- Reviewed by: Denise – Guest Reviewer
- Print Length: 436 pages
- Posting: M/M Book Review, Romance
- Publisher: Self
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Amelia Bishop
- Posting Date: June 27, 2014
Love You Forever is a book that crosses over from everyday reality into a paranormal (in this book, fae) plane. Cole and Rick had been best friends since sixth grade, and graduated from normal teenage hormonal actions to falling in love with each other. One night they are confronted by Dionysus and Silenus, fae people from a very ancient time. Colt and Rick are cursed to have to kiss every night at 10pm or Rick will die a rather unpleasant death. Immediately, Rick sees the challenges, such as that they were to attend college quite a ways apart, and that they both had other responsibilities in life. This, of course, is quite disruptive, primarily to Rick’s life, and he quickly becomes resentful. Meanwhile, Colt, secretly, is happy that he has that tie to Rick for their entire lives, but it quickly begins to take its toll on their relationship. As they begin their lives together, going to college, beginning to work, living together, their passionate kisses soon become perfunctory, given merely to assure Ricks’s safety. They grow apart, and lead separate lives, even as they continue to work to find a way to avoid the curse, or bring Dion and Sil back to reverse the curse. At some point that does happen, somewhat, and they are able to completely sever their relationship, until such time that they are able to re-find their love for one another. This book begins when the young men are 18, concluding more than twenty years later. Much of the book is the first several years of their story, with the rest of the book is a longer period of their lives. This, to me, was challenging to me as the reader. In the later years, there were instances where feelings were expressed, then, in the very next section, the exact opposite feeling was expressed. I found that there was too much time that passed in the later stages of their lives, that was not written into the book, which left it challenging to me as a reader to believe in their HEA at the end of the book. I was able to appreciate it, but I wasn’t able to love it, because I felt like they didn’t work hard enough to get back to each other.
Now, the challenge on this would have been to write that entire period, in the pages given. I know there were some scenes that could have been left out that would not have been missed in the story. However, the first half of the book moved at the right pace to me. The second half of the book is where I felt the challenge of “too much too fast”.
One of the things that I really liked about the story was the development of the MCs. It was interesting to see the changes in the men as they moved through their lives, both together and separately. Things that were “fated” for them, did not quite happen as one would have expected, and expectations that the reader would have were turned into a completely different direction. I saw these characters grown and change through the book; in some ways for the better, in some ways, to their detriment, but always changing. In the end, they were able to keep their longtime friendship in place, despite all the adversities they faced, and were able to get back to a good place with each other over time.
In the end, I enjoyed the story, loved the premise, it was the execution that threw me.