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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Forever in Love by Nadia Lee

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Four Isles Press
Release Date: May 11, 2014

A disgraced beauty with an agenda...

Catherine Fairchild is desperate--her husband's a bigamist, he's left her destitute, and her in-laws want to frame her for a crime she didn't commit. When a powerful billionaire offers a way out, she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be to help him reconcile with his son?

An heir with a padlocked heart...

Small-town bartender Blaine Davis refuses to have anything to do with the womanizer who knocked his mother up and disappeared, even if he's offering a huge trust fund to come join the family. When gorgeous and sophisticated Catherine comes to his sleepy little town, Blaine suspects it isn't a coincidence, but it's impossible to stay away from the most intriguing woman he's ever met.

...and the truth that will test both of them to the utmost.

As Blaine begins to see the real woman beneath the socialite mask, he gets hooked. And Catherine eventually realizes that she feels too much for the ruggedly handsome bartender to lead him into his father's trap.

Will the lies and secrets that brought them together end up tearing them apart?

Can a spoiled, selfish, seemingly useless female character be redeemed?

Catherine Fairchild can’t believe her life has come to this. She’s become the victim of her husband’s bigamy but at the same time her in-laws see her as a villain and want her to pay for a crime she didn’t commit. She has nothing left to lose when a billionaire acquaintance offers her a solution: Help him reconcile with the son he left behind.

Blaine Davis is content being a bartender in a small town. He doesn’t want anything to do with the man who ran out on his mother. Even if he is offering Blaine a fortune to come join the family. When Catherine waltzes into town and wants to get to know Blaine, he suspects an ulterior motive yet he can’t stay away from her. As they grow closer, they each find a different side of themselves that they never knew existed.

Let’s flash back to the moment I found out who the heroine was in Forever in Love shall we? It went a little like this:

*rubs hands together* I can’t wait to see who’s next in the series… Wait, what? *double checks name of heroine* HER?! I didn’t even like her! Seriously?!

Yep, that’s exactly what happened when I found out that Catherine Fairchild was going to be the heroine of the book and it’s a good thing author Nadia Lee waited until I was well and truly hooked on this series before dropping that little bomb. It took a while for me to warm up to the idea but I trusted the author wouldn’t let me down.

And she didn’t.

It didn’t take long to show that Catherine was more than what she seemed at the end of Redemption in Love. She’d been conditioned since birth to think a certain way and act a certain way by her crazy mother. That was something that made me have sympathy for Catherine but I still didn’t respect her and I still didn’t like her. So what did the author do? She paired Catherine up with a down to earth, regular, normal guy and dropped her into a small town with normal people that would eventually bring out the real Catherine. She was surprisingly vulnerable but at the same time courageous, warm and intelligent. Blaine on the other hand was already a warm and intelligent character but he was also harsh with those who wronged him and unforgiving of the mistakes others had made. I couldn’t believe that these two very different characters not only fell in love but pushed each other out of their respective comfort zones. It lead to some surprising and uncomfortable revelations that gave Forever in Love a more emotional backbone than its predecessors.

It wasn’t until I was halfway through Forever in Love that I realized I had stopped disliking Catherine and had started admiring her for being a survivor of an emotional and mental war. She hid her true personality very well which I respected but when she started to show her true personality is when I started liking her. This book was more Catherine’s story than it was Blaine’s and that was okay with me. The woman needed to be shown in a different light and that wasn’t going to happen in a handful of pages.

Did Blaine and Catherine have chemistry? Sure they did but it was a slow burn type of chemistry. It wouldn’t have worked if they had just jumped into bed without working through their personal issues first so I appreciated the tension buildup. The success of their relationship depended on whether or not they could change enough to become better versions of themselves and that’s a message I could totally get behind. Blaine and Catherine had to love themselves if they wanted to be able to love each other.

With Forever in Love came the addition of a new powerful billionaire family that made the Catherine's in-laws look like the Cleavers. Yep, that Pryce family sure does have issues.

Final Verdict: Forever in Love surprised me. From its heroine to its storyline that focused more on a woman's growth from shallow socialite to loving small town local, I enjoyed this book the most out of the entire Hearts on the Line series.

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