic group of friends, but THIS group. Every hero and every heroine had a special personality trait that made me like them, sympathize or relate with them. In spite of their imperfections, the mistakes or the bad decisions they made—that made them even more human and real—every single one of the characters managed to take a spot in my heart that they will own forever. I feel silly talking about fictional characters as if they were real people, but if you’re a bookworm like me, I’m sure sometimes you’ll have stumbled upon a book (or a series, like in this case) that stole your heart from the very first paragraph and never let go. That book/s you will keep in your mind, that you’ll want to read again in the future and keep on your bookshelf or in your Kindle forever just so you can go back to it every now and then. 

The Friends First series is all this for me. I’m glad I discovered Laura Drewry’s books, and I will read whatever she writes, be it a novel or a recipe book—hopefully not a gory thriller, because I’m not sure I could really stomach all the murders and blood, but maybe I would give it a try, just in case. :)

I will definitely miss the girls and guys of the Friends First series, and I hope that maybe the author will consider adding another book (or ten) so we never have to say goodbye.

If you haven’t read any of the books yet, I highly recommend this series. If you’ve read the previous books, then go grab Maya and Jack’s story right now. You’ll love it.








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USA Today Bestselling author, Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.



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