Title: Forever Kinda Love (Lovelly #1)
Author: Clara Stone
Date of Publication: August 13, 2014
Genre: mature YA contemporary romance
Life’s. Little. Surprises.The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan “Ace” Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she’s his saving grace, too.Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn’t turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won’t back down easily. He’s ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?Two lives.One story.And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Clara Stone/Priya Kanaparti for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.
I really wanted to like this novel. Priya is ultra sweet and kind and I’ve been hearing great things about the Dracian Legacy he wrote as Priya. This is Priya’s first foray into contemporary romance as Clara Stone and it pains me to say that I didn’t like this book one bit. I don’t hate it like how I hate some of my 2-star reads but I just didn’t connect with the characters nor did I immerse myself in the story. I pretty much scoffed all the way. Here are the reasons why…
This is supposed to be a best friend romance. Ace and Heath are best friends ever since they were kids but I never got the memo. Right from the start, it read as if they’re finding each other sexy and are having feelings for one another. I always get told that they’re best friends but HOW? WHEN? I didn’t glean much of that relationship. Because all of a sudden Ace and Heath wanted to jump each other. The bane of best friend romances is the slow build-up to something more. That creeping awareness that what if, just maybe, you actually love your best friend. Ace and Heath did wonder but it was all too soon, in my opinion.
I shipped the other guy. Who had a very small role because we all knew from the start that it would be Ace and Heath as endgame. So my poor shipper heart was totally not in it at all. Vincent was nice and definitely not a caveman like Heath and I just wished he was THE ONE but of course who am I fooling. We all know that your ship greatly affects your opinion of the novel, well, for subjective and emotional readers like me, they do. Oh well, life is unfair and almost always evil to my shipper heart.
Heath was such a caveman. HELLO, THIS IS 2014. Gah, I hate guys who punch people for a girl’s honor preemptively. I mean, if thugs were harassing the girl, sure. But if you know nothing, please. Heath was so jealous all the time too and nada, not gonna fly with me. He thinks and feels that Ace is his. No, YOU own YOURSELF. Please.
All those plot arcs. There’s a fine line to toe in cramming plot arcs. You want the novel to be meaty but you don’t want it so jam-packed that the plots lose their weight. I felt like Forever Kinda Love tried to discuss so much that the ending felt all rushed. Plus, THAT TIME LEAP. Sigh. I think I’d rather read a novel chronicling Ace and Heath’s story in that said time leap.
I’m really sorry Priya. But the good news is, if the next novel is about Harrington, I am sooooo reading that. From the small bits I read of Harrington, I may already know why he’s so allergic to commitment but I adore his humor so I’d read that. Plus, he’s Colton Haynes in Priya’s dream cast and OH, HELLO, COLTON. LEMME DROOL ON YOU.
Even with my thoughts regarding this book, I still suggest you go pick it up. Maybe it’s for you!
About Clara Stone
Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.
She also writes YA paranormal romance under the name Priya Kanaparti. She is published through Reuts Publications.