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Peek Inside The Summer Before Forever

Landon Jacobs’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his shy future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Helping her complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists is the ultimate test of his sanity. But there’s more than their future family on the line. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again.

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Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…


5 stars: "Landon ... sigh... every girl should have a Landon in her life at some point. He's sweet but masculine, protective but not overbearing, perfect but not." -Jessica Calla, author of the Sheridan Hall series

5 stars: "The only reason I gave this book five stars is because I can't give it more!" -Moriah, A Leisure Moment

5 stars: "Loved, loved, loved!! This is a fabulous YA read that had me hooked from the first page. Chloe and Landon are such great characters and their story is so heartwarming. Jenna is outrageous and I hope we will see her story. You just know there is so much more to her than her big personality lets on. The writing is great and the pace of the story is quick and easy. I was almost to the end of the book before I ever realized." -Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "If you're looking to read a romance and/or something like the Did I Mention I Love You series, then I suggest you read this as I loved it." -Liv, Liv's Wonderful Escape

5 stars: "I read this book when I was able, even forfeiting sleep to do so. The characters were very well-developed, and the story was written with grace. I loved that she told the story from Landon's point of view, and thought that it really helped me to understand the story. I cannot wait for the next book. When this book is officially released, do yourself a favor, and buy it." -Heather Smith, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I give the book a huge "thumbs up!" With the dual POVs from Chloe and Landon, the reader is given full insight into both characters. A great beach read! I will definitely be reading more from this author!!!" -Nightly Reading

5 stars: "This book is so great, a quick read as well." -Emmyjo, The Book Slayer77

5 stars: "This was a very fun read for teen romance readers, with believable family drama, sexy teenage angst, and interesting real life problems. When things rang true - friends who know you better than anyone else, but may or may not have your best interests in mind and the connection of finding someone else who understands exactly what you are going through - the book was at its best. Unique details - like Landon's personal challenges or Chloe's friend and her minor celebrity status - made the story more memorable and engaging." -Lissa, Goodreads Reviewer

4.5 stars: "This was a perfect summery book. I loved everything about it so I obviously have to recommend this one to everyone else. I can't wait to read more books written by Melissa." -Cátia, The Girl Who Read Too Much

4.5 stars: "This is a sweet step romance that ticks all the right boxes." -D.M. Duncan, author of The Frosted Moon

4.5 stars: "A sweet, uplifting, coming-of-age romance that will give you all the feels!" -Siobhan Davis, author of True Calling

4.5 stars: "Every time I read from (Landon's) point of view, I wanted to hug him. There were moments I had to set the book down because I wanted to die from cuteness overload." -Jenna, Goodreads reviewer

4 stars: "This was a good read that filled my ice-cold loner heart with warmth and thawed it. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!" -Samantha, A Wondrous Escape

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757271
Series: Before Forever, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 22, 2016
Page Count: 376
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits

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By heather - NightlyReading August 22, 2016

Ugh! All the feels!!!

So, you all know that I kind of gravitate towards books that are taboo. This one is advertised as a contemporary about star-crossed love, which it definitely held true. These two characters tried all that they could to NOT show their inner feelings for each other... ...more

By Cátia August 22, 2016

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Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Summer Before Forever is the book I didn't know I needed right now. I can’t even describe the cuteness in this book. T...

By Suze December 22, 2016

Chloe is glad she can leave her hometown behind for a few months. She's relieved she can stay with her father for the summer. Her best friend Jenna is coming with her. Chloe's father lives in Florida, in a resort near the beach, together with his fiancée and her son. Chloe hasn't met them yet, so... ...more

By Samantha July 26, 2018

I received an ARC of this book and here's my honest review of it. Special thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC for sending me a copy!

God, it's been such a long time since I last read a contemporary romance novel that made my heart race and my toes tingle, I've almost forgotten how it f... ...more

By Paula August 22, 2016

First off , I have to admit that I didn't know this was going to be an "I'm in love with my Stepbrother type book " . However , as I got reading it I have to say that this was one of the better stepbrother-love type books as it was written with the late YA/ early NA's in mind as it wasn't over th... ...more

By Jenna August 16, 2016

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 4.5

I have a lot of feelings about this book. Contemporary is definitely not one of my favorite genres, but I loved this book to pieces. It's not even about the romance, but the surrounding topics that thi.../>

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) August 15, 2016

So good! I've not read many books in which the main characters are soon-to-step-siblings, but this is one that I'll read again and again. It's hard not to swoon over a guy like Landon who is sweet, caring, respectful, and patient with Chloe. Their romance is the best thing ever.

I didn't love Jen... ...more

By Hristina August 26, 2016

I really liked this book. I'm a huge fan of forbidden love stories, and this one was just adorably executed. It's a very sweet story about coming of age and finding self-confidence bundled into the perfect summer read.
Mrs. Chambers' characters got me hooked from page one, but her writing st... ...more

By Siobhan August 19, 2016

A sweet, uplifting, coming-of-age romance that will give you all the feels!

I seem to be addicted to forbidden romances at the moment, and I must admit it was what attracted me to request a review copy of The Summer Before Forever. However, to categorize this book as such would be doin... ...more

By Kaitlin August 25, 2016

Full review posted on my blog:

To read an interview that I conducted with the lovely Melissa Chambers go here: ...more

By Michelle July 10, 2017

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Summer Before Forever is the first book in the before forever series by author Melissa Chambers. The books are all interconnected standalones. I have read and really enjoyed both of the books in the series, but my favorite book was the firs...

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Melissa Chambers

About the author

Melissa Chambers

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She’s a member of SCBWI and RWA including several local and online chapters thereof. She holds her B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

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