Tuesday, February 7, 2017

REVIEW: "The Feeling of Forever" by Jamie Howard (New Adult, Contemporary Romance)

by Jamie Howard

Publisher: Swerve
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 7th 2017

Series: Love Unplugged, #2
Standalone: Yes

Creatives in Love (Actress and Rock Star), Heavy Subjects (Wheelchair), Strong Heroine, Mystery/Suspense
Other Books by Jamie Howard

Love Unplugged #1 Goodreads
My Review


My Review
Description from Publisher:
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood's spotlight. While being America's favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn't one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can't help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all--stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that's sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn't know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year's Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he's not ready to face the world while he's still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year's Sexiest Woman--Juliet St. Clair--never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn't sure he's ready to make. And when Juliet's stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix's secret isn't the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.
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My Musings:
To start, I've got to say that I'm a big fan of Jamie Howard's writing and just love her books. She has a seriously masterful way with words and her storytelling is top notch!

This is the second book in the Love Unplugged series and we get to see more of band member Felix here, as well as meet Juliet, who is a Hollywood starlet. Both of these people have some clouds hanging over them, and this is such a great, and suspenseful, ride seeing them bring the sun out for each other.

Juliet is sweet, but still feisty and I really loved her fierceness and honesty. She worked really well at being the woman to bring Felix back out of his shell, and I loved them together from the first moment they met. Felix was also that great mix of grumpy, vulnerable, funny, and sweet that is totally swoonworthy!

This being a series, many of the side characters are band members or their partners (or, in Rachel's case, a friend who totally SHOULD be a partner!!). The interactions between them all are so genuine and they make me wish they really existed 'cause I would hang out with them in a heartbeat! I really look forward to some of their stories, but also liked how their romances are only really hinted at and blended well so as to not steal the show.

There are some heavier threads in this, most notably the fact that Felix is in a wheelchair as the result of a horrible accident, and the way that he is still dealing with all that that means for his life. Huntington's disease is also near and dear to our heroine's heart. Both of these are treated with the respect they are due, without being "distracting."

I am generally very quick to figure out a mystery, but this one took a lot longer than most for me to figure out! It kept me guessing just long enough, then second-guessing, and then came the pay-off!!

If you like characters who feel like friends, romances with both hot tension AND heart, and a bit of suspense, this is definitely the book for you! (And if you like the first two, Jamie is the author for you!!)

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Jamie Howard
Jamie Howard is a legal and compliance specialist by day, author by night, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art. When she’s not tapping away at the keyboard or capturing the world through her trusty Canon, you can find her binge-watching TV shows, devouring books, and perfecting her gaming skills. She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs in New Jersey, and is almost always awake early enough to see the sun rise, even on the weekends.
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