[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.
Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.
He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.
I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.
With one decision, everything changes … forever.[/quote]
I made a mistake. A big, huge, monumental mistake. I read Changing Forever right after finishing When it Rains, the first book in the Rain series. Bad choice. You’re probably not following my logic… When it Rains was so ridiculously good that anything read after it just pales in comparison.
Emery and Drew are both living in the past, reaching for the future, and totally screwing up their present.
Emery’s mother left when she was four years old. She was raised by a hardworking father who did the best he could but still fell short. Earning a scholarship to college was all part of plan. She’d make something of herself if it killed her. Then she met Drew… He wasn’t part of the plan. In fact, he kind of blew the plan straight to hell.
Your typical cocky quarterback, Drew is everything a girl like Emery steers clear of. He’s battling his own demons and puts on a rather convincing mask to hide his pain. He’s never wanted anyone like he wants Emery. He’s convinced a relationship with her is a very bad idea. If it’s such a bad idea, why does it feel so right?
I don’t think I’ve ever read a Lisa De Jong book that I disliked. Her writing style, flow and character development are always pretty spot on. This time around I just didn’t feel the ending. Man, this is hard to talk about without giving everything away… Let’s just say that there should have been a lot more groveling. After the words that were said and the actions taken, someone should have had to crawl back on their hands and knees. There should have been scrapes, scratches and scabs on those suckers.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I’m so done with him, done with this. Out of all people, why did my heart have to make an exception for him? Why is the one person who gets under my skin, the one person whose fingers I was on my skin? [/quote]
Changing Forever is an overall well-constructed NA read. Sometimes life has a different plan for us than we have for ourselves. I definitely recommend you pick this one up, or at the very least add it to your TBR list.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.