Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review of Wanting Forever by Diana Gardin


Sometimes the one thing you want is exactly what you can't have.
For Sam Waters, it's Aston Hopewell. Talk about a girl out of his league. But he's just a hired hand, happy to keep his head down and work hard on her father's ranch. With a warrant out for his arrest, he can't afford trouble. 

Everyone thinks Aston's life is perfect, but she knows the truth: nothing is as it seems. The only one who gets that is Sam. He understands her in a way no one ever has. But even he won't tell her everything-until the night that changes their destiny forever . . . 

Leia's 4 Star Review:

I read through a few reviews for this book before I started reading it and some of them were really negative towards the book because it isn’t “rational”. They have said things what happened with Sam and the decisions he made “don’t make any sense”. I want to address these really quick because that was a big setback for me on picking up the book. 

First things first, who ever said that love was rational? No one. That’s who. People do things for love on a daily basis that will not make sense to the rest of the world. It can’t be justified in societies standards because love trumps reason every time. Every. Single. Time. Reading this book – I can completely see why Sam made the decisions that he made. He was trying to protect Ever, like he had been doing every day of his life. Were his reasons rational? Probably not. However – they were realistic. Things like this happen. End of. 

Second off – I for one, really enjoyed this book. It dives into the side of love that people don’t think about that often. Yes, the basis of this story is founded on discovering your true love. But your idea of true love can be warped by need. Like in the case of Ever and Sam – Ever had always needed Sam. Sam had always needed to protect her. That need translated to love to both of them. But after the events that took place, and Sam leaving it’s easier to see that the ‘love’ they had for each other was more of a safety net for both of them. I loved Sam for trying to protect that love, even when he was fighting a losing battle. 

Aston was another character that I loved. She was fierce and strong willed. Completely independent – but the author makes it clear that just because you are strong and independent, doesn’t mean that you don’t like to be taken care of, to be needed. That is something that people misjudge about strong women all of the time. Just because we can handle ourselves and the situations in our lives doesn’t mean that we necessarily want to do that all of the time. Sometimes it is nice to have someone take care of, look after you and put you first. 

I enjoyed the fact that Sam and Aston built a solid friendship with each other, letting go of preconceived notions and getting to know the other person. They learned a lot from each other and grew as individuals in their journey together. 

Overall, I think that this was a great book. Sure, there were times that it was a little over-the-top mushy and cheesy – but that’s okay, because sometimes you need that. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend. 

ARC kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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