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The Fiction of Forever (Stand by Me #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  153 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
He has a second chance at the one who got away--but it's on national television, and she's calling the shots.

Kiley Vanderbilt wasn't just fuel for Gunner's teenage dreams about the curvy pageant queen. She was the one who got away.

Until now.

When Gunner returns to Nashville, his high school fantasy in heels challenges him to accept a spot on the dating reality show Forev
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published January 18th 2016 by Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC
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⊱ Poppy ⊰
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
"ARC provided by Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC for exchange of an honest review"

DNF @86%

"I tried, i really really tried"

This book .. GOD where do I even start!!

Characters were dumb as fuck!
No story line.
Fiction as fairy-tales.
Dumb Heroine.
Asshole & Confused Hero.
No character Development.
Immature Writing.

I really, really tried to read this book till the end, no matter how annoyed it make me, with the bullshit-forever-show and all the life-sucks crap!! This story has NO arms and legs, just
Dec 06, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it


This is the first book that I've read by Brinda Berry and once again, I broke my own rule about not starting a series in the middle. But this time, it really couldn't be helped. When I saw that The Fiction of Forever had a feel similar to The Bachelor, I just knew that I had to pick this bad-boy up even if it meant jumping into a series where I hadn't read the previous novels.

I loved the beginning of the book, it's a look back at how close Gunner and Kiley (almost) were in high school. It gave
Donna Sweeney
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kindly provided with an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.......

10+ Stars !!! Gah, THIS IS SPECTACULAR !!!

This is Kiley and Gunner's story and holy hell what a tale !!!. I found the concept of Gunner staring in some type of "The Bachelor" hilarious !!. Kiley is the "one that got away" and Gunner sure as hell proved he would do anything to have another shot !!.Kiley is engaged but has that feeling that it is a mistake if she goes through with the wedding......listen to your gut
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was my first Brinda Berry book but will certainly not be my last!  I devoured this book in one sitting.  The story was beautifully written and refreshing original. 

Kiley and Gunner go way back, realizing their attraction early on during high school, but fate rips them apart only to place them face to face again years later. 

Only now she is engaged and he thinks she is a spoiled brat.  Kiley’s fiancé is a prick.  He expects her to kiss his ass while he goes o

Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
There is one girl that Gunner remembers as the one that got the one that broke his heart. Now he has come face to face with that very same girl and somehow got roped into staring in her daddy's popular dating show. Feelings will be is at stake...and a show and its reputation will be jeopardized.

I absolutely loved this book. I started it without even knowing what it was about. That’s what you do when you love all of an author’s work. What can I say…that’s just how I roll. B
Becky Burciaga
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though Kiley is a rich "Daddy's Girl" and Gunner is a Blue Collar self made man, they have known each other all their lives...she's always been his dream girl. Ms Berry has created characters who are full of depth and dimension, and she provides a story ripe with smart and witty banter, along with a sharp and engaging dialogue. Her story is rich with the human condition, yet she brings so much humor and compassion with her characters. I laughed so many times at not only Gunner and Kiley's intera ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
"We've both chosen to play a silly game of matchmaking for money or fame or whatever reason, and I don't want to play anymore. Because my heart can't understand why he feels so right when others felt so wrong."

The Fiction of Forever is a really great second chance romance. Told from dual points of view, The Fiction of Forever follows the story of Gunner and Kiley. Gunner has had a thing for Kiley for as long as he can remember. The two of them shared a magical night together, but were torn away
Roxanne Johnson-bisland
First off, I received this as an arc in exchange for my honest review.
Hot Hot Hot!!!!
Kiley the girl of his dreams, the one girl he has tons of pictures on his phone, the girl he has his heart set on to ask to the dance. Gunner out for the first time in a while, is at a party after a big game at the request of his mother, finds himself in the back seat of her SUV!
Kiley, a daughter of divorced parents, a rich father and a mother who has been married multiple times.
Gunner and his father leave their
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Brinda Berry and it was a treat! Needless to say, this won't be my last.

This is the story of Gunner and Kiley, who have a history and Kiley is the one that got away from Gunner, or so he thinks!

Gunner is jovial, protective, vulnerable, charming and sexy as hell, but will he be able to convince Kiley to give him a chance to prove he can commit and be her forever? Kiley had her heartbroken once by Gunner besides other issues, so can she trust Gunner yet again?

The chemistry betw
Heather andrews
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiley was adorable, “you don’t look ready for me. You’re not wearing a shirt.” Did I have to point it out? Of course, he knows this. People don’t accidently forget half their clothes. Do they?" I liked Gunner's man logic:
“I was in your face, I understand. But honestly, there’s not much choice in this sleeping bag. You’re very close.” I lick my bottom lip. “And…um… your hand is on my a**, Gunner.”
He keeps a straight face. “Yeah. I know.”
“Is there a reason why you’re not moving it?”
I w
Melissa Killingbeck

I recived an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The more I read from Brinda the more I love her writing style. Her stories flow together seamlessly and the characters are always compelling and real. A great second chance romance with a reality show thrown in to make it entertaining, humorous, and light hearted. Gunner has wanted Kiley since high school but unfortunate life events prevented them from being together. A chance meeting brings Kiley and Gunner's feelings rushing back. I loved the w
C. A. Wood
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easy to follow without reading book 1

I read The Fiction of Forever for a KU challenge. I was skeptical considering this is book 2 of the Stand by Me series and I haven't read the first book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read. I didn't feel like I was missing anything in this story by not reading book 1. I enjoyed the way this story bloomed, like any good romance book the couple, Gunner & Kiley, have their bumps in the road that make the story worth reading. I would de
Stephanie Villere
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love me some Gunner and Kylie!

This book is The Fiction of Forever written by Brinda Berry. I really enjoyed the story of Gunner and Kylie. After one make out session in high school he disappeared without a word. Now Kylie is the matchmaker on a reality show called Forever. Somehow, Gunner is cast as the male lead and chaos ensues. Don't miss this cute story. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Juliana Ignácio
OMG, I couldn't put this book down.
I loved all the interaction between Kiley and Gunner, they are the best couple.
The chemistry between them is visible from the first moment, and all they face to keep up appearances is hilarious.
I loved the story and the characters.
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth Poe
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this was the first Brinda Berry book I've read and won't be the last. It was full of humor and witt between everyone, I loved it . I can't wait until the next one and I hope there will be one fore Dane and Josie ...
suzanne menees
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Matchmaking reality

It was fun reading a story about a reality show since they are so popular on tv. Gunner and Kiley's story was fun and at times, intense. This series has been really good so far and I'm anxious to get the next one.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring with a nonsense subplot(reality show) and a terrible heroine.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

The Fiction of Forever is the second book in the Stand By Me series, by Brinda Berry. It is a New Adult/ Contemporary second chance at love romance.
Kiley and Gunner have known each other for most of their lives. For Gunner, she was the girl of his dreams- everything he could have ever wanted. They get a chance to explore their feelings one night, an experience that will be seared into their memories, forever.
Before they can see whether a relationship can blossom and where it may lead the
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiley and gunner go to same school and gunner can't help but always glancing at her and thinking about her, Kiley has the same feelings for him which shocks him especially when he finally finds out they end up in a heated make out session in the backseat of her car at a party but all to soon they were ripped apart. Kiley is now engaged to a uptight man who set in his ways named mason all he wants is a trophy wife while he goes around being a lawyer flying to different countries leaving Kiley beh ...more
Kelli Delp
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Star Review
Fiction of Forever is a lighthearted, funny, and sexy novel by Brinda Berry. It is the second book in the Stand by Me series, but can be read as a standalone. The characters are very well developed and the writing is fantastic! I was so engrossed in the characters, that I read this in one sitting because I had to see what would happen next.

Gunner has never wanted to date, get engaged, and definitely doesn’t want to get married, but when Kiley, the one who got away, reappears in his
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you need a second chance, a little growing up and some perspective before you realize what it is you really want in life, or more like who it is you want in life. This book was a great example of second chances coming around and giving two people a chance. The author did a really great job at keeping you entertained throughout the whole book. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book that made me tear up in one chapter and right after in the next make me laugh so hard people looked at me like ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever by Brinda Berry is the second story in the A Stand By Me series. This story is about second chances. This story is excitement, compassion and laughter. This story will make you realize that when you are facing a second chance you can either go for it or walk away.

Kiley Vanderbilt is a young woman who has grew up with everything she has ever wanted. She is engaged to someone she doesn't seem to happy with but it is what is expected of her. She is trying to get ready for a p
Ann Jones
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever – Brinda Berry – 4 Stars
Kiley Vanderbilt was beautiful and she had the pageant crowns to acknowledge this, she was the girls that all the boys wanted to be with at school and Gunner Parrish is not different. So on the night of the bonfire party he decides to make his move.
A passionate kiss and first base in the back seat of her SUV leaves them both wanting more, but with an urgent phone call that changes his life, Gunner takes off without any reasons why. His mother has ca
Mandy Kim
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever by Brinda Berry. I give this book 5/5 stars. The theme of this book is two friends from grade school fall for each other later down the road. This is the second book in A Stand By Me Series, but can be read as a standalone novel.
Kiley is a soon to be bride. She and her fiance get into an argument about the job she wants. Her life is changed when she walks away from him. The first quote I chose for her shows the feelings she's hiding: "I hope I can lie well enough on-scree
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunner had a wonderful childhood, with a mother who loved him dearly. He crushed on a girl in high school and couldn't believe how lucky he was that she felt the same way about him. But then everything changes. Gunner's mother dies from cancer and his father moves them far away from the girl he crushed on after his dad met a woman online. From there his childhood goes to hell and the happiness he once knew is lost. Gunner has sworn off women and love, believing that nothing good could come from ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever
By Brinda Berry
4 Stars

Gunner and Kiley went to high school. He was the athlete, she the cheer leader. However, this is no happily ever after story. The one chance they got in high school was ruined when Gunner’s already very ill mother called, even worse and needing his assistance. After that night, the two went their separate ways – not talking, calling, texting.
Time passes and Gunner becomes a successful business owner of a landscaping company. This is how he finds himse
Heather B
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever is written by Brinda Berry. Gunner has always had a crush on Kiley, ever since elementary. He finally worked up the nerve to approach her and it feels that everything is finally going the way he’s hope, even in his dreams. However, fate had a different idea. Years later, Gunner returns to Nashville and there she is – beautiful as ever. Only a fool would resist this temptation.

Kiley has a goal, to be the host of Forever – a dating reality show where she’d the matchmaker. Sh
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiction of Forever by Brinda Berry is such a great story! It is the 2nd book in the A Stand by Me series. It can be read as a standalone, as I didn’t even know there was one before this. Brinda Berry is a new to me author and I can’t wait to read more! Very entertaining and sweet read!

The Fiction of Forever is about non believer of happily ever afters, Gunner and fairy tale dreaming Riley. Gunner and Riley have known each other since elementary school. They started crushing on each other sh
Gail Guerrero
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s forever if your bot with the right person? Matchmaking has been around for ages and it’s still present today. In this story Kiley is weeks away from her own forever but is it with the right guy? When she reconnects with a guy she had a major crush on in high school things start to become clear with her fiancé. He wants to dictate her life and make sure she fits his vision of what that role is. The way she dresses and if she works all are decided by him. But that doesn’t last long. My firs ...more
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