Title: That Forever Girl
Author: Meghan Quinn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2019
USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s second book in the Getting Lucky series brings heart, humor, and heat back to Port Snow.
There are two little words every small-town man dreads:
Harper Sanders, the girl who was supposed to be my forever, has returned to Port Snow, Maine, for good—and she’s bringing back memories of our shared past.
We once had a bright future together, but when tragedy struck, I threw it all away and pushed her out of my life. People in our small town think I’m cursed, but I know better. I did it all to myself.
And now she’s creating a life of her own in the place where we first fell in love. I can’t fight my feelings for her—or the strong attraction that keeps pulling us together. But after all this time, can she forgive the past and fall in love with me all over again?
Everyone hopes to find that forever girl…I just hope I haven’t lost mine for good.
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After meeting Rogan Knightly in book one of Meghan Quinn’s Getting Lucky series, I wanted to understand his demeanor and his behavior. He seemed like such a surly jackass and I needed the reasons behind his tortured and angry personality. So as I began reading That Forever Girl, I sifted through the chapters gathering information and realized that it all comes down to one person – Harper Sanders – the girl now woman who was supposed to be his happily ever after but ended up being nothing more than a reminder of everything he lost for the past 7 years.
And the further I read, the easier it was to see that one decision and the effects of that choice changed the entire dynamics and direction of Rogan and Harper’s relationship, leaving them beyond broken and scarred even after Harper returns to Port Snow, leaving their family, friends, and the people of Port Snow to wonder if these two would ever have a second chance and find their way back to each other, working toward that forever once again.
Because Rogan and Harper’s story is told through both of their perspectives, readers are privy to just how caught up they both are with their mutual past, with the words that were said and actions that were taken. Rogan and Harper’s emotions resonate in the words they use to describe their struggles, their grief, their pain, and especially, their anger. There are overwhelming feelings on both sides, which makes things even more complicated when Harper returns to Port Snow and they both realize that their past has to be dealt with in order for both of them to move forward, however that may be.
Quinn uses flashbacks to illustrate the progression of Rogan and Harper’s relationship – from becoming friends then lovers to realizing they want to spend forever together to where they are when That Forever Girl begins – practically strangers due to the 7 years of no contact and the hatred that they were left with when they went their separate ways.
I do have to say that as much as I enjoyed the evolvement of Harper and Rogan’s relationship in the flashbacks, I found myself skimming some of those parts because I wanted to be back in the present, witnessing them work through their issues and reach a common ground that could lead them back to each other as something other than frenemies or exes. It’s not that I didn’t feel the flashbacks were necessary because they do shed light on why Harper and Rogan are so ill-at-ease with one another; I guess I just wanted a little less information in some parts so that readers could get back to the present situation.
Boy are these Knightly brothers a crazy bunch. They egg each other on, give as good as they get, and they definitely don’t pull any punches. And it absolutely works for all of them and despite the fact that they want to kill one another more often than not, they’re a sustaining force in each other’s lives, which helps them in ways that they probably don’t even realize or would admit to…
Harper and Rogan’s story is an emotionally rich second chance romance that illustrates that forever is not guaranteed to any couple, especially when the unexpected happens and the things that are said and the actions that are taken have severe repercussions, but what That Forever Girl also teaches is that nothing is impossible as long as the people are willing to do whatever it takes to make amends, to make strides at mending broken connections, and to admit to every action and reaction that was done in anger and in anguish…because that’s the only way that a forever together can truly occur.
4.5 Poison Apples
There is no way in hell she’s here.
My family isn’t that cruel. Right?
From my car, I try to gauge the number of bodies in my parents’ house through the windows. Ugh, I can’t see shit.
She can’t possibly be at family dinner. My family loves Harper, but they wouldn’t invite her, not after I called my mom the other day, telling her to put her matchmaking skills to rest. She just chuckled but reassured me she knew what she was doing. Whatever the hell that means.
I was very adamant about leaving Harper alone. The Knightlys can be too much at times, and I’m sure we’re the last thing she needs right when she’s trying to settle back into town.
Resigning myself to the inevitable, I retrieve my keys from the ignition and make my way to the front door. Hand on the doorknob, I take a deep breath and walk into the house I grew up in. The warm walls and carefully hung family pictures greet me first, followed by my family’s raucous laughter emanating from the back of the house.
I remove my shoes and hang my suit jacket on the coat hanger by the front door before cautiously making my way down the long hallway to the connected kitchen and large dining room. Ren, Griffin’s girlfriend, is the first to spot me. She gives me a small smile and a little wave. The rest of the family is scattered around the kitchen as usual, getting in my parents’ way as they try to finish up the dinner prep.
Griffin sees me next. “Ah, you finally decided to join us.” He checks his watch. “I think that was eight minutes in the car. Who had eight minutes?”
Reid raises his hand and hops off the counter, grabbing a bowl from the center of the table and pocketing the wad of cash inside. “I know him too well.” Reid pats me on the back and slips me a one-dollar bill. “Here, this is for you. Thanks for taking eight minutes to prepare yourself to come in the house. Daddy is going to buy a new pair of jeans.” He pats his pockets.
Ignoring everyone and their stupid bet, I pop the fridge door open and grab a water. Reid joins me, sticking his head in the fridge so I’m forced to look at him. “Aren’t you going to ask?”
“Ask what?” I grit out.
“If she’s here. I know that’s why you were hanging out in your car, debating if you should come in or not.”
My skin prickles, and I brace myself for the answer as I shut the fridge door. “Is she here?” I hiss.
Slowly, Reid smiles and nods. “Yup, she’s in the bathroom.”
“Are you fucking kidding me?” I angrily squeeze my water bottle, nearly popping the top off. “Why? Why is she here?”
Reid shrugs. “I don’t know, maybe because she wants to be here.”
“Who invited her? Was it Mom?” I don’t wait for an answer. Instead, I walk over to the culprit, who’s hovering over the stove, stirring a huge pot of chili.
“Oh, hey, sweetie. Cornbread is in the oven, honey is in the crock, and I also got tortilla chips because I know how much you like crumbling them in your chili.”
“Mom, why did you invite her? I told you to leave her alone, to leave usalone.”
“What are you talking about?” My mom looks me up and down and then goes back to the chili.
“Harper. I asked you not to invite Harper.”
The bathroom door opens, and Jen pops out, rubbing her hands together. “Did he come in yet?” Her eyes light up as she spots me. “What time was it?”
“Eight minutes. Reid won.”
Disappointed, she snaps her fingers. “Damn, I for sure thought I was going to win.”
Confused, I turn back to my mom. “Harper isn’t here?”
“No, of course not. I wouldn’t invite her so early. She needs time to settle. What made you think she was here?”
I whip around to find Reid leaning against the kitchen wall, arms crossed and with a giant grin on his face. I point at him. “You better run, because I’m going to fucking kill you.”
Like a bolt of lightning, he takes off, and I chase after him, nothing but pure murder on my mind.
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.