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January 13, 2015

{Release Blitz} OUR FOREVER PROMISE (Forever, #3) by Mary A. Wasowski

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Title: Our Forever Promise (Forever #3)
Author: Mary A. Wasowski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Their story began with a smile shared between them. Walker Reed never planned on finding his soul mate on the grounds of his college campus, but then he met HER! Reese Mitchell, a girl with the face of an angel, but a body made to sin…and only for HIM. Falling in love was the easy part of their story. Staying together…That was the hard part. Circumstances beyond their control separated the young lovers, leaving many questions unanswered as to WHY? After seventeen heartbreaking years apart and just simply existing in their separate lives, fate intervened and reunited them once again. They built their love on promises of Forever and were given a Second Chance to do it right this time. Our Forever Promise takes you through the final chapter of their love story. Now that Walker and Reese are back home and wrapped up in the love they once shared, all they want is their Happily Ever After. When they closed the door to their past that began with love and ended with heartache, pain, and loss, they made a new promise: To walk hand and hand with one another and reclaim what was taken from them. A wedding is planned. New promises of Forever are made. They have it all and plan on spending the rest of their lives together. Walker and Reese and their love can never be denied. They believe in it. They trust in it. They build their lives around it. Will fate be so cruel again and threaten their newfound happiness? …Not if they have anything to say about it!   
  
4 STARS!!!
Okay where to start, my goodness what a rollercoaster. Since I want to be completely honest I will start with the things I was not to keen on in this book and end with the things that I loved.

This is the final book in the Reed/Mitchell Forever Story, we have finally found our couple in a position to get their happily ever after, after first starting this story and journey 20 years ago when Reese and Walker first met. And what a journey it has been. If there has been couple that has gone through the most unbearable and utter heartbreak it is these two. And we come to find out that destiny is no more merciful on their children, Jackson and Riley who also go through some trials and tribulations in this final book.

So the not so great...
The beginning of this book seems to drag a bit or at least it did for me. I was not very invested until I got to midway in the story. There was just something about the constant declarations of love that started to irk my nerves. It almost got a bit irritating. There is not much momentum or action in the first half of the book. Its almost as if the characters are in constant need of validation from one another and I think it took too much away from the beginning.

My second issue was Walker, and don't get me wrong I love Walker. I loved him in the first two books but in this book I wanted to punch him in the face, A LOT and OFTEN. He was so controlling and obsessed both in father mode and fiance mode. He didn't start to relent his controlling behavior until again, midway in the story.

Alternating POVs and Inner thought dialogue; I am a big fan of alternating POVs, I like being able to get inside the head of each character. However sometimes this can be both distracting and confusing if done too frequently. The book alternates POVs between 5 people and then a 6th person at the very end for a brief moment. Within those POVs there is also inner dialogue from the characters talking in their own head. We also get chapters that indicate which POV it is but then switches within the chapter. So again alternating POVs can be great but also detrimental at the same time. I think a little less switching would have been easier for me to get into the story, but again that is just my opinion.

Those were my gripes and why I couldn't give the book a 5 star, however with that being said, there is a lot this book accomplishes that makes it a beautiful story worth reading.

The good...
Emotions. Emotions. Emotions. Mary Wasowski is excellent at expressing the emotions of her characters. You feel every ounce of their fear, anger, sadness and love. This book oozes emotion at every turn of the page especially in the second half of the story where the stakes get really high and everything that has hurt this couple comes at them with full force.

Reese-I love Reese. I love her strength, her devotion, her heart, and her compassion. I love how she is able to soothe Walker even at his worst and I love how she is able to open her heart to forgiveness despite all that has been done to her. She is a guiding light in this story one that will never be put out but will always shine.

The themes of forgiveness and moving beyond your past. This is so important in this book and if there is anything you should walk away with from this trilogy it is learning to forgive those who have wronged you, to move on from the past so you can live your life without pain, hurt and sadness but with faith. Faith in what you hold true in your heart.I enjoyed seeing Walker go through this struggle, it was realistic and heartfelt. He needed to forgive those that wronged him and when he finally did, that moment was so unbelievably special it warmed my heart.

The Second Chance- This trilogy emphasized second chances like none other I have read, and I loved that. I loved the idea of destiny and a love that could span time despite it being torn apart early,a love that can be given a second chance. It wasn't even just Reese and Walker who were given a second chance, but Riley and Jackson. They face a hardship that almost takes their love away as well, but they survive it. and it makes them that much stronger.

The ending- So I won't give it away but the ending of this book was perfect. Beautifully done and turned me into a little pile of mushy emotions. It was a great way to end the trilogy.

So a bumpy ride for this last book for me, but I still enjoyed it and I feel it will leave readers of this trilogy happily satisfied. 
 
 
 
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Forever (Forever, #1)
  Second Chance at Forever (Forever, #2)
Our Forever Promise( Forever #3)
   
Mary Wasowski
Mary Wasowski is the queen of mastering many tasks. I call New Jersey my home where I share my life with my husband, and our three amazing sons. Writing was my way of expressing my words that sometimes I couldn't say. My journals were filled with the rants of a teenager finding her way, and eventually they turned into poems, and short stories. Joining the Indie community of so many talented writers has been a wonderful experience. I am so thankful for all of the love and support I have received. Life can take you down many different roads, but I truly believe this is where I am suppose to be now. I want to inspire my boys to never give up on your dreams. I never did, and here I am. I am officially an Author. Write what you love. Love what you write. Believe in your story. You have many chapters to write on your journey... XOXO...Mary  
 

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