FOREVER RED by Carina Adams Blog Tour: Reni's Review, Excerpt, + Giveaway!

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Not afraid to speak his mind or make a scene, Nathaniel Kelly has made a name for himself as country music’s ultimate bad boy. Covered in tattoos, singing songs about drugs, drinking and heartache, Nate acts more like an out of control rock star than the grandson of one of the genres most influential and legendary stars. Every man wants to be him. Every woman wants just one night with the hard-rocking country rebel. 

Except me. I just want to know that the boy I used to love is happy and that I didn’t break his heart in vain. That’s why I buy every magazine that even mentions his name; at least, that’s the story I tell myself. When my friends gave me a birthday present any fan would die for, I was suddenly face-to-face with the man I never thought I’d see again. My body wasn’t supposed to react to him the way it did. And, Nate sure as hell wasn’t supposed to look at me the way he used to.

Can someone you loved as a teenager really have a hold on your heart twelve years later? Is it ever too late to say you’re sorry and make up for past wrongs? I’m about to find out.

I’m going to start this review off by telling you exactly what you need to know:

You need. To read. This book.

I haven’t come away from a book feeling like this in months. The funny thing? I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it. When it finally showed up on my kindle and I looked at the length, I literally groaned out load. Then I wrote Sarah saying that it was 6K something lines and I would never finish it. I didn’t just finish it, I devoured it.

I wanted to know the man Nathaniel Kelly had become because I missed the boy he was.

Forever Read is broken up into two parts – past and present. Usually this isn’t my thing. I like the story to flow in a certain direction and hate getting into the past only to be chucked straight into the present. Somehow Carina made it work for me. The story was anything but predictable. I had all these preconceived ideas of how Nate/Neil and Lia/CeCe’s story would unfold. Carina repeatedly knocked me down a peg or two. 20% into the story I had no idea what would happen next. It was a constant roller coaster ride of emotional excitement.

The one thing I never expected, the one thing I left out of my perfect plan, was that if someone wants to get across badly enough, they don’t even need a bridge. They’ll jump in head first and swim. And Nate Kelly? He was a goddamn strong swimmer.

This book is long – it spans what feels like a lifetime – and I don’t want to get into everything this second chance romance involves. We’d be here all day. What I do want to say is that Forever Red is similar and yet altogether different than other books of this genre. It’s more. The characters are extremely well developed, the plot line is intense - with twists and turns, and the writing flows effortlessly. It’s easy to say that Forever Red has secured a spot as one my top reads of 2015. It has even found a place on my top reads of all-time list. It’s THAT good. 

“I told the reporter that I had a girlfriend. And just so we’re all on the same page, that’s you. You’re my girlfriend.”

“Oh, really? Aren’t you supposed to ask me or something? I mean, if we’re going to act twelve, we should go all out.”

“Baby girl, I’m Nate Kelly. You should just be on your knees, thanking God right now that you get to call yourself my girlfriend.”

“I’m concerned about your lack of self-esteem. You really need to learn how to love yourself despite all your flaws.”

“Okay, smartass. I’ve gotta go. I’ll call you later.”

“Bye, boyfriend.”

I laughed as I hung up, turning to find Rebel and Boone staring at me. “Girlfriend?” the latter choked out around a laugh. Charlie “Boone” Boone, could play anything with keys and the way he played the piano made people stop and listen. But he was an ass that would cling to whatever weakness he could find. “Did I just hear you say the word girlfriend?”

Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story. Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish - a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the one man that ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons that always keep her on her toes. When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle in search of her new favorite vampire story, training for a 5k, or laughing with friends.

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