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A Forever Kind of Love (Choices Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00YWMK92Q
- Language : English
- File size : 3736 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 347 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First and last by this author for me.
There is no drama, no communication, no soulmate love.
At one point I nearly deleted this book but stubbornness made me finish it.
Hero douche nozzle marries other woman because she is dying. This is after he has already dumped his soulmate due to father pressure.
Heroine doormat doesn’t do anything with her life except wait. She even takes their wedding photos with a smile on her face.
The other woman, Saint Stella, takes up more of this book than the main characters do. Though Jax does get a lot of head time.
I can only blame myself, I read the reviews both good and bad but the blurb intrigued me as to whether it would happen. It did.
Hero is BIGGEST anti hero ever. I ended up hating him with a passion.
Lily, I cannot call her a heroine, is apathetic, a doormat and weak. I wanted her to have travelled the world and done something with her life, but she just stays and waits, watching her soulmate love another. She will ALWAYS be second with Jax as he so loved Stella. And Lily is okay with this.
Jax only gets together with Lily when his dead wife gives her blessing.
This is the second offering of the story about Lily and Jax who have known each other all of their lives. We saw them go through their childhood years together and into young adult life in college. We learnt how nothing ever works out how one would expect. This is told a lot more from Jax’s point of view with also parts of Lily's. It starts off with the prologue when Jax delivers news to Lily that sends her world crashing down around her. It then goes back in time showing why Jax decides to do what he does leading up to where he told Lily.
Quote ~ Lily: "You already lost me. I just didn't know it."
Stella: "Hey." "You okay."
Jax: "Yeah, I'll be fine."
Stella: "How did it go?"
Jax: "Horrible." "But I guess as good as it could have."
Back in time and in college, Jax is having a tough time juggling his college work, football and the long distance relationship with Lily entwined from the added pressure of his father. He makes a decision as something has to give, but it’s a heart breaking one. His roommates who make an appearance, are great characters, as does Stella who is the study partner of Jax. When we met Stella in the first instalment, I thought there was more to her. Jax's POV gives us an incite into that. Let me tell you I was in floods of tears reading this. Ellie has a habit of reducing me to tears with her stories.
Quote ~ Jax: "How long have you known?"
Stella: "Since Monday. I wanted to wait until I had all the information before I told you."
I had a very heavy heart writing this review and so much to say but as always, not wanting to give too much away. It’s full of emotion, hurt, and growth of the characters involved planning their futures. Lily is trying to continue as best as she can with her life in New York until she is asked to do a favour for Jax. And I asked myself why she kept torturing herself. Why both of them do it to each other as they are clearly still in love!
Quote ~ Jax: "God, Lil. I'm so ____ing sorry. I can't even tell you how bad I feel right now. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you today. I'm just... ah!" "This is all so hard. I don't know how to make it right."
Lily: "I don't think there is a right way to do this." "I think it’s just going to take time."
A Forever Kind Of Love is exactly what it is. Learning through life's ups and downs to realise it’s a journey, and that's what Lily and Jax do. Learn and love. I highly recommend reading this two part series. I really cannot praise Ellie enough as an author fairly new to the book world. This lady certainly knows how to tell a story tugging at our heartstrings with every emotion. I have read a lot of books and it has to be said that she deserves all the success; as much as the big named authors. Angst, hotness and everything you could possibly want from a book that has been conveyed beautifully. One last thing; when it comes down to Ellie Wade's storytelling, "I can't help falling in love."
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“The thing is, once choices are made, and paths are altered, it is so hard to go back. Sometimes, it’s impossible.”
Well to say that I had been eagerly anticipating this book was a severe understatement, after reading A Beautiful Kind of Love I was hooked. These characters had embedded themselves deep within my soul and I wouldn’t have been happy until I knew what had happened. I must admit, I had been stalking Ellie Wade, begging for her to release the book, I needed it!!
“…life isn’t a destination. It’s a journey.”
One thing that I am ecstatic about is that Ellie Wade remained true to her characters, I understand the pressure that authors are under to deliver the story that the fans want, but sometimes, the characters have other ideas and after the ending of A Beautiful Kind of Love, I was devastated, it was a car crash. However, the story that Ellie Wade delivered was her characters personified. However hard this book was to read, the actions of her characters throughout this book are what I could see those characters doing and for that I am extremely grateful.
“Just love me through it.”
Jax was a beautiful character, both inside and out. He always put everyone else first, even if his actions caused pain in the short term. But throughout this story, going back right to the beginning, you could never doubt his connection and his love for Lil. These two were soul mates, they were fated to be together and though the journey to get there has been full of ups and downs, I had faith that the stars would align and finally they would be together. Ellie Wade though was not finished, she wanted to put us through the mill and boy did she succeed.
I will say that every tear that fell while reading this book was for Lil. Every. Single. One. This girl was certainly a glutton for punishment but you had to admire her resilience. While Jax didn’t make her life easy for some time and some of his actions had me sobbing, I understood. Jax was broken, badly broken. Everything had finally caught up with him and there is only so much a man can take before the walls come crashing down and when they crashed it was devastating.
I loved Lil’s tenacity, most people would have given up, but she kept on going back. While some may think that she was weak, for me this just showed how much she loved him. She believed in them, just like me as a reader. She could see what he wasn’t, she just kept that faint glimmer of hope in anticipation that Jax’s fog would clear and he could finally see their end game.
I am purposefully keeping this review vague because this book is high on the angst meter and it needs to be felt first hand. You need to experience the highs and lows, the anger, the disappointment, the heart ache, but round the corner we have plenty of highs.
I have seen the term “love triangle” bandied about; this book does not contain cheating. I have even seen the term “second choice,” but that is not what this is at all. Never, ever did I feel that Lil was second choice. Jax was in a situation that his heart and compassion would not let him get out of easily. Anyone that understood Jax would have known what he would have done under the circumstances and he did exactly what I thought and that is where I say kudos to the author, she stayed true to her characters. While I could have happily slapped him, repeatedly punched and kicked him, I understood, just.
“So, I guess our ship is no longer stranded in the ocean.”
Yes there are a few scenes in here that made me cringe, but it was more from heart break. Such was the intense character connection I had with these two, when they hurt, I hurt and throughout this book, I hurt, a lot. But at the end I was extremely happy. I knew I had been put through the wringer but I knew that this was real; it reflected real life and real choices. We all want our rainbows and unicorns but sometimes we have to wait to get them and I can say hand on heart, the wait was worth it.
“I’ve been lucky enough to love two women in my life. One taught me how to love unconditionally, how to laugh, and how to feel the most incredible sensations. She showed me how to care for someone more than I care for myself…The other taught me how to appreciate it all.”
My reason for a four star, was in the beginning, we flick back from past to present, I felt some of the past was a bit too repetitive and altered the flow of the story, but other than that, I loved it all, even if it was extremely hard to read.
For those that love angst, and are prepared to wait for their HEA and understand that sometimes true love doesn’t run smoothly and life can throw a heck of a lot of curve balls, then you will love it. I did.
Saint Stella takes the honor of most hated character in this series for me. The first time Stella showed up in book 1 I knew she was going to be a problem. Stella chased Jax all through college until his stupidity allowed her to catch him. Lily was right to have uneasy feelings about Stella as soon as she met her. Ellie Wade tries to use smoke and mirrors to make Stella appear as pure as the driven snow. I never bought into that. Stella always had and ulterior motive where Jax was concerned. She was a munipulative little b*tch! She deliberately took Jax, when she knew he was in love with Lily. But, she didn't care because she wanted him. Wow! She was angry because she wasn't going to get her HEA, so she took Lily's. "But if a dying woman cannot be selfish, who can?" Stella, sweetheart, everyone is dying from the day they are born. So that just makes you a selfish b*tch! So you had cancer. I did not care! That says a lot about how strongly I disliked this character. I wish you would have died before you got engaged to Jax. You took, through guilt, Jax from Lily. You married him in the fall just like Lily wanted to do. You had Lily & Jax song played at your wedding. Ellie Wade wants readers to believe you are this good, sweet, and wonderful person. NO YOU ARE NOT! I could not read the Jax and Stella love fest. I skimmed over them. Which meant I did not read a large portion of book 2 due to the fact that it all about Jax and Stella. Ellie Wade you love Stella so much and it is obvious. You should have done what other authors have done. They write their books. They include their, "I cause problems for the main couple (Lily & Jax) girl" (Stella). The author lets the main couple get back together. If the author still has not gotten over their love affair with "I cause problems of the main couple girl", then the auther writes a novella about this character. No one reads this novella because they hated this character to begin with. But the author is happy because her beloved character got her own story. Oh wait, Stella did get her book, it's "A Forever Kind of Love."
Jax is a character I grew to detest. He obviously does not understand soul mate. Soul Mate: Noun. A romantic partner with the implication of an EXCLUSIVE life long bond. I hate the way he treats Lily after he went to college. He is a total hypocrite. He would treat Lily one way and then turn around and do the opposite with Stella. It gives you whiplash. Jax is just plain stupid a lot of the series. Another reviewer wrote that they kept reminding themself that he was only 21 over and over. I kept reminding myself that he was stupid over and over. Jax only got engaged and married Stella after he found out about the cancer. He loved her like a friend. He was in love with Lily, big difference. After Stella dies he goes on his guilt trip for about as long as he was married to her, which was maybe six months. What part of "til death us do part" did Jax not get? Jax knew Stella only had a year to six months to live. They waited six months from learning the news to get married. It took a letter from Stella to give him a kick in the seat of the pants to get him to move on. Really? That letter should have pissed Jax totally off. It proved how selfish Stella was. I started to wonder if Lily had died would it have fazed Jax at all.
Lily is the poor dog that Jax keeps kicking throughout the series. And Lily keeps coming back for more over and over. I cried for Lily everytime I had to read about Lily's heartbreak at Jax hands. I wanted Lily to find her a guy who would love her like she deserved to be loved, but Ellie would not allow that to happen. I had high hopes for Rob. Lily was an afterthought in book 2. Strange considering she is one half of the soul mate couple.
I did like the way Jax proposed to Lily. Why didn't we get to see their wedding?
The Epilogue was too little to late.
This series could have been epic.
I had so many mixed emotions with this book. I was absolutely head over heels with Jax Porter in ‘A beautiful Kind of Love (Choices #1)’. Then in ‘A Forever Kind of Love, Book #2’ I did a complete 180 and wanted to punch Jax straight in his nose.
I read this book twice before writing this review and even after the second time my feelings towards him in book #2 did not simmer. As I kept reading I kind of understood some of the choices that he made but did not like it one bit.
He prided himself with being honest but he wasn’t honest with Lily and I felt that some of those explanations could have avoided so many heartaches.
The story did drag just a tid but overall I enjoyed it despite disliking Jax. I wanted a little bit more of Jax and Lily rather than ‘she who shall not be named.’ Any book that can evoke emotions and get my blood boiling is OK in my book.