Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Beaumont #3
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Genre: New Adult
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Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down - marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn't in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.
A rock star.
I was born and raised in the industry.
I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me.
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver.
But after one look, one touch, one night...
Now I’m the one doing the chasing.
I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change.
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her.
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.
Imagine this if you will. Picturesque Texas small town. Football games on Friday nights. Small family-owned businesses lining the streets. Greeting your neighbor as you walk into the town square. And then the rockers come to town. Welcome to Beaumont, TX folks. The women are passionate, and then men will scorch the pages. Every time I read a new Heidi McLaughlin book I think to myself, does it get any better than this? Can she make me love this couple more than the last? And then once I finish said book, I laugh at myself. Because of course she can. She writes with such fluidity that you are literally thrust into the story with the boys of 4225 West and the women whom they love and love them. First there was Liam. And like any first love, he sticks with you. Then there was Harrison, and I was all, Liam who?! But then…..in walks Jimmy “JD”, and Liam and Harrison sit pouting on the backburner. Don’t worry boys. I’ll be back.
“I know I’m not the best man out there, but I look at you and you make me want to be better. I don’t do commitments, but when I look at you, I see a future. I see my future.”
JD is the band member we previously knew the least about, but I always found him intriguing. You know how you can sense, without much interaction, that someone has a story to tell? JD and Jenna SCREAMED that throughout the few pages they graced in the previous books. I knew their story would be juicy, I knew it would pull at my heartstrings, and I knew I would be a puddle of much by the time it was all said and done. Heidi did NOT disappoint. If anything, she raised the bar so high, I fear Liam and Harrison will never be able to reach it. For all his reputation that precedes him, JD really is just a man who wants to love. After catching his fiancé screwing two men, he has vowed to never open his heart like that again. A child of divorce and a product of abandonment, he has serious daddy issues that carry over into his adult life. We are graced with flashbacks of his life growing up, and let me tell you, they ripped my heart out. Every child should be loved and wanted, and for them to realize they aren’t, my heart just breaks.
I’m beginning to learn how I can work her body. It sings to me and I’m listening loud and clear.
Jenna. Oh Jenna. I just LOVED her. She is the kind of woman you want as a friend. The kind that you know will have your back no matter what, but also someone who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. Jenna, too, has given up on love. Trapped in an abusive marriage for far too long, she finally escaped five years ago, and settled in Beaumont. Trying to put her life back together and re-discover who she is, the last thing she is looking for is a relationship. Budding attraction and wanting to throw caution to the wind leads to a one-night stand at Josie and Liam’s wedding that neither Jenna nor JD will ever forget.
“This is the type of passion I want in my life and if it’s short lived then so be it. I’ll cherish each moment until he takes them away from me.”
This story is unconventional from the first page to the last. There will be times where you are wondering, what the heck?! They did everything ass-backwards. I can promise you though. When you get to know Jenna and JD and their personalities and what makes them tick, it WILL make complete sense. You WILL fall in love with them so hard your heart will ache to be filled like that. To know a love like that. To have a lover like that. Because what these two share, though they BOTH try to deny it for FAR too long, is purely magical. Sometimes our hearts know what our heads won’t yet accept. Sometimes there truly IS a reason for everything. Every small, inconsequential act adds up to bigger results. The love that these two share will dampen the pages, because your heart will literally be bursting with joy. I felt SO strongly for this couple and I was rooting for them every step of the way. There was danger, there was fear, there was friendship, but most importantly, there was love. And love ALWAYS rules at the end of the day.
After we set sail, there’s gonna be storms
Just don’t lose faith in me cause I’ll keep us on course
Remember this day, it’s written in the stars
We’re on our way to forever, girl, it’s not that far…
If you’ve read a Beaumont book before, which seeing as this is book three I would certainly hope you have, then you know that almost as strong as love, family is the presiding force in this book. Not just the family we are born with, but the family you choose. Because that is what 4225 West is. A family. Once you are in the fold, you are there for life. That was never more true nor endearing than in Finding My Forever. More than the love between JD and Jenna, my heart simply sobbed between these interactions. They way they all protected each other, fought for each other, and well, you just have to read it for yourself. I have NEVER loved this many characters in a book/series before as I do these people. I just…..it’s so hard to put into words what Heidi’s writing does to me.
Like I said before, just when I think these books cannot possibly get ANY better, they do. My only qualm with them is when they are over. I try to read as slowly as possibly, but I simply can’t help but devour each and every word. I could live in these books and be happy for the rest of my life. There isn’t a single thing I would change, and I eagerly await the next installment. I cannot wait to see where Heidi takes us next, but I know it will be magical. Like his name, JD, this book was JUST DELICIOUS. This series holds a place in my heart that no other will ever occupy.
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Other Books in the Beaumont Series:
Book One ~ Forever My Girl
I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.
Book One.Five ~ My Everything
When Nick Ashford lost his friend, Mason, he didn’t realize he was going to lose his family as well, but that’s exactly what happened. Alone and in a foreign country, Nick is working on rebuilding his life one patient at a time, that is, until a striking volunteer makes her presence known.
Can Nick finish his year in Africa without risking his heart being broken again, or is he willing to start a new chapter in his life before his return to Beaumont?
Book Two ~ My Unexpected Forever
I expected a life of music.
I expected to raise my son.
It took one look to make everything change.
I never expected happiness.
I never expected to find her.
I never expected to feel desire.
I never expected I’d be a family man.
I never expected to be loved.
I never expected to fall in love.
They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.
Other Book by Heidi:
Lost to You
Ryan Stone is a less than average teenager. He doesn’t have fancy clothes. He doesn’t carry around the latest smartphone and he definitely doesn’t have an MP3 player. Instead, he goes to school, does his chores and dreams of a new life away from Brookfield where he’s expected to follow in his blue collar family’s footsteps.
Hadley Carter is America’s Pop Princess. A successful recording artist living her dream with a sold-out tour and a handful of Grammy’s there isn’t much that she wants for, except love. But finding love on the road is near impossible when all she longs for are romantic dinners, a nighttime stroll on the beach and holding hands with someone who isn’t going to exploit her.
When a chance encounter introduces Ryan to Hadley, will he be like her adoring fans looking for a way in, or will it be Hadley who pursues Ryan even though it might cost her the only career she’s known.
Lost in You is a story about following your dreams, taking risks and getting lost in love.