Title: Forever Right Now
Author: Emma Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 24th October, 2017
Cover art by Melissa Panio-Petersen
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.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Why I hadn’t discovered Scott up until now is a question I can’t possibly answer. Perhaps too much reading to catch up on with one’s never ending TBR list… But when I one-clicked on Forever Right Now, I knew straightaway that this one was going to be right up my alley. I don’t want dark issues or books that upset me; what I look for is pure and utter entertainment and the added angst which this author gave me in just the right places, was exactly what I needed. And to say I was impressed by her expressive writing would be putting it mildly. Scott has managed to develop a plot that hits home; that’s easily related to in the times we live in. Well-thought-out and impeccable character development stands out, too. And this folks, is exactly what I look for in a five star read. The cover I appreciated more and more as I got to know Darlene Montgomery. Her quandaries, her thoughts for the future, whether she’ll be able to find what she is looking for… or not, is perfectly portrayed in an image of thoughtfulness, of light and future.
I have to say that Darlene’s secret was revealed earlier than I expected it to. Understandably, it is well-kept from someone who she begins to get to know. More than one opportunity arises, but her not being forthcoming was firstly because she has to comes to terms with her past before getting involved in any kind of relationship and secondly, her concern about how it’s going to be received. Foremost on her mind was taking time out, finding herself and her way in new surroundings seemed to me to be a natural step in the right direction. And of course, by doing so I have to commend. He, Sawyer Haas, wasn’t on the cards though.
Sawyer. Blinkin’ heck…the bomb was dropped in the epilogue! No-one should have to go through what he did at such a crucial point in their lives. It all appeared to be so unfair; however, he opens his heart under the harshest of circumstances in such a way that this reader had to make a sudden dash for her man-sized hanky. Sawyer is an inspiration for all young people who could find themselves in a similar position. Without any social life except for his best mates, Sawyer does the best he can and oh boy, this gorgeous lad with a heart of gold does a damn good job regardless of the constant pressure he’s getting from all angles. I really did feel sorry for him and even wondered if he’d be able to find a solution, keep what he cherished most, what gave him such joy and meaning.
Talk about neighbourly love isn’t in it! If Darlene confuses Sawyer, she’s even more confused by her feelings for him. But if anyone can grab the bull by its horns, it is her. An admirable, chatty and loving lass, she just happens to be there when he needs a helping hand and here is where the story picks up at a really fast pace. Consequently, I couldn’t put the book down and did an all-nighter! The past tense narrative from dual-perspectives couldn’t have been better, the secondary character development, spot on. The twist floored me…the author’s research into family law was perfect seeing as I had no idea how cases such as this one work in the U.S. Now then, I didn’t read the blurb since this book was recommended to me and I would suggest you do the same. That being said, I did read it after finishing the book and think that it could spoil the read a tad if you do. I love the mystery behind any story and believe you me, I wasn’t in the slightest bit let down in this one. Bravo Ms Scott!
Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force that fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.