2 out of 5 Stars
When Ariana finds out she has breast cancer, she doesn’t know what to do with herself even though she’s been preparing herself for this for years since it took the lives of her mother and sister. The diagnosis forces her to take a hard look at her life, and she doesn’t like what she sees—a marriage that’s long since died and an unfulfilling job. When Ariana walks into Blaine Bennett’s tattoo shop, both their lives will be forever changed.
Forever Changed is a women’s fiction and contemporary romance novella that hooked me with its summary. Ariana’s breast cancer diagnosis and surgery gave her a new lease on life, and what better way to start it than with a new romance? I loved the plot and that this was a short, quick read. Blaine was a hot tattoo artist who knew his own loss, which was another plus for this story.
Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver as much as I’d hoped it would. While we were given enough background on both characters and some secondary characters as well, the insta-love between Ariana and Blaine was an insta-turn-off. Blaine saw Ariana twice before they met in person, and Ariana had never seen him before their first meeting. They spent maybe an hour together—it was actually difficult to tell—and then they were both in love. On top of that, Ariana left that meeting thinking Blaine was repulsed by her, yet she still loved him. I couldn’t buy into it and struggled throughout the rest of the story.
There were some other issues that didn’t really work for me as well, like bringing up the problems with Blaine and his father and immediately resolving them, Ariana’s best friend asking if she was in love after her first meeting, and Ariana’s eagerness to get remarried before her divorce was even final. On top of that, the amount of editing errors—missing commas before direct address, incorrect punctuation, letters missing from words—gave the book an unprofessional feel.
I truly had higher hopes for this book and was disappointed when they weren’t realized.