THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER
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For some people, silence is a weapon.For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus
“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly
I have to admit I wasn't expecting to like Mallory as much as I did. As much as I despise using the 'j' word in reviews, she really does go on a journey. I loved her combination of vulnerability and strength. As she starts to speak out, she's able to approach new situations with determination and strength - for a mouse, she really is a fighter. On a completely random note, my Uni roomie's nickname is also Mouse but for very different reasons.
Oh Rider. The best way to describe him is to combine all the best bits from JLS's past heroes and even then you're not really all that close to the swoon worthy artistic talent that is Rider.
I liked their bond but what I loved the most was seeing Mallory learn to take on the world on her own. Would I have liked to read more about their special story? Yes, but then again I'm greedy. The story really is JLA at her creative best.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.