Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: Changing Forever by Lisa DeJong


I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.

4 Angsty My Heart Can't Take it Stars!
Review by Jen Hagen
Emery has just begun her first year of college when she runs smack dab into the star quarterback, Drake.  Drake is the guy all the girls wants, but Drake doesn’t spend too much time playing into their hands or beds.  He is too busy trying to fulfill a dream that may or not be his own of being an elite football player.  Drake also has responsibilities to his family that cannot be overlooked.   The weight on his shoulders should bring him down, but he knows that he has to remain strong as there are too many people relying on him. 

I always have to be the hero, but when it bleeds into an expectation of perfection, it becomes too much.  Some days I just can’t f*cking take it anymore, and I want to disappear, to blend in.  Some days, I don’t want to be Drake Chambers. 

Emery is the complete opposite of Drake.  Whereas everybody knows Drake and he commands his presence with confidence, Emery just wants to be a wallflower.  She does not want to call attention to herself and she takes to her studies heavily in order to maintain her grades as being on a scholarship is the only way she can attend college.     

Emery and Drake end up teamed together on a class project.  Their attraction towards each other reminds me of a junior high game of cat and mouse…when Drake catches her he lets her go again just to restart the game.   He would close off his emotions as soon as he felt a little too strongly for Emery and this was so frustrating!   

As he watches me, watching him, something changes in his eyes.  He’s leaving me again, pulling back. 

Emery forgave him way more than I ever would but I guess that’s easy to say when you’re on the outside looking in.  Things are going so well for them when BAM!  a pivotal moment in their lives changes everything. 

“You were just another curve in the road.  Another thing holding me back from what I should be concentrating on.”

Before I hit this moment at 75% I didn’t feel anything special towards the characters, but all of a sudden my heart is racing and I NEED to know what I’m up against.   Now I can’t read fast enough and pulling the book out of my hands is like pulling a shoe from my puppy dog’s mouth…you can’t have it!!  If you have read Lisa’s previous novel, When it Rains, you know what she is capable of doing to you and your emotions.   I can tell you that this isn’t nearly as brutal, but you still will feel your heart being ripped out hoping that she will put it back together again for you by the time you reach the last page.  Such a wonderful read!

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