First and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2)
First and Forever is the second book in the Heartache Duet, and must be read after Heartache and Hope.Duet Synopsis: Ava Diaz needs saving.She just doesn’t know it yet.Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.He thinks she’s a brat.She thinks he’s entitled.Maybe first impressions don’t always last… Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.He just doesn’t know why.Blurb for First and Forever coming soon

First and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2) Details

TitleFirst and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 12th, 2019
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Romance

First and Forever (Heartache Duet, #2) Review

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    'FIRST AND FOREVER' is the final book in Jay McLean's 'Heartache' duet. It picks up where the previous book left off. Spoken in 'Dual perspectives' I'm not going to write up this review as I normally would mainly because I don't want to divulge any spoilers, you need to go into this duet blind, be prepared to be taken on such a profound heartbreaking yet beautiful story that is so unique, this wrapped the whole story up so perfectly. 🙌 I FINALLY FOUND MY EPIC 🙌An epic read has been eluding m 'FIRST AND FOREVER' is the final book in Jay McLean's 'Heartache' duet. It picks up where the previous book left off. Spoken in 'Dual perspectives' I'm not going to write up this review as I normally would mainly because I don't want to divulge any spoilers, you need to go into this duet blind, be prepared to be taken on such a profound heartbreaking yet beautiful story that is so unique, this wrapped the whole story up so perfectly. 🙌 I FINALLY FOUND MY EPIC 🙌An epic read has been eluding me forever, like a needle in a haystack I never thought I’d find one, but this book here bypassed 5 stars and went straight to my most favourite book of 2019! But I know deep in my heart that this book won’t be beat. Every once in awhile you find a book that is SO PHENOMENAL it sets itself apart from every other book you've read and that is exactly what Jay McLean has done with this duet!!This duet was everything!! All the fucking feels in the world!! You're my first everything. My first and forever. This author wrote my all time favourite ‘More’ series so it’s kind of fitting that she provided me with an all consuming epic wreck havoc on the heart kind of read!! God this duet/this book surpassed all my expectations!! When the world is at it's darkest, that's when the magic appears. My heart is full!! The twists and turns, the too and fro, the ups and downs, the make ups and break ups all made for an emotional roller coaster of a read, this author is unstoppable!! My review, my words won't do this duet justice just one click this book come release day and binge read this duet.      
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I knew when I started reading the first page of the first book, Heartache & Hope, that I was gonna fall in love with this Duet. And I did...because I know myself and this is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors. If she would re-write the phonebook I would probably have to give it 5 stars and read it over and over again ;)  Let me start out by saying that these books can not be read as stand alones. You need to read the first book before starting the second. Things won't make much I knew when I started reading the first page of the first book, Heartache & Hope, that I was gonna fall in love with this Duet. And I did...because I know myself and this is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors. If she would re-write the phonebook I would probably have to give it 5 stars and read it over and over again ;)  Let me start out by saying that these books can not be read as stand alones. You need to read the first book before starting the second. Things won't make much sense if you don't. The previous book left us with quite the cliffy and I was so happy when this one arrived on my kindle, because I had to know what would happen next.  Now I am gonna keep this review very ague because if there is one thing I have learned from reading Jay McLean's books, is that they are best enjoyed when you go into them blind. So I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment.  All you really need to know is that you are in for some serious (teenage) angst, heartache, tears and most definitely love....Because that is the most profound emotion when it comes to this story...LOVE.  We should all be so lucky and have a Connor in our lives.  I have finished this Duet days ago and it is still on my mind. It definitely packs a punch and leaves you breathless. I can't recommend it highly enough. It sure as hell deserved a spot on my "all-time favorites of 2019" list.  Go and one-click you guys !!! You won't be sorry !! When the world is at its darkest, that's when the magic appears.An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Jay McLean did the damn thing. 👏🏽Connor Ledger & Ava Diaz own my soul. 🥰Can’t make any more words, because after that angsty emotional rollercoaster... I am deceased.⚰Full review to come later.AVAILABLE NOW!!*ARC Jay McLean did the damn thing. 👏🏽Connor Ledger & Ava Diaz own my soul. 🥰Can’t make any more words, because after that angsty emotional rollercoaster... I am deceased.⚰️Full review to come later.AVAILABLE NOW!!*ARC
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    5 Magical Firefly Stars!"You're my first everything now. My first and forever."WOW! What an epic conclusion to the Heartache Duet! It is a beautiful tale of family, friendship, love, strength and hope. But Ava and Connor's story isn't an easy one. It is a story that will rock you to the core. It will devastate you one minute and give you hope the next. There were a myriad of emotions that were prevalent in the story - anger, hurt, despair, guilt and remorse. As heartbreaking as it was, it was al 5 Magical Firefly Stars!"You're my first everything now. My first and forever."WOW! What an epic conclusion to the Heartache Duet! It is a beautiful tale of family, friendship, love, strength and hope. But Ava and Connor's story isn't an easy one. It is a story that will rock you to the core. It will devastate you one minute and give you hope the next. There were a myriad of emotions that were prevalent in the story - anger, hurt, despair, guilt and remorse. As heartbreaking as it was, it was also a heartwarming story between two beautiful souls. "She was my first everything, and I was her...no, I need her...to be my last everything."I am not going to lie. This story tore out my heart and ripped it in two. But then in the end it was stitched back together again. I loved that while this story was full of lighthearted and swoony moments, the author highlights a deep and underlying issue throughout the story of mental illness and the effects it has on our loved ones. I loved that it didn't shy away from the heavy subject matter. I loved that it didn't hesitate to toy with my emotions. I loved that in the end, my heart felt so completely happy for them. Once again, Jay McLean went above and beyond my expectations and has taken my breath away. ♥
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Eleventy Billion Firefly Stars!!The #QueenOfTeenageAngst has done it again. First and Forever, the second book in the Heartache Duet, is The Happiness. It’s that book you spend hours searching for. The book that will make you unable to pick up another for days on end. It is absolutely breathtaking, heart-aching, soul-shaking MAGIC!!“I hope you’re ready . . .Take three . . . Act three . . .”“The climax?”“The resolution.”I need a moment or two, or two thousand, to collect my thoughts because . . . Eleventy Billion Firefly Stars!!The #QueenOfTeenageAngst has done it again. First and Forever, the second book in the Heartache Duet, is The Happiness. It’s that book you spend hours searching for. The book that will make you unable to pick up another for days on end. It is absolutely breathtaking, heart-aching, soul-shaking MAGIC!!“I hope you’re ready . . .Take three . . . Act three . . .”“The climax?”“The resolution.”I need a moment or two, or two thousand, to collect my thoughts because . . . YES, she's back and she took my heart and I don't know how I'll ever get it beating properly again. But man, how to find words—where are the words?!!!Trust me, you need to read book one, Heartache and Hope, if you haven't already. The Heartache Duet is hands down one of my favorites of all time. Connor + Ava’s story is bumpy, and not an easy road to travel on, but it’s worth every tear you’ll shed.“When the world is at its darkest . . . that’s when the magic appears.”It is so beautiful, filled with  heartache and hope, and worth every tissue. Your heart will ache, yes, but it's Jay. Need I say more?! You are in safe hands ❤.My highlights in this book are endless, words I want to remember for always. In all ways 😉.Jay McLean . . . I love your heart and your words and your soul. EPIC!!!“I found it.”“Found what?” “The Happiness.”
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  • ~Dawn~TUG
    January 1, 1970
    How many times can I give a book ALL THE FUCKING STARS? Let me count them...Connor and Ava will SLAY you. They will remind you that you exist, breathe, live, love, lose, win and fight. You fight even when it all seems like a losing battle. Family comes first, and in all kinds of ways. Smiles change lives. Matter to those around you. Live with purpose. Love with all your heart. This book is a game changer people. This duet is my favorite from Jay...not just my favorite of hers it's my favorite du How many times can I give a book ALL THE FUCKING STARS? Let me count them...Connor and Ava will SLAY you. They will remind you that you exist, breathe, live, love, lose, win and fight. You fight even when it all seems like a losing battle. Family comes first, and in all kinds of ways. Smiles change lives. Matter to those around you. Live with purpose. Love with all your heart. This book is a game changer people. This duet is my favorite from Jay...not just my favorite of hers it's my favorite duet EVER. The Heartache Duet was quick in surpassing the thousands of stories I've read and owning a piece of my heart forever. The words poured from the pages and became a part of me. Not only are Connor and Ava magic, but the author that brought them to life has some hocus pocus happening in her too. My favorite. It's special. As always Jay brings humor, heart and life into her words, transporting you into a world with these characters. Where you belong...you feel it, you completely experience it. It's like a damn 3-D movie without the headache. Fictional lives touching your own in a way that will stay with you long after the words The End are read. Thank you Jay. And keep that shit up.
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  • Curlyhairlass19
    January 1, 1970
    How and where do I even begin to express my feels for this life changing book. I can’t even type for the tears pouring from my face, but All I know is this book is beyond amazing. My feels have feelings it was that good. Connor and Ava. They are so precious to me..the things they went through, the Heartache. They literally made me rub my chest at times because the pain was so real that I felt. Such angst. Such turmoil inside and out. The passion and love that these two had and the maturity beyon How and where do I even begin to express my feels for this life changing book. I can’t even type for the tears pouring from my face, but All I know is this book is beyond amazing. My feels have feelings it was that good. Connor and Ava. They are so precious to me..the things they went through, the Heartache. They literally made me rub my chest at times because the pain was so real that I felt. Such angst. Such turmoil inside and out. The passion and love that these two had and the maturity beyond their years just astounds me. All I know is Connor Ledger will be a top book boyfriend forever. What an honorable guy! He loved Ava and her mom so passionately and took on their burdens as his own. My mind and heart is all over the place, but just know this:These are the kind of books that dreams are made of. It’s pure magic and so special in an indescribable way. I want a copy in all forms, and I will reread often. It’s scored on my heart and embedded in my soul. Connor 4 Ava 4 ever♥️
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    I’m surprised to say that book two in this duet was better for me than Heartache and Hope. And no, I didn’t love it as much as everyone else but it did have some things that made me smile. So this picks back up after Heartache and Hope and we jump back into the aftermath of what happened with Connor and Ava.I’m just going to come out and say it, Ava was a brat. She frustrated me so much you guys. There were too many moments where I rolled my eyes at either a stupid decision she made or her inner I’m surprised to say that book two in this duet was better for me than Heartache and Hope. And no, I didn’t love it as much as everyone else but it did have some things that made me smile. So this picks back up after Heartache and Hope and we jump back into the aftermath of what happened with Connor and Ava.I’m just going to come out and say it, Ava was a brat. She frustrated me so much you guys. There were too many moments where I rolled my eyes at either a stupid decision she made or her inner monologue going back and forth. Connor stole my heart in this book. This boy was sweet and wanted nothing but the best for Ava and her family. He was busting his butt just to make her his endgame. Like in the last book, there are some things he could’ve done differently. However, he was my favorite character in this whole duet. What I don’t really want to talk about is the relationship between Connor and Ava. Like I told you in my last review, I don’t think they should have anything but friends. I didn’t feel a long lasting connection between these two, let alone anything about Ava that would make Connor that dedicated to her. Maybe I’m being too critical, but I really didn’t.My favorite thing about this book was the relationship that Connor formed with Ava’s mother. Oh my goodness, it was just fucking pure and I loved it. Their interactions were funny but at the same time, you could tell that he was really helping her and cared for her. This made the book for me!All in all, while this book and duet weren’t one of my favorites, I know that angst readers and Jay McLean fans will enjoy it. Previous books in series: Heartache and Hope ⭐⭐✨I received an ARC via the author for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Amy March (Between the Screens)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. Goodness.What an ending, what a duet! I didn’t stop to sleep, eat or even blink the entire time I had this beauty in my hands, it was that fantastic. It’s the perfect sequel, a truly wonderful and epic conclusion to Conner and Ava’s whirlwind story. Conner and Ava, just wow. I’m going to miss these two and the crazy love they share. I breathed their heartache and I felt their passion in every fiber of my being. Their story was nothing short of wondrous. In the first book, the author does Oh. My. Goodness.What an ending, what a duet! I didn’t stop to sleep, eat or even blink the entire time I had this beauty in my hands, it was that fantastic. It’s the perfect sequel, a truly wonderful and epic conclusion to Conner and Ava’s whirlwind story. Conner and Ava, just wow. I’m going to miss these two and the crazy love they share. I breathed their heartache and I felt their passion in every fiber of my being. Their story was nothing short of wondrous. In the first book, the author does a fantastic job of breaking these characters apart but in this story she artfully builds them back together again until they are newer and better versions of themselves. It’s beautiful and achingly realistic. Sometimes the timing is wrong and sometimes there needs to be distance and space and real work put in to get to where you need to be and that’s a lesson that these two learned over and over again until things finally clicked into place for each of them.Jay left some serious little Easter eggs throughout these books. We get glances at the More gang, as well as the promise of something wonderful for Trevor. One of the things I really appreciated and respected about this book was how smooth it was, how perfectly it flowed with the first story. A lot of books take an entire chapter to recap what happened in the first book and it’s always sort of put me off because those dialogues and flashbacks don’t flow freely. They feel forced and awkward, I am thrilled to say that Jay doesn’t have a second of filler story worked into the plot. Just the like first book, every single moment has a purpose and a bigger meaning. Jay is truly a master at her craft. She’s able to elicit thee absolute widest variety of emotions out of her readers because of the skill and precision of her writing, it’s just unparalleled. The bottom line here, this book is perfect. This duet is amazing. These characters are revolutionary. There isn’t anything to pick apart or dislike here, it’s all progress and growth and love. It’s all beautiful. I could’ve spent a dozen more years wrapped up in a world with these characters, but I’m so grateful for the happily ever after they were given. This is a definite must read, a perfect ending to a new favorite series.
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  • Kate McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    Books don't often give me hangovers, but this one did. I don't smoke and this one made me want to light a cigarette when I was done. Jay McLean is a monster for making me feel all the feels, but I loved every word. Not sure it was possible for this book to be even better than book 1 in the duet, but it was. Your words are magic, McLean.
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  • Veronica Mckenna
    January 1, 1970
    Only 7% in but Peter is scum and Karen is annoying. Also I am confused why all the team hung with Karen? Just one girl tagging along? Seems random. Also Connor says she is fun, which I am yet to see. Plus, she has a flask of drink in one scene, but I thought in the first book she did not drink, so many questions.
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    4 ❤❤❤❤🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣🎶You know I love you, I always willMy mind's made up by the way that I feelThere's no beginning, there'll be no end'Cause on my love you can depend🎵The TroggsMagic never stops!!! And The Happiness is there!!!Connor and Ava had so strong feelings for each that melted my heart. Each one fought for their love in their own way despite their immaturity which was justified by their young age. Karen’s part wasn’t exactly clarified and some chapters could be eliminated with all this drama ta 4 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣️🎶You know I love you, I always willMy mind's made up by the way that I feelThere's no beginning, there'll be no end'Cause on my love you can depend🎵The TroggsMagic never stops!!! And The Happiness is there!!!Connor and Ava had so strong feelings for each that melted my heart. Each one fought for their love in their own way despite their immaturity which was justified by their young age. Karen’s part wasn’t exactly clarified and some chapters could be eliminated with all this drama taking place.
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Part two of this duet easily became my most highly anticipated read as soon as I finished book one. I fell crazy in love with Ava and Connor's devastatingly beautiful high school romance in Heartache and Hope and I was left reeling for their conclusion at the turn of the final page. Well, Jay McLean just delivered a sequel that far exceeded any expectations I had. First and Forever was blissfully romantic but wrought with anguish and longing the ENTIRE way through. It killed me to read it, it sl Part two of this duet easily became my most highly anticipated read as soon as I finished book one. I fell crazy in love with Ava and Connor's devastatingly beautiful high school romance in Heartache and Hope and I was left reeling for their conclusion at the turn of the final page. Well, Jay McLean just delivered a sequel that far exceeded any expectations I had. First and Forever was blissfully romantic but wrought with anguish and longing the ENTIRE way through. It killed me to read it, it sliced and diced my heart, and it felt so satisfyingly soothing to my soul when it was finished. This story is anything but easy but it is ABSOLUTE PERFECTION and I can not say that loud enough. I will never get over this couple. I LOVE a romance where you can truly FEEL the chemistry and affection and devotion on every single page. THIS is that type of story. No matter what Connor and Ava are dealing with, and in this book there's A LOT, you can breathe in their love, you can feel their longing, their desperation for each other even at the worst of times. They define true love, unconditional love, first love, forever love... and it oozes from every page. First and Forever is everything. It's romance. It's drama. It's HOPE and it's HEARTACHE. It's a testament to family, to friendship. It's rife with pain, with humor, with smart banter all brought to life through stellar writing. It's angsty and sexy and heartbreakingly maddening. It's a story of two teenagers each battling their own personal wars, inherently GOOD characters just trying to find peace in each other when the relentless reality of LIFE continues interfering. It's never easy, their path, but their love is unwavering and it makes for the most wholly unforgettable storyline. It's MAGIC and HAPPINESS, HEARTACHE AND HOPE and it's a story that'll stick with me FOREVER. This duet is a MUST!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    First and Forever is one of those books you want to read without interruption, without stopping, because you need to know what's going to happen, how it's all going to end. It's a book you want to savor, because as much as you want to get to the end, you never really want it to end. That is how I spent my day with this book. Why do the best books have to end?!? Ugh, I so badly wanted to stay in Connor and Ava’s world. Ms. McLean had me so wrapped up in them, so invested in their lives, making it First and Forever is one of those books you want to read without interruption, without stopping, because you need to know what's going to happen, how it's all going to end. It's a book you want to savor, because as much as you want to get to the end, you never really want it to end. That is how I spent my day with this book. Why do the best books have to end?!? Ugh, I so badly wanted to stay in Connor and Ava’s world. Ms. McLean had me so wrapped up in them, so invested in their lives, making it sooo hard to let go! First and Forever was everything- beautiful, heart wrenching, breathtaking, tear-inducing. It was a story that filled my heart so full I thought it would burst. F&F was everything, and gave us everything we could have asked for, could have wanted, for Ava and Connor. I adored how this story played out- it wasn’t easy, it was downright hard at times, but Connor and Ava faced all that was thrown at them with such strength, even when it all seemed to be too much. McLean created such wonderful characters -I loved the relationships that were built, not just between Connor and Ava, but between Connor & Trevor, and (especially) between Connor & Mama Jo, even between Ava & Connor’s dad. The Heartache duet was such an emotional journey, one I’m so glad I got to go on. I just have to give an extra-special shout-out to Connor. As I said in one of my updates, Connor is the sweetest, most cutest (yes it’s a thing!), most precious young man, ever. And he just got better as the story went on. He puts his whole heart into everything he does, and you couldn’t ask for more than that. Now if only I could find me my own Connor, just a little older…
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  • ABookLover73
    January 1, 1970
    Five Boo stars for Ava and Connor 😭🏀❤!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Jay didn't disappoint!!!Everything that I've written in review for the first book in this duet is equally valid for "First and Forever" 💜!Ava's and Connor's story is a kind of love story that many people secretly want to be true and to be their LOVE STORY with HAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!"If you look for a book that will show you, no matter how life can be difficult, we all can find light in the dark times only if we believe in magic and love, this is the bo Five Boo stars for Ava and Connor 😭🏀❤!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Jay didn't disappoint!!!Everything that I've written in review for the first book in this duet is equally valid for "First and Forever" 💜!Ava's and Connor's story is a kind of love story that many people secretly want to be true and to be their LOVE STORY with HAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!"If you look for a book that will show you, no matter how life can be difficult, we all can find light in the dark times only if we believe in magic and love, this is the book for you 💖!" - ABookLover73, "Heartache and Hope" (review)Highly recommended!!!
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  • Chelé
    January 1, 1970
    5 "money" stars “She said she loves you?” I nod. “And you… do you love her?”  “My heart beats for her.”I am absolutely drowning in my love for this couple, for this story, for this incredible duet. These are the type of feelings you can only wish to experience while reading a book but this type of magic doesn't always happen, it takes a special kind of writer, a beautiful story and words threaded together flawlessy and with precision .2% in and I was done for.......inconsolable with bone deep, i 5 "money" stars “She said she loves you?” I nod. “And you… do you love her?”  “My heart beats for her.”I am absolutely drowning in my love for this couple, for this story, for this incredible duet. These are the type of feelings you can only wish to experience while reading a book but this type of magic doesn't always happen, it takes a special kind of writer, a beautiful story and words threaded together flawlessy and with precision .2% in and I was done for.......inconsolable with bone deep, intense feelings and experiencing an emotional over load. "But it’s like… you’ve invaded every part of me, and I can’t get you out of my fucking head. Every time we’re apart, there’s this ache in my chest. It’s like I can’t fucking breathe unless I’m with you.”I'm not going to lie, even an angst lover like myself almost raised the white flag, Connor and Ava.....my god my heart hurt for them. The challenges they faced  individually and the tribulations they faced as a couple..... Connor's relentless pursuit to want to save Ava no matter the cost and Ava's fierceness at wanting to slay her own dragons.  “I don’t think we can choose the direction in which our heart beats. Because I didn’t want to fall in love with you. I didn’t want to fall in love at all. But then you came along." First and Forever is exceptionally wriiten, meticulously executed, and will captivate you mind, body and soul.
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  • bookish_affair
    January 1, 1970
    Holy smoky feelings...I'm so done...I'm so so bloody done!!RTC -after I get myself together....
  • Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow ❤❤❤❤ Review to follow ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Casey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is epic. I don’t say that lightly. Jay Mclean has outdone herself. Five firefly, magic heart stars for me!!The emotional journey you will take will leave you breathless. I was scared to turn the pages, wondering what awaited me around every corner.In true Mclean fashion, this book is a rainbow of highlights for me. The quotes in this book are stunning. The entire book is, truly. It is one for the ages. I want to gush about many things in this book, but this is a spoiler free review. Bu This book is epic. I don’t say that lightly. Jay Mclean has outdone herself. Five firefly, magic heart stars for me!!The emotional journey you will take will leave you breathless. I was scared to turn the pages, wondering what awaited me around every corner.In true Mclean fashion, this book is a rainbow of highlights for me. The quotes in this book are stunning. The entire book is, truly. It is one for the ages. I want to gush about many things in this book, but this is a spoiler free review. But know, this review does no justice to this book. “She was my first everything and I want her -no, I need her- to be my last everything.”-Jay Mclean First and Forever
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for an honest reviewSo, you know how I thought Heartache and Hope was the bomb?Pish, man it was nothing compared to First and Forever.I mean. good lawd this book is a-freaking-mazing. Jay McLean has knocked it right out of the park, scored a three pointer right on the buzzer, got the puck int he five hole and every other sports analogy for something great you can think ofYou will need tissues, vodka and chocolate - oh so much of all of these to get through this book. Not going to li ARC received for an honest reviewSo, you know how I thought Heartache and Hope was the bomb?Pish, man it was nothing compared to First and Forever.I mean. good lawd this book is a-freaking-mazing. Jay McLean has knocked it right out of the park, scored a three pointer right on the buzzer, got the puck int he five hole and every other sports analogy for something great you can think ofYou will need tissues, vodka and chocolate - oh so much of all of these to get through this book. Not going to lie, I cried through so much of this book. Ava, Connor and their families just broke my heart.I am sure Ms McLean was sitting at home like this as we were reading [image error]My heart was trampled and put back together more than once during this book.I was glad to see that the jerk wad Peter got his comeuppance in this book too. I knew there was something I didn't like about him right from the start of the first book.I don't want to give anything away with this book, as this one needs to be savoured whilst going in a little blind.Connor and Ava - you made this old duck cry - and that doesn't happen much with YA/NA books. My oh my, the emotions this book stirred. I felt like I just needed to fold up in the foetal position and cry it out after I finished reading.Instead I ate too much junk food lolThere are no words to describe how much I loved this book. So buy it. Read it. Love it.
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  • Amazeballs Book Addicts
    January 1, 1970
    First and Forever is a great read. It amazing me how Jay's characters can go from happy and funny to sad and depression back to happy in just a little amount of time. My emotions where all over the place when reading this one. Life isn't always a bowl of froot loops and sunshine and I feel like this book with it's ups and downs is a reminder how life has it's ups and downs too and to to dwell too much on the bad. Ava and Connor go through so much. They both have tremendous things to work through First and Forever is a great read. It amazing me how Jay's characters can go from happy and funny to sad and depression back to happy in just a little amount of time. My emotions where all over the place when reading this one. Life isn't always a bowl of froot loops and sunshine and I feel like this book with it's ups and downs is a reminder how life has it's ups and downs too and to to dwell too much on the bad. Ava and Connor go through so much. They both have tremendous things to work through. I was so rotting for them to push through and find happiness. Some characters surprised me, like I thought someone was nice and decent but no they really aren't and one character I expected not to like and I actually liked them. Ava and Connor are to characters that touched my heart and i so wanted to jump through the pages and give them a hug.First and Forever is part two in the story and you must read Heartache and Hope first. Both books are amazing and you should definitely read this duet.
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  • Chantal Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    I’m full of so much awesome emotions! The feels this story gave me is beyond explainable! I’m just so in AWW! I took my time reading this because I wanted to take in everything. Ever moment! I was so invested I didn’t want to leave this world! I didn’t want it to end! Ava and Connor are my new top favorite couple! These two are just magic together! They’re love is so beautiful, yet it wasn’t easy for them! They crossed a lot to reach their end game. But it was all so worth it! I felt their strug I’m full of so much awesome emotions! The feels this story gave me is beyond explainable! I’m just so in AWW! I took my time reading this because I wanted to take in everything. Ever moment! I was so invested I didn’t want to leave this world! I didn’t want it to end! Ava and Connor are my new top favorite couple! These two are just magic together! They’re love is so beautiful, yet it wasn’t easy for them! They crossed a lot to reach their end game. But it was all so worth it! I felt their struggle. Oh did I just want to hold them! Be there for them! Connor was so freaking perfect! He loved that girl with everything he had in him! Ava man did that poor girl struggle! Omg I felt so much for them! It broke me at times! It they were funny too! I’m telling you you’ll feel everything you can in this book. I’m a little emotional right now I’m sad it’s all over, I loved every moment I had with these two! Jay has this amazing way with words. Of telling her stories! I felt this was so real. So relatable. She made it so easy to get lost in this book from the start! I truly enjoyed myself from start to finish! This has been my best summer read!! Truly everything was so well written. I can’t explain how perfectly this story is! I LOVED everything about this book! It’s magical!
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  • Lesley Koke DeWig
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had the right words to express how this book made me feel. Sadly, I can't turn a phrase or create a sentence quite like Jay McLean. There is so much magic, hope, and light in this book. Connor and Ava are still perfectly imperfect together.
  • - Michelle Claypot_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I'm drying my eyes as I try to type up this review.... Six star read for me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This book is full of magic!!!First and Forever is book 2 in the series & book 1 must be read first. The story picks right up where book 1 left off. Feelings are raw, mistakes have been made and hearts are broken. This one made me cry even more than book one - but not all the tears were sad ones. The character growth, the dialogue and the interweaving of the main & supporting characters made for a beautiful I'm drying my eyes as I try to type up this review.... Six star read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This book is full of magic!!!First and Forever is book 2 in the series & book 1 must be read first. The story picks right up where book 1 left off. Feelings are raw, mistakes have been made and hearts are broken. This one made me cry even more than book one - but not all the tears were sad ones. The character growth, the dialogue and the interweaving of the main & supporting characters made for a beautifully layered story. Ava and Connor's love story is the kind of young love that poems and songs are written about. Their connection, their fight for their HEA and for me the amount of my own teenage memories and feels it brought to the surface. It was truly epic!!! Please do yourself a favour & read these books. It's the kind of duet I know I'll be raving about for years to come. The kind of forever favourite you remember when you hear a song or see a phrase and smile about. I received an ARC of this book.
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  • Kim Heinen
    January 1, 1970
    Connor... *Swoon* I have fallen in love with the love story of Connor and Ava. They are relationship goals and friendship goals. They have the most amazing dynamic as a couple. Epic love story!
  • Mary-berry
    January 1, 1970
    So I haven't finished the book yet. Just felt the urge to share something that prevented me from reading more. For now. There was this one scene that caught me off guard. I think my heart stopped beating in that moment. My breath cut short and I was about to cry myself to death. Am I beeing dramatic too much? Probably. Jay McLean's words are authentic and have the power to wreck you. Have tissues. The End.Update: I did finish it. But I'm still not fully recovered in order to write a proper revie So I haven't finished the book yet. Just felt the urge to share something that prevented me from reading more. For now. There was this one scene that caught me off guard. I think my heart stopped beating in that moment. My breath cut short and I was about to cry myself to death. Am I beeing dramatic too much? Probably. Jay McLean's words are authentic and have the power to wreck you. Have tissues. The End.Update: I did finish it. But I'm still not fully recovered in order to write a proper review.
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  • Anne Milne
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with Connor and Ava in book one and the conclusion to their story only affirms every feeling I had about this beautiful story.Jay is a magician with words. She can make your heart bleed on one page and then your heart soar on another. How much can Ava and Connor endure before they break ? Family is everything in this story. The bonds that bind us and bonds that shackle us. At times I wasn't sure my heart could withstand the onslaught of pain. Then Jay does what she does best by in I fell in love with Connor and Ava in book one and the conclusion to their story only affirms every feeling I had about this beautiful story.Jay is a magician with words. She can make your heart bleed on one page and then your heart soar on another. How much can Ava and Connor endure before they break ? Family is everything in this story. The bonds that bind us and bonds that shackle us. At times I wasn't sure my heart could withstand the onslaught of pain. Then Jay does what she does best by introducing moments of humour into the story at just the right time. Miss D and Trevor are so wonderfully written both powerful characters in their own way. I need Trevor to get a book of his own. Loved every second I spent reading this duet.
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  • Courtney Wyczawski
    January 1, 1970
    First and Forever, Connor and Ava, Trevor, Miss D. This book and these characters will steal your heart. They are MAGIC! This is the second book in the Heartache Duet and it was the perfect conclusion to an amazing story.
  • CEILIDH
    January 1, 1970
    Can not wait till July 12!!!!!!!
  • Emma Louise
    January 1, 1970
    First and Forever is the conclusion to the Heartache duet and I still have no words. But I want to find them to tell people about this awesome book so I will try. Firstly it was everything I needed it to be. It answered questions, gave the characters within the different stories the peace and resolution I think the deserved and as the reader it gave me closure. I didn’t feel like we were left hanging or like what really?! Thank goodness, because I really can’t handle those types of endings. I am First and Forever is the conclusion to the Heartache duet and I still have no words. But I want to find them to tell people about this awesome book so I will try. Firstly it was everything I needed it to be. It answered questions, gave the characters within the different stories the peace and resolution I think the deserved and as the reader it gave me closure. I didn’t feel like we were left hanging or like what really?! Thank goodness, because I really can’t handle those types of endings. I am an unapologetic sucker for a HEA. To me this doesn’t mean there is never sadness or lingering pain from things or consequences, but I need to feel real resolution and peace. Anyway this definitely had all that. FaF picks up right where HaH finishes and we see Connor trying to come to terms and deal with his heartbreak. He is throwing himself even more into his basketball and questioning what lead to this point. There were times I was cringing at his actions but at the same time you could understand why he was feeling how he was and really compared to most guys his age he was handling it well. I hated how much he was hurting and especially how it triggered his major (and justified) abandonment issues. Ava meanwhile is also just as heartbroken but also dealing with the major burden she carries on her shoulders. Not that her mother is the burden but the situation itself is just such a massive thing to deal with especially for someone so young. As the story progresses issues are relationships are resolved in different ways. I particularly liked where the story took ___ as a character and how her friendship with Ava rekindled and. My favourite part of the story was Connor’s relationship with Jo. How he was able to see through her scars and treat her as a individual and a human like we all deserve. I likewise also loved how she loved him and filled that maternal role in his life. I didn’t expect Coreys storyline to go the direction it did at all but I felt like it made sense and fit well. I was so happy Connor and Corey were able to be honest and work on their relationship and bond. I loved how proud Corey was of his son, his triumphs were really his as well and you could feel the love. Trevor is another one who I was so happy with where JM took his story. You could feel his pain as he tried so hard to look after his family and felt like he was failing. I felt like it was really natural how his storyline played out and was so happy to see what he was able to achieve and that he also got his happiness. A quick moment for the awful people in this story: Peter Parker – Jerk McJerkface extrordinaire. I was dying to see what came of him and even though JM definitely kept me on tenterhooks through the majority of the story we do get a satisfying resolution with him. I’m very happy Trevor was able to “express” how he felt of his actions towards his sister. And most of all the awfulness that is Connors mum. The fact she tried to in any way justify her despicable actions or put any of the blame on Corey is just ludicrous. Sure, Corey isn’t perfect, who is? Does that justify trying to kill and abandoning your child. No. Absolutely not. She is a disgusting excuse for a human being, and I wanted to jump in the book and punch her. I was happy Connor found his strength though through this situation and recognise firstly his value, and secondly that her actions were about her and not him. Last but not least the love between Connor and Ava. I almost don’t even know what to say. This story had so many beautiful moments. Their bond was this special, bone deep thing that neither of them could fight. They both make mistakes, mainly in terms of assumptions and miscommunications but you can see their love always brings them back together. They’re determined to work on themselves and their relationship as it progresses. The was they both loved each other from afar was sweet and would be borderline stalker I feel if it were anyone else but their actions just seemed right. Like they were still together so of course they were keeping tabs and supporting etc. Both Connor and Ava are beautiful souls and when they are hurting you feel it. The way JM has written these books you just feel like you really know these people and are rooting for them and praying for their happy ever after. They both love so strongly and always put the ones they love ahead of themselves, sometimes to their own detriment and it makes you want to scream. Especially when their thinking is so flawed or based on inaccurate information. However, this is also what makes them such beautiful people. I love how they admire each other and support each other and it was no surprise how Connor continues to look after Ava. The Heartache duet is another beautifully complicated love story from Jay McLean and I loved every second of it.
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