Forever With You – The Review
Andrew ‘Drew’ Whitman has a big problem, actually more than one. As if having a homophobic father wasn’t bad enough, he has a visceral reaction every time he is near his administrative assistant, Kelly. Kelly with the gorgeous face, dimples, and musical voice. So, Drew protected himself in the only way he could, by acting like a pure donkey to Kelly. At this point, you might think that you know how this is going to go, and you would likely be wrong.
Kelly has so much on his plate, job, money and family responsibilities. His biggest concern about his boss is the fear of losing his job, well.. beside the fact that Kelly has an attraction to his boss that he clearly isn’t going to do anything about. Until…well..
Thank goodness for the recommendations of friends because this new author is one you won’t want to miss. Her story is engaging and includes trauma and survival, complicated family relationships, a relationship with a definite power dynamic and some interesting sexual chemistry. The story is told in alternating point of view and it is interesting that we know each character’s thoughts and perceptions of the other. Much of the time, they are each unaware of the thoughts and feelings of the other which adds interesting tension.
The secondary characters are well-developed and add color to the story. I appreciated the characters, the storyline as well as the satisfying ending, and would place four Goodreads sticky stars – 4.5 using Amazon’s rubric, to signify that I absolutely enjoyed this debut creation of author Londra Laine.
Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn’t.
Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly’s hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he’d made his peace with the fact that he’d never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can’t stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won’t let anything tear his fledgling family apart.
***Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to sexual assault that may be triggering to some readers.***