USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s second book in the Getting Lucky series brings heart, humor, and heat back to Port Snow.
There are two little words every small-town man dreads:
Harper Sanders, the girl who was supposed to be my forever, has returned to Port Snow, Maine, for good—and she’s bringing back memories of our shared past.
We once had a bright future together, but when tragedy struck, I threw it all away and pushed her out of my life. People in our small town think I’m cursed, but I know better. I did it all to myself.
And now she’s creating a life of her own in the place where we first fell in love. I can’t fight my feelings for her—or the strong attraction that keeps pulling us together. But after all this time, can she forgive the past and fall in love with me all over again?
Everyone hopes to find that forever girl…I just hope I haven’t lost mine for good.
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for honest review***
Well surprise surprise, who didn’t see this rating happening? I mean, to be fair it is Meghan Quinn and my obsession for all her novels is borderline insanity check time, but I cannot help it, when I think I don’t like a certain trope this genius woman pulls me back in. So yeah, I am not a huge fan of second chance romances let alone those ‘Best Friends to Lovers’ tropes and yet, this gem right here threw me for a delicious loop. I mean these characters… just swoon me more please.
I adored Harper. At first, I thought I was going to dislike her, but truthfully I really enjoyed every aspect of her character’s personality. She was hesitant towards Rogan, being back in town and she was very closed off. I was excited yet saddened to really figure out what made Harper tick, especially finding out why she was really back in town. I was also conflicted on the obvious conversation that needed to happen – what really caused the break up. To me though, I really felt that she was harboring a lot of animosity towards Rogan, something that I also felt maybe she should have realized she was in fact partial to blame for, not saying she deserved what happened, but I felt she needed to understand her part as well, which she ultimately does. She is so beautifully flawed that her character really gave a real mannerism towards her, one I could see myself within while reading.
And then there is Rogan. I was extremely curious about him. What really made him tick – what made his this heartless cold person? It was extremely heart breaking to finally see everything come to the true light. He was that typical brooding, handsome shell man meat of the story. That’s right, he had the moody appeal down packed! Definitely bringing a lot of truth to the town gossip of being the closed off Knightly. At first too, I was really getting frustrated with his character, I knew he was struggling internally with his feelings, processing Harper being back in Port Snow, but there were times with how he was acting he needed a punch to the jaw – but them that moment of realizing what he did, the company name, the dream home? It was like, pluck my heart out why don’t you?!
I think the romance pacing was fast and yet engaging enough, especially with the complexities of Harper and Rogan’s personalities, even more so realizing that their relationship was best friends since sixth grade to high school sweethearts. There was history to build through and regrow. It was a slow build up for something that was explosive – it was perfection. I found myself during each chapter, not sure which perspective I would get and not sure which time frame I would be in just diving head first over and over, not able to look away. It was glorious. I was beyond beguiled by their passion, Meghan did such a phenomenal job with bring to life a trope that is not my go to, it was a tear jerk.
Bottom line, I enjoyed this one immensely. I think Rogan might be my favorite brother! This was sweet, fun, charismatic and the additive time travel moments simply added more teasers to getting to digest the all consuming romance that was Rogan and Harper. I am really enjoying the Getting Lucky series, and That Forever Girl was a gem of gems. I cannot wait to see which brother comes next, I have a feeling the youngest is going to send me into a tizzy!
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THAT FOREVER GIRL EXCERPT:
There is no way in hell she’s here.
My family isn’t that cruel. Right?
From my car, I try to gauge the number of bodies in my parents’ house through the windows. Ugh, I can’t see shit.
She can’t possibly be at family dinner. My family loves Harper, but they wouldn’t invite her, not after I called my mom the other day, telling her to put her matchmaking skills to rest. She just chuckled but reassured me she knew what she was doing. Whatever the hell that means.
I was very adamant about leaving Harper alone. The Knightlys can be too much at times, and I’m sure we’re the last thing she needs right when she’s trying to settle back into town.
Resigning myself to the inevitable, I retrieve my keys from the ignition and make my way to the front door. Hand on the doorknob, I take a deep breath and walk into the house I grew up in. The warm walls and carefully hung family pictures greet me first, followed by my family’s raucous laughter emanating from the back of the house.
I remove my shoes and hang my suit jacket on the coat hanger by the front door before cautiously making my way down the long hallway to the connected kitchen and large dining room. Ren, Griffin’s girlfriend, is the first to spot me. She gives me a small smile and a little wave. The rest of the family is scattered around the kitchen as usual, getting in my parents’ way as they try to finish up the dinner prep.
Griffin sees me next. “Ah, you finally decided to join us.” He checks his watch. “I think that was eight minutes in the car. Who had eight minutes?”
Reid raises his hand and hops off the counter, grabbing a bowl from the center of the table and pocketing the wad of cash inside. “I know him too well.” Reid pats me on the back and slips me a one-dollar bill. “Here, this is for you. Thanks for taking eight minutes to prepare yourself to come in the house. Daddy is going to buy a new pair of jeans.” He pats his pockets.
Ignoring everyone and their stupid bet, I pop the fridge door open and grab a water. Reid joins me, sticking his head in the fridge so I’m forced to look at him. “Aren’t you going to ask?”
“Ask what?” I grit out.
“If she’s here. I know that’s why you were hanging out in your car, debating if you should come in or not.”
My skin prickles, and I brace myself for the answer as I shut the fridge door. “Is she here?” I hiss.
Slowly, Reid smiles and nods. “Yup, she’s in the bathroom.”
“Are you fucking kidding me?” I angrily squeeze my water bottle, nearly popping the top off. “Why? Why is she here?”
Reid shrugs. “I don’t know, maybe because she wants to be here.”
“Who invited her? Was it Mom?” I don’t wait for an answer. Instead, I walk over to the culprit, who’s hovering over the stove, stirring a huge pot of chili.
“Oh, hey, sweetie. Cornbread is in the oven, honey is in the crock, and I also got tortilla chips because I know how much you like crumbling them in your chili.”
“Mom, why did you invite her? I told you to leave her alone, to leave usalone.”
“What are you talking about?” My mom looks me up and down and then goes back to the chili.
“Harper. I asked you not to invite Harper.”
The bathroom door opens, and Jen pops out, rubbing her hands together. “Did he come in yet?” Her eyes light up as she spots me. “What time was it?”
“Eight minutes. Reid won.”
Disappointed, she snaps her fingers. “Damn, I for sure thought I was going to win.”
Confused, I turn back to my mom. “Harper isn’t here?”
“No, of course not. I wouldn’t invite her so early. She needs time to settle. What made you think she was here?”
I whip around to find Reid leaning against the kitchen wall, arms crossed and with a giant grin on his face. I point at him. “You better run, because I’m going to fucking kill you.”
Like a bolt of lightning, he takes off, and I chase after him, nothing but pure murder on my mind.
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.