Why does Emma Scott have me curled up in a ball crying like a baby…..again? LMAO – Gah, I swear this woman and
her heartachingly beautiful stories are the BEST EVER!!
Forever Right Now
by Emma Scott
Why does Emma Scott have me curled up in a ball crying like a baby…..again? LMAO – Gah, I swear this woman and her heartachingly beautiful stories are the BEST EVER!!
I thought I was prepared for the emotional punch that’s classic Emma, but for whatever reason my cute “dab daintily at the eyes” tears slowly morphed into something a little less cute. LMAO
I wanted this story so badly. After meeting the hot mess that was Darlene in The Butterfly Project I knew I wanted to learn more about her. I wanted to see her truly happy, healthy, and strong. Forever Right Now gave me just that…plus the added love of Sawyer and Olivia.
Here’s the breakdown:
Looking for a fresh start, Darlene moves clear across the country from New York to San Francisco. She’s determined to stay clean and have a fresh start. She meets Max (her NA sponsor) immediately after arriving in SF and they become fast friends. Shortly after she meets her neighbors, including Sawyer Haas and the adorable 13-month-old Olivia. What a cutie she is and soon after, Darlene falls head over heels with her.
What I absolutely loved:
Both main characters have the weight of the world on their shoulders. They’re so bogged down by past events and just trying to manage it. When they finally came together, I wanted to jump and shout. They deserve a bit of brightness and love, so seeing them find that in each other was pure joy.
“In the dark, and in pain, Darlene was still giving, still generous and vibrant.”
Darlene is one the best characters Emma has ever written. She’s a beautiful mess of contradictions. I love everything about her story of triumph and overcoming some serious issues to find true love and happiness.
I loved pretty much everything, but the continuation of Darlene story was the highlight for me. Like I said, I’ve been rooting for her for a while now and was holding my breath the entire story praying that she’d keep it together and make the most of her second (maybe third) chance.
Overall, it’s a beautiful story. Another amazing read from Emma Scott!
Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl…
Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship–a job he desperately needs–awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again.
When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.