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Now and Forever 1: A Love Story

Now and Forever 1: A Love Story

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by Jean Joachim
     
 
After the tragic loss of her fiancé to war in Iraq two years earlier, Callie was determined to go on. Still sad, totally alone and low on funds, she traveled to Kensington State University to continue her education. Bravely facing the challenge of building a life on her own, she unexpectedly fell in love with Mac, the handsome dean, who helped her heart mend.

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After the tragic loss of her fiancé to war in Iraq two years earlier, Callie was determined to go on. Still sad, totally alone and low on funds, she traveled to Kensington State University to continue her education. Bravely facing the challenge of building a life on her own, she unexpectedly fell in love with Mac, the handsome dean, who helped her heart mend.

Mac, lonely, divorced with a child, fell for Callie almost the instant he spied her on campus. Patience, perseverance and passion brought Callie to his side. However, their road to happiness was fraught with trials from coping with ghosts from Callie's past to the demands of Mac's young son.

Could their happiness survive a scheming ex-wife, a custody battle and murder attempts from a vicious drug gang?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618850829
Publisher:
Secret Cravings Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Now and Forever 1: A Love Story 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Laura-McQuillen More than 1 year ago
At the very beginning, the heart of this book exudes a sort of melancholy feeling. Callie is dealing with the grief from the death of her fiance. We learn a lot about her childhood and the things that she had to go through as she was growing up. Her childhood was not an easy or happy one. Consequently, it seemed and felt to her like Kyle was all she had. When he died, she was devastated. In the midst of the grief, she has decided that it's time to move on with her life, but she still has trouble letting go of Kyle. Callie is a quiet girl that stays to herself. She is believable in her grief and the way she relives things, not wanting to let them go and afraid she will forget. I enjoyed her as a character, as I did most of the characters from this book. Mac is just trying to deal with his life, not really looking to get involved with anyone. The fact that it is a relationship that is not sought out by either party seems to make the feelings more real. The biggest problem I had with this book is only that the author did such a fantastic job of making Kyle such a great guy, to make him worthy of the level of grief Callie was feeling even after such a long time (I'm assuming), that by the time I met Mac I didn't care about him. I wanted Kyle! Even after a few chapters of Callie and Mac, and even rooting for them to get together on one level, I found myself still hoping that the military made a mistake and Kyle would come walking in. I will say that Callie's relationship with Mac was probably healthier. She had grown and matured a little more by the time she got involved with him, so he wasn't her entire life the way Kyle was. She was more her own person by this time, with her own identity. The different things that are dealt with in this book are portrayed very well and realistically. The levels of grief, trying to move on without forgetting, becoming your own, independent person apart from the grief and the person that you are grieving are all a part of the story, but not overwhelmingly so. I loved the box of Kyle's things that Callie keeps, and Mac's reaction to it when he finds it. I could see myself doing something like that in Callie's place. A very bittersweet love story that will take you through the whole spectrum of emotions. I found myself proud of Callie by the end, as though she was a friend I knew, rather than a character in a book. This is a great read - another win for Ms. Joachim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story!! A must read!!
BreaEssex More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Mac and Callie's story. It definitely proved that love can conquer anything. I especially loved Callie's interaction with Jason, Mac's small son. Mac's ex-wife Audrey drove me crazy (as she well should-the woman was crazy). She surprised me in the end. What surprised me the most, however, was who was behind the drug gang. The characters were well developed and believable. Jonesy, Callie's nosy and gossipy supervisor, was by far my favorite. All in all, I thought the story was well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not believable,Poor transition of characters Too much des criptive bedroom scenes I was disappointed
ldowns2966 More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, Dec. 2, 2011 I finished reading Jean Joachim Now and Forever 1 (A Love Story). If you don't believe in love that can survive hardship after hardship then read this book and you will.
LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
Two years after Callie lost her fiancé Kyle to the war taking place in Iraq, she decides to try and move on with her life. She is now attending Kensington State University to get her masters. Callie starts working in the administrative office where Mac happens to work and is the dean of the school. Mac is a single parent with a 2-year-old son named Jason. Working together both Mac and Callie will try to fight an attraction for each other, which will later turn into to an affair and a marriage proposal. While they are still getting to know each other, they have to get through Callie's past, Audrey, Mac's ex wife, illegal drugs on campus and death. I have to admit, before reading the book I sort of had an idea how this book would turn out based on the title, but I was caught off guard. The book was an unexpected surprise for me and I really enjoyed it. The main story of the book is the love story involving Mac and Callie. However, so many unexpected twists vamped up the story for me. There was the issue with Callie's past and Mac feeling as if he is competing with Kyle's ghost. We have the draining and annoying ex wife Audrey, which I have to say I was surprised by what she was plotting and what she did towards the end. Then we have someone trying to kill Callie that is connected to the illegal drug ring going on at the campus. I was so very shock to find out who was behind the drug ring; I never saw that coming, wow. All this leads up to a good read. If you are looking for a nice, sweet, light romance with a plot and twist then this is your read. If you are into the hardcore erotica then this will not be your sort of read. PS: I love the song Unchained Melody by the Righteous brothers, Callie and Mac's first dance was to this song *sighing*. I actually played that song after I finish reading. Storyline: GOOD Intimacy: FAIR Enjoyment: GOOD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book to have