Totally cute, funny, charming and heartwarming. An excellent friends to lovers book that will make you smile while you snuggle up with it.
“Everything you need to know is in that first kiss.” Rachel Green, Friends, “The One with the Sonogram at the End.”
Maya had pictured of having a fairytale life. A picked fence, handsome husband and 2.5 children, but life doesn’t always turn out the way we’d like and for the past two years Maya has been mourning the loose of her dream because of her cowardly cheating ex-husband and thinking of settling. But the return of Jack, her ex-husband’s best friend, who also happens to be her friend, has Maya second guessing her less than ideal options white rousing emotions she hadn’t realized existed between them. Can he actually be her prince charming and make her dreams come true?
“I’m not great at the advice… can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”Chandle Bing, Friends, “The One with the Tea Leaves”
Four years ago Jack had set his sights on Maya, but once his almost brother came into the picture, he quietly bowed out. But it was the biggest regret of his life, especially after the way Maya was hurt. But when his job requires him to spend a few months back in his home town, he’s also put in Maya’s path. Will he let his sense of duty and debt to his adoptive family keep him away from the woman he’s always loved or will he take advantage of this second chance life has given him?
“Now, do you thing his ‘love stick’ can be liberated from its denim prison’” Rachel Green, Friends, “The One with Mrs. Bing.”
It’s impossible not to like a book that starts out every chapter with an iconic TV sitcom quote. I went in search a MEME for every single one, because Friends is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. But besides those guaranteed smiles, I also liked both Maya and Jack, they were delightful characters.
“How you doin’?” Joey Tribbiani, Friends, “The One with Rachel’s Sister”
Right from the start Maya and Jack show us how comfortable they are around each other, but at the same time how very blind they were to the fact that they complemented one another and would be perfect if they could get past the heartbreak and the “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.”
“Why do you call her ‘Snip’?” Maya sighed over a smile. “Because he thinks I’m like a snippet of a full grown person.”
“Me?! Me. You were talking about me… Your girlie parts are on high alert because of me.”
Jack had an incredible amount of endearing qualities – he was sweet, caring and funny – that should have made him perfect. But even though he loved Maya, he was still very hesitant to cross the friend line and there were times I wanted to slap one or the other or even both silly with all their doubtfulness. I felt very much for Jack and everything he had to live through while growing up, I even understood the complexity added by his relationship with Maya’s ex-family in-law, but I still wanted him to take action.
“Oh… my… God,” Janice, Friends, “The One with the Candy Hearts”
But lucky they had an incredible set of friends who in a sense had become Maya’s family and then Jack’s by association. They complimented the story with their input and fun intrusions. I also enjoyed how very much he treasured Maya and all the good and fun times they had together, because they did have an amazing friendship that helped in overcoming their heartbreak and turned into sweet, sexy romance.
If you’re looking for a sweet, friends first romance How Forever Feels is a good choice. It is the fourth book in the Friends First series by Laura Drewry. It is a standalone, contemporary romance, with interconnecting characters from past books. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *