And Then Forever by Shirley Jump

Posted December 29, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

And Then Forever by Shirley JumpAnd Then Forever by Shirley Jump
Series: Fortune's Island #1
Published by TKA Distribution on July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 292
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.

Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack on Fortune’s Island and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.

Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.

But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen at The Love Shack on a hot summer night.

 

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Darcy Williams had her heart broken seven years ago when Kincaid Foster turned away from her and returned to his life of privilege. He’s back on Fortune’s Island and she’s afraid he’ll learn her secret. And, Darcy’s not sure she can rein in those feelings she thought dead but now realizes were just dormant.

 

I enjoyed this story, particularly how it was presented. We learn about the foundation of Darcy and Kincaid’s relationship through a series of flashback recollections, strategically placed in the context of the present. It was nice to see how the younger versions of the characters handled similar situations. It also helped me understand the depth of their emotions, which made it easier to accept how quickly they came together after he returned. Their relationship was sometimes sweet, sometimes frustrating and often steamy.

 

I liked the story, especially because both Darcy or Kincaid shared responsibility for the decisions made seven years earlier. I could understand each of their points of view and found myself going back and forth on who was more to blame, who was more sympathetic. The issues were colored in shades of gray, which made it a more interesting read. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

About Shirley Jump

New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump didn’t have the willpower to diet nor the talent to master under-eye concealer, so she bowed out of a career in television and opted instead for a career where she could be paid to eat at her desk—writing.

She started out in journalism, selling her first article at the age of eleven and dreaming of being the next Jane Pauley. She hosted two of her own shows on the local cable channel and co-hosted a late-night comedy show. After writing 3000 articles and two non-fiction books, Shirley grew too dependent on her robe and fuzzy slippers, and decided a career as a freelance writer suited her better.

After having two kids, she sold embarrassing essays about her children to anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul and Chocolate for Women II.

Then she turned to the world of romance novels, where messes are (usually) cleaned up before The End and no one is calling anyone a doodoo head. In the worlds Shirley gets to create and control, children listen to their parents, husbands always remember holidays and housework is magically done by elves.

She sold her first book to Silhouette Romance in 2001. That novel, THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, won the Booksellers’ Best Award for Best Traditional Romance of 2003.

Since then, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled and Kensington books. She has won numerous awards, including the HOLT Medallion, the Booksellers Best Award and Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

She’s been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, most recently for THE RETURN OF BRODY MCKENNA, the last book in her McKenna Brothers series for Harlequin.

Though she’s thrilled to see her books in stores around the world, Shirley mostly writes because it gives her an excuse to avoid cleaning the toilets and helps feed her shoe habit.

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