Book Reviews: Eversea/Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Eversea (Butler Cove #1)
Author: Natasha Boyd
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 358 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Synopsis

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose. 

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever. 

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler. 

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

Grace Review

This is a book series that I’ve been meaning to read for some time, but kept putting off because I knew I’d want to read book 1 & 2 back to back, and just didn’t have the time to read both.  Until now!   Reading this series reminded me how much I love the romance genre.  It had the perfect blend of sexy and sweet, fantasy (the hot actor) meets reality (a woman discovering her own career direction).

This story tackles the popular trope – Hollywood heart-throb meets small town girl who changes everything.  While I’ve read this theme several times, this author put her own create spin on things to make it interesting and keep me engaged.  What stood out the most was the heroine’s drive to succeed on her own merits.  This is something I find is lacking in some books.  Sure, who doesn’t love a white knight to save the day?  But I also seem to favor the woman carving her own path and not relying on a man to fix everything for her.  And that’s what made Keri Ann so special, in my mind.

In the beginning of book one, Keri Ann is the epitome of a lost woman.  She’s working as a waitress and attempting to complete work at her Nana’s old home, but not completing either with much passion.  On top of that, she is innocence personified.  Do either factors play a role in why she appeals to the new man in town, fighting his career demons?  Maybe.  But whatever the reason, she becomes the new obsessions of Hollywood darling, Jack Eversea.

Book one mainly focuses on Jack’s persistent wooing of Keri Ann.  The attraction is there from the get-go, but Keri Ann’s lack of experience and hesitance to get involved with a man with Jack’s popularity, scares her off at times.  I was a bit frustrated on how she seemed to overthink each moment.  But thankfully, she has a friend like Jazz who pushes her to enjoy the moment, knowing it would likely never become anything meaningful.  When Keri Ann does give in, the chemistry is undeniable.  And I love how Jack not only encouraged but inspired Keri Ann’s artistic journey.

As you would expect from this trope, the drama that is Hollywood, eventually makes it to her doorstep.  And while I share Keri Ann’s anger at the turn of events, the reader is given enough details to have hope for this couple’s future.

So, it’s on to book two!

– Grace

PURCHASE LINKS
Amazon USAmazon UK

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Forever, Jack (Butler Cove #2)
Length: 372 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

A feisty small-town girl and the Hollywood star who broke her heart

An all-consuming love threatened by fame

One last chance at FOREVER

Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different from the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long. 

Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?

Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

Grace Review

If book one centered on Jack’s wooing, this book focused on him cleaning up his shit and begging for a second chance.  And Keri Ann doesn’t make things easy for him.

If you didn’t develop a dislike for Audrey Lane, Jack’s ex, in book 1, you are likely to downright hate her in this book.  I know I did!  What a fake ass grade A b_tch (and that’s me holding back).  She really puts Jack through the ringer and jeopardizes his future with Keri Ann.  Although I liked how hard he tried to keep Keri Ann from being hurt directly by Audrey, his methods fell short some of the time due to a lack of communication.

While Jack spent time in this book trying to dodge the drama, Keri Ann seemed to flourish, career-wise.  I liked how she didn’t let her heartache for Jack destroy her life and her ambitions.  In fact, she become so career focused, that she doesn’t make things easy for Jack.  Begging may be involved.

Although Keri Ann didn’t spend much quality time with Jack in this book, she had two strong people in her corner.  Jazz, her bff, continued to provide moral support.  And she also did her best to try and have Keri Ann give Jack another chance.  On the flip side, is Keri Ann’s brother, who didn’t seem to be a fan of Jack, given the past heartache he caused.  But he does what he can to make sure Keri Ann is happy and moves forward, with or without Jack.

(Side note: the tension between Jazz and Joey was present throughout.  It’s no wonder, the next book in this series is about them.  I’m looking forward to checking it out).

This book may have had less of the fantasy feel vs. book 1, but I enjoyed it more because it tackled the hard truths and risks of trying to live the fantasy life.  Not everything is roses.

Despite their hiccups, Jack makes good on doing what he can to support Keri Ann and show her that their love story is real and not a fairytale.  I truly enjoyed living inside Jack and Keri Ann’s world for these two books.  The wait was worth it.

“Let me be part of your life, and be brave enough to be part of mine.  I know you can be, I’ve seen your strength.  Please believe in us.”

– Grace

PURCHASE LINKS
Book 2, Forever Jack: Amazon USAmazon UK

ADD’L BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Book 2.5, My Star, My Love: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 3, All That Jack: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 4, Beach Wedding: Amazon USAmazon UK
Box Set (books 1-4): Amazon US

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