Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Release Review: Forever Right Now

Title: Forever Right Now

Author: Emma Scott

Release Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tagline: “Ours isn’t a romance. It’s a love story.”

Goodreads: https://goo.gl/LR6Kb9

My review: 6+ stars!
This is probably my 4th draft on this review- I keep writing and erasing because this book is just that perfect, I am afraid anything I write won't do it justice. Emma's writing is soul reaching and all consuming. When I am in the middle of one of her books, it's all I want to do. Family, make your own dinner! Do you own laundry! 

We met Darlene in The Butterfly Project, and I'll admit I wasn't sure she could carry a whole book on her own- she was just damaged enough and had made enough bad choices in her past that although I liked her and her loyalty to her friends, I just wasn't sure she could be redeemed and be someone I would pull for, be invested in. But as usual, Emma's magical pen created a tale that was so worthy and moved Darlene up toward the top of my Favorite Emma Scott Characters List. Sawyer refers to her as a tornado, and it's quite a fitting description.

"I'm like a twisty windstorm that destroys everything I touch?"
"No, not at all... I meant, you're like this whirling ball of energy that sweeps people up so they…can't help getting caught up in you."

And Sawyer and Olivia.... gah! After the hand he has been dealt and what he has on his plate, it's no wonder he's suspect of Darlene when he meets her. Their friendship starts out born out of necessity on Sawyer's part, but is a pleasing slow-burn into romance. I spent so many pages swooning over Sawyer and his devotion to his daughter- it's so easy to forgive his gruff attitude toward Darlene in the beginning as you see their attraction to each other grow.

I assumed I'd be reading about Darlene's redemption, but it was so much more than that. It was beautiful watching Darlene see how much she was worthy of being important in someone else's life. Sigh...... I'm still a mess of tears thinking about this book! Perfection!

Note that this can be read just fine as a standalone if you haven't read The Butterfly Project.

Forever Right Now Blurb:

***STANDALONE new adult romance from the author of The Butterfly Project and the Full Tilt Duet***

Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl...

Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship--a job he desperately needs--awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again.

When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.

Forever Right Now Excerpt:

 "Who are you?" he demanded rudely, shifting the diaper bag higher on his shoulder while hoisting his little girl in his other arm. He was six feet of hotness in a rumpled suit, glaring at me with suspicion in his dark eyes. 

"I...I'm your new neighbor?" It sounded more like a question; as if I needed this guy's permission to live. I straightened to my full height. "I just moved in upstairs. I'm a dancer. Well, I was. Had to take some time off but I'm going to get back into it soon...ish." I put on my friendliest smile. "I'm a massage therapist now. Just got my license and..."

My words died under Sawyer's withering stare. 

"A dancer. Fantastic," he said bitterly. "Just what I always wanted. Someone leaping and thumping above me, waking my kid up and disturbing my studies at all hours of the night."

I planted my hands on my hips. "I can't dance in a dinky apartment, and besides..."

Words failed me again as the sharp planes and hard angles of Sawyer's face melted when his daughter--I guessed her to be about a year old--suddenly clapped her small hand over his chin. Sawyer's hard gaze softened, and his broad mouth turned up in a smile--a beautiful smile I was sure only his little girl ever got to see, and so full of love that for a moment I could hardly breathe. 

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Author Bio:

Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always.

Where to Find Emma:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaScottwrites
Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites
Amazon: http://bit.ly/EmmaScott

copy purchased by me on release day

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