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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Feels Like Forever by K. L. Cottrell is an absorbing, emotional, contemporary romance that dances to its own unique tune. The main character Liv-Andria is a complex character full of realistic challenges and feelings. She's a single "mom" to her young niece but wouldn't have it any other way because she's been through some things that have her shield up. But she's dedicated and serious about raising Rae Elizabeth and wants to protect her from the same troubled past she had. There have been challenges along the way for this small family, but things are looking up now, and Liv vows to stand up for their happiness and any person or thing that might harm it. Then we have Landon, a guy with troubles of his own. While Liv struggles with the past, Landon struggles with the present. He can't change everything, but there are some things he can change, and he doesn't want to put it off any longer.
Cottrell has created an absorbing, meaningful romance novel for our times and builds characters you can identify with and root for. This author knows how to breathe life into her characters so that they seem like real people. The plot is well-executed, the dialogue natural, which moves the story along. There are unexpected events that build anticipation and backstories that lend to the angst and inner conflict. Trigger warnings apply for trauma-based content, sexual situations, and adult language. First-person POVs invite you into the thoughts and emotions that are at play here, and it's good to see the protagonist Liv putting someone else's needs above her own, which is her niece. Her sacrifice and commitment are refreshing to read about and add another layer to the conflict and drama. When Landon is on the scene, you appreciate his thoughts and insights and wonder how things will turn out since their personalities could be healthy or unhealthy together. He is a well-drawn character and his grandmother Lolly is a nice addition to the cast. Little Rae is adorable: a real scene-stealer. If you're looking for a fresh romance with contemporary drama and a dash of humor, be sure to put Feels Like Forever by K. L. Cottrell at the top of your to-read list.