Because Forever by B. Cranford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oh I love a good friends to lovers story and this one was no exception! I was first introduced to Odette “Odie” and Austin “Aussie” in About Time (The Avenue series #1), and I loved how they had such a long-standing guy/girl best friendship. Austin hinted in About Time about his true feelings for Odie, so I was sooo happy to finally get to read their story.
First off, if you haven’t read About Time – read it now! What I love the most about this series – besides the fab couples – is the sibling relationship between Austin (Tiny), Ashton (Little) and Aaron (A). These three have THE Best friendship and support system that you could ask for from your siblings. They are hilarious, fiercely loyal and protective, and they love and care for each other as if they were the last people on Earth. I absolutely love their banter, crude jokes, and open and honest relationship they have with each other. Also – the way they accept and love the significant others of each other is so touching and beautiful. They have created an amazing family for themselves all without the support of their parents.
Odie & Austin….oh I love them. Like really love them. Odie is intimidating – a little fireball. She can literally spar with the boys, make witty comebacks, rock behind the bar, and show her vulnerability all at once. Her love for Austin is so darn cute, and the fact that she has hidden her true feelings for him all these years just makes their relationship that more wonderful.
If I had to pick one of these boys in this series to fall for – it would be Austin. He is an absolute doll. He is gorgeous, funny as hell, care-free, and owns his own bar – with his sister! The fact that he forgets everything is endearing – to a point. He will always be “Tiny” to his siblings – always reminding everyone that he is the youngest, and therefore can get away with a bit more. I fell for him in About Time, and the way he spoke about Odie…..oh he was so swoon-worthy!!! He tortured himself denying his feelings for her, all the while he would go on and on about how perfect she was for him. His humor and over the top gestures to win her heart were the icing on the cake for me. He loves this girl so much – gah! Their easy friendship and exploding chemistry made this book so fun to read. Can’t wait to read what’s next in this series for these fun and flirty characters! Well done B. Cranford! XO