Chasing My Forever, Exciting New Release from Heidi McLaughlin

Title:  Chasing My Forever
Series: The Beaumont Series: Next Generation #3
Author: Heidi McLaughlin 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018 Cover Design: Sarah Hansen at OkayCreations. Photography: Mae I Design Models: Alex Denning & Cherry Albrecht
Music is his passion. It’s in his blood. Yet, Quinn James isn’t sure if stardom is right for him. His family wants him to join a band, and follow in his father’s footsteps but fear holds him back. He can’t explain it, and when he tries, no one understands what he’s afraid of or why he’s content playing coffee shop gigs where no one knows him.
Eleanora Boone wants to live her life, not the one her very southern parents planned for her, which is why she chose a college thousands of miles away. Now she’s faced with returning home or doing something that would defy her family. When an opportunity to visit Los Angeles falls in her lap, she uses it to become someone different. California is everything Eleanora thought it would be, and even more so when she meets Quinn, the shy, reserved and brooding musician who’s the complete opposite of the guys she’s used to back home. 
For the first time, Quinn’s smitten. The new, mysterious waitress has him wrapped around her finger, and he finds that he is finally able to open up and trust someone outside of his family circle. 
But living a different life comes with its risks, and for Eleanora, that risk is a secret that has the power to destroy both of them.

My Review

The early copy I read of this book is my second by this author, and I’m beginning to sense a pattern. She loves to torture her readers by keeping the hero and heroine apart for something like 80 percent of the book!  In some ways that’s all well and good, because the characters go through growth and development that wouldn’t occur quite as well if they were together. But the thing about all that angst is that there has to be enough payoff to make it an exceptional experience for the reader. If that payoff is there, it makes the agony deliciously satisfying. 

This book quickly drew me in, especially since it began with Quinn’s sister’s graduation, one that she had gone through an amazing amount of hardship to achieve.  I had read Payton's story so this was a treat to see her hard won achievement. Then I was curious to see how the author would bring Quinn and Nola together.  And I loved them together! They were incredibly cute, both being a little shy, tossing out cautious smiles and longing looks to each other.  Once they got together, they were fantastic, if not a little hilarious, with Nola navigating Quinn's big, boisterous, famous family.  But when things go wrong, they go spectacularly wrong, and I wasn’t sure how things were going to work out.

I really enjoyed this book and loved catching up with all of the 4225 West family.  It was wonderful to learn more about Quinn, the quiet, sensitive, shy son and brother.  He and Nola had something significant in common, both dealing with expectations and pressure from family while trying to be their own person and find their place in the world, and I was a little surprised this wasn't something they shared with each other. I guess it was one of those things that had to be worked out during their time apart.  I was certainly pulling for these two to work things out, which they did, but I would have liked a little more at the end, maybe an epilogue with them settled in their new life together, to provide a little more of that payout I mentioned.  Still, this was a wonderful, heartfelt read that I would recommend to others, and I'm glad I had the chance to go on this journey with these characters.

Don't miss this wonderful new book. Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


*See my other reviews here

"Gah! You want this book! Need to know this story! All I can say is Yes!! Yes you need Quinn James in your life! Yes Heidi McLaughlin is continuing all the things I loved about her Beaumont Series into this Next Generation!!" -Amber, The Geekery Book Review
“You should do it, El. My brother lives there,” Sofia adds. Her brother, right. For the past two years, she’s told me about her brother. In fact, she tells anyone who will listen. He’s famous or is going to be, yet refuses to tell us his name, but talks about him an awful lot. He goes by Q, according to her. It’s some artist name or whatever. The thing is, when you’ve lived with someone for two years, you meet their family. Granted, this is the first time she’s met my parents, but my brother and sister have come to visit, and she’s had the dubious honor of meeting Roy. The only person in Sofia’s family that we’ve met is her mom, Alicia. Never the brother, which is a shame because anytime him and Sofia are together in pictures, he looks super-hot, and way out of my league.
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.



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