Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Forever Your Concierge by Jessica Ingro

Title: Forever Your Concierge (Concierge Series)
Author: Jessica Ingro


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From the moment she said hello, Travis Hamilton knew without a doubt that Maya Harris was the one. Knowing how hard it is to make a relationship work, he’s ready to fight for them—no matter what trials and tribulations come their way. But what do you do when the woman you're in love with refuses to move your relationship forward? When her secrets become too much to handle? How can you get her to trust you and take a chance on your future?

Maya Harris gave up on love a long time ago. Past experience dictated that what seemed too good to be true, most certainly always was. There’s something about Travis Hamilton though that pushes her to the brink of change—teetering on the edge of giving in to their love and planning on forever. But past mistakes always have a way of rearing their ugly head and putting your future at risk.

True loves and happily ever afters are anything but easy, and never a guarantee. Can love really overcome any obstacle? Can happiness truly come without any strings?

4.5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

I am a huge fan of Ms. Ingro.  For the past 2 years she has had a book on my top 20 of the year; in fact, the previous book in this series was included in my 2014 list.  While this latest installment can be read as a standalone, I strongly encourage you to read the first as it is oh-so-good.  Travis and Maya were strong secondary characters in the first book, and had a small relationship budding between them.  This book takes us back to their very first date and all the events that lead up to their happily ever after.  We caught a glimpse of their future in the epilogue of the first book.

Maya has just had a disastrous date when she decides to pop into a bar and drown her sorrows.   Travis is also a patron at the bar when he introduces himself and says that Elizabeth (her business partner) is his personal concierge.  Travis is adamant that they have a date, but Elizabeth’s rule is not to date their clients.  While Travis is technically not Maya’s client, Maya just feels that she can’t betray Elizabeth’s trust in her.  Travis’s persistency pays off and he has a date with Maya tomorrow night.

“You’ve made me the happiest guy in this city.  And I promise you won’t regret giving me a chance.”

Travis is a super sweet guy and pulls out all the stops on their first date.  “I’d like to think I’m good at the woo that women like so much.”   Any guy that can say “woo” is a keeper – how could Maya not fall in love with him?  Their love for each other came about easily and they were a perfect fit.

“Travis and I are like peanut butter and jelly.  We just are.  There was never any question in my mind that we should be together.” 

Besides keeping their relationship a secret from Elizabeth for over a year, Maya has secrets from her past that have a way of turning up when they aren’t wanted…like the night before her wedding.  Travis is upset at this newfound knowledge, but he is just too perfect to stay mad.  Even when is so mad he could spit nails, he is still adorable.  They have one year of wedded bliss before more secrets from Maya’s past are forced to come out.

That was when I visibly witnessed his eyes go dead and his heart break as he realized I had been lying to him.

Oh Maya…Why? Why?  Why would you lie to this beautiful man who will love you unconditionally?  He just wants you to give him all of you, the broken pieces and all.  He will fix them and what he can’t he will accept.  But breaking his trust, that just hurts and it’s hard to earn that back.  Fortunately Travis is a very forgiving man, and he loves his wife whole-heartedly so it’s his nature to forgive and move on.   Happiness is waiting for them.

His hands snaked around my middle, splaying out against my stomach.  “My baby’s in there?” He asked with wonder in his voice.

This isn’t the end of their story.  This is just the beginning of heartache and devastation.  Now comes the parts where you will find your eyes wet with sadness.   Travis is still a rock in their relationship but he can’t continue to hold Maya up when all she wants to do is fall, and fall deep.  If I didn’t love Travis before, then this is where my heart filled with love for this man.  He begs her to stop her downward spiral and to let him help her, but Maya is headstrong and when she can’t handle what life is throwing at her, she finds solace in other ways.  Eventually something has to give, because Travis will soon break alongside Maya and then there will be nobody holding them up, and their beautiful story will be no more.  Can Travis continue to love her enough for both of them?  Can he be strong enough to keep them both from falling?

“I wasted no time pulling her into my arms and rocking her as she cried.  I didn’t know what else I was supposed to do, so I sat there and cried too.” 

I loved the way Ms. Ingro continued to weave Grant and Elizabeth’s lives into this story.  I adore Grant, but Travis really gave him a run for his money.  I will admit that Travis is more swoonworthy, but there is something about Grant that continues to put him at the top.  The epilogue is fantastic!!!  It’s a perfect closure on their lives (and it includes Grant so of course I was very happing with the ending!).

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When the car pulled up to my building, Travis helped me out and followed me in and up to my third floor apartment. At the door, I extricated my keys from my purse and turned to face him. His eyes blazed as he looked down on me, making my palms sweat and my heart race in anticipation of our first official kiss.

When his head dipped, my breath caught. When his mouth touched mine, I instantly opened for him. When his tongue swept inside, I completely lost myself to the feel of it brushing mine as he explored me in the most sensual kiss I had ever had.

His hands came up to frame my face. His head tilted and he deepened the kiss. My toes curled as heat swept through my body with a blinding fierceness.

He broke the kiss far too soon and rested his forehead on mine. "Who knew a kiss could feel like this?"

"I know," I whispered. My eyes finally opening to take in his gorgeous face so close to mine.

"Let me stay tonight, Maya."

The idea was oh so intriguing, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. We barely knew each other, and I didn't want to move too fast.

"Let's take it slow, Travis," I whispered, afraid he would get mad and that would be the end of what promised to be something completely amazing.

"No longer the happiest man in the city, Maya," he informed me and my stomach dipped at the rough and raspy sound of his voice. "Happiest man in the world."


"Goodnight, sweetheart. I'll call you tomorrow." He kissed my forehead and took a step back.

"Goodnight, Travis."

I opened my door and turned back to look at him in front of the stairwell. He had the most endearing expression on his face, and I was pretty sure I fell in love with him right then.

Author Bio:
Jessica is the author of the Love Square & Concierge series. She grew up in Central New York, where currently lives with her husband and three dogs. Her days are spent as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she's been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. It has always been a dream of hers to be able to share her stories with the world.

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