Note: This was originally a freelance blog post written for Heroes & Heartbreakers. When MacMillan shut down the community in 2018, they also removed all of the content that had been on the website.

 

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .

 

I’ve enjoyed the entire Wait for You series, and was so incredibly happy to find that Stephanie was getting her own book. There was something about her character from the first time she was introduced in Trust in Me (Cam and Avery’s story) that piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know even more about her after the role she played in Be with Me (Teresa and Jace’s story). And Nick? After meeting him in Stay with Me (Calla and Jax’s story) and then getting to know him better in Fall with Me (Roxy and Reece’s story), I really wanted this player to meet his match.

Boy, did he ever.

As usual with a Jennifer Armentrout novel, Forever with You does not shy away from heavy subject matter or sticky topics. The stickiness comes in the form of Stephanie’s sexual experience—she likes sex, she has no issues about having a one-night stand, and she’s always been able to separate the emotional from the physical. Considering there’s still a double-standard regarding women’s sexual experience, it was refreshing to see a heroine who was open and unashamed of her past.

Even more refreshing was the fact that Nick wasn’t remotely bothered by Steph’s past. Actually, scratch that—the most refreshing part was the complete acceptance of Stephanie’s past by Katie and Roxy. Too often in life—and in fiction—women put other women down for being sexually experienced, and especially for enjoying casual sex and one-night stands. That was a double-standard Steph’s new friends obviously wanted no part of, and I completely applaud Armentrout for writing that in such a believable way.

“I don’t think anything is wrong, and I can tell you think that’s how we feel. We don’t.” [Roxy] glanced at Katie. “Right?”

“Right,” Katie said.

I’m not going to get in to the heavier subject matter because that would be spoilerific, but said subject matter is handled very, very well and at one point had me reaching for the Kleenex. Let’s just say Nick went from being, well, something that rhymes with Nick but starts with the letter “D,” to being this guy Steph—and the reader—couldn’t help but fall in love with.