Title: Forever Right Now
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tagline: “Ours isn’t a romance. It’s a love story.”
***STANDALONE new adult romance from the author of The Butterfly Project and the Full Tilt Duet***
Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl…
Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship–a job he desperately needs–awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again.
When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.
“Who are you?” he demanded rudely, shifting the diaper bag higher on his shoulder while hoisting his little girl in his other arm. He was six feet of hotness in a rumpled suit, glaring at me with suspicion in his dark eyes.
“I…I’m your new neighbor?” It sounded more like a question; as if I needed this guy’s permission to live. I straightened to my full height. “I just moved in upstairs. I’m a dancer. Well, I was. Had to take some time off but I’m going to get back into it soon…ish.” I put on my friendliest smile. “I’m a massage therapist now. Just got my license and…”
My words died under Sawyer’s withering stare.
“A dancer. Fantastic,” he said bitterly. “Just what I always wanted. Someone leaping and thumping above me, waking my kid up and disturbing my studies at all hours of the night.”
I planted my hands on my hips. “I can’t dance in a dinky apartment, and besides…”
Words failed me again as the sharp planes and hard angles of Sawyer’s face melted when his daughter–I guessed her to be about a year old–suddenly clapped her small hand over his chin. Sawyer’s hard gaze softened, and his broad mouth turned up in a smile–a beautiful smile I was sure only his little girl ever got to see, and so full of love that for a moment I could hardly breathe.
Oh. My. Goodness!!!
This is only the second book I’ve read by Emma Scott, Sugar & Gold being the first one which I loved, but Forever Right Now has blown that one out of the water – what an intensely emotional read!!! This really put me through the wringer and I just couldn’t put it down and read it straight through in one go, only stopping to mop up my soggy face as the tears wouldn’t stop in several places. This was just such a good read, I challenge anyone to read this and not like it!!
Darlene is starting her life afresh in a new city, away from her past and her battles, where she can just concentrate on herself and maybe get back to dancing. Her first meeting with her new neighbour doesn’t go as as she would like, she is instantly attracted to his handsomeness, but he is grumpy and standoffish and quite rude at first. But she see past his walls to the person underneath all his barriers, the person juggling to keep his life on track and that of his daughters without drowning in the process. Darlene being the breath of fresh air that she is decides he needs some neighbourly help and sets about making friends.
Sawyer is just weeks away from finishing law school, but is exhausted, his money is running out and the pressure of keeping it all together for himself and his daughter are getting to him. His new neighbour becomes a whirlwind in his life, finding ways inside the walls and barriers he has built around himself. He has rules and can’t afford the distraction that is Darlene in his life, waking up feelings and emotions that he has kept on lockdown since his daughter Olivia suddenly appeared in his life.
The characters in this book are just fabulous, the story just flowed and was so true to life I couldn’t stop reading. I was gripped from the first page, and your heart will just break like mine did as the story of Darlene and Sawyer unfolds.
I loved Darlene and her quirks, her strength of character and her determination, her lack of a filter just saying what she means!! But underneath it all she is struggling, she is lonely and thinks she’s flawed making everyone walk away from her. But she does not give up!!
Sawyer was just something else, I think my ovaries exploded with how he was with his daughter and how his whole life revolved around her. Yes he is handsome and hot and sexy, but the actual sexy scenes are minimal, but the chemistry between Darlene and Sawyer just explodes off the pages. I love how he captures his own pictures and stores them in his Mega-Mind!!
A wonderful story of self discovery, learning to trust, courage, grit, determination and finding love when you least expect it. 5 beautiful dancing stars!!
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always.
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