Reviewed by Vicki
TITLE: Forever in the Sun
SERIES: Stories from Sapphire Cay #6
AUTHOR: Meredith Russell and R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 122 pages
Will Lucas and Dylan’s happy ever after be able to weather the storm that is heading for Sapphire Cay? Join characters old and new as we celebrate Dylan and Lucas’s wedding and delve into the history of Sapphire Cay.
Connor and Shaun are directly related to Peter and Alfie, a couple whose clandestine lover affair was overshadowed by old prejudices and a world war. Shaun Jamieson is a writer, a romantic and needs to pen the story of the affair’s final secrets; Connor French’s family wants to stop Shaun. When the two men step onto the sands of Sapphire Cay, they find more than just the secrets of an old love. They find hope and comfort in each other. But with the past hanging over them, can they ever have what Peter and Alfie could not? Or are they just as ill-fated as their ancestors?
With feuding families, unearthed secrets, and a violent storm that threatens the Cay, will the idyllic island with her cast of characters make it through unscathed? It’s time for the circle to close on the story of Sapphire Cay, and on the men who have lived and found love on her beaches.
Awww… What a sweet wrap up to a great series. I lost track of this series, I read the first few books but then missed the next few. I just caught up last week so I would be ready for this one. They have all be very enjoyable! One of the things I’ve liked about them is that each book is about a couple, Lucas and Dylan the owners of Sapphire Cay, Edward and Jamie, Adam and Scott, and Mitch and Isaac, plus Mutt the dog. So each book features a couple, but they all take place on Sapphire Cay, and all of the other characters are around. We get an individual love story, but also this wonderful group story as well. Oh, Lucas’s sister Tasha and her husband come and go throughout the books as well.
In this book, we finally get the payoff between Dylan and Lucas as they get married! I liked this story line, we’ve seen them meet and fall in love, then grow as a couple, create a life together, get a dog, and now get married. The wedding was cute and silly, with the usual shenanigans you’d expect from this group.
A couple of books ago Lucas and Dylan found a tin box containing letters and pictures from a gay couple named Alfie and Peter, that appear to have spent some time during WWII on Sapphire Cay. As the books progress, every once in a while a mention is made about finding descendents of the two men, well, finding the dependents of Peter I guess. Until we get to this book, where we do see the resolution of this story in the form of Connor and Shaun. Shaun is the great something of Alfie, and wants to write a book featuring the story of the two star crossed lovers. Connor is the descendent of Peter, and his family isn’t sure about the wisdom of the story getting out. The two men meet, argue, then individually head to Sapphire Cay to retrieve the box of letters. Of course they are both gay and make a connection.
So here’s the thing with this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I wish it had been two books. The two parts to the story didn’t match together very well, and each distracted from the other. I didn’t get a good feel of a romance between Connor and Shaun, their story felt rushed to me. They didn’t like each other, enemies in a way, then suddenly they are friends. There was also no on page sex between them, which I personally feel bonds a couple together. I did like their story and the connection to Alfie and Peter, but I didn’t feel the love between them. Then Lucas and Dylan’s wedding also felt short and rushed to me. We’ve been waiting for this moment for several books, and I wanted it to be more dramatic! There were some silly moments with the cake, and some sweet moments with their vows, and one wedding night sex scene, but it felt like we just blew through it too fast. I hate to be the one to say “I would have done it differently”, since I’m not an author, but….
All of that being said, I did like this book. I liked the wrap up of the story between Alfie and Peter, I liked that we saw the resolution to their story and the connection with the younger generation in the form of Shaun and Conner. And I did love to see the wedding between Lucas and Dylan, even rushed it was very sweet and a great moment. I loved seeing the other characters around, and the continuation of Tasha’s story. I loved Mutt causing problems, a good dog always gets me.
If you have read the other books in the series, you have GOT to read this one to get the much awaited ending. It’s worth it. If you haven’t read the others, you need to before you read this one. If you are looking for a nice sweet series, low angst, based around a good group of men, try these Sapphire Cay books. You won’t be disappointed!