Friday, May 8, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Yours Forever (Reign #3) by Joya Ryan [ARC Review + Giveaway]

Title: Yours Forever
Series: Reign #3
Author: Joya Ryan
Publisher: Bear & Gunner Publishing
Published: May 7th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 240
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Source: InkSlinger PR/Blog Tour
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the final book in the Reign trilogy. This is an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story that seduces, surprises and stays with you.

Playing at forever is a dangerous game…

Torn between two men and surrounded by secrets, Lana is forced to make an agonizing choice. But what – and who – does she really want?

Yours Tonight (Reign #1) | Yours Completely (Reign #2)

I received a copy of this book, from InkSlinger PR for a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Oh boy is this review going to be tough to write! It's been almost two weeks since I've finished and I still don't even know what to say. I guess it's time to just sit here and (hopefully) let inspiration flow. This is the final book in the Reign series and oh my word it has been a crazy, crazy ride! It's been intense, heartwarming and unbelievably steamy. I've been through heartache and distress, laughter and tears. I spent most of the entire series with my heart racing. Sometimes in very, very good ways but also through pain and even fear. If there's an emotion out there you can feel...these books took me there.

Not everyone is a fan of the dreaded love triangle. I'm in the group of those who do. If they are done right and not just there for the sake of having something to go through and they serve a real purpose in some way I am all for them. I love them! I love them even more when even I'm confused on where my heart lies. I love the turmoil. I thrive on angst and feels so this series was perfect for me. Joya Ryan has created three very tragic souls. Each one having gone through a great childhood tragedy that has left it's scars on them as adults. All very different, yet no less heartbreaking and sad than the other. While both of the guys have, for the most part anyway, overcome the ghosts of their past, Lana starts the series as a different story.

I've adored Lana from the beginning. She's the type of character that won't let you do anything but. Even though when you first meet her she comes off as a bit weak it's not in that agonizingly annoying type of way. In the beginning she's so sweet and yet very timid and introverted, which when you get hints about her past and puzzle her out it's easy to understand why. Though with Yours Forever you almost don't even recognize that version of Lana anymore. She has grown so much and become such a strong, fiery and passionate woman. It's been so much fun watching her find herself. She owes a lot of that strength, fire and of course passion to two very incredible and very different guys. Each of them draws her out and helps her discover all those things buried deep inside of her.

The first book in the series, Yours Tonight, is all Jack. Jack is all darkness and power, quiet and commanding, thoughtful and controlled, protective and charming, serious and about as alpha as they come. He's suits and ties and elegance. Book two, Yours Completely, is all Callum. Cal is, for the most part, everything Jack isn't. They do share some common attributes but with the big ones they are like night and day. Cal is lightness and gentle, funny and playful, very much the life of the party. Like Jack, he's also protective and charming and very alpha male, but Cal isn't afraid to let Lana hold the reins when she needs it. He's very comfortable letting her take control. He's jeans and a t-shirt and an adrenaline junkie. While both Jack and Callum are equally these really awesome guys in their own ways it's been agonizing trying to choose between them. i mean, I have been leaning towards one of them but he's only pulled ahead by the slimmest of margins. My heart was so torn up at the start of this book.

So am I happy with how it ended? I was very much taken by surprise. I never saw things turning out like they did. I thought I had it all figured out before I started and I couldn't have been more wrong. Obviously I was happy with the outcome, surprised or not, since I gave it five stars. The more I thought about it though the more I realized there really was no other way to end it. I'll just leave it at that so that I don't end up saying too much. I'm sad to see the Reign series come to an end but I'm looking forward to seeing what Joya Ryan brings us next. She's become one of my absolute favorite authors over the past year and I can't wait for more!


About the author:

National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered Series (Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly and Capture Me Slowly), the Sweet Torment Series (Breathe You In, Only You), and The Chasing Love Series (Chasing Trouble, Chasing Temptation, Chasing Desire).

Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home color coding things. She resides in California with her husband and her two sons. Visit Joya Ryan online

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