Published: 2017 by Vanguard Press
Genre: General Fiction
Back cover synopsis: “First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.
Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica Lindell’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairytale love story that will set her life on a new direction. But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?
First Came Forever is an enchanting heart- wrenching story about finding true love and the devastating consequences it can lead to. What price is too high to pay, even for love?”
My impressions: Addictive!
Erica Lindell and three of her besties go backpacking in Vietnam before their senior year and to celebrate their coming of age. While on this trek, her friends decide to stay at a party, and Erica goes on to meet the alluring and handsome Sasha. But Sasha has a secret. He has not told Erica who he really is. When she finds out she feels betrayed. Can she overcome this and share a love and life with Sasha while giving up on her own dreams?
With a new school comes new friends- Danny, Ricky, and bad-boy Tyler. Even though the characters are in high school, you felt connected to them. Annie was wonderful at building characters and dynamics that kept you feeling is if these could be people you know. Each character was well-developed and had interesting, intertwining links that helped move the story forward. They were dynamic, likable, and flawed, which made them all relatable.
Though seemingly just a romance and love triangle, don’t be fooled. There are the thrilling twists and turns in the story that give it depth and credibility and leave you wanting more. This story is not what you expect. Many emotions are rampant throughout, so have your tissues ready when you read it.
Some scenes in the book are not PG-13 so please be advised. While listed as general fiction/teen-this book is also contemporary YA novel.
The story is full of romance, drama, passion, suspense, and surprising twist. I love this book! It took me a while to read it but I hated to put it down to go to work or anything else. I would have read it in one sitting if life and the holidays had not gotten in the way. I give this book a five out of five rating. It was a wonderful read!
I would like to thank author Annie Woods for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.