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How Forever Feels

(Friends First #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  159 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel — perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away... and the one that came back.

Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work betwe
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Loveswept
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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love stories where friends become lovers because it establishes a deeper connection between our heroes. What's even more interesting about this story is the bromance between Maya's exhusband and our hero. I like that the internal conflict was centered on that connection and that to the ex's family whom Jack owed a lot to. The emotions are a treat to follow and the writing did it justice. The way Will ultimately approaches things wraps everything up very well. ...more
2.75 Sluggish Stars

I liked this but it fell flat in the romance and relationship department. "I love you but you were married to my best friend and even though he had a long term affair and he's now marrying his mistress, we just can't hit the sheets or start a relationship." Lather, rinse and repeat. Over and over.

On the plus side, the writing flowed and the dialogue was never stilted or awkward, which is a huge plus for me. Actually, dialogue and the art of a decent conversation have been maki
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 cow
Yeah, nope. The H is best friends and "like a brother" to the h's ex-husband who has been cheating on her before they even got married and never even told her? I don't want my hero's loyal to scum like that, no matter the heartbreaking backstory.

And then the h caught her ex-husband screwing some assistant librarian in his classroom and instead of kicking him in the balls she tried work through it! Hell naw!! I can't ever imagine staying with a cheater and I want my h's to have some dignity. Her
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Honestly, I skipped so much of this book. I could not stand Jack. I thought he didn't deserve Maya in any way!!! Jack is best friends/foster brothers with Maya's ex-husband, Will. So I understand why he is loyal to him, but there comes a point where you go WTF!!???!!!!

He KNOWS Will cheats on Maya even before they are married, yet doesn't tell her (even though he is in love with her) and THEN sides with Will's family that M
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Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it

So I kind of get freakishly excited when I see a book written by a Canadian author in my preferred genre and you better believe that when Laura Drewry started writing the Friends First series I was hooked. The series doesn't have a lot of heat and to be quite honest, its pretty much all fluff, but tell me a story in a sleepy little fictional Canadian small town with a sprinkle of friends-to-lovers and I'm hooked! The book is the fourth in the series, and I'm assuming last.

This one
Lady Heather
LOVED Jack & Maya together, and I loved this story!
(I think it's my favorite out of the whole series)!
Full review to come :)
Pheonix Fanfiction
My thoughts and feelings while reading (Lots of quotes included!):

0.0% This is going to be my next read - I may get to start it tomorrow :) Ill have to see though because I I need to do lots of work tomorrow coz Ive done nothing the last few days coz of Hold on haha :)
I still havent been able to start this :( Ive been really busy the last few days I may finally get the time tonight but I cant guarantee it :( Third year is stressful and busy!! :'(

1% “How you doin’?” Joey Tribbiani, Friends, “The
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just another second chance romance? On the surface, Maya and Jack are both the victims of a drive-by romantic disaster, several years and one heartbreaking marriage ago. Now Maya has given up on love, at least for her and Jack is regretting letting his best friend cut in on his chance to win Maya’s heart. When their paths cross again, Jack is determined that this time, Maya will know he wants to be more than a friend, but how does he tell her when he is a reminder of the worst betrayal of her li ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, Maya divorced her husband Will after catching him cheating on her. It's been two years since Maya saw her ex-husbands best friend and foster brother Jack. Jack and Maya had an easy friendship but Jack has been avoiding Maya since the divorce. Now, Jack is back in town for business and runs into Maya and the chemistry between them is still there. Jack's been in love with Maya since he first saw her but stepped aside when his best friend made a move on her first. The more time they ...more
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!! If you've read the entire series like I have, you knew Maya's story would be filled with drama and Ms. Drewry did not disappoint! While this is the fourth, and I think final, book in the series it can be read standalone but once you meet these great characters you'll find yourself going back and reading the others as well. While reading this I thought Jack needed to man-up and Maya needed to back off the bitchy a bit, in the end I just adored them together.

They first
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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**I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

How Forever Feels is the fourth book in the Friends First series. You do not need to read the first three books to follow along with this one but I strongly recommend it simply because the series is great. Unlike most series where the stories tend to weaken with each book this one remains strong and engaging.

I'm p
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

How Forever Feels was a sweet friends-to-lovers story.

I enjoyed watching Maya and Jack's relationship move from friends to lovers.
They were both very likable and relatable and the storyline was enjoyable.

While I did like this book I didn't love it.
My issue was Jack, while he was a sweet and loving guy his need to please his foster family at the cost of Maya's feelings didn't sit well with me. I wanted him to put Maya and her feelings first. Some things he asked of Maya left me question
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I was pretty excited to get back to this set of characters.

I liked Maya in the other book in the series; in this one, she didn't really click for me. The dynamic with the other girls is so much fun and easily the best part of the story. However, when Maya is on her own, for me, she came across as a bit flat...I can't exactly put my finger on it.

The relationship with Jack is fantastic as friends, but I didn't see the spark between them. And while it was sort of a BFF to more type of story, it a
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

GUYS!!! I mean, really? This series just keeps getting better, warmer and better!

With the history between Jack and Maya, you are going to completely fall head over heels for this "the one who got away" story!

My one issue - the story did drag out a bit and then was like super duper rushed at the end, but was still enjoyable!

And this?

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Read it and you'll find out what this means!! LOL

Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How Forever Feels, Jack and Maya's story. ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have to say, I really love this series Friends First by Laura Drewry. How Forever Feels is the fourth installment in the series and possible the last (keeping my fingers crossed that Griffin Carr gets his own book). I’m so glad I stumbled on to Plain Jayne, which is the first book in the series because it introduced me to a new series with four very strong, independent women, Jayne( Plain Jayne), Regan (Prima Donna), Ellie(Accidentally in Love) and Maya(How Forever Feels).

How Forever Feels is
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any shape or form.

This is only my second Laura Drewry book and that really needs to change soon. I really liked Accidentally in Love and I really liked How Forever Feels. I love how she writes her romance, how they make my heart speed up and slow down at the same time. There were even times my heart dropped to the pit of my stomach and I love that. I love when an author can draw those kinds of emotions out
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook, reviewed, netgalley
Fantastic book! My first from Laura Drewry and I am seriously impressed. Incredible story, likable characters, great dialogue, etc. HOW FOREVER FEELS is written so well I was completely hooked and knew I was going to love it before I even finished the first chapter. I was absolutely right and even though the ending was great I hated it was over.

To me, Jack Rhoades and Maya McKay's story is as much about second chances as it is a friends-to-lovers story. But however it's labeled, it was great! F
I'm real confused on how I feel about this story. Here's why:

Definite slut shaming going on. The heroine's husband was cheating on her with one of his coworkers. Now, is it ok for the heroine to dislike the lady her husband was cheating on her with? Yes. But there is no need to constantly refer to her as "the slut."

Then there is the character of Delilah. Delilah enjoys sex and isn't afraid to go after it. Why do we have to shame her for that? It's ok for men to sleep with many partners but not
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I always feel bad giving a bad review. But I just didn't care for this story. The side characters were too manipulative, the situation too messed up for me to really get into it. That's not the writer's fault. It's just that I didn't care for it. I liked the hero, and I get that heroes need faults. But I feel like he needs some hardcore therapy. He also needs to get the horrible people out of his life, like his foster mother. He is so good to her, and she's a horrible pers
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
ARC received from NetGalley/Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
True friends to lovers trope.
Sweet Laura Drewry' s style of romance.
Even though there were couple of hmmm moments and really that happened things I found myself reading this fairly quickly and enjoying it....

Marissa Chavez
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Maya and Jack were absolutely everything! I was so happy that they got their happily ever after! The perfect way to end this amazing series with these group of friends! ☺💛
Shirley Frances
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading Accidentally in Love (book three in the series), I became increasingly curious about this group of friends. So of course, I picked up the previous installments so that I could have a full understanding of their lives and their friendship. Right about the end of my series marathon, How Forever Feels became available on NetGalley and of course I had to have it too.

Maya is done fretting over her divorce and what could have been. Focusing her energy on her business and her friends
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet heartwarming read with wonderful characters you can relate to. Friends first than loves are the best stories. This was a fun loving very believable story that you will find yourself laughing out loud. They met with a smile each going their own ways but staying friends. One secret love that last a lifetime, one man who would do anything to keep his true love happy. One night holds one secret that if it ever got out would destroy everything he has built with Maya.

Jack has been in l
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maya first moved to town with her now ex-husband, Will, after meeting him and his best friend, Jack, at a party. Jack thought Maya was too pretty for words, but before he could make a move, his good-looking friend, Will, asked her out. A whirlwind courtship followed and before she knew it, Maya was married. In less than a year, she found Will cheating on her with a co-worker. Even though Maya tried hard to save their marriage, Will had already lost interest. And since Jack has been Will's foster ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's never too late! 5 stars

Maya McKay had known Jack for as long as she had known her ex-husband. In fact she met Jack first and he was the one that introduced her to Will whom she thought was the love of her life. She and Jack had always had a special bond but when her marriage fell apart after she walked in on her husband with another women, her friendship with Jack went away as well but not because she wanted it to. When he shows up in town after not hearing from him for two years, she start
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
This book was all of the best book tropes wrapped up into one. This was a second-chance, friends-to-lovers, forbidden fruit, rivals-to-lovers romance all at the same time and I absolutely LOVED it. In a world where storylines feel repetitive and familiar, this one stood out as truly unique and was a breath of fresh air.

Jack has been in love with Maya since the first time he met her but he stepped aside for his best friend/pseudo-brother and, what seems like, an unwarranted sense of duty/debt fo
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USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry writes fun and sexy contemporary romances filled with heartfelt emotion and characters readers can relate to.

When she’s not writing, she likes reading, watching Marvel movies with her boys, Pinning recipes she'll never make, and cheering for the Yankees. Laura lives in southwest British Columbia with her husband, three sons, two dogs, a turtle, a handful

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Friends First (4 books)
  • Plain Jayne (Friends First, #1)
  • Prima Donna (Friends First, #2)
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