Now and Forever 2 (the Book of Danny)

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Barely surviving the Iraq War and his tragic childhood, sexy sharpshooter, Captain Danny Maine becomes a professor at Kensington State University.

Haunted by nightmares of the deaths of members of his squad and his brother, Danny is desperate to create a normal life in the sleepy town of Willow Falls. He doesn't expect to find love behind the first door he knocks on until he meets lovely Eliza Baines, a dean at the university. Is true love with one woman possible for the damaged...

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Barely surviving the Iraq War and his tragic childhood, sexy sharpshooter, Captain Danny Maine becomes a professor at Kensington State University.

Haunted by nightmares of the deaths of members of his squad and his brother, Danny is desperate to create a normal life in the sleepy town of Willow Falls. He doesn't expect to find love behind the first door he knocks on until he meets lovely Eliza Baines, a dean at the university. Is true love with one woman possible for the damaged man Danny has become or is it just out of reach, only an illusion created by his passion and desire? Driven to find love, stability and recovery, Danny faces down demons from his past to save those he loves on his journey to a new life. Is violence still his only protection or can he rise above his deadly past?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781618851444
  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Danny Maine is a testament to endurance. Raised in a dysfuncti


    Danny Maine is a testament to endurance. Raised in a dysfunctional home to neglectful and abusive parents, Danny and his brother, Kyle, survived. Then, while Danny was in college, Kyle was killed in action in the Middle East. His brother’s death, Danny’s only caring quasi-parent, changes the trajectory of his life. After finishing graduate school, Danny enlists in the military. His heart is heavy and burning with the cold desire for vengeance. He wants nothing more than to destroy those responsible for taking his brother from him.

    Now, Danny has returned home having been wounded in action. He’s physically, mentally and emotionally battered. Danny has led men, engaged the enemy and killed many but none of it has repaired the damage to his heart. The violence wasn’t an answer to the caged anger birthed by the death of his brother. But, Danny's trying to put it all behind him, his parents, Kyle’s death, the killing, and the living of a half-life. He attempts to put as many physical and emotional miles behind him as possible. So he moves to Willow Falls, a small college town to teach and be near Callie, the woman Kyle loved, and was to have married. He considers her family and wants to be near should she need him.

    Then, as if by providence, at the reception for new professors, Danny meets Dean Eliza. Danny and Eliza are attracted to each other like bees to honey. Yet Eliza has concerns about having a relationship with Danny. She is a widow with two college age daughters and is concerned with appearing to be a “cougar” as Danny is younger than her. In addition, Eliza is mindful of her role as Dean, a position for which she diligently worked. Danny has no such worries and sees in Eliza a future he never dreamed possible.

    However, their pasts threaten to thwart their new found love before it is fully set. Misunderstandings and obstinate behaviors on all sides may be their undoing. Added to Danny and Eliza’s stormy relationship is the danger. A danger from Danny’s past has followed him to his new life.

    Now and Forever 2: The Book of Danny will engage readers to champion those who have given so much for this country, for Danny to find relief from his deep emotional scars and hope that he and Eliza's love endures. Jean C. Joachim has written an adventurous story that combines the elements of romance with action. Now and Forever 2: The Book of Danny is more than a love story, it’s a journey of survival, rebirth and triumphs. Romance lovers will be drawn to Danny and Eliza. New fans of Jean C. Joachim will be happy with their discovery.

    Reviewed by:
    Sallie Lundy-Frommer
    Author of Yesterday's Daughter

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    I loved this romance

    This is my second book by this author, and I’m definitely a fan. While I read a lot of PNR, erotica, and things on the darker side, sometimes a nice romance is in order. This book definitely fits that bill, and I really loved this story.

    Danny is injured in the line of duty in the Army and is on his way home to Willow Falls where he has lined up a teaching job at the college. He meets with Eliza Baines, the dean. Eliza is a bit older than Danny, but he is instantly attracted. Sure, he is a bit of a flirt, but this time it just feels different. He convinces her to go out with him.

    I really found myself interested in Danny. He’s quite the complex individual. He had a hard childhood filled with abuse. But he always had his brother, Kyle. And then Kyle was killed in the military himself, and Danny was alone. He is a very likable and personable guy. Danny wastes no time in looking up Callie, Kyle’s ex. More about her in a bit.

    Next there is Eliza. Eliza is older, although I’m not sure how old. She has grown twin daughters and she is a widow. She is mature and set in her world. But then Danny comes along and turns all of that world over, and I found it exciting. Eliza and Danny are drawn to each other and it is like they are meant to be together.

    Callie. Callie is like the sweet girl next door. Except her and Kyle were madly in love, but then he died. After some time she found someone new in a man I didn’t like much at first, Mac. But Mac really grew on me, and Callie proved her caring and loving nature many times over to everyone in this story. She is kind of like the rubberband that keeps snapping everyone back together when their own flaws threaten to extract them from this life that is being built.

    Knowing and dating Danny isn’t always easy. The man, although hot, has quite a bit of baggage. But he knows it and he is working on it. That in itself is extremely sexy and endearing in a man. He is strong, brave, and very intelligent. It’s a great combination. Oh right, the baggage. Some people from his past come back to haunt him, and they pose a very real threat. On some occasions the fear is really heartpounding, and you worry for the outcome. Can Danny really save the day, every time?

    Of course, no love story would be complete with the drama. And Eliza and Danny certainly have no trouble bringing that aspect to the table. My heart broke for them as events unfolded and I found myself trying to find a resolution for them. These two people are just so likeable that you want them to be happy, but you want them to be happy together.

    This was a really great story and I had a hard time putting it down. There were so many aspects to it, I felt like it was really the “whole package” so to speak. There is the love and romance, the butterflies you get when you meet someone new. But then there is also a dangerous element to the story that could show itself at any time. And then there is a great history that is slowly brought out through the whole story that really makes you feel like you are part of this group. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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