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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…

Praise

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 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 style ha... ...more

By Kaitlin August 25, 2016

Full review posted on my blog: http://kaitbooktopia.blogspot.com/201...


To read an interview that I conducted with the lovely Melissa Chambers go here: http://kaitbooktopia.blogspot.com/201... ...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 doing it a massi... ...more

By Michelle July 10, 2017

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**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... ...more

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 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 Samantha August 17, 2016

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 feels like. I... ...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... ...more

By H.Lee 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 and not reac... ...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. To be honest, when I saw this... ...more

By books are love September 01, 2016

Landon is amazeballs. When I read about his secret I wanted to pull him in for a hug and just take away all the struggles he went through. I wanted to tell him that it in no way makes him an idiot but a stronger person. He is the perfect boyfriend. Sweet, kind, caring and honest. Just what Chloe... ...more

By Roxanne August 22, 2016

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eArc in exchange for an honest review.

Chloe is on her way to visit her Dad with her best friend Jenna, she hasn't seen him in five months and he is getting married and she is a getting a new stepbrother. She really doesn't know what to e... ...more

By D.M. August 19, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. The writing style has an innocence to it but I would say it is suitable for the 16+ age group in which it is aimed at. A lot of characters in books these days seem to have an older feel of confidence to them but this one takes you back to the awkward teen years.

Chloe'... ...more

By Bette August 17, 2016

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... ...more

By Jessica August 22, 2016

THE SUMMER BEFORE FOREVER is a perfect YA read! I loved Chloe and Landon and watching their soon-to-be step-sibling friendship turn to a romantic relationship. This book is a wonderful summer read, especially since the story takes place during the characters' summer break while they prepare for t... ...more

By Megan August 19, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to like it when they first started getting into the romance part because, well, they're going to be brother and sister by the end of the book. Not blood related but still. So I found myself reading along, intrigued to see how the author was go... ...more

By Denise August 24, 2016

Wow. Just wow. This is a book you definitely need to read.

Chloe is spending the summer with her father and soon to be step-mother and step-brother. What didn't she expect? Landon, her step-brother and their attraction. Completely opposite people shouldn't work right? She's into indie music and dr... ...more

By Heather August 22, 2016

I had the honor if receiving this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. I still have a hard time putting into words my thoughts on this book. It was incredibly gripping. I read this book when I was able, even forfiting sleep to do so. The characters were very well-developed, and the st... ...more

By Erica June 16, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 stars

Young adult age-range: 14+ due to darker content and sexual situations. However, I do feel there is a good moral to the story, one in which teens would benefit reading.

Melissa Chambers is a new-to-me author. I was instant... ...more

By Moriah August 19, 2016

*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review - this review is also part of the blog tour: stop September 3rd**


I’ve noticed a fad in the YA market recently. This is the third book this year that I’ve read dealing... ...more

By Isabelle August 28, 2016

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Perfect; romantic, forbidden!!!
 

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I want to kiss this girl more than I've ever wanted anything in my life... more than I want to play football, more than I want to freaking breathe. by Landon

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Landon is the most perfect boyfriend ever. He is such a great guy, that is easy to fall in love wi... ...more

By Books and Boys Book Blog August 30, 2016

***ARC In Exchange for an Honest Review***


Overcoming person obstacles, trusting, and loving are lessons that Melissa Chambers writes about in The Summer Before Forever.  When I first read the synopsis I though to myself "Another step-brother book, but now in the YA category"... Geez what was wron... ...more

By Leah September 04, 2016

The Summer Before Forever is one of the cutest young adult books I have ever read. Despite what happens to Chloe, which could have really brought the book down, instead it’s one of the best summer books I’ve read. I’m even more excited that this is the first in a series – Jenna’s story next? Yes,... ...more

By Emmyjo August 22, 2016

This book is so great, a quick read as well.
Chloe is the main character who brings her best friend Jenna on a road trip to hang out with her dad and soon to be step mother and brother. But Chloe also wants a summer away to hide from her secret.
Then we meet Landon, Chloe's soon to be step brother... ...more

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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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