5+ Stars | 2023 Favorite | Contemporary Romance
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I want a Forever Never.
I swear this book is so good. Like, seriously, off-the-chain, amazing, wonderful, sexy, sweet. . .good. Please for the love, go read this book if you haven’t already. I’m a recent reader of Lucy Score and I am kicking myself for missing out on her novels, I’m also a little freaking glad to be just discovering her as I now have her backlog to make my way through, and make my through, I will.
Forever Never is everything a contemporary romance should be, everything. The writing is sublime and perfect. Told from the dual pov’s of Brick and Remi, with flashbacks to their past that add another layer to the push and pull, want and need, will they-won’t they romance. With a bit of a mystery/danger element and an entire crap load of wonderful, I could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down.
I honestly couldn’t, I lost sleep, and I ignored things in my life that needed to get done. Forever Never and Brick and Remi decimated my book funk that I’ve been in since the beginning of 2023. January was abysmal reading for me and then I opened this book.
“It was annoying that her heart still sang whenever she saw him.”
Remington Honeysuckle Ford, Remi for short, is an artist with Synesthesia. She paints what she sees while listening to music and honestly – I would sooooo buy one of these paintings. Remi is home, and home is an island with long winters and a past that includes the one person she feels the safest with, Brick. Brick is and was and will forever be one of my favorite men to be written. Infuriating at times, with his inner dialogue of wanting but never taking, never pursuing but my god, loving the hell out of Remi, the push and pull in this man’s brain. And when the dam breaks, because this is a romance novel, it doesn’t just break – it shatters and there is no going back.
So, Remi comes home unannounced, with a cast and some secrets, and Brick, well, Brick knows Remi and he knows something is up and he won’t stop until he knows what happened to the woman he won’t admit he is head over boots in love with.
“Instinct told him something bad was about to happen, and he’d left his gun at home.”
The mystery/danger was interesting and handled well, Brick and Remi’s Mom are cops, her Mom being the Chief of Police on the island. So, I thought it was only natural for her to return home to the safest place she knows and to the safety of the people whom she feels safe with.
“You didn’t call, but I came anyway. That’s the way this works. you will always be my problem.”
The first half of this novel, 49% to be exact is filled with push and pull, chemistry simmering, and Remi just having reached her breaking point with Brick and Brick being a stubborn ass. And then. Then the chemistry shatters and it’s on, the second half is well deserved and so well done.
“You let yourself off your leash. You let me in.” That he had.”
The smut level of this novel is off the charts, not only for the writing of the sexy goodness but also because of the love between these characters. They earn these moments of swoon, of dominance and submission, of dirty talk and spanking and just everything. They earn it and it is sooooooo good.
“I kept wondering if I was born like this. Or if it was for you. Did I sense it in you, and I wanted to be what you wanted?”
Overall, this is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Seriously. I’m talking comfort level reading here, it has a permeant space on my bookshelf, and it’s one I’ll probably read once a year. If you love Kristen Ashley’s books, you’re going to love this one.
“He and Remi had been drawn together since the day they met. She belonged to him.”
“He’d finally found his way home.”
Highly recommend finding out why Forever Never is the most perfect title for a book ever.
Just go read it, I dare you not to fall in love with Brick and Remi, the island, and all the characters that inhabit it. I dare you.
“Whatever brought you here was just showing you the way home.”
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Things We Never Got Over
You don’t fall for your brother’s high school sweetheart, your boss’s daughter, or your ex-wife’s best friend. Especially when they’re all the same woman.
Under Brick Callan’s mile-wide chest beats a loyal heart with a few cracks in it. He’s the steadfast, overprotective type. Especially when it comes to the one woman he can never have. It’s a long, complicated history punctuated by fights, friendship, family, and an attraction that strains his iron willpower.
When Remi Ford returns to Mackinac Island in the dead of winter with a secret, Brick makes it his mission to find out what put the shadows in those green eyes. Even if it means breaking down the walls he’s built between them. Even if it means falling for the one girl he’ll never get over.
The free-spirited artist just needs to lay low for a few weeks so she can figure a way out of this nightmare. She’s definitely not staying. Not when the man who broke her teenage heart into splinters keeps showing up at her parents’ dinner table. Remi doesn’t need broody, bearded Brick riding to her rescue…again. Not when it will put them both in danger, costing them much more than their hearts.
Author’s Note: Frenemies-to-lovers. Opposites attract. Slow burn. Girl in danger. Glorious, glorious banter. Fighting as foreplay. Small-town shenanigans. Big, grumpy, pining, overprotective hero. Wild-child, trouble-finding heroine who keeps on pushing the hero’s buttons. Steam Level: Lava. Suspense: Nail-biting. Feels: Big time.