There are no more goodnight kisses.
No knocks on windows.
No lengthy text messages.
No late-night phone calls.
And no game day balloons.
There's just Connor.
Existing in a world filled with nothing but heartache.
While searching the darkness for glimmers of hope.
Because with hope, comes magic.
And magic is forever.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
GAH! Jay McLean has proved, once again, that she is the master of angsty teen romance. Thank goodness First and Forever picks up shortly after the first part of the duet because my heart was in shambles. And, mini spoiler alert, things get a lot worse for these two before they get better.
There was so much back and forth between Ava and Connor that I kept waiting for them to either get it together for real this time or end it once and for all. But this is Connor and he doesn't ever go down without giving it everything in him. I loved his relentless pursuit of his dreams. All of them, including Ava. Even the things he was doing in secret were all leading up to his end game. He struggled a lot with all the pressure he was putting himself under but he wouldn't let himself stop. He couldn't. And poor Ava. She carried the weight of the world on her young shoulders. Couple that with raging hormones and a broken heart and she found herself drowning. And the only place she found comfort was Connor.
Half-truths. Full-out lies. Secrets. Answers. Friendships. Dreams. Family. They were all wrapped up in Ava and Connor's story. But it was the small moments that stood out the most. Connor's talks with his dad. And Connor with Ava's mom were some of the best.
Jay McLean didn't hold back with this duet. The banter. The hope. The fear. The love. I could feel it all. As much as First and Forever destroyed me while I was reading it- over and over and over and over again, I am so sad that Connor and Ava's journey has come to its end. Because these two, together, were money.
About the Author
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television, please contact her agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.
Writer • Reader • Mom • Wife • Master of Awkward Sarcasm.
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