Title: Forever with You
Author: Londra Laine
Cover Art: Aria Tan
Length: 230 pages/77,000 words
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Themes: New York City, office romance, contemporary, single-parent, multiracial, sexual trauma
Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to sexual assault.
Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He?s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn’t. Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly’s hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he’d made his peace with the fact that he’d never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can’t stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won’t let anything tear his fledgling family apart.
This story is so well written, I really loved every word on every page. We are introduced to Kelly, who single handily is bringing up his kid brother Jaylen and juggling two jobs to survive. He has convinced himself that he has no time for love and romance.
Drew is Kelly?s new boss after a merger and they work perfectly but Drew can not bear to be around Kelly, as his attraction is just too strong. So, Drew keeps his distance and is often sharp or rude in doing so. But Drew has come to terms with not having a proper relationship, part of being in his influential family. It is not that he would not stand up to his father, just that he has not found any man worthy of the backlash it would cause.
The story is about struggles and strength, it is a warm-hearted story with love, and humour which comes mostly in the form of Jaylen, saying things to Drew, that Kelly dies of embarrassment with.
After a rocky start the two men start to kind of date, which moves onto ?trying each other for size? as Kelly tries to explain their non-boyfriend?s relationship to Jaylen.
Drew takes to a family lifestyle like a duck to water and the three of them fit perfectly, but then Drew?s father comes along and is determined to split Drew and Kelly up. But the one thing that threatens everything is Drew has not been 100% honest about his relationship with his best friend. They had agreed to be each other?s cover for their sexuality.
I wanted to personally slap Drew across the face for his lack of strength to be honest with Kelly, especially after Kelly has opened up to Drew About Sexual assault he had suffered in the past.
Luckily Jaylen is there to save the day!
The book is a warm and tender love story with a little humour and a lot of strength. I loved the characters, especially the relationships between the two main characters and young Jaylen.
Hot, wet, messy, they fed off each other. Kelly tightened his grip around Drew?s neck, hoisting himself up and bringing his legs around Drew?s waist. Drew slid his hands to Kelly?s ass, kneading and clutching him while Kelly started to slowly rock his hips. ?There you go, baby. Fuck, you feel so good. Take what you need.? Kelly started grinding against Drew aggressively, his low, sexy moans making Drew?s cock ache with the need to be even closer. Skin to skin. Drew spun them around, and with one hand, shoved a bunch of crap off his desk and onto his chair, laying Kelly out on his desk. Drew grasped and spread Kelly?s thighs as he settled between the smaller man?s legs, pressing them chest to chest. Drew pulled Kelly?s glasses off his face and gently tossed them in the general direction of his desk chair, hoping they landed safely. Drew wanted to fully possess Kelly. Absorb him, sink into him, claim him, soak him in. Drew lifted Kelly?s wrists above his head with one of his hands, restraining him while he fondled Kelly?s dick through his pants with the other. He needed unfettered access to him.
About the Author
Londra has loved reading since she discovered The Baby-Sitters Club, which remains her favorite book series. As a child, her parents would ground her by taking all the books out of her room for several days. Little did they know that when she couldn’t read other peoples’ stories, she’d make up her own. Londra began reading romance in 2008. She fell in love with the M/M romance genre after purchasing a book by accident several years later. After decades of daydreaming, and jotting down storylines in various notebooks, Londra decided to give life to the characters in her head. She writes to give her guys the happy ending she wishes everyone??no matter their race, religion, gender, or orientation??could experience in real life. To pay the bills, Londra helps IT engineers communicate with the people using their products. She is a recovering journalist and a former political staffer. Londra loves to watch American football, baseball, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, and almost any show on HGTV. In 2010, she moved from her native California to New York City where she lives with her partner in Harlem. Forever With You is her first book.
No. Fucking. Way.
It felt like the breath had been knocked out of him. He looked up.
?Andrew? What are you doing here??
In black-on-black, eyes blazing and narrowed, Andrew was even more imposing than he was in the office. It didn?t help that Kelly was practically naked.
?I should be asking you what you?re doing here. I assume HR doesn?t know about this??
Kelly was screwed.
?Captain Douchebag, might I presume?? Taylor piped up.
Worst timing ever.
?Excuse me?? Andrew looked over at Taylor.
By that point, they were drawing attention from one of the bouncers who roamed the floor. Kelly had to defuse the situation.
?Not now, Taylor!? The blond put his hands up in a sign of surrender and headed to the dressing room.
Andrew maneuvered Kelly into the low-lit deserted hallway that led to the dressing room, showers, and staff offices, pinning him against the wall with his body. Kelly could smell Andrew?s spicy scent, feel the contours of his body through his thin shirt. Despite his wariness, Kelly’s body reflexively leaned into Andrew who placed one hand on Kelly?s hip and the other under his chin, tipping Kelly’s face up.
?Look, Andrew. I can explain.?
?Oh, I just bet you can.? Kelly’s belly warmed with arousal at their close proximity and he had to ball his fists to keep from placing his hands on his boss? chest. He had to end this.
?Let?s talk. Monday.?
?No, tonight. What time are you done here??
The look on Andrew?s face told Kelly there was no getting out of this. ?Two.?
The two just stared at each other before Andrew took Kelly’s face in his big hands. Kelly sighed and closed his eyes, letting his head rest against the wall and Andrew pressed even closer, wrapping a forearm around Kelly?s waist while his other hand rubbed the back of Kelly?s neck. God, Kelly hadn?t realized how much he needed the touch of a man. This man. And he wanted more.
?You aren?t wearing your glasses,? Andrew answered as though he?d heard Kelly’s thought.
Kelly opened his eyes taking in Andrew?s strong jaw, the curl of his hair against his thick neck, the way his body surrounded Kelly?s.
?I wear contacts when I dance.?
Andrew?s thumb traced Kelly?s lips and Kelly fought not to stick out his tongue and lick the man.
?Is that what you call what you were doing up there? Dancing? I?ll wait for you at the bar, and we can talk after.?
?No. Meet me at the Greek diner, one avenue east, two blocks down. It?s open twenty-four seven.? His boss didn?t like when the dancers left with customers directly from the club.
Andrew searched Kelly’s face, that thumb now grazing Kelly?s chin. Kelly held his breath.
?Fine. I?ll see you there at two fifteen.?
Taylor returned to the hallway as Andrew walked out, yanking Kelly into the dressing room.
?Jesus, you two are hot together! I thought the hallway was going to combust!? Kelly could barely process his friend?s words as he slumped into a chair, dazed. Good Lord. Now, what am I going to do?
?So, have you fucked him yet??
Taylor was salivating, eyes glowing, bursting with the need for details.
?No! Jesus, Taylor! He?s my boss!?
?So?? Typical Taylor. Trample all over social rules.
?He sure as hell didn?t touch you like he was your boss. He touched you like he was your man.?
Kelly dipped his head to hide the tilt of his lips.
?Holy shit, you loved it! Loved him manhandling you in the hallway!? Taylor was gleeful.
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