Forever Jack (Eversea, #2) by Natasha Boyd
A feisty small-town girl and the Hollywood star who broke her heart
An all-consuming love threatened by fame
One last chance at FOREVER
Keri Ann Butler's life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.
Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack's latest tabloid accessory isn't on Keri Ann's career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?
Jack knows he let the only 'real' thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.
Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?
Read how it all began in “Eversea “…
Kelly - 4 Crowns
Jack Eversea... the celebrity, the dream, the man IS BACK, and he's more determined than ever!
(Forever Jack is the sequel to Eversea and cannot be read as a standalone)
The man the world sees is not the real Jack, he only saves that for those he trusts, the ones he cares about, and Keri Ann is about to get a dose of real. Living in the A-List fast lane was never going to be easy, but what lengths are you willing to go to for the one you love?
Insecurities and self-doubt is the real theme here. The last seven months without him have been hell on Keri Ann, but now he's back with an explanation and one that makes her question everything she thought she believed. With her art making waves in the local community, earning a name for herself on her own merit is important, but having Jack-freaking-Eversea as your boyfriend is a sure way to put a dampener on that parade, especially with the threat of a scorned ex spreading tabloid gossip and lies, making you out to be the one thing you're not.
Jack won't give up on the girl he left behind, but Keri Ann has changed, she may be a little bitter but she's stronger, more aware of what being with Jack could mean. Her plans are in motion, her goal to study at SCAD an approaching reality. Jack wants her to have it all but there are some things that even he can't control, including her decision about what the future may hold for them.
I really enjoyed this sequel to Eversea and the fact that Natasha Boyd made Jack work to get back into Keri Ann's life after 'that' event at the end of Eversea that left our girl heartbroken. Oh trust me, he deserved it, even though a part of me believes he had it harder and suffered more than anyone.
Keri Ann... I like her, I really do but she did grate on my nerves in this one. Her constant backtracking gave me a bout of whiplash and I felt it was a little drawn out and distracted from the main story. I kept imagining Jack slamming his head against a brick wall because he took two steps forward and she took three back. One moment everything is wonderful and in the next she scrutinised and questioned everything to the point of sounding whiney, and so that element was somewhat frustrating at times.
Jack is the leading man that we can't help but fall in love with, he's made mistakes but he owns them. His honesty and heart on his sleeve persona is admirable and he made this book for me, as did Jazz, Keri Ann's best friend... thank goodness she could see the real and cut through all the bullshit. The voice of reason was welcomed by the 70% onwards mark otherwise this story could have got a little oppressive with the 'too-ing and fro-ing' so thank you Jazz!!
Regardless of my slight indifference to the heroine in this one, there is no denying the fact that Eversea and Forever Jack are each a beautifully written and well constructed girl next door meets Hollywood A-List love story with depth and believability. The characters are not perfect by any means but that is what I love about them. Those flaws, fears and insecurities play a vital role and the vulnerability in Jack specifically just melted me; proof that actors are real people too! ;)
I just had to share this 'time before a kiss' passage, because it sums up the writing, and Natasha Boyd's talent, beautifully:
It occurred to me that the moment in space and time before lips touch, the small exquisite sting of wanting, a beat of thirst, of yearning, was the most underrated part of kissing. There should be sonnets and epic poems written about the space before a kiss, and the thrilling rush that comes with the moment of contact.
A beautifully written, emotional and fulfilling read. If you are seeking the perfect escapism, then take a trip down to Butler Cove, you may not want to come home.