Thursday, 10 September 2015

My Kind Of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin ~ #bookreview #contemporaryromance #rockstar


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Liam Page knows music and a life of solitude, but that all changed when he returned to Beaumont.
The once notorious bad boy lead singer of 4225 West is now living the domesticated life with his wife and high school sweetheart, Josie, and their son, Noah.
Life is good for the Westbury family, until Liam is called back to Los Angeles and the place where it all started for him.
Liam and Josie’s story continues in this last installment of The Beaumont Series.

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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.


Other Books by Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl - The Beaumont Series #1
My Unexpected Forever - The Beaumont Series #2
Finding My Forever - The Beaumont Series #3
Finding My Way - The Beaumont Series #4
My Everything - A Beaumont Series Novella
12 Days of Forever - A Beaumont Series Novella
Lost in Us - A Lost in You Novella
The Archer Brothers
Here with Me
Choose Me
The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire


Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 5 of 5


My Kind of Forever Review ...



I was so flippin' excited to read this, as I have absolutely loved the Beaumont series, and more Josie and Liam I couldn't wait.  Sadly, though in the end I didn't love it.  Was it great to see more Liam and Josie? Absolutely but what we did see of them didn't wow me, if anything it was the opposite. 


Sometimes when books are continuation of couples after their epilogues it can be great and other times not so much, which breaks my heart when it's a couple I have adored in the past.   In the first book, Liam and Josie had such a rocky start which I hoped was the foundation to a new strong start for these two.  Instead that rocky start has instilled deeply rooted insecurities for both of them but more for Josie. 


Even after a few years together and Liam up and leaving his life for Josie has still left her not feeling secure in their relationship.  So, when Liam has to return to L.A. to help the band as well as someone who helped him when he first got started, it causes Josie's very fragile walls to fall down. 
Memories of the night he left still haunt me, and for me to throw it in his face was uncalled for.  He's told me why he left, why things ended for us, and I need to accept it and move on.  If I can't, I'm not in our marriage for the right reasons.
Now add a tell all book of your husband and her world implodes.  Liam, knows he needs to help his band as they are failing being in Beaumont, but he doesn't know what to do, because if he goes back to L.A., he knows he may have to choose between Josie or the band. 
She's my life.  Liam Page is my job.
After Sam, died we thought all the nasty tricks would end for Liam and the band, but Sam did not fall far from her father's tree, so her dad starts off where Sam left off.  This manipulation plus Liam's brutal communication skills cause more insecurities for Josie. 



I have spent far too many nights in my life second-guessing Liam Westbury and I don't want to do it now.  He came back to me . . . Or did he just come back for Noah? 

"Good, you should be.  If you can't trust me, how are we going to survive?  All they're doing is testing you, trying to make you break.  I promise you, if at any time I'm not happy, I'll tell you, just as I expect you to do the same for me."

"When you came back I never thought we'd be where we are right now.  Please have patience with me.  I'm scared and feel like I don't belong in your world right now."

If I am, I can easily be replaced. 

Right now I'd like to kick Liam.

Such double standards for Josie.  She can't trust Liam and his past, but hers is in their faces daily.

"Because it's my past, Josie.  We both have one.  In fact, yours doesn't go the fuck away and is still helping to raise our son.  Speaking of Noah, where is he?"
"With Nick,"  she mutters,
"That's what I'm fucking talking about!"

Oh! For godsakes, these two are shit show when it comes to communicating.  Plus Josie is so quick to believe and assume instead of talking to Liam that their problems ended up being so much bigger than they needed to be.  Thankfully the end was cute and we get to see that HEA that we love so much for Liam and Josie. 

"Thank you for loving me enough to give me this opportunity."


Josie came across as strong in the first book but not so much here.  I could chalk it up to female hormones but I'm not sure if that's it or not.  Did I like the story?  Yes and no.  I love them as a couple for sure, but I didn't like to see this side of Josie.  Instead of feeling for her pain, I was more annoyed with her.  After reading this I needed a day or two to process, as I was amped up with too many negative emotions.  I needed a couple of days to calm down so I could write more articulate thoughts instead of only my emotions about the book. 

Was I still happy to read this book?  Yes, even though it was a rocky journey for me with Josie, I still liked how the book ended.  If there was more from this series, would I continue with it?  Absolutely, just because I didn't love this book doesn't mean I don't love the series.  Sometimes we can't love every single book an author writes.  Just because I didn't love this one doesn't mean I would stop reading this author.  The book was well written I just don't relate to the insecure issues that Josie went through.  Do I still love Liam and Josie as a couple?  Yes, this makes them more real and not perfect.  Do I wish I didn't see this side of Josie?  Absolutely as I had such love for her before,  if Josie wasn't  portrayed as so insecure then I would of loved her even more this time around, but we can't have it all. 

Every couple has to go through ups and downs, and these two sure did, but it was worth it as their bond will hopefully me so much stronger now. 


3 - 4225 West loving thumbs up!


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 Lauren






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