And Then Forever by Shirley Jump

Posted July 27, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment

And Then Forever by Shirley JumpAnd Then Forever by Shirley Jump
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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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.

I really do love a great second chance romance, especially when the two people in question started their relationship when they were young. I think for me I like seeing how and if too people can still work as a couple after years have changed them and they have grown into adults. Plus this book also have that small town romance feel to it, so I was excited to read it.

I read this book in one sitting, and I think the main reason why was because I really liked Darcy, she was hands down my favorite character in the book. She left home when she was young and started a life for herself on the island she always dreamed of living on. What I like about Darcy is that she has been able to maintain such a good attitude when it would have been easy to let the stress of being a single mother get her down. She’s so grateful for her life, and you could tell how much she loves the people she has in her life, and she’s done such a great job of building herself a family. She’s a good person, and a good mom. I tend to have a hard time sometimes with mothers who don’t tell the dad that she was pregnant, but honestly I can understand the decision she made. It wasn’t that Kincaid was a bad guy, but that she had good cause to be genuinely afraid of what would happen, you’ll understand what I mean when you read it.

As for Kincaid, well I liked him too. I think one of the things that I liked about him was that he would have this initial reactions to things, you know that sudden oh my god I just got new information and I am jumping to severe emotional reaction and conclusions, but then he would think about it and he always came to be in a good place. It’s clear how much he cares about Darcy, and how much he wants his life to be something different. He’s also just a really good guy, and he’s a great brother to his sister who is the reason for him being back on the island in the first place.

I thought the chemistry between Kincaid and Darcy was really good, and I liked the interactions they had together, they were just enjoyable to read. I also really liked the secondary characters in this book, the people who are in Darcy’s life. Everyone from Nana (the grandmother figure) to the family who owns the bar she works at and have taken her in as their own, they all make you feel like family, and I loved it. If you like a small town romance, you should check out this book.

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EXCERPT

She knew she should stay away from him. Knew she should protect her heart. Knew that falling for him could have far-reaching consequences. But knowing all that and sticking to it when he was touching her were two entirely different things. “Why don’t you come by after I get home tonight?” she said, before she could think twice. “I’ll bring home some dessert, and we can share.”

Abby arched a brow and smiled at her brother. Kincaid’s gaze stayed on Darcy’s, those eyes a girl could lose herself in, as Darcy had, a hundred times before. “It’s a date.”

She nodded, as if this was no big deal, but as she turned away, a smile curved across her face and her heart stuttered, and her steps became lighter. She went through the rest of her shift with this giddy undertone to her every thought, like a song that carried on her breath.

Kincaid and Abby ate their desserts, then paid their bill and headed for the door. At the last second, Kincaid turned back, flashed Darcy one of his amazing smiles, and then mouthed see you soon. She blushed like a schoolgirl, and nearly dropped the drink order on her tray.

By the time the last song was sung at The Love Shack and the lights were turned off, Darcy was moving at a record pace. It was as if she couldn’t clean the tables or set the chairs up fast enough. Jillian and Grace just gave her a knowing smile, and shoved her out the door a little early.

Darcy walked home in the dark, quiet night, but this time her steps were quick, and her mind on her destination. She carried a bag with two pieces of cake, and wondered vaguely if she had enough time to shower before Kincaid arrived.

She rounded the corner to her house, saw the waiting light and Nona sitting in a chair inside. Darcy hurried up the stairs, rushed Nona out of there in a blip, then hopped in the shower and scrubbed off the worst of the work day. Five minutes later, she had changed into a sundress, brushed her stubborn curls into loose waves, and pulled a bottle of white wine out of the fridge.

There was a soft knock at her door, and her pulse skittered. Kincaid, her mind sang. Kincaid is here.

It was how she had felt every single day that summer, as if the world had suddenly turned right side up, just because he was near. She crossed the room, gave one last nervous pat to her hair, then pulled open the door. “Hi.”

His gaze roved over her. “Wow. You look…incredible.”

“Thanks.” She felt her cheeks heat again, and wondered who this new Darcy was. Before this, she never blushed, never got embarrassed. She had her shit together—until Kincaid came back in her life. Then she was eighteen again, and hopelessly in love. “Want to sit on the porch? It’s a small house and I don’t want to wake Emma.”

Truth be told, she was afraid that if she invited him in, she’d be all too aware of how few steps it was to her bedroom. How she could just take his hand and lead him in there, let the whole night stretch before them. So instead she grabbed the dessert, the bottle of wine and two glasses, and headed out to the two Adirondack chairs on her porch. She set a small table between them, then handed Kincaid a slice of cake and a fork. “It’s peanut butter chocolate. One of my favorites from that bakery.”

He took a bite and rolled his eyes. “Oh my God. That is good. Have you had this before?”

She nodded. “It’s one of my favorites.”

“Here, have a bite.” He forked off a morsel, then held it out to her.

Darcy leaned forward, her eyes on Kincaid’s, his on hers, thinking that sharing food was one of the sexiest things a couple could do. Her lips closed over the fork, and hunger flickered in Kincaid’s features. She chewed, swallowed, and moaned. “I think they put pheromones in those cakes. It’s almost…orgasmic.”

“Orgasmic, huh?” His gaze met hers, those hazel eyes dark and mysterious in the dim light on the porch. Heat unfurled in the small space between them. “Maybe we should compare the two. Purely for research.”

“Purely.”

“It could lead to the next scientific discovery.”

She swallowed hard, the dessert, the wine, forgotten. “So, it would be a contribution to science?”

“Might even win us a Nobel Prize.”

“Hmmm…that would be good on my resume.” She smiled at him, then decided there was no point in pretending she gave a damn about the cake or the wine, and got to her feet. “Suddenly I’m in a very scientific mood.”

“Me, too.” He took her hand, and they abandoned everything on the porch, and headed inside, across the front room and into her bedroom. She flicked on the bedside lamp, then stood beside her queen-sized bed and thought it looked both way too big and way too small.

Then Kincaid laid his hands on her waist and leaned down to kiss her, and she stopped caring about anything other than the taste of him in her mouth, and the way he touched her, and how very, very much she wanted him.

About Shirley Jump

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon and Nook, and the debut of her Sweetheart Sisters series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN and continuing with THE SWEETHEART RULES (out in April 2014).

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