Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 79 Pages
At a Glance: A sweet read for those looking to escape for just a little while.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.
Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.
Review: The title of Scotty Cade’s new novella rather sums up this story perfectly, Forever for Now. Having lost the man he loved to a deeper closet than he’d already been in, Lee has moved on with his life. While on the surface he appears content, he has never really had another lasting relationship since his torrid affair with Harry back in college. But when Harry ran from Lee for the last time, and into the arms of a mutual friend, Lee took his broken heart and tried to move on.
Harry lived a sham of a marriage despite the fact that his wife knew of his many indiscretions with the opposite sex. Now their union is over, and two members of the close-knit group Lee and Harry were a part of in college are getting hitched. They will all meet up at a palatial resort, but the real question is will Harry finally be able to admit the feelings he has long kept buried for Lee, and will Lee, in turn, be able to forgive Harry. Will Harry stay just “for now,” or will it be a forever romance this time?
The strength of Mr. Cade’s writing lay in the interpersonal relationships he creates within this group of friends. Because they are still very much a part of each other’s lives, there is no judging one another’s mistakes but rather, there is forgiveness and acceptance. Their time together was so easy, as if years had not passed since their halcyon days in school. The fun banter, Lee’s corny one-liners when seducing a steward, and the camaraderie between all of them made this a delightful story to read.
Perhaps the only glitch I found hard to handle was the rapid tie up at the end. I would have liked to see a bit more of Harry and Lee together before any commitments were made. The epilogue threw us a year into the future and sewed the story up so neatly that I felt it detracted from the angst earlier in the story ,and Lee’s concern that Harry would bolt again.
All in all, Forever for Now was a sweet romantic story that showcased this writer’s ability to create vivid characters and moments of tension and angst that only added to the story. A sweet read for those looking to escape for just a little while.
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