Friends First series
by Laura Drewry
From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.
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.
Jack and Maya are fantastic together, so sharp and cute and fun, and Drewry writes them so well you can totally understand how Jack has loved Maya for years and yet she has no clue 🙂 There are so many roadblocks standing in the way of anything happening between the two – Jack is Maya’s cheating ex-husband’s best friend and his family IS Jack’s family. A relationship between the two is going to be hard, but it could be worth it if they are willing to take a chance.
Maya was put thru the ringer when she found out her husband was sleeping with someone else. He was supposed to be her HEA so it left her unsure of herself and of men. Everyone except Jack that is and now that he’s back in her life, she couldn’t be happier. Until she starts thinking of her old friend as more than just a friend.
I think some people might feel like Jack needs to find his backbone, but I actually understand why he lets things get to the point that they do. He’s all alone in the world except for the Carson’s and when they fostered him they pulled him out of a situation that was REALLY bad. His dedication to that family is deep and it just breaks my heart at how he’s torn between Maya and the family. It’s easy for others to say that he should have chosen Maya from the beginning, and maybe he should have, but that’s a lot to ask of him. He’s had to live with that for years – I think he’s paid a lot for his choice.
I’ve not read any of the other Friends First novels but I think that Drewry does a great job of giving you’re the basics on how they came together. I’m curious enough that the other books are going in my TBR pile, but it in no way interfered with how much I loved this one. (And I’m really hoping she’s going to give Griffin a story because I want him to find his own person who won’t put up with his crap.)
How Forever Feels is both heartbreaking and heartwarming and I highly recommend that you check it out.
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