Blog Tour & Review: Holding Onto Forever
Title: Holding Onto Forever
Series: The Beaumont Series - Next Generation #1
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2017
"Heidi McLaughlin delivers a breathtaking addition to the Beaumont series. Holding Onto Forever is everything you want it to be and so much more. I fell in love all over again." USA Today Bestselling Author, K.L. Grayson
"Holding Onto Forever is emotional, riveting, and completely captivating. Noah Westbury will steal your heart and never give it back." NYT Bestselling Author, S Moose
"A rollercoaster of emotions. McLaughlin takes you on a journey of two hearts that are destined to be together." NYT Bestselling Author, Kaylee Ryan
Peyton Powell-James always knew her future would be in football and dreams of having a successful sports journalism career once she graduates college. After being given an assignment to cover a professional game from the sidelines, Peyton believes that everything is going to plan, until one fateful night changes her life.
Harsh reality sets in for Noah and Peyton. One could lose everything, while the other one struggles to keep the families together.
Kyle Zimmerman, one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the league, and Chicago’s most eligible bachelor is holding my hand as he guides me to his car. The schoolgirl in me is trying not to let his presence affect me, at least not on the outside. On the inside, though, I’m all a ball of nerves mixed with excitement. Who would’ve thought a simple assignment would turn into a date? Not me. Not in a million years, but here I am, being helped into his car and anxiously waiting for him to get behind the steering wheel.
And once he does, the sweet scent of his cologne fills the small space. I find myself leaning a bit closer to him so I can inhale deeply without looking like a creeper. Kyle smiles. It’s an ear-to-ear grin with a slight chuckle. I’ve been caught, but he doesn’t seem to care. He leans forward, pulling himself away from me. It’s probably best. We’ve just met and if he kissed me now, I don’t know what I would do.
“Tell me about yourself, Peyton.”
“I’m majoring in broadcast journalism. I love football. I’m a twin.”
“Is your twin as pretty as you?”
“Prettier,” I tell him.
“Impossible,” he replies, never breaking eye contact with me. “What do you know about me?”
“Everything, yet nothing. Your rookie year, you sat on the bench but started your second year. You threw sixteen touchdowns, eleven interceptions and accumulated 3,440 yards. Your completion rate was fifty-eight percent. This year, you’re pushing seventy percent and in line to win the league MVP. You’ve thrown for almost 4,500 yards, twenty-five touchdowns and four interceptions.”
Kyle’s eyes widen as his mouth drops open. “Wow, you had to go and bring up my first year, huh?”
I shrug. “You asked, but …”
Words can not even come close to expressing all the feels wrapped up in this book. I have been a fan from the moment I met Liam Westbury. I went on a journey with all his band mates. And now, the author brings us a love story for the ages. The children of Liam, Harrison and Jimmy are growing up. This is where the tale continues. What happened to those adorable children?
Holding Onto Forever brings us a first look. Noah Westbury and Peyton Powell-James have been friends since Peyton was born. But it has always felt like more than friends between them even with both of them denying the truth. Tragic events bring the two together and words of love are whispered only for more tragedy to pull them apart again.
I love how the author brought this story to life. We have present events told in dual POV but we also have all the memories we wish we were privy to over the years. Through their flash backs, Peyton and Noah fill in the gaps and bring the reader up to speed on what everyone is doing in the present. The other great joy in this book is that we get to see all those familiar faces and reconnect with them again.
So much in love with the writing and the emotions in the story. I would recommend reading the Beaumont series first before jumping into this spin off. It will be much more meaningful. However, as a stand alone, I am positive you will still walk away with all the feels, the tears, the utter joy that this book brings.
I can NOT wait for more. I am sure Elle and Quinn have an HEA out there waiting for them. If you haven't read the Beaumont series, I'm not sure what you are waiting for. Oh, yeah, the first book is being made into a movie-- Forever My Girl comes out this October. Got your interest now??
Not enough Hearts for this one. Fantastic.
*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.