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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Always Forever by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Always Forever by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (48 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Emma Baker’s husband, Jonathan, has just divorced her, shattered her heart, and left her and her young son, Christopher, to fend for themselves. Bitterly lonely, she accepts a girlfriend’s suggestion to go out on her first night as a newly free woman.

She vows not to let a man turn her head, vows not to let love make a fool of her again. But she never counted on meeting a charismatic and sexy bouncer like Ben Lauery, who takes her for an exciting ride on his Harley, sweeps her off her feet, and steals her heart. She never counted on the fireworks that explode in the bedroom, the sweetness of his burning kisses, and the allure of his lusty body, when he masterfully seduces her and makes her love him always and forever. All she knows is that, in the end, she can’t resist the passion and devotion he’s offering and has to give love a second chance.

After a divorce, how do you find love?

Emma Baker’s husband told her he didn’t love her any more. She suddenly found herself a divorced, solo parent with a seven year old son. Relieved to find a job, Emma agrees to go out and celebrate with her girlfriend.

At first she stands alone. Ben, the club bouncer, shows he’s interested in her, and Jason, a club patron, asks her to dance. She decides her dance partner is egotistical, but she is very attracted to Ben.

Emma’s inner thoughts come through very clearly. Her turmoil and disbelief when her husband walked out of a supposedly happy marriage. Her anxiety and lack of confidence in getting back on the dating scene. Beautifully written, showing a jilted woman’s emotions.

We only see things from Emma’s perspective as this is written in the first person. Despite her friend’s warnings about Ben, Emma has fallen for him and agrees to another date.

The second date is where I found it a bit difficult to come to grips with Emma’s reality. Her lack of confidence has disappeared and she plans the direction of the second date. She encourages Ben to move to the next step with barely a moment’s hesitation. A little too quick a turnaround in emotions for me. Another problem I had was with Ben. He had told Emma of his past and how he needed to learn the truth. This need was not resolved by the end of the story.

Despite the speed of events, I liked this book. Emma and Ben obviously had some sort of connection from the time they set eyes on each other. Their love making was hot, but the question of whether is was love or lust was the important question that had to be answered. Not only by Emma but also by Ben. On the whole a good book. Ideal read for when you have a few moments to spare.