Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: July 26, 2016
I supposed it had to happen. I have found the first Lake Union Publishing release that didn't wow me. There were moments, but overall, I felt the story fell flat.
It's been a long time coming, but Matt and Lisa are finally expecting their first child. They've been happily married for a number of years. They have a great house, great jobs, and a love that is unfailing. In one extraordinary moment, their world shatters.
Hoping for a fresh start, Matt and Lisa head off on a road trip in a red Cadillac. Matt hopes they'll start anew. Lisa wants to be as positive as Matt, but she seems to be struggling with events more than he does. Can they really find happiness while traveling through California?
I really don't know how to review Always and Forever without giving away a spoiler, so I want to warn that what follows is a partial spoiler. I'm going to try to do this while revealing as little as possible.
I've been in Lisa's shoes. I know the loss she feels. Given that, I found her to be incredible whiny and self-absorbed. I didn't like her character and that led to a lot of my issue with this book. I felt for Matt and that's the reason I kept reading. His character was tough, supportive, and his devotion to Lisa was sweet.
In the end, this wasn't a book that I found memorable or something I'd want to keep. It's not your traditional romance. The romance has ups and downs as the characters work through their issues.