Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sandy B's Review of Forever and Always (The Ever Trilogy #1) by Jasinda Wilder



These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.


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We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe.  I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter. 

Your literary love,

Sandy B's Review

Ever - “Is this real”?  “Yes.” “Are you really here?” “Yes.”  She whimpered and buried her face against my throat. “Don’t – don’t lie to me.  Don’t let it be a dream.”

Caden - My hands were on the backs of her thighs, her flesh hot as coals and softer than silk.  “Ever…” I didn’t know what to do say.  I was praying it wasn’t a dream just as fervently as was she.  “It’s real. Say my name, so I know it’s real.” 

“Caden.”  She lifted her face to look at me. “Cade.”

Yaaaaaay!  I was literally clapping my hands at that part.  Our “literary lovers” were finally together as in physically in the same place.  Though, I felt that in their hearts they had been together since the moment the first time they met at 15 years old.
Ever and Caden decide to become pen pals.  In the age of Facebook, Twitter and smartphones – these two decide to write letters to each other.  Over the years those letters become like a security blanket, a source of comfort for both.  They shared the good, the bad and the ugly.  They revealed an emotional nakedness to each other that no one else ever knew.  Each one had issues with family life at home so those letters became their lifeline.  Unbeknownst to them, at that point, it is the tether that is strung across time and space invisibly but tangibly uniting their souls together.
I can always count on Jasinda Wilder to produce an entertaining read – for sure.  There is more here dear reader – much more. 
Forever & Always was joyful, heartbreaking, breathtaking, angsty, hopeful and sexy.  The sex scenes were intense – they were also beautiful.  Check out this quote from Caden to Ever “Ever…” “God, you’re so….much.  So beautiful.  I feel drunk from kissing you.  Like touching you makes me high. I’m dizzy from your skin.”  Now what girl wouldn’t want to hear that from her lover.  The thing is that I “felt” his words inside of me.  Truly and totally sucked in by this story, to the point that I didn’t want anyone talking to me. 
Here is Ever’s response “You’re all there is, all I know.  All I need.”
There were definitely swoon worthy moments here.  I highly suggest you arm yourself with a box of tissues, tequila or ice cream depending on what floats your boat.  Initially I had a cup of ice cream.  Then the situation got real!  I walked to my fridge, took out the chilled Patron and poured myself a nice drink - neat with fresh lime juice.
I hate cliffhangers! Thankfully, Book #2 in the Ever Series (After Forever) will be released alongside Book #1 (Forever & Always).  Book #3 (Saving Forever) of this trilogy will be released soon thereafter.  Thank God!  It makes me crazy waiting a year for the next book in a series after a cliffhanger.
I absolutely adored Forever & Always and cannot wait to find out what happens next.  Great job by Jasinda Wilder. 
Add the Ever Trilogy to your Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/series/114893-the-ever-trilogy

 About the Author
Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably shopping, baking, or reading.

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