Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: GIVING YOU FOREVER by Ashley Wilcox

From the moment Nolan Pratt walked into Alexa Arnold’s life everything was forever changed. After a year of dating, the ring was on her finger, the house was purchased, and life was heading down Pleasantville Lane. Everything was perfect.

Or so they thought.

With help from his parent’s inheritance, Nolan takes on a new business adventure, utilizing all his free time. What was once their life- carefree with minimal responsibilities, is no more. When Alexa starts to feel the pressure from school, wedding planning, and lack of help from Nolan, exhaustion kicks in and feelings get hurt, testing the strength of their relationship. But, if there is one thing that Nolan will never compromise, it’s Alexa’s happiness. There’s nothing Nolan Pratt won’t do to make sure Alexa is well taken care of, loved, and happy.

When Nolan’s past resurfaces- a past that Alexa didn’t know existed- will it all be too much? Will Nolan’s devotion to Alexa’s happiness cost him their relationship and lose him the only thing that has ever mattered in his life? Or will Nolan discover that his past doesn’t determine his future and he is worth the happiness he doesn’t think he deserves?


About the author...
 Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded. I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys. Then there was this book… Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle. I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days. I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!). Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, Planning on Forever was born. The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing. 

Review ~ 4 Stars
This book was a pretty good read, I liked the storyline and I also liked the fact that it is told from both of the main characters point of view. The author switches back and forth so you really get to see what each character is feeling.

Nolan and Alexa have found that "can't live without each other" love that everyone dreams about. They are helping each other reach their goals and supporting one another no matter what. With their busy schedules there are bound to be some conflicts, but nothing that they don't know about.....until over halfway through the story when you finally get to see why Nolan is always trying so hard and doubting himself so much. This poor guy is riddled with so much guilt, you can't help but feel bad for him......even when he pulls a coward move towards the end of the book. Alexa is seriously a saint in this story, I don't know that I could have been quite so understanding given the circumstances. I will warn you, this book is definitely not for the younger audience, think 50 shades, with lots of sex scenes throughout the whole book. 

 I did love all the sweet things that Nolan was surprising Alexa with, "I didn't really know what I was expecting when Nolan opened the door. All I knew by the look in his eyes and the heart melting grin on his face was that he had done something very sweet for me, but what I saw was nothing that I'd ever expected him to do." This part was my absolute favorite of the entire book. 

This is definitely a good read for anyone who likes romance but wants to steam it up a bit.


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