Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.
Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.
Forever for Now is a well written Second Chance Romance from veteran M/M Romance author Scotty Cade.
While I can’t say that I fell in love with either Harry or Lee, I did enjoy following their situation. The resolution was a little quick, but not unexpectedly so. Most of the story is focused on Lee’s pain and Harry’s guilt. Once they both let that go, they are in love and ready to ride off in the sunset. Some people will not appreciate the pace of this story. It didn’t bother me because it fit with the style of the rest of the story.
I admired the way Cade interspersed backstory with present action. The inclusion of the flight attendant was a little disconcerting. On one hand, his inclusion shows Lee’s absolute views on fidelity (which have been alluded to previously) as well as the fact that Lee just doesn’t take relationships and sex seriously since having his heart broken in college.
On the other, I am not a huge fan of explicit sex scenes with throwaway characters and he was just one step above such a character. The scene moves the story forward just enough that I can appreciate its inclusion.
I never connected with the relationship between Lee and Harry on an emotional level. As such, the inevitable reconciliation was almost anti-climactic. Throughout the story, I KNOW the Lee and Harry are still hung up on each other. I just never felt it.
Scotty Cade is usually good for a sweet low-angst story with a guaranteed happily ever after, and Forever for Now is no exception.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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