Forever Never by Lucy Score is one of those wonderfully cliched books that you read on a rainy Sunday afternoon and soak up all the feels on an otherwise bland day. Filling you with angst, frustration, love, and tears. It's a paragon of its genre.
Plot and Romance
This is an amazing book. The characters are adorable (if frustrating), sexy, and have their own problems that prevent them from admitting to themselves they've been in love with the other person for fifteen years. If you get annoyed with characters holding themselves back because "their brand of love will ruin the other person", this won't be a good choice for you. Yes, it's one of those. Yes, it pissed me off. Yes, I revelled in every stupid angst-filled moment. It was delicious.
When Remi Ford returns to Mackinac Island after being involved in a near-fatal car accident, she runs headfirst into the arms of Brick Callan. The man she was once--and probably still is, but shhhh, she's not admitting that yet--in love with. But she has greater problems than her love life right now. Someone is trying to kill her. And she won't accept Brick's help if it's the last thing she does. Unless he fucks her stupid and gives her the best orgasm of her life. Then she'll spill her guts open.
Yup. It's one of those. I know I keep saying that, but I love these books every now and then. They're cheesy, they're cliche, they're amazing. I love them. But not everyone does. So I want you to be prepared. This book is hot. Like, it's sizzling that bacon in a volcano crater. The sex is rough, and there's some s/D in there, along with spanking and other mild good stuff. If, like me, you think that's all pretty vanilla, you'll be a little disappointed with Brick's insistence on it being too much for a woman (cue eye roll), but I otherwise enjoyed their romance, relationship, and sex life. It was perfect for them, and that really shines through the pages. They're literally perfect for each other.
One thing that did genuinely piss me off, though, was Remi's instant forgiving of her ex best friend. Audrey married Brick just to take something Remi couldn't have (don't worry, they get divorced before this story begins). But who the fuck does that? So when Audrey comes onto the scene, I was expecting some kind of argument or tension, but Remi just forgives her instantly. I would have told her to go to hell. Loudly. I would have preferred she stayed a villain.
Remi Ford is one of the most interesting normal characters I've ever read. She sees colours when listening to music and paints them. It's really cool. And that's what she does for a living: she's a famous artist in Chicago. She's also always getting into trouble, is bright and bubbly, and lots of people throughout this book love her.
Brick Callan, on the other hand, is the stony quiet one who's always there to save the day. He works with the Chief of Police, who just happens to be Remi's mum. He's big, he's muscly, he's grumpy, he's cute. I love him. He's also super protective of Remi and struggles with her sexy charm all the fucking time. I swear he spends the first 20% of this book moaning at her with a raging erection.
Mackinac Island is cute. It's the middle of winter and freezing. There are no vehicles on the island, either. They all use fancy snow vehicle things and horses and their own two feet. It has a really country small-town vibe that I love. But then, this is Lucy Score, author of the Bootleg Springs series, so what else was I expecting? The town residents really added to the feel of the setting and brought it alive. There were nosy neighbours, caring bar keeps, sassy old ladies . . . The full kit and caboodle.
As usual, this was brilliantly written. Multiple third POV. Would have preferred first, as usual, but then that's just me. Very few errors throughout. A nice length. And I loved the description of Remi's colour-seeing do-dah. The only thing I think would have been better is if the mystery/thriller storyline ran alongside the romance. The romance stuff is solved by the 70% mark, which made the final 30% less engaging for me. I think it would have been better if they both climaxed at the