Maybe it’ll never happen, or maybe they’ll get their ever after all in MAYBE EVER AFTER by Cassie Graham. Brynn Darling has been in love with her best friend, Easton Cole, for a while now, but after many failed attempts at finding love, she’s ready to move on. When Brynn begins seeing a guy who threatens everything Easton’s ever wanted, all bets are off. Fans of playful, friends-to-lovers romance will devour this angsty yet nerdy story about what happens when you fall in love with your best friend.
Title: Maybe Ever After
Author: Cassie Graham
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
No one tells you what happens when you fall in love with your best friend.
They don’t tell you it’s like waiting for the answer to a question no one can hear you ask.
Meet Brynn Darling. Successful event coordinator. Celebrity friends. At the top of her game. But after many failed attempts at finding love, and a realization that her best friend is clueless, she’s ready to move on.
Easton Cole has been in the friend zone since . . . well, forever. He fills the void with unimportant people and never gets attached. That is until Brynn begins seeing a guy who threatens everything he’s ever wanted.
All bets are off.
Maybe it’ll never happen.
Maybe she’ll fall in love.
Maybe they’ll get their ever after . . . after all.
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“I looked up from our joined hands. Suddenly, I felt like his hand was giving me breath. Like, perhaps, if he let go, I’d keel over and dies, deprived of the oxygen needed to survive.”
“We, as humans, have limited time on this planet, spending moments full of resentment and sadness was a waste.”
I am a huge sucker for friends to lovers romances and once I read the synopsis for Maybe Ever After, I just knew I had to check it out. I mean, it sounded like it was going to check off all my boxes.
Maybe Ever After had a really promising start. Once again, I must tell you that friends to lovers romances are my jam. I just love them. There’s just something about the angst and drama that follows when one character has been secretly pinning away for the other. I just can’t get enough. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked. I wanted to see what had happened to Brynn and Easton; how did they get the point they were at in that first chapter?? Brynn was adorably cute and totally clueless. She was the definition of a nerd and the kind of girl I’d be happy to call my friend. But, when it comes to men, she is totally clueless!! And then there is Easton. He hasn’t had the best life and doesn’t believe in relationships or letting anyone get close. He feels like he’s been friend zoned by Brynn, but it turns out he’s just as clueless as she is. By the time Easton clues in to his and Byrnn’s feelings, it looks like it will be too late. All bets are off in the game of love and it was a lot of fun watching these two figure things out.
I thought this book was an ok read. I loved watching Brynn and Easton stumble through and try to figure things out. I will say that the two of them made me a little crazy. Many, many times, I wanted to shake both of them. I didn’t agree with most of Brynn’s actions. In fact, a lot of them left me feeling very conflicted. On the one hand, I appreciated how open she was about things and never really lead anyone on, but at the same time, her actions would leave me shaking my head. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. My only other issue was the end of the story. I felt like the last 20 or so % was rushed. I wanted more from our characters than what we got and I felt slightly disappointed with how quickly it all wrapped up.
Overall, this book was kind of hit and miss for me. It was written well and I did enjoy the characters. I thought the setting was fun and unique. I loved the idea of the book, but in the end, I was just left wanting more. This is my first book by this author and even though it wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad I checked it out and would be open to checking out another book of hers in the future.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
Copyright © 2018 Cassie Graham
Real moments were scarce.
Wait, let me rephrase. Important moments were scarce. You know the ones. The ones that defined your life and shaped you into who you were always meant to be. Or who you always wanted to be.
That was the beauty of rarity. It forces you to look at your life from new angles – makes you appreciate the struggle you’ve endured before.
As I caught my breath, the delicious heaviness of Easton on me, I knew I was having one of those rare moments that would forever influence my life.
Easton pushed my hair back, his touch featherlight. I couldn’t understand how he could be so forceful – so strong – one minute, taking everything he could, and then so soft the next. Easton Cole was an enigma and I desperately wanted to know more.
“My sweet Brynn,” he whispered in my ear, again and it sent shivers through my body.
I was his.
When he looked at me like that . . . I couldn’t breathe.
He settled between my legs and I hummed with contentment, happy to have him close, comfortable enough to never let him leave.
The alarm on his phone began to ring and our reality smacked me in the face. “What happens next?” I asked in a small voice, feeling even smaller. I didn’t want to leave this room. I didn’t want to pop our bubble. I liked it.
Easton reached for his phone and silenced it. “We go home.”
I blinked, unable to say anything. He didn’t answer my question. Not really. His response was far too literal for my taste, but what was I to do?
So, instead, I kept quiet, watching the sun pour into our room, Easton’s skin turning a beautiful bronze color.
After a while, we broke apart, each of us getting dressed in silence. He stole sweet glances as I piled my hair onto my head and I snuck a few peaks as he brushed and styled his hair in front of the mirror.
Euphoric and sad, I teetered on the brink of begging him to stay here forever. I had no idea what kind of future we faced on the other side of the hotel door.
But my mother’s words rang in my ears, reminding me to take it slow.
Live in the moment, darlin’ girl. Don’t forget to exist in the present while you’re waiting for the future.
Once our things were packed and ready to go, I took a moment to look around the room – our safe haven where so many truths were shared.
I’d forever remember this hotel and the way the room smelled. The way the sheets felt against my skin and the sounds Easton made in my ear as we made love.
I’d remember all of it.
But what I’ll remember most is the way Easton looked at me and the way he made me feel without using any words at all.
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A Moscato aficionado, and chocolate mistress, Cassie Graham is a born and raised Arizona girl. Her sass knows no bounds and almost always has something kind to say, no matter the situation. She runs a platform of love and strives to bring those attributes out in every book she writes.
She started writing early in her high school career after an English teacher forced her to write in a journal. Four years and thirty-something notebooks full of words later, she found her passion. If Cassie isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a version of a fairytale, you can find her front porch sitting with her husband and daughter, eating all the bread, gossiping with her best friends, visiting Disneyland, supporting strong women, listening to cheesy music and reading great books by amazing people. She loves binge-watching Supernatural, drooling over Dean, Sam and Cas, and going to conventions. She also enjoys spreading love any chance she can. So, if you run into her, give her a hug or a high-five. She guarantees they’re magic.
Author of Unable to Resist, Anyone But Him, The Truth of a Liar, Enchanting Wilder, Surviving Wilder, Who Needs Air and The Girl Behind the Red Door.