I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.
Title: Forever My Girl (Beaumont, #1)
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: December 27, 2012
Publisher: Bandit Publishing Company
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
After loving the movie, I sure I would love the book even more, but that wasn’t the case. The only reason I didn’t DNF this one was because the ratings were so great and I kept waiting for something to turn this book around. In actuality, it just kept getting worse.
First, Josie and Liam’s characters were not developed very well. Josie always showed conflicting emotions. I understand she was feeling a lot of conflicting things, but her emotions would change on a whim. One second she hated Liam and then on the next page she would defend him and fall weak to her knees in front of him. And Liam was this rock star set on success one minute and then wanted to be a dad and stay in the small town the next. Also, he would be weirdly aggressive about things and then super sweet and caring about something on the next page. They just weren’t developed very well.
Along the same lines, Liam just accepted being a dad so quickly. I thought he might have some conflicting thoughts or something about it, but he just accepted it, fell into the role, and that was that. It was strange how quickly it happened.
Really, this whole book happened quickly. The plot and everyone’s emotions towards the situation all evolved really fast. Perhaps that’s what caused so many of the issues I had with this book.
By the end, I realized there wasn’t really any conflict between Josie and Liam. I mean, there was. Obviously, they had a son together that Liam didn’t know about, but the strong conflict of that only lasted a couple of chapters, and then they were fine and liked each other well enough.
Overall, this whole book just wasn’t very well developed. I see all the potential the movie had and then I see everything that didn’t work out here. I’m just disappointed is all.