March 15, 2014 | by Three Girls And A Book Obsession | Beginning with Forever

by Lan LLP
(Facebook, Goodreads)on 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance

Pages:

438

Love isn’t easy to forget even if you’re determined to never feel it again. It has a way of finding you when all hope is gone, resurfacing tender emotions you’ve buried deep in your core because the pain of acknowledging them is too much for you to handle. Carson Bradley, CEO of a powerful, pharmaceutical corporation, will soon discover that his heart hasn’t really been dead for the last fifteen years since his first love passed away. He just hasn’t met Lillian yet. She’s a humble, young medical student whose heart is kind and generous enough to heal the sick as well as his broken heart. When their paths cross at an unlikely place thousands of miles away from home, they both realize that fate has brought them together, and Carson will never let anything or anyone tear them apart. He knows how desolate life is without love and refuses to return to that dark place again.

Lillian enters Carson’s world with the purest intention of loving him with all her heart, but discovers that his volatile world will alter her uncomplicated life indefinitely. Regardless of what obstacles are thrown in their path, Lillian and Carson will endure them all to hold onto their forever from the beginning to the end

I just finished Beginning with Forever, the debut book for Lan LLP.   We meet Carson Bradley, young business mogul, who is about to marry a woman he doesn’t love just to make his mother happy.  He was hurt as a teenager when the love of his life passed away from cancer and he has not been able to feel that same love for any other woman.  Circumstances beyond his control will put his wedding on hold and he will be introduced to Lillian Ly, medical resident.  He is immediately smitten with Lily and realizes that he should not be getting married and he needs to pursue her.  I found this storyline to be interesting at first.  I liked Carson as he seemed like your typical young, rich, alpha male character hoping to swoon and woo this medical student and makes her tough life turn into a happy ending.  They end up in “insta love” and you think it will be smooth sailing.

 “Carson, you’ll never have to worry about losing me as long as I have your heart.  I give you mine, it’s yours forever unless you break it.”

 Outside forces start to wreck havoc on the couple and the story starts to get a little crazy.   Lan tried to incorporate a lot in this book and I think the story ended up being a little disjointed.  The book ended on a cliffhanger of sorts and I feel like everything could have been condensed to make it just one book-not a series. I thought the beginning of the book was a little confusing with the different changes in the time and setting.  It was told in a dual POV and Carson’s POV would be in the present and then Lillian’s was 6 months prior, which I just found it to be a little confusing.  As much as I wanted to feel chemistry between the characters, I just feel like it fell a little flat.