Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Review: Forever, Jack by Natasha Boyd
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: June 19th, 2014
When Hollywood movie star Jack Eversea stumbled into sleepy Butler Cove, he had no idea he would encounter the only 'real' thing that's ever happened to him - only to let her slip through his fingers... Small-town girl Keri Ann Butler's life changed the night she met Jack Eversea. But suddenly he was gone, and she had to pick up the pieces and start again. Now Jack is back, with one thing on his mind. Winning back the girl who stole his heart. Whatever it takes. But is it too late?
I loved Forever, Jack just as much as Eversea, and that's saying something! Just when I thought I couldn't like Jack Eversea any more, Forever, Jack happened and I continued to sigh, swoon and wish he was real. I haven't been like this over a book series for ages - where I couldn't bear to put it down and had to read it all in one sitting - and that's testament to Natasha Boyd's enthralling writing and brilliant characters.
Forever, Jack picks up exactly where Eversea finished; in fact, I don't think even a minute passes between books. If you've read Eversea, you'll know what went down at the end and, if you haven't read it, I'm not spoiling it for you. It's very dramatic and potentially life-changing for both Jack and Keri Ann, and it could ruin everything. Forever, Jack deals with the fallout from that, eventually jumping seven months into the future and showing exactly what happens when fame and fortune comes crumbling down.
Keri Ann is a very likeable character right from the moment you meet her. She's had some awful things happen in her young life already, but her past doesn't define her and her future isn't something she runs away from. She's driven, headstrong and proud, and is easily one of the strongest female characters to come out of the NA genre. Honestly, she puts certain fictional girls to shame. The fact that she won't let Jack support her financially says it all, really - she wants to do it by herself and earn her home and her place in Butler Cove. She's a refreshing change.
Jack Eversea. Where to begin? He's famous, super hot, good with words and has a somewhat checkered past. He loves Keri Ann, but he has a lot to contend with, both personally and professionally. They're the perfect fit but, and we all know this, life doesn't always work out how you want it to: bad things happen, things go wrong and relationships aren't always what they're cracked up to be. Jack knows this, and yet he still tries to change things for the better. He's everything I like about fictional men, and he's quite possibly my new favourite contemporary book boyfriend!
Forever, Jack had me turning the pages stupidly fast, skipping sleep and constantly thinking about how it would end. It's addictive, full of realistic characters and right up there with my favourite NA books, along with Easy and Losing It. Obviously the plot can seem a bit far-fetched at times - famous movie star meets and falls for small town girl - but I don't care. It could happen. Right?