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The Summer Before Forever

(Before Forever #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even l
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Published August 22nd 2016 by Entangled TEEN
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Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good! I've not read many books in which the main characters are soon-to-step-siblings, but this is one that I'll read again and again. It's hard not to swoon over a guy like Landon who is sweet, caring, respectful, and patient with Chloe. Their romance is the best thing ever.

I didn't love Jenna all the time, but I also know that there's a lot more to her than you first see and if we ever got a story from her perspective, I think it would be like Emery Lord's Open Road Summer, except a little
Joshee Kun (조수아)
*Thank you, Entangled Publishing, LLC, for sending me a copy of this book (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.*

When my beloved mother discovered that I was reading this book, she immediately reprimanded me online, telling me that I should not be reading pulp romance. I couldn't blame her for jumping to conclusions. After all, that cheesy cover says a lot. Now, although I hadn't read the book yet during that time, I deigned to defend its reputation, determined as I was to give it a c
I really liked this book. I'm a huge fan of forbidden love stories, and this one was just adorably executed. It's a very sweet story about coming of age and finding self-confidence bundled into the perfect summer read.
Mrs. Chambers' characters got me hooked from page one, but her writing style has me hooked to her works. I look forward to whatever she publishes next.
Siobhan Davis
A sweet, uplifting, coming-of-age romance that will give you all the feels!

I seem to be addicted to forbidden romances at the moment, and I must admit it was what attracted me to request a review copy of The Summer Before Forever. However, to categorize this book as such would be doing it a massive injustice, because there is so much depth to this read and it is much more than just a story of two soon to be step-siblings who fall hard for each other.

This is a story about overcoming obstacles to
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book and here's my honest review of it. Special thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC for sending me a copy!

God, it's been such a long time since I last read a contemporary romance novel that made my heart race and my toes tingle, I've almost forgotten how it feels like. I even went so far as to claim that romance doesn't seem to be my cup of tea anymore as my reading taste evolved, but this book reminded me of all the reasons I used to love reading chick-lits and romance
Suze Lavender
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chloe is glad she can leave her hometown behind for a few months. She's relieved she can stay with her father for the summer. Her best friend Jenna is coming with her. Chloe's father lives in Florida, in a resort near the beach, together with his fiancée and her son. Chloe hasn't met them yet, so she can use her best friend's support. She hopes her future stepbrother will be nice and brotherly. She needs this summer to recharge her batteries and to find herself again after the awful time she's h ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off , I have to admit that I didn't know this was going to be an "I'm in love with my Stepbrother type book " . However , as I got reading it I have to say that this was one of the better stepbrother-love type books as it was written with the late YA/ early NA's in mind as it wasn't over the top sexual like alot of the stepbrother books around . In The Summer Before Forever, we meet Chloe who is headed to her Dad's alongside best friend Jenna to meet his new wife-to-be and brother Landon. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Summer Before Forever is the first book in the before forever series by author Melissa Chambers. The books are all interconnected standalones. I have read and really enjoyed both of the books in the series, but my favorite book was the first one. I just loved Chloe. She was by far my favorite character. It was so great watching her summer transformation. It didn't feel cheesy or forced; it felt natural. And it wa ...more
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars!

So admittedly I was a little leery when I requested this book because while it’s not really a forbidden kind of romance, it’s a bit weird when you say you’re dating your step-brother… right?

Here’s the thing. I think Chambers did this in the best way possible. First of all, Chloe isn’t close with her father, but he’s getting remarried so she is off (with her best friend) to spend the summer with him and get to know his soon to be wife and her son as well as rekindle the relationship w
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 4.5

I have a lot of feelings about this book. Contemporary is definitely not one of my favorite genres, but I loved this book to pieces. It's not even about the romance, but the surrounding topics that this book touches throughout the story.

The relationship between Chloe and Landon was adorable. Even at the beginning when there wasn't a romance. After what she went through, Landon was so gentle and carin
heather - NightlyReading
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ugh! All the feels!!!

So, you all know that I kind of gravitate towards books that are taboo. This one is advertised as a contemporary about star-crossed love, which it definitely held true. These two characters tried all that they could to NOT show their inner feelings for each other and not react to them. I felt really bad for that since I did not think it would be so bad for them to be together. I mean they were not blood relatives? Am I right?

Right off the bat, I kinda have to swoon over Land
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Summer Before Forever is the book I didn't know I needed right now. I can’t even describe the cuteness in this book. To be honest, when I saw this one on NetGalley I wasn’t going to request it because I’ve been quite unlucky with the ARC’s I’ve been reading recently but because this one was from Entangled TEEN I had to request it because by now you
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Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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The Summer Before Forever is a sweet Young Adult romance with all the ingredients necessary for a nice summer read. Unfortunately, it's also nothing really new.

Chloe, together with her bubbly and super popular best friend Jenna, tries to escape from her home town (and a darker something else) and heads to Florida to spend the summer with her dad, his fiancé and
Kris Mauna
The Summer Before Forever is the perfect summer read!

Chloe is spending the summer with her father along with her soon-to-be stepmother and very handsome stepbrother, Landon. Their story unfolds through both of their POVs, and I actually thought the flow of it worked perfectly for this book. There is more than what meets the eye when it comes to the two of them. They are dealing with some serious personal issues. I loved reading how their relationship helped grow them as individuals.

Which all the
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Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Landon is amazeballs. When I read about his secret I wanted to pull him in for a hug and just take away all the struggles he went through. I wanted to tell him that it in no way makes him an idiot but a stronger person. He is the perfect boyfriend. Sweet, kind, caring and honest. Just what Chloe needed after what happened before she came to florida. Chloe who is lost and needed someone to make her feel safe and listen to her. Make her feel loved and someone to be there for her. She is sweet and ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eArc in exchange for an honest review.

Chloe is on her way to visit her Dad with her best friend Jenna, she hasn't seen him in five months and he is getting married and she is a getting a new stepbrother. She really doesn't know what to expect, but when Landon opens the door she knows there is going to be trouble.

Landon is blow away by how cute his new stepsister is, and makes a mental not to keep his distance. As the days go on, they r
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The writing style has an innocence to it but I would say it is suitable for the 16+ age group in which it is aimed at. A lot of characters in books these days seem to have an older feel of confidence to them but this one takes you back to the awkward teen years.

Chloe's dad has decided to re-marry giving him a new family and step-son. Chloe agrees to spend the summer with her new family with the understanding that her best friend will be there to help her enjoy a sun
Jessica Calla
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE SUMMER BEFORE FOREVER is a perfect YA read! I loved Chloe and Landon and watching their soon-to-be step-sibling friendship turn to a romantic relationship. This book is a wonderful summer read, especially since the story takes place during the characters' summer break while they prepare for their parents' wedding in a beach town.

Landon ... sigh... every girl should have a Landon in her life at some point. He's sweet but masculine, protective but not overbearing, perfect but not. Chloe seems
Megan | Bookstacks 'n Golden Moms
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to like it when they first started getting into the romance part because, well, they're going to be brother and sister by the end of the book. Not blood related but still. So I found myself reading along, intrigued to see how the author was going to solve that problem. And along the way, I fell for Landon, too. He's sweet and considerate and he stands up for Chloe, protecting her not only like a brother but also like a really amazing boyfrien ...more
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I enjoyed this book although I ended up disliking the main characters Chloe. I really liked the idea of the list Chloe had to complete by the end of the summer to reclaim her self-confidence and I enjoyed most of the first half of the book. I didn't enjoy the second half as much as it focused more on Chloe's negative impact on Landon's life. While I haven't got anything against people who have a disability (Landon has discalc
Denise Wengert
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This is a book you definitely need to read.

Chloe is spending the summer with her father and soon to be step-mother and step-brother. What didn't she expect? Landon, her step-brother and their attraction. Completely opposite people shouldn't work right? She's into indie music and drawing. He's into sports and beyond good looking. But they work and make each other better. Then there is Jenna, Chloe's best friend, and the list of 10 things Chloe is supposed to do by the end of the su
Heather Smith
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor if receiving this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. I still have a hard time putting into words my thoughts on this book. It was incredibly gripping. I read this book when I was able, even forfiting sleep to do so. The characters were very well-developed, and the story was written with grace. I loved that she told the story from Landon's point of view, and thought that it really helped me to understand the story. I cannot wait for the next book. when this book is o ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 stars

Young adult age-range: 14+ due to darker content and sexual situations. However, I do feel there is a good moral to the story, one in which teens would benefit reading.

Melissa Chambers is a new-to-me author. I was instantly hooked from page one. The writing style was fluid, quick-paced, relevant, and for the most part sounded like older teenagers in action/reaction/dialogue. I was also thankful for the strong presence of
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review - this review is also part of the blog tour: stop September 3rd**

I’ve noticed a fad in the YA market recently. This is the third book this year that I’ve read dealing with stepsiblings falling in love. In every instance, the couple (meaning the stepsiblings) meet under interesting circumstances. In Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy, they meet after their parents h
Isabelle MBTL
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Perfect; romantic, forbidden!!!


I want to kiss this girl more than I've ever wanted anything in my life... more than I want to play football, more than I want to freaking breathe. by Landon

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Landon is the most perfect boyfriend ever. He is such a great guy, that is easy to fall in love with him. I have three teenagers of my own, two of them are boys, and he is the kind of man I would like my boys to become.
Chloe is a great heroine. She is still maturing, growing up, le
Wit & Wonder Books
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
***ARC In Exchange for an Honest Review***

Overcoming person obstacles, trusting, and loving are lessons that Melissa Chambers writes about in The Summer Before Forever.  When I first read the synopsis I though to myself "Another step-brother book, but now in the YA category"... Geez what was wrong with me because this book was not what I expected.  It's YA so of course I shouldn't have though that, but Melissa did an awesome job of making this book into so much more than a stepbrother crush or l
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. I want to also thank the publisher for giving me this opportunity.

The author picked nice themes and did a good approach to them. Still, this was one long and boring book...

So this is a 2.5.

To get away from things after being almost raped by the guy she had always had a crush on, Chloe travels with her best friend Jenna to her father's new house. However, he is about to get married and she likes a little too much Landon, her future stepbrother.

I reall
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Summer Before Forever is one of the cutest young adult books I have ever read. Despite what happens to Chloe, which could have really brought the book down, instead it’s one of the best summer books I’ve read. I’m even more excited that this is the first in a series – Jenna’s story next? Yes, please. Or even more Chloe and Landon would make me super happy. Either way, Melissa Chambers is the newest author on my to-watch list, because I absolutely enjoyed The Summer Before Forever.

What really
Bette Hansen
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved!! This is a fabulous YA read that had me hooked from the first page. Chloe and Landon are such great characters and their story is so heartwarming. Jenna is outrageous and I hope we will see her story. You just know there is so much more to her than her big personality lets on. The writing is great and the pace of the story is quick and easy. I was almost to the end of the book before I ever realized.

Chloe and her friend Jenna are off to Florida for the summer to visit her Ch
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Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rock ...more

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