Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: GIVING YOU FOREVER by Ashley Wilcox

Title: Giving You Forever - ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) Reviewer received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The copy is not a finished copy on sale.
Author: Ashley Wilcox
Release date: June 19, 2013
Genre: Erotica
Age Group: Mature Adult

From the moment Nolan Pratt walked into Alexa Arnold’s life everything was forever changed.  After a year of dating, the ring was on her finger, the house was purchased, and life was heading down Pleasantville Lane. Everything was perfect.

Or so they thought.

With help from his parent’s inheritance, Nolan takes on a new business adventure, utilizing all his free time.  What was once their life- carefree with minimal responsibilities, is no more. When Alexa starts to feel the pressure from school, wedding planning, and lack of help from Nolan, exhaustion kicks in and feelings get hurt, testing the strength of their relationship. But, if there is one thing that Nolan will never compromise, it’s Alexa’s happiness. There’s nothing Nolan Pratt won’t do to make sure Alexa is well taken care of, loved, and happy.

When Nolan’s past resurfaces- a past that Alexa didn’t know existed- will it all be too much?  Will Nolan’s devotion to Alexa’s happiness cost him their relationship and lose him the only thing that has ever mattered in his life?  Or will Nolan discover that his past doesn’t determine his future and he is worth the happiness he doesn’t think he deserves?

This is a great story about a seemingly perfect couple. Sometimes they seemed so perfect I kind of wanted to throw up… and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I read about so many couples that struggle with every single part of their relationship that it was nice to have a happy couple with minimal problems. They were so happy I actually wondered what could possibly happen to make the book interesting… but then, life happens.

This isn’t the story about a rich man and a sweet little girl who fall hopelessly in love, it was more real than that. Alexa and Nolan are at the point where most books end. They are happily engaged to be married and are supposed to have their happily ever after. That’s what I loved about this story. It takes “happily ever after” and throws real life into the mix. Responsibility, work, unexpected events, and people from the past, all things that are part of everyday life, come into the picture and threaten Alexa and Nolan’s happily ever after. It turns out that this perfect couple isn’t as perfect as I first thought and it made it so much more real.

But one thing the author does amazingly well is POV. The story is told through the alternating POVs of Alexa and Nolan and even if the POV wasn’t noted at the beginning of the chapter, I would have had no problem differentiating between the two characters. This is something that I find authors often have a problem with. But this author did an amazing job of really creating the character, bringing each one to life and giving each his/her own voice. This is most notable in the sex. There is sex. A LOT of sex. But Nolan has a vulgar, male voice when describing the sexual events, while Alexa has her own separate, demure voice that is entirely like her character.

Overall, this was a great read that pulled me in. While the genre is considered erotica due to the sexual nature, it’s not overly sexually driven. There is plenty of story to drive the book without the sex, although it’s an important aspect of the relationship. You’ll be happy to know that the story itself could stand on its own. But it is definitely a Mature Adult read. No kiddies here!   

Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded.
I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.
Then there was this book… Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all.  But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.
 I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days.  Yes, three books in three days.
 I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).
 Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. 
I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it,  Planning on Forever was born.
The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.


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