Forever My Girl (The Beaumont #1) By Heidi McLaughlin

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

My Review of Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
 For Liam Westbury the last thing that he wants to do is return to his hometown of Beaumont.  What he left behind is still there all the memories, the friends,  family and the love of his life… The love he threw away to chase a dream that he was afraid nobody would support or believe in.  He doesn’t know what to expect upon his return to
“I gave up on their dreams and the life we had all planned out. And now I was heading home to face the music.”
This book presents us with alternating POV from Josie and Liam.  There were flashbacks to the past that fit right in with the story and gave you more insight to how Josie and Liam’s relationship developed in the past.  Heidi does an amazing job capturing the heartache and feeling in these characters.  I was instantly smitten with Liam and he broke my heart with his story in the beginning of this book.  He gave up everything to chase his dream.  When the death of an old friend makes him question everything he gave up Liam realizes that his dreams aren’t 100% fulfilled.  He is missing the one meaningful thing he left behind ten years ago.  He has so much to atone for after his abrupt departure ten years ago, he isn’t sure returning will be the best thing for him or the people he left behind. 
What I loved most was that the characters didn’t rush into anything in this book.  So many times we find that they reunite quickly and it seems so unrealistic.  When Liam first returns Josie is not very happy to see him even though the emotions she suppressed over the last ten years come flooding back with a vengeance.  She is torn between the love she once had for Liam, and the hurt of him leaving her that she cannot forget.   You get the feeling that Liam and Josie are destined to be together, but they are both dealing with things that stand in their way in their current situations. 
There are a few things that I won’t mention because I don’t want to spoil the surprises in this book. The issues that Josie faces are so real you can imagine yourself in the same situations. Her fears are logical and add a realistic quality to the character.  She thinks things through and doesn’t jump into anything without being sure of herself.   Liam is more than patient knowing that he cannot just erase the last ten years in just a few days.  Liam will wait for Josie to make her choices in the book and doesn’t ever push for more then what she can give him.  There was definitely room for him to be pushy in certain situations but he always remained patient and level headed knowing that pushing would only backfire on him.  The tenderness Liam shows toward Josie is admirable, he takes her feeling into account on every level all the time. 
“I want every part of you in my life, Jojo, when you’re ready.” “I’ll be patient… You will be mine again.”

Another thing that was really great in this book was the time given to other characters. It never felt like they were put in the book as filler, they were all given real story time.  Liam’s band members were introduced, and Josie and Liam’s friends and family were all given a special place in the past and present.  These supporting characters leave a great opening for the rest of the series.  At the end of the book you get a glimpse of the second book.  I already cannot wait to get my hands on it!

The only part of the book that I felt was slightly rushed was the ending.  I would have liked to have seen just a little bit more detail to the story in parts at the end.  But overall the story had excellent character development and the story flowed flawlessly throughout.  I laughed at some parts and cried at others, several others… The story was endearing and will certainly delight fans of second chances and redemption! 

“I love you, Liam.”
“You’re forever my girl.”
I give Forever My Girl 4.5 stars, and added it to my list of favorite reads for this year!  It was really THAT GOOD!  Heidi you have a new fan in me and I’ll be watching out for the 2nd book!

About Author Heidi McLaughlin
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My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.