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Forever Hearts

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Forever Hearts by CJ Martín

Best friends aren’t meant to fall in love with each other…

From the time I was five, Jesse Collins was my world. He was my partner in crime. My best friend. My confidant.

We were inseparable. Soul mates. Forever hearts. But all that changed when he took on a new role. Lover.

He told me to trust. To have faith. To believe in our love.

And I did.

But we
Published (first published August 3rd 2017)
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FOREVER HEARTS: Is a new standalone coming of age, friends to lovers story by C.J. Martin. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’

I will always have your back, Ry. You’re my heart. Forever and always.

In the ‘Prologue’ we’re introduced to Riley at a time where she should be at her happiest in life but that niggling scream in her mind screams that it isn’t Jesse. But to understand this comment we have to go back, back to where it all began and this story begins when a young Jesse aged five escapes
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳C.J. Martin has brought a new meaning of being in a relationship with your best friend, both with struggles and positive things...

A love story in which not only revolves around the idea of having a female and male friend, but this is a love story in which has also brought a new meaning to friends to lovers. C.J. Martin has brought this message in such a wonderfully written way that I really wanted to keep reading more. The fact is, I was uncertain about reading this baby, but I do not regret
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5- 3.75 Stars

Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Gah! I loved this book SO much! It broke my heart and made me swoon and gave me butterflies and just made me happy. And I have to wonder, how are there only 120 reviews?? It is perfection! What a hidden gem!

This is the friends-to-lovers story of Riley and Jesse. Spanning over several decades, it follows them from when they first meet at five all the way to them in their twenties. Every scene in this book was perfect, each one designed to build on the depth of their connection. Not to men
☮ mary
There is a scene in "King Lear" where Shakespeare describes the torture of Gloucester having his eye gouged out ... Well this scene was more pleasant to read than this stupid & tiresome book . There you go! Cheers
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it

There is something about a Friends to Lovers romance that has it as one of my favourite categories. I think it is because of the previous history and the commitment already made to each other. Even though these two meet and became best friends at five years old, it's when they are seniors in high school that things start to change with their relationship. There is no doubt in Jesse's mind what he wants, but friends he will stay if that is all Rylie is capable of. If she wants more from h
Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Gosto do enredo "melhores amigos que se apaixonam" mas esse não foi bem desenvolvido.
Ela poderia ter explorado um ou dois temas apresentados mas passeou demais e fugiu do desenvolvimento.
Mayra M
I loved it! It was a sure 5 stars , until the ending. It was cut short and I felt a bit robbed of their HEA. I needed more, and IMO, a few words between the h and her father were also missing
Amanda Williams
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, incredible. One of the most touching, beautiful books I have ever read. This book has touched me like no other. I felt every emotion portrayed in this book. Truly remarkable story telling. As I finished the story I knew that my life will not be the same again. I have fallen for this author's writing and cannot wait for them to write the next book.

The characters were truly inspirational and the storyline was compelling.

It is amazingly intense and the author prepares you for the journey for y
Tianna✸loves books✸
Stupid hero, stupid hero, stupid misunderstandings & stupid coward MCs.
The story is just dragged to make a book.
I just skimmed, skimmed & skimmed.
Not for me!!!
Aurora - Whoo Gives A Hoot
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review...

Let me tell you all the ways that I absolutely loved this friends to lovers story! This is not only a story about discovering your forever love, but about friendship and how the lines between the two of them are slowly blurred. The chemistry between these Riley and Jesse is undeniable even if they both at times seemed a little oblivious to the fact. Days after fi
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forever Hearts by CJ Martin is a beautiful coming of age, best friends to lovers stories. I absolutely LOVED this book. From start to finish I was captivated by the story of 2 best friends falling in love.

In Forever Hearts, we meet sweet, innocent Riley Ann. And Jesse, the boy next door who secretly in love with her. So much angst in this book. I'm a sucker for it. But their love, is beautiful! My emotions were on a rollercoaster ride, ups and downs, but oh how I LOVED the ride.

This was my ver
C.J. Martín
May 29, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Forever Hearts
A standalone, friends to lovers romance


Release Date: August 3, 2017

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Alecia ~☆~The Staircase Reader~☆~
Best Friends aren't supposed to fall in love... or are they? 

Forever Hearts is a flawless story about a friendship that is meant to last forever. I loved this friends to lovers romance! 

Rylie and Jesse have been best friends since the start. They've had many bumps along the way but have always came out on top. As their age progresses their feelings get stronger. 

My heart broke repeatedly for this friendship that was clearly meant to be more than a friendship. It seemed like the world threw every
Spunky N Sassy
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This is an awesome book that lovers of romance novels are going to love. It's enthralling from the very first to the very last line.
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
What a great coming of age, friends to lover story. Jesse and Riley have been best friends forever and both have an attraction toward each other and they try it out but sometimes life gets in the way as well as our hearts. These two fight heart for love and I was in the ride with them loved it.
Izzie d
This book is not for me.
I don't like it when in the journey to be together and realize their feelings for each other they are both flirting or sleeping with other people.
Jennifer Diaz

This book.... gah!! Words cannot express how amazing this story is!! The FEELS!! Oh lordy THE FEELS in this book!! If you follow my reviews you may know angst and heartbreak is my favorite thing to read about! I beg authors to break my heart, to rip it from my chest, to have my heart lodged in my throat!!! I live for these kinds of books!! Well Forever Hearts is probably the best book I've read in a long time that just does that! CJ Martin is so underrated and I wish more readers knew about her!
Mandie Foxylutely
Review to follow. Not sure how to at the moment :(

Three and a half ish stars

Forever Hearts is a friends to lovers, coming of age/new adult bi-racial romance.

Rylie and Jesse have been best friends since they were 5 years old and over the year the closeness they shared has accumulated to something much more. However making that decision to transform their relationship comes with a lot of angst, insecurity and hurt. Being a coming of age romance this is to be expected, it was a little more ma
Emily Goodman
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Going into CJ Martin’s new book, Forever Hearts, I had absolutely no idea I’d have the slew of emotions that are currently plaguing me after finishing what I consider one of the best reads of this year. I didn’t just like this book, I fell hook, line and sinker in love with Martin’s story of two childhood friends and their coming of age romance.

In Forever Hearts, we have Riley Ann, innocent and oblivious to the boy next door’s adoration and Jesse, the boy next door who secretly pines for his be
Sunny Shelly Reads
Forever Hearts was a lovely coming-of-age novel. It was the first I've read by CJ Martin, and I thought she did a great job in capturing Riley and Jesse's journey from best friends to loving one another to being in love with one another. Being each other's forever heart.

The story spans more than a decade, from the time that Riley and Jesse are little kids, through their high school and college years and into adulthood. The reader gets to experience all of the ups and downs of their friendship, a
Book Maniac Forever
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forever Hearts wasn’t the easiest book to read in the way that it’s a story that is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. I loved Riley and Jesse’s relationship evolution from friend to lovers and felt they were just so perfect together. But all the heartache they suffer through the years made it also hard to read without getting my heart broken a little.

Friends to lovers books are one of my favorite trope. All the anticipation before the hero and heroine get together and the tension building is
Naomi Connor
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***

I fell in love with this story. Friends to lovers is never easy as this couple find out first hand.

Jessie and Riley became best friends at the age of 5, but it was when they were in their teens that things started to change for them.

Both having feelings for one another, they are slow to act on it and find themselves in relationships with other people. The timing is never right.

Just when this couple are set on the p
Carine Johnson
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Really Like This One

You know how sometime you find a story that's just so good that you spend a lot of time looking for something similar and just as good. Well, Forever Hearts was just that for me. It's a beautiful story, but more importantly I genuinely liked the characters. Jessi and Riley were good people, they were friends, best friends, before they ever started dating. I knew so much about each other that I knew there was a basis for their relationship. I was rooting for them from the ve
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I am the first to admit that I do not often give out 5 stars for a book. I also know that what I would consider 5 stars is not always the case for everyone else....

But this book was defiantly a 5 STAR REVIEW

This book had all the elements that I love!

<3 Friends to lovers - Without being over the top cheesy
<3 Angst between the H and h over their feelings towards each other
<3 Great secondary characters

Before I go any further I must be completely honest and let you know that I have re
Mom to 2 cuties
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came across this author by mistake. I read Snowbound and fell in love with her writing. From there I read Knockout and then Off Key. I love books. I read a lot of books. But for some reason this author's writing just sticks with me. It's flows so beautifully that I can't put the book down when reading her words.

Now, Forever Hearts. This book had me laughing and crying and had me ready to chuck my iPad across the room! This book is not your typical love story. The characters are flawed and the
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am completely blown away by this book. I absolutely adore best friends to lovers books, yet this is so much more than that.
Jesse & Riley have been best friends since they first become neighbours at the age of 5. They are inseparable until the day they both move away to different colleges. What Riley doesn't know is that the ever popular Jesse struggles to hide his true feelings for her.
This book is staged over many years, and both Riley & Jesse go through many ups and downs throughout
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, let me start this review by saying THANK YOU to C.J. Martin for sending me an ARC of Forever Hearts! This book completely took me by surprise...

I absolutely love a 'friends to lovers' romance. I live for the angst and the attraction of friends who feel something more than friendship for their friend!

Cj Martin writes like a seasoned veteran writer!

This book had me on the edge of my seat! The slow burn of Riley and Jesse was freaking delicious to read! This book threw me for a loop! I was e
Sharon Jones
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am completely blown away by this book. I absolutely adore best friends to lovers books, yet this is so much more than that.
Jesse & Riley have been best friends since they first become neighbours at the age of 5. They are inseparable until the day they both move away to different colleges. What Riley doesn't know is that the ever popular Jesse struggles to hide his true feelings for her.
This book is staged over many years, and both Riley & Jesse go through so many ups and downs through
Nicole Reads
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure how to explain everything this book made me feel.

The story put butterflies in my stomach, goosebumps in my skin, so many questions in my brain, so much love in my heart and every possible emotion in my soul.

I love how we get to read about the how  the lines started to blurr and the friendship, the main characters shared, becomes something else.

Riley and Jesse are such amazing characters. And their connection is really special. They had to learn how to surpass every stone in the r
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CJ Martín spends the majority of her days daydreaming, procrastinating, and longing for the day when she can quit her day job and write full time.

She loves all things romance and is a sucker for a happily-ever-after. She also loves traveling, yoga, avocados, and music. She has about a million and one playlists on Spotify that are as random as her personality.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her swe
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