And Then Forever by Shirley Jump

And Then Forever

byShirley Jump

Kobo ebook | July 28, 2015

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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 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 on a hot summer night.

Title:And Then ForeverFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:TKA DistributionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942356277

ISBN - 13:9781942356271

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the series! Seven years ago, Kincaid Foster was on the brink of stepping in the life that was his due and hid duty as a privileged son of a wealthy family and even though his torrid relationship with Darcy Williams gave him reason to have second thoughts, ultimately he followed the path that had been laid out for him - an Ivy league college and a high-powered career. But not before leaving Darcy with something to remember him by. Now Kincaid has had enough of his life as a high-priced lawyer and has returned to Fortune Island for some respite. Seeing Darcy again and the overwhelming memories of his time with her make him long for a second chance with her. Darcy was always aware that, coming from the wrong side of the tracks, her relationship with Kincaid had an expiration date and when threatened with the loss of her unborn child, she let him walk away without any explanation on the condition that she kept her pregnancy a secret from him. Now he's back and the island is too small to keep her secret, but she's going to try! AND THEN FOREVER is a really great start to the series, an enjoyable second chance story with very likable characters, a lovely setting and very little drama. Both Kincaid and Darcy made the choices that made sense at the time they made them and without much bargaining power, they really couldn't have done things differently. Now they have another chance to make their relationship work, but only if they can get past their issues and manage the burden of Kincaid's responsibility to his family. By the way, I think his father was very OTT in his quest to prevent Kincaid from giving up his future for Darcy and I really wish he got to pay somehow for his role in keeping them apart. The legend behind the dollar bills on the wall of the bar adds a cute element to the story. I usually don't care much about book covers, but I really like this one and it makes me crave a day at the beach very badly! Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful first book in a series This book was recommended to me and not having read a Shirley Jump novel before, I was curious. The author does not disappoint. This is a wonderful story of a first love reunited, with a delightful twist of an unknown daughter. The author creates wonderful suspense by not introducing the "secret" daughter for a good bit of time, enabling us to get to know Darcy and Kincaid as the individuals, and former lovers that they are, without introducing the complexity of a sweet, bubbly six year old child. I love how Kincaid struggles with wanting, and desperating NEEDING his father's love, and wanting the life and love that he wants for himself, and the fact that these are disparate objectives. He realized as a teen that he couldn't get one while having the other, and after being pushed away from Darcy, he leaves, seeking for his father's love and approval by achieving the goals his father has set for him. When he returns to the island, he is confronted with old friends, old loves, and old feelings, and his deeply held desires for his life come bubbling back up to the surface. And as Kincaid finds himself caring for an old, lost dog and nurturing a fresh life for "Mooch", he is also nurturing the deeply-held desires for his life and does some soul-searching of his own. In true romance novel fashion, the author throws a few twists and turns at the couple, inevitably forcing them apart until one, or both of them, realize that their love is more important and stronger than anything trying to force them apart. We also get a nice introduction to Fortune's Island and the wonderful inhabitants there and the author introduces us to some other delightful characters that we KNOW we'll be reading more about in future books from Fortune's Island. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it An amazing read and a great start to another fun series from this author! Set on a small island, this small town romance is a second chance-secret child story that will warm your heart, make you chuckle, and have you cheering at the end. For all appearances Kincaid Foster and Darcy Williams couldn't be any more different. But when the heart is involved, where you come from and what you have don't really matter in the end. If you listen, your heart will always lead you where you need to go. Now if these two will just listen!! I highly recommend this one!
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Turned out to be a fabulous story. A slow start to what turned out to be a fabulous story. Darcy has always wanted someone to care enough to want to look out for her. It broke my heart that the people she should have been able to rely on let her down. And Then Forever is the story of a woman who is used to looking out for herself but secretly has always wished to matter to someone. This girl was a strong cookie. To be hurt and tossed aside so many times and manage to keep putting one foot in front of the other. That took real faith and courage. Shirley Jump, I salute you for creating a heroine that stayed strong in the face of adversity without needing to be rescued by anyone but herself. So although the hero was nice, I applaud the heroine. Received an ARC of And Then Forever in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-07-26