{Review & Giveaway} How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry


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{Review & Giveaway} How Forever Feels by Laura DrewryHow Forever Feels by Laura Drewry
Series: Friends First #4
Publisher: Loveswept on October 13, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 300

Our Rating

5 Stars

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.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadMaya’s still getting over the end of her marriage, and while she may not love her ex anymore, knowing he cheated isn’t something that does much for one’s self-confidence.  So when she runs into Jack and feels a spark, she can’t help but wonder if there’s a chance for them.  Of course, it doesn’t help that he’s her ex-husband’s best friend…


TheVerdictOh, now this is a plot I just couldn’t pass up, the kind that is either amazing or a complete train wreck.  And yes, it was amazing.  Laura Drewry has clearly mastered the romance genre.

Let’s start with Maya.  We know all about her cheating ex and subsequent divorce from the previous books, and after two years of singlehood, it’s high time she gets some real romance of her own.  She’s watched her friends fall in love and move into happily ever after while dreams of her own happy ending completely fell apart, and she’s tired of playing the jilted ex-wife to Will.  When she runs into Jack again, she’s thrilled — and she’s also not blind.  He may be her ex-husband’s best friend, but he’s incredibly good looking, knows her as well as anyone, and is a genuinely good guy to boot.

Maya has been on Jack’s radar since the moment he first saw her.  But when his friend stepped in, Jack stepped aside, and there he stayed while the girl he was falling head over heels for married someone else.  Time has changed everything but his feelings for her, but that doesn’t mean he can just step in and win her heart.  He’s not just best friends with her ex-husband; he and will are practically family.  Taken in by Will’s parents as a foster kid, he feels like he owes them everything, and hooking up with Will’s ex-wife is bound to cause some problems.

Romances in which the couple have been friends for a while are always my favorite, and one in which someone falls for the best friend’s ex can be lots of fun, but How Forever Feels adds a whole new dimension to the trope.  First, Maya was never really unhappy with Will until it was clear that they weren’t working out.  He romanced her and swept her off her feet, and while he did some crappy things, it turns out he’s not really a bad guy.  They’re not your usual, formulaic doomed couple.  And poor Jack’s loyalties are completely torn.  He clearly loves Maya but loves Will as a brother, and being in the middle is just painful and messy.  As much as I wanted to hate Will for being a scumbag cheater, I love that Drewry chose to show that he, too, is only human, and while he made some ugly mistakes, they were just that.  Mistakes. No malicious intent or complete disregard for anyone’s feelings but his own.  He just screwed up royally, and he ended up hurting everyone in the process.

Of course, Maya and Jack are too considerate of everyone else to dive right into a relationship, and while I could certainly see how perfect they’d be together, I also loved that they cared enough to consider the repercussions.  Their obvious attraction and deep feelings for each made taking that leap so much harder but so much more worth it in the end.  And did I mention the heat level???  I have no words.  Jack may very well be the hottest man I’ve come across in a romance novel, thanks to some incredible character development on Drewry’s part.

The Friends First series is unlike any other series I’ve read.  Every book is just about perfect, with characters flawed enough to be convincing and easy to relate to.  Yet somehow each new book is even better than the last.  I read way too many books, and I especially love a good series, but I’m not sure I’ve ever loved another one quite this much.  Forget taking one book with me in that stranded-on-a-desert-island scenario.  I just want to take Drewry’s imagination.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
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Plot & Pace
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Style & Editing
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Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating

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About Laura Drewry

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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  1. What a beautiful thing to wake up to! Thank you so much for hosting us on your blog today and for the awesome review! I’m going to be smiling all day now. 🙂



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