This is one sweet, but ultimately frustrating books that left me wanting to kick the hero in the ass for the entire book. Yep, the hero is an ass and I don’t even know why I put up with it till the end.
Gena Taylor and Travis Ryan were strangers who had one sex one night while still teenagers. Gena the geek who adored Travis, but who Travis never really knew existed. Travis was the hot sports guy in school who can have any girl he wants. There is no rhyme or reason really as to why they had sex except that it resulted in a pregnancy. Parents being parents, force the two to get married. Travis thinks he found proof that Gena isn’t pregnant and leaves her gaining a divorce. Except Gena really is pregnant and can’t stand the thought of remaining married to Travis after the 13 days of Hell.
Now 15 years later, Gena is running an inn and raising her daughter, Mia, single-handedly, when she hosts a news reporter celebrity wanting to host her wedding at the inn. It’s her fiancee that really grabs out attention as it is Travis! Right away Travis starts bad mouthing Gena about tricking him into their short lived marriage and how he won’t have is next wedding in this ex-wife’s inn. Travis is a nasty piece of work. Seriously, he never says anything good to her.
Gena for her part knows that she hid his daughter from him. She is nothing but nice and civil towards Travis’s nastiness. When Travis figures out he has a daughter, he becomes even more hateful, letting Gena know he will never forgive her. He sets about getting to know his daughter, but also kissing Gena and having thoughts of her while still engaged. This smacked too much of cheating even if he did tell his fiancee. All throughout, you know Gena is still in love with Travis, which smacks me up the side of head. What the Hell did she love about him other than his looks? It sure wasn’t the Hell his personality.
Travis is just a nasty piece of work. He blames Gena for holding their daughter from him and seems to forget he ran out on Gena and their short marriage on something he should have talked to her about. It seemed like the entire blame for everything was Gena’s fault. Travis obviously fucked Gena without a condom. He didn’t really even know her. Then he divorces her and leaves her without getting an explanation, but oh, no, this is all Gena’s fault. Fuck that.
So Travis is conflicted by what he feels for Gena and what he wants from his fiancee. He loves his daughter and does try hard to get to know her and be a parent. That was about all I liked about him. Otherwise, dump his ass in cave and hope he rots. Gena on the flip side I liked, but I also wanted to Gibbs smack her to take off the rosy glasses. She’s aware of the situation, but can’t seem to stop her love for him.
Travis leaned forward, his face a mask of tightly controlled anger. “Kristen might legally be my second wife, but she’s the first woman I’ve ever wanted to marry.”
Stacey, Shannon (2016-02-05). Forever Again (Kindle Locations 105-106). Shannon Stacey. Kindle Edition.
She could hear the hysterical note creeping into her voice and she didn’t care. “You don’t want to hurt Kristen, and you don’t want to hurt Mia. How come you have never once cared if you hurt me?”
Stacey, Shannon (2016-02-05). Forever Again (Kindle Locations 1474-1476). Shannon Stacey. Kindle Edition.
On the bright side, no one was getting sex except the two teenagers who started this story. Besides kisses, there isn’t even much to make you go oh la la. Nope, nothing to recommend in the love category.
It was constant arguing and I stuck with it to the end even though I was totally angry. So I need to switch to better books by this author because I love her writing. This just wasn’t one I could like.