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We met Darlene in The Butterfly Project when she was at her lowest - an overdose that almost killed her forced her to take a hard look at her life, get clean and take charge of herself again. Two years without drugs, a boyfriend who doesn't even have the cojones to dump her face to face and Darlene is ready for a fresh start in a city where nobody knows about her past.
Darlene is a warm, sweet heroine with a super-soft heart. She is always friendly and tries to stay upbeat. Her new neighbor, Sawyer, is a jerk but she senses his exhaustion, the daily stress of providing for his daughter, studying for his finals and bar exam leave him on edge. So she does something that's so inherently Darlene: she kills him with kindness, gentleness and care. She's an absolutely endearing heroine who is constantly facing her demons but never lets them pull her under. It was incredibly sweet to watch her fall in love not only with the hero but also with his sweet, bright daughter Livvie.
Sawyer is a grump - that's what stress does to him and it's pretty understandable seeing how he cares for his daughter, who was just dumped in his lap by the mother, and trying to finish law school to give his girl a better life. But when Sawyer has to face his worst fears he becomes stoic and builds a wall of ice around him. Only those who know him well enough see it for what it is. He may act like a jerk and idiot sometimes but when all that falls off of him he is a beautiful man with a heart the size of Texas. The love for his daughter, how he handles her with utmost care and reverence, is so incredibly touching. And it wouldn't be Emma Scott if Sawyer didn't have a heart-breaking past.
The first half of the story was not as angsty as I expected from Emma Scott but that's not necessarily a bad thing because once you're past that she cranks up the anxiety-slider and I got the familiar delicious squeeze in my chest, the one that has your heart beating in your throat. She builds up the chemistry between the characters at a steady pace but doesn't give us the release we crave, no, she keeps on going, letting the sexual tension crackle until we are just about to blow. But that was fine with me - these characters really had to sort through a lot of baggage before they could focus on their relationship.
Emma is a masterful emotion conjurer. She has this way of tying you to her characters and making you care deeply about them. Those are big personalities with depth and layers. And that doesn't just go for the main cast, the side characters all have a story to tell as well, so you wonder if they'll be happy in the future, what life has in store for them. Max and Jax shine almost as bright as Darlene and Sawyer. And don't get me started on the adorable Livvie, who took off with my heart and didn't let go. Also, if you loved Zelda and Beck from TBP a much as I did you'll be happy to hear that we get to catch up with them!
And then...then there is the twist that will make you fall in love with Sawyer even harder.
Again, Ms. Scott weaves a gorgeous story that shows her own heart beautifully. It is charged with emotion, kindness and sweetness. It's true that we always measure authors against their best work and the Full Tilt Duet and The Butterfly Project still remain my favorite by Emma Scott - they play in a league of their own - but do not underestimate the power of this story and the punch it packs. This author isn't one of my favorites for nothing and she made me fall in love with one of her stories yet again.
“A tornado, Darlene,” he whispered. “I’m swept up.”
Emma Scott writes the kinds stories I want to read, ones with characters whose struggles feel real and not formulaic, where the plots are unique and suck me in, and with love stories that feel like a natural progression and are not forced upon the reader.
Sawyer Haas has the world at his feet, his future is bright and promising. All he needs to do is keep his head down, study hard and minimize distractions. When the playboy is handed the ultimate distraction, he proves he has a heart of gold even if it is hidden securely behind a wall of stone.
Darlene Montgomery has arrived in San Fransisco to escape her past and rewrite her future. She’s finally clean, and the need to dance again is strong. Determined to work on herself, Darlene knows it would be too easy to fall into old patterns with the handsome single dad living below her.
❝Darlene must be a flexible dancer, I thought, because she slipped past all of my usual barricades and defenses, bending and contorting herself through a field of red laser beams like a ninja in a spy movie.❞
In Darlene, Stewart poignantly portrayed the shame and fears of a recovering addict, as well as the incredible strength needed to stay clean. It is the shame associated with the addict’s previous behavior and people’s perception of the recovering addict that often makes the addict question their recovery. They will always be an addict and people will always judge them that way.
❝But in the eyes of those who knew my past, my accomplishments were always going to be tempered by how close I might be too effing them all up. The loneliness of an addict, Max had said.❞
Having faced the unthinkable at a young age, Sawyer believes the law is the law, a criminal is a criminal and there is no leeway, no middle, no grey. He’s determined to be a federal prosecutor and enforce the law as it is written. Sawyer is certainly smart enough, and Federal judge who he hopes to work for, tells him that. But he also challenges Sawyer’s views. He reminds him that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer.
❝But feelings, Mr. Haas, are what make us human. And humanity should be the beating heart of justice.❞
Through this beautiful, slow burn romance, it was Darlene’s previous life that added color to the black and white thinking of Sawyer. And it was Sawyer’s devotion that gave her the courage to believe she could accomplish her dreams.
❝Darlene…❞ He fought for more words but found none. ❝Just kiss me,❞ I said, and he did. And in that kiss, I felt his emotions he still hadn’t found the words for, but knew that he would.
‘Forever Right Now’, was a beautiful love story between a frightened young man and his sweet daughter and it was a passionate love story between a woman seeking love and a man who needed to be loved. ‘Forever Right Now’ was also about fighting for the life you want despite the adversity that faces you and the beauty that comes with second chances.