by Melissa Keir
Published: January 11, 2013
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 34 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Forever Love:
Fifteen years ago, Syndie Wilder left her small hometown- Amherst, Ohio- to escape the pain of losing her best friend and boyfriend. Deciding that Chicago offered more for an up and coming jewelry designer, she enjoyed the big city life until she chooses to return and care for her father. Taking care of her father and relocating her internet business, Syndie has no time or desire for romance but fate has a way of playing with best-laid plans.
Thom Johnson broke Syndie’s heart all those years ago and regrets it every day. As a firefighter, Thom sets out to protect Amherst and redeem himself for his bad choices. However, he never has forgotten Syndie and the hurt he caused her.
When a chance meeting happens, can the two former friends allow themselves the chance to become friends again, or will the sparks turn a childhood friendship into a forever love?
Packing my picnic basket with everything we might need from food to beer, I hoped tonight would be perfect even while I deliberated if I’d be able to go through with my plan.
With the basket in my hands and a smile on my face, I jumped into T.J.’s truck when he arrived after dusk.
“Where to pretty lady?”
“Let’s go back to where it started. Let’s go to the beach.”
Watching his face throughout the drive thrilled me with the excitement I had over finally acknowledging my feelings. Longing to run my fingers over his jaw and lips, I sat on my hands in order to keep from reaching for him.
“Why are you looking like the cat that swallowed the canary?”
This short little novella packs a whole lot of punch. Sure, I easily read it in an hour or less and truly enjoyed the romance. I loved that this story was set in Amherst, where Melissa grew up. I could totally see her visualizing ever sight, sound and smell that she knew there. It made the book seem very realistic as we saw most of Amherst through Syndie’s eyes.
I had a hard time reading about the troubles her Dad was having, probably just due to my feelings for my own parents. I felt like again, Melissa did a great job of getting a lot of information into a short number of pages and really making the reality of the situation come through.
TJ was awesome. How many of us wouldn’t love to have a former love who hurt us see the error of their ways and apologize? I sure would. And the chemistry between their characters was terrific. Melissa probably could have drawn out the time period a little where the two of them are getting acquainted. It did feel a bit rushed.
What can I say though, I am a sucker for a Happy Ending and this one had it in spades. If you like a small town reunion with family and romance in the mix, Forever Love is a fantastic treat for lunchtime, just before bed-time or just about anytime!
About Author Melissa Keir:
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. Her current projects include her short story “Forever Love” published in the Valentine Anthology, Love, Again, set to be released on Feb. 14th as well as two books—Second Time’s the Charm and Protecting His Wolfe- published through Rebel Ink Press this year.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
Melissa loves hearing from readers!