Title: Chasing My Forever
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen Okay Creations.
Photography: Mae I Design
Models: Alex Denning & Cherry Albrecht
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
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.
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
Chasing My Forever is the newest installation of the Beaumont series “next generation.” This is Quinn’s story. It was one of family, love, insecurity, anxiety and expectations.
Quinn James is the son of famous rocker Harrison James. He has experienced so much in life. Quinn is trying to find his way. His direction. He is watching his siblings and cousins forge ahead in their careers and futures. Like his dad, Quinn is a musician. He is also shy and quiet. He enjoys playing guitar every Friday night at a small coffee shop.
“He keeps to himself so don’t take his shyness as rudeness.”
His life is simple and that is ok for him. But for Quinn’s sister, Elle, not so much. She wants him to be a superstar and as an up and coming manager/promoter, she is putting the pressure on him to join a startup band that she has formed. Being famous is not exactly on his radar for reasons mentioned in the book (no spoilers).
Along comes “Nola” aka Eleanora Boone…..
“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.”
Eleanora takes a chance to escape her written future and goes to California with her college roommate after graduation. In the spur of the moment she “reinvents” herself by telling someone her name is Nola. She is sweet, kind and caring. She meets Quinn at the coffee house. A connection is made but Quinn is hesitant to peruse it. Growing up in a famous family has taught him many lessons so he treads carefully.
Quinn and Nola’s connection becomes all-consuming. They jump right in and it is as if they have known each other forever. But everything is carefully balanced on a few secrets and omissions. There is some drama and angst but it is not overly done.
“It can’t be that hard to find a flirtatious kind of love, can it? One that gets your heart beating so fast you think you’re going to pass out from exhaustion even though you’re not tired.”
I really enjoyed Quinn and Nola’s story. Their backgrounds are different and yet they have similar expectations placed on them. I enjoyed seeing other family and band members moving along in their future. And speaking of families, I loved watching the shenanigans that go on when everyone is together! They are as funny as ever. The women are fierce and protective of their men. The story wraps up rather quickly but it was a smooth ending.
Chasing My Forever can be read as a standalone but I recommend starting at the beginning due to spoilers from previous books and also to enjoy and understand some of the characters you will meet. I really enjoyed Quinn’s story. The second generation Beaumont series gives you a warm and full feeling. I have enjoyed the series and look forward to the next story which looks like it will be a novella featuring the long awaiting wedding of Peyton & Noah…..
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.
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, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Roth, in theaters January 19, 2018.
To stay connected with Heidi visit www.facebook.com/authorheidimclaughlin or heidimclaughlin.com