You Promised Me Forever (Forever Yours, #1)by Monica Murphy Published 30 Aug 2018
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I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.
Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.
By text message.
Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…
We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.
This time, I’m going to make her mine.
"You Promised Me Forever (Forever Yours, #1)" Reviews
A second chance romance with an NFL football player? My type of book! Jason Tuttle is the starting quarterback in the San Francisco team, enjoying his third season. Amanda is a hard-working assistant physical therapist. They were childhood friends, then high school sweethearts. They were dating during their senior year and part of Jason’s first year in University, on a football scholarship. He was so busy with his new life that he ignored Amanda, until she dumped him via text.
Amanda used to have many insecurities as a teenager. Even while Jason reassured her that he wanted only her and professed his love, she always felt inferior, like she didn’t deserve such a hot and popular guy as Jason. When Jason was in University and he cancelled so many dates, wouldn’t answer the phone, and generally ignored her, her insecurities flared up high and she dumped him.
Six years later, she has to live, watching him in TV ads, gossip magazines, game commentaries, etc. She wavers between feeling like she did what was necessary or if it was the dumbest decision she ever took. Until one day in a TV interview he affirms he thinks about the girl who got away every single day.
She contacts him through social media and they connect again, but they still have many obstacles. Even though Amanda is now a professional, has matured some and conquered her insecurities (mostly), she still feels not enough. Jason is afraid of being dumped again, so he proceeds cautiously. The differences in their world, in their finances, and his team’s hectic schedule stand in the way of their reunion.
I liked the book, but was sometimes tired of Amanda’s self-doubts. The book had a very narrow focus, only addressing their second chance reunion, and I felt that it lacked the richness of stories when the characters’ world, family and friends are included in the plot.
This... did not work for me. And it was only after I finished the book that I understood why. And yes, I did finish it; it was like that urge to watch a car crash in slow motion, and I couldn't look away. I had to know how it ended.
But here's why. You see, a lot of people have rated this book highly on Goodreads, and I noticed a trend with the reviews I read. A lot of these reviewers had read the author's books before, notably her YA romance, More Than Friends . Well, dear readers, it turns out that You Promised Me Forever is a revisiting of the relationship that develops in that book. But nowhere does it say that in the blurb. Maybe the author was banking on this second-chance story standing on its own?
Well, it didn't, and that's for a few interconnected reasons that can be summed up by saying this read like fanfiction for the previous book.
First of all, by the end of the book, I still didn't really know who the hero and heroine were. They said certain things about each other – Jordan called Amanda smart, for example – but this was never demonstrated. In fact, the only thing that indicated she was smart was her job, not her actions. Maybe if I had read their first story, I would have known who they were better. But I'm also scared of going back to read it because I get the feeling Amanda hasn't really changed in the six years since her senior year of high school.
This wasn't helped by the fact that things were just rushed along, like the author had a list of things that had to happen to get to the conclusion without any real connection between them. There was no time to really experience the story and what was going on in each character's head. I find, in romance more than any other genre, that readers need to be given a deep tour of the characters' hearts and minds to connect with and root for them.
A final big reason for why this didn't work for me was that none of their issues were really addressed. There were no discussions or resolutions about how Jordan would make more time for Amanda now, since that was a big reason they split after high school. One public declaration on one day does not a mature, adult relationship make.
Minor call-outs to the casual slut-shaming between friends, and the weird twist in a hotel room that, honestly, was really contrived. Amanda could have easily sorted that out. [spoilers removed] OH YEAH, and I'm pretty sure elite/professional athletes do have to watch what they eat a lot of the time, especially before a game.
So if you read their previous book, here's your HEA. But if you have no idea who Jordan and Amanda are, then I'd say skip this and come talk to me about sports romances.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
So fun to read adult versions of Amanda & Tuttle. While I’m sad they broke up, I’m also sort of happy, because we ended up with this story! They are dealing with some of the same issues from high school, but on a much higher level now, and with more adult decision making skills. It’s an enjoyable read, and it gets pretty steamy at points too. Hope we get to see more from some past characters that showed up in this book!
Did not finish because the h was suuuuppppeeerrr annoying. Her best friend spoke the truth:
"Lena turns, her eyes blazing. “If you don’t want him, you should let him know. Not lead him on.”
I take a step back. “I’m not leading Cade on.”
“You so are. You’re being incredibly selfish right now, Amanda. Cade’s already halfway in love with you, but some other guy is sending you expensive flowers. It’s making you look…” She clamps her lips shut and shakes her head.
“It’s making me look what?”
Lena’s upper lip curls. “Trashy.”"
Review by Lisa Kane
I loved Amanda and Tuttle's romance from the Friends series. Two complete opposites, she shy and unassuming, he popular and confidant. I thought when I read the last chapter that was it for them. But nope-it seems they broke up in college and he went on to be a big time NFL star.
She gave up on me. I gave up on her too. And that's hard to admit.
Six years have gone by since Amanda Winters broke Jordan Tuttle's heart by breaking up with him. Both have gone on with their lives, but haven't really moved on with their lives. When Amanda sees an interview on live TV with Jordan he talks about "the one who got away" and how he still thinks about her. Amanda friends him on Instagram and he responds in a flash. They message, he asks her if she wants to come to one of his games and it's game on!
Amanda is casually dating a coworker and Jordan has dated some of the most famous women in the world. All of Amanda's old insecurities rise to the surface. The same fears that led to her breaking up with him in the first place are coming back. With his glamorous life style, who wouldn't be intimidated?
They were both kids straight out of high school when Jordan was just about to break out into football stardom. The pressure was too much and they both suffered for it.
I didn't have time for any of them. Worse, I didn't have time for Amanda-the supposed most important person in my life. College consumed me. Football consumed me. So many things were happening and I let them take me away from her.
So I felt like shit. After some time and distance, I realized I'm just as much to blame for the break up as she is.
I think that right there sums up everything that happened. Amanda was back at home going to community college and Jordan, well he had so much going on that their relationship drowned in the sea of change.
It's obvious they are both still attracted to each other, but is it just physical or is that love still there? Neither one could get serious with anyone else. They've dated others, slept with others, but their hearts, oh those beat only for each other.
How'd I get so lucky that she wasn't snapped up by another guy and engaged to him by now? Or worse, married? I thought about it over the years. What if she met the man of her dreams? What if she married that guy and had his children?
Those thoughts were like a punch to the gut.
I loved this book! I loved their story when they were teenagers, but they have both grown and matured and both are willing to expose themselves to hurt. That's what I loved the most-they admit they screwed up, take responsibility and try like hell to get back together!
"Yeah, well, I love you so goddamned much, I want everyone to know it."