Becoming a teen mom at sixteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn't change my past because that boy is my world.
Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I'd do anything to make sure he doesn't suffer because of the bad decisions his father made.
When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time.
What I wasn't prepared for was meeting his new summer coach. He was magnetic, powerful, and a player—in all forms of the word. If my life had taught me anything up to this point,
it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision.
I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be. [JS1]
Growing up as the son of a hockey God is one thing. Growing up as the brother of a second hockey God is another. I had big skates to fill, so it was a good thing I loved every second of it.
Summer was my off time, my time to let loose, but when they ask me to coach a hockey camp for underprivileged kids, I couldn't say no.
But when she walked in holding a little boy's hand, my heart stopped beating. Or maybe it started for the first time. T
hey were a package deal, and I knew this—wanted it more than I've ever wanted anything. It didn't take long to realize that no matter what happened,
I would do anything to protect them.
She is the only one I want to be with.
When push comes to shove, I have to prove to everyone that this is my choice, and This is Forever.
[JS1]This seems awkward. Can you just delete?
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LOVED CAROLINE AND JUSTIN! Emotional, Real, and Sweet
I read every book in the “Something So” series and now the “This is” series and love the interconnected yet stand-alone stories. In the fourth book, This is Forever, Justin Stone is all grown up, a professional hockey player for a Canadian team, and falls hard for hard for single-mom Caroline.
This book is filled with raw emotions that will give you a book hangover for days. Very real as there are young women who have to raise children alone in poverty and make sacrifices for their children everyday, often living in fear of losing their home or not having enough food to eat.
Caroline was selfless and would often go into fight or flight mode. She was as Fierce as FUC* in my opinion. She was strong, vulnerable, hopeful, humble, hardworking, and willing to do whatever it takes for her son, Dylan, to be happy and well-adjusted, even if it meant taking the bus two hours each way to get him to hockey camp or cleaning hotel rooms.
I loved that this was told in dual point-of-view because it helped me understand her true despair, optimism, and feeling that a fairytale ending didn’t apply to her. Natasha did a wonderful job with character development and growth and drew me into her world as well as what it’s like to live on the other side–the life of the rich and famous.
The Stone family of which Justin is the baby is one I LOVE to revisit and appear throughout This is Forever. His siblings have found love in previous stories, and this tight knit group are always in each other’s business and know that Justin’s feelings for Caroline are different than they have been with other women. Is he just trying to save her and Dylan or is this the real deal?
One of the reasons I love Natasha’s writing is because her heroes always deserve the title, and Justin is a perfect ten. His loving, protective instincts never waivered. He never backed down when confronted about his feelings. From the moment he first meet Caroline when she dropped her son off at the summer youth hockey camp that his foundation sponsored, he was drawn to her.
His gift of friendship and serving as a role model to Dylan had me tearing up on many occasions. He accepts her unconditionally and builds her up. He never judges her situation and makes sure she knows he isn’t going anywhere; that the only place he wants to be is by her side. He was very bossy, protective, and alpha, at times, too!
She never had anyone to lean on before and it was beautiful to see her letting down her guard and learning to trust what they had was real, and that he loved Dylan like his own.
This book has lots of angst as her ex-husband re-appears, and there were sensitive subjects discussed such as drug addiction and violence. I also enjoyed all the hockey action and the very HEA ending, especially the bonus epilogue a decade into the future. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but what I was hoping to happen, happened!
This is Forever
Very disappointed. Used to be a favourite author. Does the author not care that you might be fans in Edmonton. Made Edmonton sounds like a hellhole, when a little research would have shown it is a warm and embracing community.
The character in the story came across as a entitled spoiled brat who couldn’t be away from Mommy. Tripped over his lip when he didn’t get his way. Not much use when it comes to team building.
What a phenomenal ending to a fabulous series. I loved Justin, Caroline and Dylan. They were the perfect little family. While reading this book I didn’t want it to end because it was sooo good and yet I couldn’t put it down because it was soo good! I just love the Stone family and loved all of them. It was great to have them in Justin’s book. I would definitely recommend this book and if you have read the other books in this series you will not be disappointed with this one.