Published by TKA Distribution
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.
Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.
Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.
But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen on a hot summer night.
Seven years ago, Kincaid Foster was on the brink of stepping in the life that was his due and hid duty as a privileged son of a wealthy family and even though his torrid relationship with Darcy Williams gave him reason to have second thoughts, ultimately he followed the path that had been laid out for him – an Ivy league college and a high-powered career. But not before leaving Darcy with something to remember him by. Now Kincaid has had enough of his life as a high-priced lawyer and has returned to Fortune Island for some respite. Seeing Darcy again and the overwhelming memories of his time with her make him long for a second chance with her.
Darcy was always aware that, coming from the wrong side of the tracks, her relationship with Kincaid had an expiration date and when threatened with the loss of her unborn child, she let him walk away without any explanation on the condition that she kept her pregnancy a secret from him. Now he’s back and the island is too small to keep her secret, but she’s going to try!
AND THEN FOREVER is a really great start to the series, an enjoyable second chance story with very likable characters, a lovely setting and very little drama. Both Kincaid and Darcy made the choices that made sense at the time they made them and without much bargaining power, they really couldn’t have done things differently. Now they have another chance to make their relationship work, but only if they can get past their issues and manage the burden of Kincaid’s responsibility to his family. By the way, I think his father was very OTT in his quest to prevent Kincaid from giving up his future for Darcy and I really wish he got to pay somehow for his role in keeping them apart.
The legend behind the dollar bills on the wall of the bar adds a cute element to the story. I usually don’t care much about book covers, but I really like this one and it makes me crave a day at the beach very badly!