Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
It’s no big secret that I love Jennifer Armentrout and (with only a couple exceptions) everything she writes. At this point in my life, I think I’ve grown past reading high school contemporary romances. It’s hard to find one that I really enjoy but I knew I’d make an exception for JLA. And boy, I was not let down. This book was excellent. It was raw, emotional, heart-wrenching, and real– a hauntingly beautiful story.
“I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.”
Her writing was flawless and addicting as usual. I was gripped from the prologue. I knew from the beginning my heart was going to get painfully squeezed but it was going to be totally worth it. Not to mention, childhood best friends to something more is my bread and butter. Sign me up every time. Mallory was a wonderful main character. I enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story. Her growth was very well written and felt real. Her quiet strength and courage by the end of the book was something to admire. Rider was fantastic as well. He was sweet, protective, flawed, and totally adorable. Every time he blushed or his cheeks turned pink I turned into a puddle of mush. Seriously. I don’t know how she does it, but JLA writes the most swoon-worthy guys. She holds the most spots on my top ten Book Boyfriends which is pretty impressive.
Mallory and Rider’s background was not easy to read: it was heartbreaking. The effects of their childhood has stayed with them and affected the way they now live their lives, but in very different ways. I loved reading about their struggles to overcome the trauma and to heal, both themselves and each other. The ending was perfect and sweet and beautiful.
“I want to be the guy worthy of your love, and I swear, if you’ll have me, I’ll do everything in my power to be that man. I’ll never stop trying. Ever.”
I literally did not want this book to end. I kept finding out things to do rather than finish it because I didn’t want it to be over. The Problem With Forever is an emotionally gripping read that I highly recommend!