Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.
Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack on Fortune’s Island and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.
Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.
But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen at The Love Shack on a hot summer night.
What a hidden treasure And Then Forever is . . . I loved it from start to finish and I cannot wait to read more from Shirley Jump.
Told mainly in dual POV, And Then Forever tells the story of Darcy and Kincaid and their second chance at making it work. First we meet Darcy, a woman in her late twenties, from the wrong side of the tracks, who’s working as a waitress in a ‘shack’ on Fortune’s Island, “the forgotten stepchild of the islands surrounding the humble state where the Pilgrims first landed”. From the first time she showed us her thoughts I fell in love with her. Darcy is a strong, independent heroine who’s managed to remain grounded and find somehow of a happiness no matter how her start in life was. I was impressed by her ability to adapt, despite everything she’s been through; she’s one incredible, awe inspiring main character.
In comes our hero, Kincaid Foster, and we get transported into the past, a common one both Darcy and himself share. We get to see what happened to this loving couple and why after seven years the attraction between the two is as hot as it was before. I adored Kincaid – he’s not your typical alpha male, he isn’t ashamed of showing vulnerability and he’s wearing his heart on his sleeve. He’s in a continuous struggle to get his father’s admiration and be the son he always wanted. But when something unexpected happens he isn’t scared to stand against him and fight for everyone he loves.
The relationship between Darcy and Kincaid flowed naturally. What started as a summer fling when they were only 18 grew into a mature and passionate summer ‘affair’ in the present. But the secret that Darcy has been withholding from her lover is what made their relationship that much more momentous this time around. I loved seeing them get to know each other all over again, go on a little date here and there, and the intimate moments between the two were called for and not only added because that’s the norm in contemporary romance.
One thing that enjoyed the most in this book was the role family played. Family plays a huge role in both our heroes lives, but also for all the side characters. Throughout the book we got to see that family isn’t necessarily someone blood related, but the people you love and love you back, the ones who give you unconditional support when needed and never let you go. On this note, I have to point out that I was intrigued by all the subplots – Abby, Kincaid’s sister and her abusive relationship, and Jillian and her man problems – and I’m really excited and curios to read about them in future books.
One little problem I had with the book, was the repetitiveness of some phrases, and sometimes it felt a little cliche, but for me that didn’t take away from the story and the writing in general. Apart from that the writing was great: with striking descriptions, that made me jealous of everyone living on that little MA island, different points of view so we can get inside other characters minds during important scenes and with a series of surprising, yet incredible song mentions.
All in all, And Then Forever is a page turner, a book that I had to read cover to cover so I can see if Darcy and Kincaid will finally get their HEA ‘at the love shack’. If you’re looking for a wonderful second chance romance, this book won’t disappoint. A perfect 4 star read from a new to me author, who I’ll add to my favorites shelf after this book .
***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance so she can avoid the towering stack of dirty dishes, eat copious amounts of chocolate and reward herself with trips to the mall. Look for her all-new novella in the anthology ASK ME WHY (with Marie Force, Virginia Kantra and Jodi Thomas), as well as the Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon, and her Sweetheart Sisters series, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN.
Visit her website at www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.
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