Dean Chambray is an arrogant, handsome, undercover crime boss, awaiting a certain man he must take down. Women line up for him, but when they put out, he puts them out.
Enter Amy Copeland, product of foster care, the
streets and glitter of Vegas. Resolving to change her life, she abstains
These damaged souls meet, and beneath the
searing lust lies a deeper sense of belonging. Cautiously building a
life together, Dean falls back into misogyny. Betrayed, Amy flees.
his folly, he struggles to find her, while the pincers tighten around
his small organization. Desperate, Dean resorts to kidnapping when she
refuses to return.
It takes patience and considerable effort to
convince Amy to trust him again, and accept he loves her. Then, caught
up in a pre-emptive strike, her life is at risk. Dean must rescue Amy
from certain death, making her his own, forever.
This is one of those books that takes you on an epic journey. And like epic journeys, the words carry you into another realm. I've read some of the reviews of people criticizing the word choices but this isn't a dumbed down, watery prose type of book. It makes you think and expands your vocabulary in the process. With that being said, the characters are what makes this story shine.
I read a lot of books. And I'm a speed reader, so unless something catches my attention, I'm zipping through 80-100 page stories in one sitting. Not with this book. Allyson Young puts so much description into every thought that I actually took my time to savor Amy and Dean's love.
And it starts out rough. Both are emotionally scarred people, and Amy has decided having a one night stand on her birthday is an acceptable compromise to her "no men" rule. Which is good because Dean wouldn't have taken no for an answer. The awareness between the two is palpable, the sex super hot, and yet as soon as it's over, awkwardness sets in immediately. She ends up throwing the strawberry flavored lube all over his truck.
Amy is one strong, feisty heroine!
The good part about this is that she stays strong and feisty. Over the course of a year, their romance blossoms slowly. Dean begins to learn to trust. To love. When that's tested, Amy does what Amy does. She walks away because that's who she is. There was no last ditch effort of the author to create drama because this plot line was a natural evolution of both characters. And it takes a lot for Amy to forgive him and let go of how Dean treated her.
I highly recommend this book who is looking for a strong Alpha male with human fallibility, a heroine that makes choices and sticks with them, and a best friend who needs her own book. (**side note here, I had the pleasure and good fortune to read the first chapter of the next book and WOW! Can't wait for it to be finished)
Where to Buy:
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/forever-by-allyson-young
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-forever-1411476-149.html