Because Forever (The Avenue #2) by B. Cranford


“If you’re looking for forever, why aren’t you looking at me?”



Title: Because Forever
Series: The Avenue #2
Author: B. Cranford
Release Date: July 13, 2018


Everyone should have a chance at forever . . .

Twenty-Five Years. That’s how long Odette Peterson called Austin Andrews her best friend. Until he let his mouth ruin it—in more ways than one.

Five Minutes. That’s all it took for their friendship to fall apart, leaving her heart a little broken and her life a little emptier.

One Hour. That’s the amount of time she agrees to give him to try and find his way back into her good graces. Not that she thinks for even one minute that it might work.

It won’t, because . . .

Forever. That’s what Odette’s looking for. Someone to spend her life with; someone who’ll see her as more than just one of the guys. And there’s not a thing Austin can do to stop her.

Except maybe tell her that he loves her . . .



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Chapter One

Odette Peterson was three sheets to the wind.

Sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of her coffee table, with cherry red boxing gloves on her hands and a glass of wine precariously cupped between them, she was blinking madly and wishing for . . .


No, she wasn’t going to say his name or think his name or spell his name or anything. Not anything. Because she was mad at him.

Fit to be tied.
Up in arms.
Seeing red.

Well, the red she was seeing was possibly the gloves, the wine or maybe her hair, reflected back at her in the window that looked out over a currently empty street.

Whatever, she was pissed at him. Still.

And just to make sure that anger stayed at the right temperature to stop her from caving and calling him—her best friend since she was seven years old and he was eight—she decided to listen to the voicemail he’d left the day after he’d ruined everything.

But first, she had to put the wine down, remove the boxing gloves and . . . something else. But what?

Pick up the phone, Odette. She nodded her drunken thanks to the voice in her head. And then, having negotiated all three steps with only one near-fumble of her glass and one slurred curse word, she cued up the message.

“Odie, come on. You’re being ridiculous and you need to talk to me. All I said was that you were better than him”—

She paused the message with a wobbly-but-righteous tap of her finger to the screen before giving Aussie a piece of her mind. “You stupid idiot, you didn’t say I was better than him. You said I was smarter than that and acting like a dumb girl.” She scoffed. Then added an eye roll for good measure. And if the eye roll was so pronounced she swayed in place, then fine. That just meant she was committed to her anger.

A second righteous tap and Aussie’s voice filled her ear again. “And you are. I didn’t mean to upset you, Garfield, so just call me back. You know you want to forgive me. And you know I’m right about Meatball McGee.”

“His name is Mike, not Meatball. And you’re not right. You’re, you’re, you’re–calling me?” She stared at the screen of her phone, a picture of Austin—eyes crossed, tongue poking out, sandy blond curls flopping all over the place—and decided she was going to answer.

For the first time in weeks, she was going to talk to him.


Because Forever by B. Cranford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m developing a huge thing for friends to lovers story lines. It’s strange how in real life I don’t see this happening but in books its always just so perfect.

Aussie and Odie were ridiculously cute together. I loved them since the first book and this was a perfect way to grow that love. I loved that they know how each one ticks and what to do to make them laugh and forget hard times. I especially love that she boxes in spare time – such a badass woman 🙂 And when she let her walls down just a bit…aaaa such a sweet thing.

“I don’t want a better version of you.” Her words made his heart punch against his chest – slamming hard like it was trying to escape. And then she said the words he’d been waiting to hear from her forever. “ I just want you.”

As for Aussie; I loved his way of loving her. I loved that he tried to be better for her. I love his funny bone; “You’re an idiot.””Yeah, but I’m your idiot!”

I love his love for his siblings. And that epilog: “Do you think, maybe, you’d agree to marry me and be my best friend forever? Because forever with anyone else doesn’t sound like nearly as much fun.”

I fell in love with this series with the first book and now the love keeps growing. I’m super excited for Aaron and Simon’s story.

****Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***

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Because Forever by B. Cranford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

B. Cranford knocks it out of the park with the friends to lovers Because Forever.

Aussie and Odie are #friendshipgoals turned into #relationshipgoals. We met them in the first book of the series, but Because Forever can be read as a standalone. The first book gives you more understanding about the side characters and the relationship between the hero and heroine.

B. Cranford wrote an incredible best friend’s to lovers romance. It’s sexy, sassy and sweet. It’s a joy to read and captured me in the first few pages.

4.5 Stars from me, and recommended to the reader looking for a fabulous friends to lovers romance

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“…an emotionally charged book that makes you feel all sorts of happy!” — Angela, Shameless Book Club


B. Cranford is a proud Australian living in the USA, a lover of books, breadsticks and bed, and the mother of two children who are far too similar to their father for her liking. A lifelong reader, she dove into the romance genre on the recommendation of her best friend and hasn’t looked back since. Her debut novel, The Brightest Star, a second chance romance with (she hopes) heart and humor was released on July 13, 2017, which just so happened to be her birthday. Because if you release a book on your birthday, you get twice as much cake, and that can only be a good thing.

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