Title: The Feeling of Forever
Series: Love Unplugged #2
Author: Jamie Howard
Publication Date: 7 Feb 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.
Felix Donovan had it all–stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.
Except this year’s Sexiest Woman–Juliet St. Clair–never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.
What happens when the World’s Sexiest Man meets the World’s Sexiest Woman – sparks fly of course 😉
The Feeling of Forever has a very different slant than All the Ways You Saved Me, rather than an angst-filled romance we get a thought-provoking romantic suspense, showcasing Jamie Howard’s diverse writing capabilities.
Juliet is so stinking cute, although she has contented with stardom from the tender age of fifteen she has never lost her compassion for others. Hard working and conscientious, Juliet strives to take care of her family, especially her younger sister who has a rare form of Huntington’s. While Juliet doesn’t succumb to the lifestyle of the rich and famous, she is exceptionally grateful that her career enables her to take care of her family. While she doesn’t enjoy the media attention there are aspects of her ‘job’ that Juliet has come to enjoy; especially immersing herself in the characters she plays. Unfortunately, Juliet has also had to endure the terror associated with having a crazy stalker. I can only imagine the stress and vulnerability Juliet must have felt with having her life invaded in such a way.
Felix is still coming to terms with life in a wheelchair following his accident the previous year, especially as the outside world has yet to become aware of the situation. During his recuperation, Felix has deliberately isolated himself from the spotlight, unwilling to deal with the myriad of reactions he has received when his physical challenges are uncovered, from pity to awkwardness. Felix, understandably, wants to be treated in the way he has always been prior to his accident, although his situation has unearthed some deep insecurities creating additional challenges for Felis aside from the physical ones.
Jamie does a fabulous job of depicting the attitudes physically challenged people encounter on a daily basis. It makes you question your own responses to situations and hopefully, apply some of the knowledge gained from seeing Felix’s predicament.
Felix and Juliet fall into a relationship effortlessly from their first encounter. I adored the way in which Juliet’s affection and support bolsters Felix’s confidence and gives him the inner strength and determination to make the most of his life with his new normal.
The thriller elements within the plot added tension to the plot, although I did have a suspicion as to the culprit the execution of the situation prevent the plot from being predictable. At the end of the day ‘crazy is what crazy does’.
The title, The Feeling of Forever, makes so much sense when you look at the relationship between Felix and Juliet, they belong together, FOREVER xx