by Tara Gallina
Genre: New Adult College Romance
Life used to be fun. College, parties, close friends, girls—one in particular, who I can’t let go no matter how hard I try.
I’m not talking about my girlfriend. That relationship lost its momentum months ago. The girl who haunts my dreams and memories from my childhood hates me. I blew her off twice for her own good. Now she’s coming to live with me.
It’ll be torture having her so close and not be able to touch her. I’m supposed to protect her from guys with bad intentions, but who’s going to protect her from me?
I’ve adored Nathan my entire life. He was supposed to be my first everything, my forever. But after multiple rejections from him, those days are gone, along with my innocence.
I got myself into trouble, and now I need a safe place to stay until life calms down. Until my parents can forgive me, and I can forgive myself.
The last thing I want to do is move in with Nathan. He’s made it clear with his distance, he’s not interested in my life. But after what happened back home, he’s my only escape from the hateful rumors and betrayals of so-called friends.
As much as I don’t want Nathan to be my safe haven, everything about him still feels like home. I need to be careful, keep my distance, and never let him find out what happened to me.
This was such a great read! I am a sucker for my romances and my catnip (i.e. friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, etc.), and this read checked all the right boxes. My taste in romance stories vary (young adult, new adult, historical romance, contemporary romance, etc.), but I found that Waiting Forever fit right into the stories I love to devour.
Nathan and Kensington have quite a history together and it was entertaining to read the transition each character took into understanding themselves and their feelings. I enjoyed both of the main characters for very different reasons. I appreciated and couldn't help but be enamored by Nathan's growing interest in Kensington while still feeling the need to protect her from himself and other guys like him. There was something in the story I did not like. It was very small and it didn't ruin the way I saw the characters, but i still didn't like it. I also won't divulge it because it can be considered a spoiler. Moving right along - I especially liked Kensington's character because she was quite honest with Nathan and with herself with what she wanted. And, as weird as it may sound, I appreciated her cautiousness after what she had been through. It melded with some self-sacrifice in regards of caring for her parents. Her motivation to keep moving forward and to still be honest with her feelings was truly wonderful to read.
I recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good, not TOO angsty (as in, not ridiculous) new adult read. I found it to be quite enjoyable. This is part of a series, and although there were some references I didn't totally understand, I was still able to enjoy as a stand alone!
Tara Gallina is the author of the NA romance The Forever Series, and the YA retelling Fated To Die. She writes and reads romance in a variety of genres but has a soft spot for retellings.
She believes in fairies, true love, and happily ever after. She favors characters and/or couples who defy the odds and make a way, even when there isn't one.
She grew up in a small town by the beach but soon after moved to Orlando, Florida with her patient hubs, two older sons, and two fur-babies. With local theme parks like Disney World and Harry Potter, it’s no wonder her life is filled with fantasy and make believe.
Daily needs: sunshine, laughter, morning coffee, family.
Daily wants: castle, English accent, princess hair, anti-age venom.
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