You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
Series: Forever Yours Book 1
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance
I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.
Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.
By text message.
Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…
We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.
This time, I’m going to make her mine.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
I loved Amanda and Tuttle in Monica Murphy’s friends series. They were one of those couples I was rooting for to go the long haul. Fast forward six years and oh boy, a lot can change in all that time. They are off pursuing their dreams, separately. Amanda or Mandy is in the physical therapy field, and Tuttle is the starting quarterback for the best team in the NFL. So they are both on the paths they always dreamed of, but something is missing in each of their lives. They both still think of one another and when Tuttle gives an interview about the one that got away and Amanda reaches out. They are suddenly face to face after six long years.
“This is, after all, the girl who held my nineteen year old heart in her hands. And crushed it.”
When they meet up it’s like nothing has changed, yet everything has. They are both older and wiser and so many years have gone by. I swear the chemistry and the sparks were there as soon as they looked at each other. So yeah, obviously the attraction is there but after all these years could it still be something more?
“Can we really pick up where we left off? Or are there too many years and too much distance between us.”
I loved Amanda and Tuttle when they were Amanda and Tuttle six years ago and I love them now. Yes, I wanted to shake them at times and tell Amanda to wake the hell up but I was totally rooting for them still. Tuttle is a charmer and so sweet. He knows what he wants and lets no obstacle deter him. Amanda knows she made a mistake but can she get past that? If you are in the mood for a great second chance love story you should definitely pick this one up!
“I lean in and kiss her gently, communicating with my lips what I can’t say with words. Take a chance on me. Take a chance on us.”
Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.
Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?
I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.
“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.
Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.
Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…
She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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