Review: Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes

Title: Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Published: September 6, 2010
Pages: 335
Series: The Moreno Brothers
Source: grab
Good to know: mature YA

Amazon Summary: Seventeen-year old Sarah's life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She's forced to move, leaving behind everything she's ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno. 

Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be "just friends". The problem? Sarah's best friend Sydney is not a girl. 

With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home?

I knew exactly what I was getting myself into with 'Forever Mine.' It was a simple and entertaining read - dramatic yet easily digestible, something to read on-the-go.

It didn't take long for Sarah and Angel to find an interest in each other at all, it was pretty much an insta-attraction very early on in the book, you know, when you lay your eyes on the other person and just cannot stop thinking about them, forever burned in your mind. I mean, does that ever happen? I wish it did.

I found that it was so rushed in the beginning. It felt like Reyes wanted to push Sarah and Angel together as soon as possible and get the action started.
Only a couple of days after they first meet Angel wants to be "exclusive" with Sarah, wanting her all to himself. Well, it made me raise an eyebrow, like, "Dude, you literally just met her." A part of me expected (or wanted) Sarah to laugh in his face only because it was weird.

I've stumbled upon guys like Angel in YA fiction enough to recognize the type - intense, territorial, intimidating.
I liked the guy a fair amount but the whole deal with being over-protective (some would say possessive) and jealous just overtook him. It always does.
I'm the first to fall for a protective guy but there's a difference between caring for my safety and wanting to break a guy that's bothering me in half the first time you meet me.

(I'm reluctantly refraining from mentioning Angel's over-usage of "babe" and "baby." Let's just leave it at that.)

Characters I did like were Angel's friends - Eric and Romero, these guys were a lot of fun with hilarious dialogue. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times and I might pick up 'Sweet Sophie' (an installment in 'The Moreno Brothers' series) because it centers around Sophie and Eric. Sophie and Valerie were also great, so this was an awesome bunch of secondary characters.

I liked that Sarah, our heroine, had some backbone to her. She didn't pale next to a forceful hero. If there was anything, the girl could've made some better decisions. Not only with what she kept from Angel that you knew would blow up in her face and end up a big mess, but also the deal with the coach. Though, more common sense would've prevented any conflict in the story at all.

The plot line in 'Forever Mine' is simple and was incredibly predictable. As I went I figured everything out way before it occurred. Basically, everything you suspect is going to go down, will, and exactly like that.

Had I not grabbed this book for free, I probably wouldn't have picked it up but it was generally an okay read. Reyes' writing is simple and I'd recommend this book to fans of Simone Elkeles.


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