Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Forever With You
AUTHOR: Londra Laine
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 324 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018
Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn’t.
Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly’s hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he’d made his peace with the fact that he’d never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can’t stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won’t let anything tear his fledgling family apart.
Forever with you is a surprisingly well written debut novel. This is the writer’s first published story and it is pretty flawless. The story has a good flow, the necessary twists and turns, good secondary characters and some believable conflicts spiced up with sizzling chemistry and two very likable MCs.
Although most elements of the plot-line are not the most original, the writing is solid and it makes a quite enjoyable read.
I like the main idea of the story and our characters form a great couple. Their attraction is palpable and believable. Some of the conflicts were a bit too overdrawn for my taste as I do not like the unnecessary complications coming from the lack of communication. This was a bit annoying for me, but I know lots of readers like the tension and complications. It is just my personal preference and this aspect didn’t work for me at times.
The office romance/attraction was well done. There was nice tension and palpable chemistry between Drew and Kelly. The first kiss came a bit too early for me. I would have liked a bit more build up but the upcoming back and forth explained the timing and outcome of their first sexytime. Kelly’s past was woven well into the plot-line but I think he should have taken more steps to get better and get over his trauma.
I really like all the different aspects of Kelly’s life from the single parenting to go-go dancing, from the office work to lap dancing. He is a great guy who deserves the best boyfriend and Drew is perfect for this role. I loved how patient Drew was and how they both could see their faults and were not afraid to apologize.
I really like the little brother angle. The interactions are real and lifelike and Jay’s character is super-cute.
Overall I would say this is an entertaining love story and the writer has great potential. Hope you have fun reading this book.