Author: Chelsea Landon, Megan Smith
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: October 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
From the lights of the field, to the curve in the road, one shattered breath leaves friendships forever altered.
The Forever Love Series will submerge you into two novels intertwined together where love and loss can break you down, tear you apart, and even last forever, if you’re willing to let it.
After a celebratory night for six friends on the cusp of adulthood ends tragically, they’re left learning how to carry on. Years later, through their own struggles and accomplishments, each is left suspended by fears that encase them with such an intense blinding light, and a horrific soul-stealing darkness. Can they find their way out of the intricate web of guilt and deceit? Can they grasp the light amongst the shadows of what they used to be... and manage to be who they should become?
Sometimes the only way to heal is to face the fear of forever.
Forever Dark: In Forever Dark, a novel by Chelsea Landon, you’ll spiral through life’s twists and turns of Cash Bryant, humbled quarterback, living his dream on the brink of fame, and Madison Thomas, a girl who shares the burden of the accident and destined for failure. Two people torn apart by tragedy; fearing that letting go will sever their remaining connection.
Forever Light: In Forever Light, a new novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Megan Smith, you’ll meet Landon Hayes, an all-star wide receiver who is spiraling out of control after that one fateful night, and Macy Thomas, a college sweetheart who is shy and afraid to come out of her shell since the accident. When the heart-breaking reality sets in, can they find their light or is the past too dark to find their way?
*Books One and Two available for a limited time in one book.
Okay, for this series you are going to need a box of tissues. I loved both of these books. Though I had a harder time starting Forever Light because I already knew what was going to happen. Parts are the same, however both books are told in the two sets of characters points of view. Book one, Forever Dark features Cash and Madison and book two, Forever Light features Macy and Landon. The relationships between all of the characters is precarious. Madison and Macy are twin sisters with no relationship. Cash and Landon might as well be brothers, even though they are not related. They also have no relationship. Cash and Landon are still playing football together and still rely on each other on the field. Cash and Madison are somewhat together as are Macy and Landon. However, what is interesting is that Cash and Macy have a close friendship and Landon and Madison have the same type of close relationship. However, Cash hates that Madison still talks to Landon and Landon hates that Macy still hangs out with Cash. Like I said, precarious.
As I was reading both books, I did not want to put them down. I devoured Forever Dark on my day off and then mistakenly finished Forever Light on my break at work where yes, I cried. I cried through both books because I could not imagine how the tragedy that takes place would have affected me if it had happened to me. Teens should read these books. This tragedy is something that teens do go through. View Spoiler »It reminds me of a tragedy that happened in the county where I live. A group of 5 friends with one survivor. There has never been an answer as to who was specifically driving that night. The one survivor does not remember. These books show what that survivor could be going through. As the survivor how do you cope with the knowledge that you were the only one to survive? « Hide Spoiler What choices would you make? How would you live your life? Would you feel guilty? These are questions that the characters are faced with in these books.
I am definitely looking forward to how the authors are going to be finishing the series with the characters. I loved how each book ended because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel it is just the characters are just not there yet. You can tell that all of them are still going to be facing some sort of obstacles and it makes me nervous to think what else these characters will have to face. What I know is that there is a love between all of them that makes them strong and hopefully will be enough to keep them together to face those obstacles. The note the authors write at the beginning states “we wanted to tell the story of six people forced to deal with one tragedy that led them down a path none of them thought they would be able to overcome. We wanted to show our readers, with words and our imagination, how one night out with a few friends changed forever.” The suggested reading order is Forever Dark and then following it up with Forever Light. And yes, you will need a box of tissues.
Forever Dark Excerpt
It’s pouring outside, rain pelting my face and soaking my t-shirt. I don’t care. I still walk in the rain.
Before I know it, I’m on the third floor and approaching her door, my shoes squeaking on the concrete floor. Taking my phone from my pocket, I send Madison a text.
She answers right away. It’s locked. Hold on.
My shoulder hits the wall, I lean into the door waiting for her to unlock it. A couple holding hands and beer passes by me. I don’t give them the time of day, even though they bump my shoulder and congratulate me on the season though we loss last night.
Fuck football at this point.
So fucking angry.
I know I should have known that she was this girl but the fact that she kept stringing me along, that has me so angry.
I thought it was more.
That’s my problem. I thought.
When Madison opens the door, she’s dressed in my jersey from freshman year… yeah, the one she stole, and it’s a fading fucking reminder of what we used to be. I want to rip it off her body like she rips my heart out.
When I step inside, she’s not looking at me and she won’t. She barely ever does.
“What are you doing here?” Her voice is low and hushed as she reaches to close the bathroom door.
I step inside raising an eyebrow at her, but I don’t look up, I can’t. The thump is louder, her proximity is suffocating. We don’t touch as I speak. “You don’t want me here?”
She shakes her head, hopeless eyes fail to find anything they’re looking for. Slumped shoulders give way and she wraps her arms around me bringing our bodies together. Her hands slide over my wet shirt, catching as it clings to my body. She kisses down my jaw until her lips find mine. She captures me, right then, consuming me with her kisses. Our lips never fumble, maybe frustrated we can never get close enough, but they’re sure kisses that designate what we are, for the briefest moment.
We’re this, right here, right now.
A three AM text and no questions, only mumbled words of acceptance.
I’m here for something and she knows it, her mouth finds mine again fisting her hands in my t-shirt, pulling me into her. We stumble, the wall meets her back and I’m dying, falling, soaring into the high only she can give me. I close my eyes and ignore the thump in my chest, ignore the fact that’s she’s never gonna love me the way I love her.
It’s just not going to happen.
Stop beating. Stop believing in anything but never.
The moment her tongue meets mine, I can’t breathe again. I’m screaming in pain that she can’t see what she does to me, how she makes me feel.
Forever Light Excerpt
I push everything out of my mind and move with determination. It has to be this way. It’s for the best. I throw everything that’s left of me into soul-searing sex between us. My movements becoming harder, faster, my left arm wrapped around her waist, my right hand on her ass moving her against me. Macy’s panting and gently biting down on my neck and it only fuels my fire and sends me over the fucking edge. Macy’s body tightens around me and I push harder into her chasing my own orgasm, praying she’s close because I’m not lasting.
“Oh Landon,” she cries out. Her body goes limp in my arms as I continue to drive into her. It starts out low in my stomach building rapidly and then it hits like a freight train.
“Damn,” I grind out still pumping in and out of her slowly as my release hits.
I rest my head on her shoulder and it’s then that I realize she’s crying.
Shit. Was I too rough?
Did I hurt her?
No, that’s all I’ve ever done is hurt her. This is more. This is her knowing there’s no chance for us. Not when I can’t give myself to her in the ways she needs. I lift her chin and a tear slips down her cheek. Her next words break that last piece that was holding me together.
“You stole my heartbeat.” I blink, pulling away from her, and the words come out before I can stop them.
“I can’t steal something you give to me over and over again to destroy.”