Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
That's What She Said Publishing, Inc.
March 4, 2021
You don’t fall for your brother’s high school sweetheart, your boss’s daughter, or your ex-wife’s best friend. Especially when they’re all the same woman.
Under Brick Callan’s mile-wide chest beats a loyal heart with a few cracks in it. He’s the steadfast, overprotective type. Especially when it comes to the one woman he can never have. It’s a long, complicated history punctuated by fights, friendship, family, and an attraction that strains his iron willpower.
When Remi Ford returns to Mackinac Island in the dead of winter with a secret, Brick makes it his mission to find out what put the shadows in those green eyes. Even if it means breaking down the walls he’s built between them. Even if it means falling for the one girl he’ll never get over.
The free-spirited artist just needs to lay low for a few weeks so she can figure a way out of this nightmare. She’s definitely not staying. Not when the man who broke her teenage heart into splinters keeps showing up at her parents’ dinner table. Remi doesn’t need broody, bearded Brick riding to her rescue…again. Not when it will put them both in danger, costing them much more than their hearts.
Author’s Note: Frenemies-to-lovers. Opposites attract. Slow burn. Girl in danger. Glorious, glorious banter. Fighting as foreplay. Small-town shenanigans. Big, grumpy, pining, overprotective hero. Wild-child, trouble-finding heroine who keeps on pushing the hero’s buttons. Steam Level: Lava. Suspense: Nail-biting. Feels: Big time.
“Everyday you lure me a little closer. And one day, I’m not going to be strong enough to step back.” —Lucy Score, Forever Never
Lucy Score’s latest release, Forever Never, is one of those stories you sit down to enjoy and hours later you’re coming up for air, snacks, and to locate some batteries or a charging cable.
If you like your romance with the spice level of an inferno, but coupled with the suspense of a crazed man on the loose (and who doesn’t?) then Forever Never is the book for you. Though the character names are equally as ridiculous as the hilarious things that come out of their mouths, Remington Honeysuckle Ford and Brick Callan are two of the most memorable characters that I’ve read in a while. Remi is the embodiment of a wild child, but she’s hindered by a very precarious asthma condition which makes everyone treat her like she’s made of glass.
Brick is the man who has been trying to atone for the sins of his father since he was a child. He’s the ultimate good guy. As a man and as a cop, he lives his life by his strict moral code, but Remi drives him wild and tests his iron clad control. Remi and Ford’s interactions are the stuff of legends, and honestly, were so insanely hot, respectful, and yet completely sensual and romantic. Those pages should have been on fire.
I loved that there are so many beautifully woven elements in Forever Never: Brick’s relationship with his brother, and the other residents on the island, Remi’s painting and her goodwill, and so many more. Remi and Brick are childhood not quite friends, but also enemies in the loosest sense of the word. Their friends and family add insight and humor to their story arc, and the mystery that surrounds Remi kept the last third of the book so intense that I was glued to the book until I finished every last word.
Forever Never is definitely a highlight of my year, and I know it’s got the staying power to be one of the books that I will recommend as a must-read Lucy Score book for years to come.
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who currently claims a little slice of the Pacific Northwest as home. When her nose isn't in a book, she's spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.