Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lady. But can trainee Rodriguez get his act together among the hardcases in prison? And will Jennifer be waiting for him if and when he does?
As you can probably guess from my reblog, i applied to be a beta reader for Jeff Rivera. I just want to say that i am really excited to be a part of this!
Anyway apart from upcoming works that i can’t mention, Jeff sent me a digital copy of his published novel, Forever My Lady, to read and review. I thought i would share my thoughts on it because that’s what i like to do!
The story is about a young man, Dio, who has to serve a sentence in ‘Prison Boot Camp’ while his girlfriend, Jennifer, recovers from a drive by shooting that she was a victim of. Their relationship struggles with getting over what happened, however not just the accident but everything else that lead them to that moment. Will Dio let go of his past and become the man Jennifer needs him to be?
This kind of story is something i would not generally go for however i really enjoyed it. It was well written with my interest being piqued from the beginning. Although the story was slower paced, it held moments of suspense where i was holding my breath.
At first i really disliked Dio’s character because i found him to be selfish and obnoxious with a bit of a victim mentality. However as the story progressed, i really enjoyed seeing his growth, even though he stumbled a couple of times.
I did find that the intermingled Spanish interrupted the flow of reading for me as i am unfamiliar with the language, however i did get used to it and i understand that it makes the story more believable.
I was a little disappointed by the ending, not because it was a bad ending, but because i felt it was rushed. It didn’t do the rest of the book justice, especially as the rest of the book was slower paced – it didn’t really match.
Overall i really enjoyed reading the book and i would definitely recommend it to both males and females, especially if you’re looking for an urban kind of love story.