#Review “Between Now and Forever” by Dylan Allen

“An electrifying love story filled with heart and heat. Definite five star read!”

— Jenika Snow, USA Today bestselling author

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Between Now and Forever, the first book in the all-new emotional and epic Forever Trilogy from Dylan Allen, is available now and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 It’s Only the Beginning Stars

Okay so I’m just going to start this by saying this book wrecked me and I’m sad that the next book doesn’t come out until November. Dylan has created such a heartbreaking story that you can’t help but feel all the emotions that the characters are feeling. From the start you are pulled into the story and you can feel her words wrap around your heart and slowly, as the story progresses, those same words tighten and tighten until it’s hard to breathe. I broke down multiple times during this story, so much so I had to stop and take a minute to collect myself.

“Look at that…. Rainbows.” He smiles and wipes a tear off my cheek. I cry so infrequently that he always says my tears are as rare as rainbows.

My whole heart ached for Elizabeth. Her family and what everyone in that town has done to her is just so hard to read. I just wanted to reach into those pages and comfort her and let her know that she is perfect just the way she is. From the start this girl shows an immense amount of strength, despite what life throws at her she still finds beauty and forgiveness in her heart. I just loved her. There were times during this that I wanted to throw my freaking Kindle across the room because of what people did to her. Especially that douchebag Duke (Pardon my French, but the guy is legit a fucking Dick). I wanted to punch him in his ever-loving face! Elizabeth loses her last tether to happiness in such a way that it breaks her and because of this her father uses it to control her even more and make her feel less than he already did. I seriously do not like her father AT ALL, he too is a douchebag!!! He is someone else I wanted to punch. He is a freaking tyrant and I can’t even begin to articulate how much I don’t like him. But Elizabeth meets Carter and he’s her sunshine when everything else seems grey.

Her eyes hold mine like an azure lasso for a brief, mad moment. I want to tell her how adrift I’ve been.

Carter is lost for his own reasons and is just trying to get his life together when he meet’s Elizabeth. Their connection is immediate and so very strong. It’s like they find something in each other that they didn’t even know they were missing. He’s sweet and broody and covers up his emotions by being a flirt and not delving too far into serious territory. But he’s also struggling so much and looking for something, I’m not even sure he knows what he’s looking for. These two are so beautifully broken.

It’s death by a thousand heartbreaks and there’s not a single part of me that’s not bleeding.

I’m pretty sure Dylan tried to rip my heart out, and honestly mission accomplished. This story tore me to shreds, I physically hurt for these characters. My heart and my mind were a complete wreck while reading this. The world that Dylan created was so beautiful but at the same time so tragic it hurts! I can’t wait to see what happens as the rest of the story plays out. Because even though you know some things, the journey is what you’re ultimately waiting for. And I can tell this journey is going to tear my heart to shreds and then slowly piece it back together.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


FOREVER

Synopsis:

Real love stories, the ones worth telling, never end.

He was searching for the truth.

I was living a lie.

Our paths should never have crossed.

But, when we kissed it felt like destiny.

Falling in love was messy.

We broke rules we should have followed.

We made promises we couldn’t keep.

Forever felt impossible.

Heartbreak was inevitable.

Always would cost us everything.

This is not a fairytale.

This is a love story.

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Excerpt

“Keep it. A little something to remember me.”

“So…are we, like, going to be like…boyfriend and girlfriend?”

Her eyes are expectant and suddenly, breathing feels a little harder. Those words make me think of things like explanations and disappointment. I’m not sure that I can be intimate with anyone. And what happens when she finds out about everything? She’ll be horrified. Or when I start back on the show and that whole world crowds in on us… she’ll get tired of it and walk away. Or I’ll be weak and break even more of my own rules and end up hurting her.

“Let’s not put any labels on it.”

Her eyes lose some of their sparkle, but she smiles gamely. “Well, no matter what we call it, the last few days have been awesome. I know a side of myself that I didn’t before.”

“How do you mean?”

“I mean, now I know, that given the chance, I can sit down with people I don’t know and have a great conversation. I’ve never been anywhere, but here. And now I’m going to get to travel with you—even though I’ll be seeing it through your phone’s camera. Meeting you was really good luck.”Oh yeah…The cheesecake.

I’m ruined. I brush my lips very lightly across hers and smile when she whimpers. God, I’m going to miss her.

“I promise, I’ll call.” It doesn’t make my heart race to say it.

“Don’t promise, Carter. Those are bound to be broken. Just do it.”Her eyes turn solemn and I see that she and disappointment are intimate friends. I want to break them up.


Between Now and Heartbreak, Book 2

HEARTBREAK

Releasing November 3rd

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Between Now and Always, Book 3

ALWAYS

Releasing: November 17th

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About Dylan Allen

Dylan AllenDylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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3 Comments

  1. I was already excited about this trilogy but after your review, I want to clear my schedule and jump in!

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