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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mr. Forever by Sara Daniel

Mr. Forever by Sara Daniel
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: contemporary
Length: Full Length (194 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

The discovery of a secret baby threatens Caleb's professional reputation. Falling for the woman who loves this baby would ruin him.

Marriage therapist Caleb Paden has just found out he has a son from a one-night stand, making a mockery of his core belief of stable relationships—“friendship above all physical encounters.” On his way to take the child for a paternity test, a snowstorm leaves him stranded with single mom Olivia Wells, who blames his advice for breaking up her marriage. Caleb finds himself fighting the urge for the most basic of physical encounters. Olivia would like nothing more than to destroy the career he spent a lifetime building, but her maternal instincts draw her to help Caleb bond with his child. Soon, she finds herself falling for both of them. Nowhere in any of his advice does Caleb have an answer for how to make a relationship work if he loses his heart to love.

What makes a good marriage? Wouldn't it involve love, attraction, and passion? A solid friendship, trust, and respect? One would think so. Marriage isn't supposed to be all business-like. Even a marriage of convenience has a bit more than a business feel to it. But for one man, he builds his life around marriages. How they work. How they should work. The one major element he leaves out of it-emotion.

Meet Dr. Caleb Paden. He's successful. He's a public figure. Well known. You'd think he has it all. But there is so much to Caleb that many don't know. Inside Mr. Forever, readers get a glimpse at the man who strives to fix everyone's marriage with his theories. I think someone needs to teach him some new theories about what makes a true marriage work. I have some strong issues with Caleb. He shows no emotion. He detaches himself from everything and everyone. He puts his life into his Forever career, but how can he have any ideas if he's never been there himself? I found him to be very condescending. He puts those around him under scrutiny, and that makes me cringe. Though it's not a good reaction I have towards Caleb, it shows that the author has really put a lot of thought into his character. He felt very real to me. I could relate his personality to people I know. Does he drive me batty? Yes, but if I spent time considering his character and relating to him then the author did her job of pulling me into the story.

The heroine is Olivia. I admire her strength and stamina to handle a man like Caleb. She's had a tough time in her life, but she doesn't sulk over it. She has a son to raise and she's very determined to make a better life for other children, as she'd like to become a foster parent. Olivia is the character I related to the most. Caleb questioned many of her actions, and though she did not have to explain herself, or defend herself, she does. Yet she has feelings and an attraction for him. I hoped from the very beginning that she would be able to make Caleb see the light, otherwise I wasn't sure how they'd ever work!

My feelings are mixed about this story. Mostly about Caleb. I really wanted to throttle the man! He irritated me so. The characterization for everyone is strong, the plot had great pace. There's even a second romance weaved into the pages, and I would have loved to read more about that. Ms. Daniel makes the characters stand out, the situations can be so true to real life and that's the big thing I enjoyed about the story. The emotional dynamics of the book were built up on. Both Caleb and Olivia had some deep soul searching to do. Especially Caleb. He'd come a long way, and eventually I found him redeemable.

Overall, this book really kept me engaged. The writing is fresh, there's some touching and funny moments, and I was glad to read it. If you're a contemporary romance fan, why not get your Mr. Forever today?

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