Sunday, January 29, 2017

*Review* Something Forever by M. Clarke

Genre: NA Romance
Published: August 25, 2014
Pages: 321


A heated moment.
Desperate decision.
Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?


I was hired to provide post publication proofreading for this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I do not particularly enjoy reading books that make me feel dissatisfied with my marriage, and this book kind of did that to me. I realize it's fiction so the relationships should be idealized to an extent, I just personally prefer stories about relationship build-up to stories about fairly developed relationships that aren't on the brink of collapse. That factor alone made this story a bit more meh for me.

That being said, an upside of this story is that it followed two couples and while Max and Jenna's relationship left me dissatisfied with mine, Becky and Matthew were still working on establishing their relationship on solid ground, and they had a heck of a lot of rocky terrain to work through to get there. That helped counter the meh feeling for me a bit.

There was one aspect of this story that I consider an "Oh shit" moment, because when the connection clicks in my head, it makes me gasp "Oh shit!" I like those moments. They add emotional suspense for me, waiting for the characters to make the same connection and wondering how they'll react when they do. Something Forever's oh shit moment played out pretty much how I thought it would because these characters act like freakin' children sometimes. But if that hadn't, the story would've been shorter and far less dramatic. But it's kind of nice when fictional characters make me feel like maybe I do have a grasp on this adulting thing after all, because I wouldn't be that childish. (I would probably totally be that childish.)

Overall I give Something Forever 3.5 out of 5 stars because it was a decent book, but it just did not resonate well with me on a personal level. - Katie 

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About the Author

International Bestselling, Award Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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