Title: The Feeling of Forever
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.
Felix Donovan had it all–stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.
Except this year’s Sexiest Woman–Juliet St. Clair–never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.
Source: ARC from SMP Swerve via NetGalley
The thing I absolutely loved the best in this book is Juliet’s complete acceptance of Felix’s disability. It is never an issue for her. He is always more than his chair for her and while he is still struggling to come to terms with it, I loved that it was never a source of conflict between them. Jules likes and loves him for exactly the person he is, regardless of anything else.
In fact, I just loved Jules. She’s so completely down to earth. She’s sweet and nice and of course beautiful and successful, but she’s also geeky and fun and absolutely perfect for Felix. The way she copes with everything going on in her life and the love she has for her family are just… I think she’s superhuman at times, but I found her incredibly likeable and wanted only good things for her.
Felix was great too. His struggles are real and I like that they’re not simply glossed over or pushed aside. Jules plays a major part in him coming to terms with everything, but he has his own strengths and in turn provides a haven and support for her to cling to. The chemistry between them is scorching, but I loved that they have depth in their relationship and work really well together.
When it came to the stalker plot, I found it a bit too obvious and was a touch frustrated that others didn’t join the dots sooner. I could see why certain assumptions were made, because why wouldn’t it be the obvious choice, but likewise, when certain things didn’t add up it might have been nice if someone had asked questions a bit sooner.
Elsewhere I really liked Jules’ sister and that she was given a personality that wasn’t simply her condition. I also liked getting to know the band and seeing how their friendship worked.
In all I really enjoyed this, and although it might be my first taste from this series and this author, it definitely won’t be the last. Luckily I have the first book to catch up on while I wait for more. I’m looking forward to it already.
The Feeling of Forever is Out Now.
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