Friday, November 30, 2018

Random Review: Forever and Ever by Devon McCormack

Author: Devon McCormack
Title: Forever and Ever
Self Published
Publication Date: October 24, 2018

Reviewed by Jenn


They missed out on love...or so they thought.

At seventy-seven, Wes Brenner is certain he's lived a full life. But one thing he'll never know is true love.

When he heads to Heathrow Estates retirement community, planning to spend the rest of his days playing golf and taking spin classes, he runs into an acquaintance from his hometown: Art Cromley.

Although they'd never discussed it when they were younger, they shared a secret. And what begins as catching up on the good ole days transforms into long walks, which turns into so much more...

Wes begins feeling something for Art...something he never allowed himself to feel before.

Art Cromley spent his life chasing romance and love, but instead, found liars and cheaters.

He gave up on silly notions of 'happily ever after' and 'forever and ever' a long time ago, but when Wes Brenner comes to live at Heathrow Estates, Art discovers a connection unlike anything he's ever experienced with another man--a connection that gives him a reason to hope.

But isn't it too late for them?

Isn't it too late for love or dreams of forever and ever?



I have made no secret of loving this author’s books and Forever and Ever is no exception. From the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew this was going to be something special. The idea of falling in love at 77 sounded so sweet and it is a sweet book, but it’s more than that. It’s a story filled with friendship, fun, romance and yes...some sexy. As someone who isn’t 77, but often feels that way due to chronic illness, this book spoke to my heart. It’s never too late to feel butterflies and nerves, no matter your age or the shape your body is in. Time passes, life happens and both leave their marks...inside and out. I love that most of all about this story, it’s so real.

Wes and Art met as boys and spent an afternoon together. It’s an afternoon that neither boy ever forgot, even if some of the details are sketchy. That day was a day full of possibilities, unfulfilled, but a day that left its mark. We fast forward 60 years and the “boys” are now 77 year old men meeting back up in their assistant living community. They begin spending time together, catching up on life and Art showing Wes the ropes in his new community. Art introduces Wes to his closest friends and Wes begins his new life. A life that much like that day 60 years ago...feels full of possibilities. Art and Wes both begin to wonder if it isn’t too late for a chance at happily ever after. 

This book is nothing short of beautiful, the idea of two men growing up in a world that wouldn’t accept them, finding love at this stage in their lives. Not only finding it, but loving in the open, out loud and with their full hearts. It shows us that when you find a love that was worth waiting for, you grab it and hold onto it no matter what. Love is always worth the risk, love is always worth the pain that may follow, love is worth everything. This book is full of hope and it left my heart full of feelings. The ending still has me smiling, still brings a tear to my eye. I hope to see more stories with main characters that aren’t what society would consider leading men. Wes and Art are absolutely leading men material and I’m thrilled that their story was told.


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Alpha businessman Carter Christian knows he's somewhat of a recluse, but he likes living out in the country with only the rare visitor. When his best friend and business partner suddenly asks him to house  his omega son--a son Carter never even knew about-- for a short time, Carter is shocked, wary, and intrigued all at the same time.  Omegas are rare, and until then, Carter had never met one. For his friend, however, he's willing to do it, even though the act requires that Carter take rut suppressants for the duration of the omega's stay.
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I decided to go into the office. I needed to get out of the house. I told Herman to keep an eye on the boys, although I was sure the three omegas would be fine on their own. No one knew they were staying with me.
Vaughn seemed cheerful when I popped into his office to let him know I was there.
“Thanks again for the great meal yesterday,” he said.
“Don’t thank me, your son cooked it.”
Vaughn grinned wider. He seemed to be brimming with excitement. “He’s going to make a wonderful mate to Neil. I think he seemed pleased, don’t you?”
“Neil, of course.”
I couldn’t care less if Neil was pleased, but I nodded curtly. “I’m sure he was.”
“Is something wrong?”
Knowing I shouldn’t bring it up, I struggled for a moment before letting the words out. “I noticed a huge hickey on Jackson’s neck this morning.”
Vaughn frowned. “Okay. Well, he was in the library with Neil.”
“I thought Neil would be talking to Jackson, not mauling him.”
Vaughn leaned back in his chair. “They’re going to be mating soon. Elise and I expected a little hanky-panky to go on.”
Anger simmered low in my belly. “He certainly is taking advantage of the situation, isn’t he?”
“Yes, Neil.”
Vaughn studied me, and if I’d stopped a moment, I’d probably realize how odd I sounded, but I plowed on because something had taken hold of me. “I thought you and Elise chose him because he wasn’t out to exploit Jackson. Neil should be getting to know your son, who is an intelligent, wonderful person, but instead he’s all over the kid as soon as the door closes. He doesn’t seem to care about anything except getting into Jackson’s pants, and that was supposed to be what you and Elise were trying to avoid.”
Vaughn was quiet for a few beats, then finally said, “I see.”
“You see? You see what?” I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why I was so hung up on the subject but ever since I’d seen the mark on Jackson’s pale skin, I’d wanted to throttle someone.
Vaughn sat up and straightened the papers on his desk. “I’ll think about what you’ve said, Carter. Thank you for watching out for Jackson.”
Slightly appeased, I calmed a bit. “Okay, well. Sorry I got a little angry, but seeing that mark on Jackson…”
Vaughn raised his eyes to look at me, and I floundered before continuing.
“Well, it was jolting. I didn’t like thinking of the man sucking on Jackson’s neck that way.” I cleared my throat. “Not under my roof.”
“You do realize he’ll be doing a lot more than sucking on Jackson’s neck under your roof on their mating night, don’t you?”
I glared. “I just wanted to make sure you were informed. I’ll be in my office. I’m going to work there until lunch. Herman’s keeping an eye on Jackson and his friends, although I don’t think there’s a need. The house is completely secure.”
I stalked out of the office and shut the door, feeling half angry, half foolish.
What had that been about? Of course Neil had every right to run his vile lips all over Jackson—fuck, I was getting angrier.
Through the open blinds behind the glass walls of Vaughn’s office, I could see my friend on the phone, probably telling his wife how I’d wigged out about the hickey. I knew he didn’t know what to make of my behavior. I needed to get myself in control. It was just a hickey, not a fucking tattoo like Elise had marked Vaughn with. Jackson wasn’t Neil’s. Not yet.

I've always loved to write and have written since I was a child, usually to entertain my family. I enjoy writing m/m romance because there's nothing hotter than two men in a loving relationship. I write contemporary romance but am not limited to that. I enjoy writing alpha/omega and vampire stories, and I wouldn't rule other things out. I'm very prolific, so look for a lot of things to come!


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