Forever by Mary A. Wasowski

 Forever Amazon GR SW-2
Following her larger than life best friend to NYU was a dream come true.
Modeling part-time to pay the bills, while she earned her teaching degree, Reese Mitchell never imagined her Nana’s prediction of finding her future husband could be possible. Then she met…HIM! Walker Reed, her handsome stranger. He was sexy as sin and one look from him, she was hooked.Loving Walker was effortless. He captured her heart with one touch making Reese lose herself in him. From strangers to lovers, they became two hearts…one love. Outside forces conspire to tear their love apart leaving her to wonder if two people from different worlds should stay together?

When promised “Forever” from the man who loves her, Reese is left with only one thing to do. She trusts the promises made. She believes in the happily ever after.

She believes in…FOREVER.

“I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling; is this what instant connection feels like? Because if it is, I have never felt this way before, and I need to get a better handle on it.”

In this book we meet Reese and Walker who have an instant connection and easily fall in love with each other. Reese had some tragedies while growing up and is surprisingly well adjusted even after everything that had happened. She decides to move from Georgia to NYC to live with her best friend, Freddy, who I absolutely adored! Walker comes from an influential family and has a dynasty awaiting him when he graduates however his family is less than loving towards him. They have their idea of what his future life should be like and Reese definitely does not fit in with their equation.

I did enjoy the premise of the book. The plot had interesting twists and turns. I just found I could not connect with these characters at all. I couldn’t stand Walker and he just seemed like a jerk to me. He was so possessive it made him do things that no girl should put up with. The way he reacts to some situations just infuriated me. I think another issue with not being able to connect to the characters may have been the writing. I felt that a lot of important points were just thrown out there and rushed. Maybe Reese could have used a novella of her youth to help us connect with her? The writing just didn’t flow well for me and at times made it almost impossible to follow, especially in the second half. We hear from Reese’ point of view for the first half, and then for the second half it goes back and forth between Walker and his father although there is nothing to show when the POV changes. I can’t say much about the second half without ruining it for anyone but I absolutely loathed where the story went. While I am all for things not having a HEA since that is what real life is about, I hated the way things ended up there. I seriously wanted to jump in my Kindle and wring Walker’s neck. While I didn’t care for him much in the first half, the second half made me despise him as a human being. He is irresponsible and selfish beyond belief.

This is only the author’s second book. I feel like maybe she needs to work on making a story flow and also needs more insight into the way the characters have come to where they are now in their lives. While I will not read any more in this series (even though it is intriguing that the next book takes place 17 years later!) because I did not enjoy the characters, I would consider reading some work from this author in the future.

Mary Wasowski is the queen of mastering many tasks. I call New Jersey my home where I share my life with my husband, and our three amazing sons. Writing was my way of expressing my words that sometimes I couldn’t say. My journals were filled with the rants of a teenager finding her way, and eventually they turned into poems, and short stories. Joining the Indie community of so many talented writers has been a wonderful experience. I am so thankful for all of the love and support I have received. Life can take you down many different roads, but I truly believe this is where I am suppose to be now. I want to inspire my boys to never give up on your dreams. I never did, and here I am. I am officially an Author. Write what you love. Love what you write. Believe in your story. You have many chapters to write on your journey… XOXO…Mary