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Losing Forever Paperback – 8 September 2020
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Healing doesn’t happen overnight. Neither does falling in love.
Frankenstein has nothing on this twenty-year-old. Okay. Maybe a few more stitches in a few more places, but we both were sewn back together.
I lost my family in an accident that left me scarred inside and out—and with a sizable inheritance I refuse to spend. Money can’t bring me happiness. No touch can bring me comfort. And desire? Forget it. Who’s going to want me like this?
That’s what I thought until Grayson came into my life.
The ex-baseball star has a list of home runs on the field and off. He’s all wrong for me, possibly broken beyond repair. I can’t help him. I’m still trying to fix myself.
But when he’s near, parts of me spark back to life. And when he looks at me, I feel like my old self—or a version of her.
How wrong would it be to pursue this thing between us? Could I handle it? Should I bother finding out?
Damaged? Me? Maybe a little. Fine, a lot. But I’ve been through some shit.
It’s not every day you find out your dad’s a liar and a criminal who launders money for the mafia. Trust issues are only one of my problems. Trouble has a way of finding me—or maybe I create it. I turned down an offer to play in MLB and quit the game.
At twenty-two, I’m a walking disaster, which is fine, as long as I keep my guard up and don’t bring anyone into my mess.
That was the plan until Braylee entered my life.
How can someone who’s lost so much face the world with more strength than I have in my batting arm? I want to devour her and shelter her at the same time.
I’m trying to be good. But that’s never worked for me in the past, especially when all I want to do is tear down her walls, her clothes, and anything else she’s hiding behind.
◆Spin-off to The Forever Series. Standalone.
- Publisher : Bowker (8 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 173487452X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1734874525
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.65 x 20.32 cm
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A year later, ex-baseball player Grayson James from Winter Park is having a discussion with his Uncle Len who was involved in organized crime with Grayson's father. Grayson inherited a large sum of money from his father who is now a convicted felon serving time. Grayson's best friend is Noah who is Braylee's cousin. Braylee and Noah work togther at a Real Estate office in downtown Clearwater.
Noah mentions to Braylee that Grayson will be working at the office the next day. Braylee thinks back to when she met him at age 12 and when Grayson was 14 and he was kind of a jerk to her. The next day before work Grayson arrives at the beach house where Bray and Noah are staying. He is mesmerized by Bray's beauty and his past feelings for her as a teenager are renewed, but Bray still remembers how how he was rude to her when they were kids 7 years ago.
The dynamics of the workplace change when the confident and handsome Grayson becomes part of the Real Estate team. Bray has feelings for Grayson, but she still has trauma from the loss of her family and does not want to get hurt again. Grayson can not stop thinking about Bray and tries to win her affection.
The readers are given insight to the characters through their thoughts and reflections in this modern romance that takes place in actual locations, giving the story a very realistic feel. Gallina is a great writer and knows how to build up the romance.
From the first page, I was drawn in by Braylee’s character. She was interesting in the premise of having been the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. It reminds me of If I Stay in that aspect. Grayson also plays his character well: the brooding good guy with a bad family, abandonment issues, and the stereotypical ladies man archetype.
Overall, this is a young girl with tons of inherited money yet is too caught in her survivor’s guilt to spend it getting involved with a semi famous ex-baseball player with connections to organized crime who also happens to have a ton of money that he is too good to touch for moral reasons. Cliches abound and there are some really funny moments that you can’t help but laugh at.
Alternatively, I didn’t like the premise of it being “enemies-to-lovers” as their back story is from when they were 12 and 14. In particular, one childish comment over a span of 2 minutes of interaction. That’s not much to make someone an enemy nor to hold a grudge for 8 years. I’m also not sure why it’s being marketed as a sports romance other than the other main character not being able to play baseball professionally because of his father’s choices. While there are references to various sports in this book, don’t think of it as the main premise that brings the characters together. It seems a little cliche with perfect characters who have huge sums of money, undeniable talent, beauty, and a seemingly perfect existence if only it weren’t for their misfortune. Though despite this critique, I genuinely liked the book for what it is.
Despite the “woe is me” attitude, you can’t help but root for the relationship between Braylee and Grayson. They do have some really sweet interactions that are cute and wholesome. I would recommend this book for young adults who aren’t too experienced in the romance genre, in books or in real life. It barely scratches the surface of romance but is good for those who are dipping their toes into that pool.
This is what romance novels are like!? It was so beautiful, I loved the story of Grayson and Braylee, I also adore the name Braylee! Perfect names for the characters. I loved the way the story went back and forth from her view to his view of things, but it wasn’t repeating the same situation from both points of view, it made it very movie-like in my mind, easy to imagine. It’s a lovely story line about two broken people, just trying to figure out how to heal themselves, and how to feel less broken, however they can. It seems fitting, since as people we are all pretty broken, and just searching for love and acceptance.
I loved reading the love scenes, or whatever you call them in book form, the writing was great, not repetitive which is an issue sometimes in stories. The author wrote things in a way that was easy to understand and didn’t say it over-and-over to try to make sure the reader understood the situation.
Overall, this is a well-written novel, with a really nice story-line. It is easy to follow, a quick read, it only took me a couple of days to get through it. I’m honestly looking forward to starting the series from the beginning, and following it through to the end.
I am lot into thrill but this book gave me the romantic thrill , never thought I would saying that about a romantic book. The characters are well-written, with numerous twists and turns that retain the reader's interest from beginning to end. You'll find yourself rooting for Braylee and Grayson to be together, despite the fact that they are fundamentally broken individuals with their own issues. Their on-again, off-again chemistry and banter is electrifying. Their kisses are regarded as sensual as well. It's the ideal length and will hold your attention throughout.
So don't lose on losing forever and give it a read.