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Forever Again Paperback – April 18, 2006
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Forget the fact that Travis is an utter jackass, forget the fact that Gena is a pathetic loser for loving him and setting a TERRIBLE example for her child, forget the fact that Travis is engaged to someone else until the bitter end of this book, all that stuff utterly irrelevant because the premise is just plain stupid. Gena stayed in her small town in New Hampshire where she was born and raised and then went on to raise her daughter Mia there, and we are supposed to believe that Travis never heard that Gena had a child, that no one ever asked him if the kid was his when everyone would have known they married. We are supposed to believe that even if they didn't see each other while getting divorced that Travis's lawyer didn't make some comment on Gena's baby bump? That Travis's parents left town before Gena started to show and that not one of Travis's friends (and he was supposed to be very popular) ever went back home from college and saw Gena raising a child and asked him about it. It's just utterly stupid!
Now hopping to Travis's present day stupid behavior, it's utterly stupid for Travis to blame Gena for not telling him about the baby when she did tell him and he walked out without a word. She did her job to tell him and he left and he had no right to be angry with her at all because he was the one to blame. Travis then goes on to attack and reject Gena repeatedly, go so far as to shout at Gena and their daughter Mia just how much he didn't like Gena. If that wasn't enough he then went home to tell his fiancée that he had kissed Gena. I guess the author made him confess that to make him seem honorable? I really have no idea, just makes him seem like more of a jerk to me.
The ending of this book is horrible, and basically all Travis does is snap his fingers and Gena comes running, all the while he is thinking that he loves his daughter more than Gena. Not the same as, but more. Seriously what an utter disaster.
1 1/2 stars.
As it is, Travis blamed Gena for everything - which I could not understand as he knew she was pregnant, but chose to leave. Never mind the spotting issue - if he had cared, he'd have checked with her doctor to make sure. And in the intervening years, all those friends - the art gallery owner for one - should at least have mentioned Mia. Now lets get to the meat of the story. (Let me just say - the meat was skin-thin.)
Travis spent 3/4 of the book saying he hated Gena, told his daughter he did not like Gena, told himself that he only wanted her to scratch an itch, that he had no feelings for her other than wanting to sleep with her. And during this 3/4 of the book, he worried about hurting Kristen with his lust for Gena. He never once thought of how he was hurting Gena. When our lovely doormat Gena pointed this out, Travis was surprised that he should even think such a thing... then went on still not caring how he hurt Gena. To top this off, he kept on touching and lusting after her even when she tried to maintain a distance for her sanity. And her sanity is questionable in the first place - in love with a guy who treats you literally as s**t beneath his feet? Right like that is believable. And through the story, the guy never apologized nor did he try to even talk to the heroine. Ever. How could love grow? I believed he loved Kristen, he did nothing to show he loved Gena but did plenty to show he loved Kristen.
And I'm amazed not 1 review pointed out that Travis was a cheating hero. He was living with, kissing with and sleeping with Kristen until the very end of the novel. He put Kristen above Gena at every turn of the page until the last chapter (or thereabout) when he suddenly, out of the blue and some magic prompting from Mozart, decided he was in love with her. Then he still went home with Kristen, consciously letting Gena think he was choosing Kristen.
Then, in the last 3 pages of the novel (Ok, I'm exaggerating there) he comes back, brings a ring, tells Gena he loves her and she falls at his feet and they have an HEA. This is one book where I would not have minded if the heroine kicked the hero to the curb and told him to get lost. She did tell him "No" to marriage - for about 2 seconds, but she evidently is not a strong lady. Gena got no justice and I just can not see how she could believe that guy loved her. Ladies... if a guy ever treats you like 1/10th of the way Travis treated Gena, get rid of him!
I love secret baby stories though. Don't ask me why, but I can't get enough. This was my first, however, where the child was older. Mia is in her teens and has never met her father, who doesn't live all that far away. The added problems that Mia added were very entertaining and made for such a great story! I have found I really love Shannon Stacey's writing and will be looking out for more from her in the future.
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