Forbidden & Forever, Lake Lovers Book 3
Author: Marly Andrews
Cover Designer: Kris Kendall with http://www.Final-Edits.com
Photographer: Golden Czermak, Furious Fotog
Model: Shawn Dawson
Genre: Military Romance, New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Nate Thompson has met the heart-stopping girl of his dreams. There’s just one problem. The man who he just started to know as his dad is marrying her mom. Best possible solution? Join the Army. Go as far away as possible and stay as long as it takes to forget her. By the time he returns, she’ll be off the market, and he won’t have to deal with the untimely feelings he has for his new stepsister. At least, that was the plan.
Claire Carter is just trying to get through nursing school while maintaining a relationship with her uncommitted college boyfriend. Her immediate plan is to graduate, start a career and solidify her relationship status before Nate returns. Then these forbidden feelings for him will no longer matter.
But she promised to write to him while he was gone. How was she to know those letters would bring him home to her?
As a warm breeze drifted in from the lake, Nick – the man Nate was just beginning to know as dad, was dancing with his new bride, Maggie. They were surrounded by Nick’s buddies from the Air Force as well as close friends and even more family. To the left of the dance floor was Maggie’s son, Trevor, with his beautiful wife, Katie. As far as stepbrothers go, Nate couldn’t be happier with the connection they instantly made. He had already proven to be a great friend in the six months they had known each other.
As his eyes moved around the crowd, he immediately spotted Maggie’s daughter where she was dancing with Aspen, her college boyfriend. Aspen was droopy-eyed drunk, and his well-manicured hands were wandering a little lower than appropriate for a family wedding. But rather than intervene, Nate just watched from his hiding place under the tree. Besides, it was good entertainment watching Aspen and his many failed attempts at more than a kiss.
When the couple turned, he locked eyes with his new stepsister. She spotted him through the crowd, tilted her head and smiled. And just like every other time Claire Carter looked his way, his chest swelled and a now familiar burn blazed up his spine, causing a bead of sweat to appear on his brow. Fuck.
Breaking eye contact, Nate glanced at his watch, crumpled the plastic cup and tossed it in a nearby trash can before heading to the small corner bar. He needed something stronger than wedding punch to settle the pounding in his chest. Claire was officially under his skin, and she had only been his stepsister for six short hours. Time to douse the flame with something stronger or find somebody to share his misery with.
Enjoyable quick-paced romance! Nate Thompson has met the woman of his dreams. She happens to be one of the nurses at the hospital where his mother is spending her last days. She has been a source of support and someone for him to lean on since he has no siblings. Just one thing…he soon finds out that his father is alive and well, and Claire will soon be his stepsister. They share some passionate moments before he leaves for the Army. He is hoping to forget her, but he can’t. She can’t forget him either. Two years pass when he finally returns home, and those feelings are still there. Will they finally give happiness a chance?
I liked both characters and both Claire’s mother and Nate’s father. They were definitely characters I could relate to. He is sexy, but he has a heart of gold. He stood by his mother, and readily accepted the father he didn’t know was alive. He puts Claire on a pedestal and respects her. Claire is beautiful, yet she is intelligent. She, like Nate, has a heart of gold. Nursing was definitely the right profession for her. I loved the romance between Claire and Nate. Their chemistry is off the charts. While this is the third book in the series, I had no trouble following along. However, I do wish I had read the two earlier novels beforehand. I do plan on reading those soon! This one was the perfect combination of sexy and sweet!
Book 1: Broken & Beloved
Book2: Injury & Ecstasy
I’m a die hard romantic. I like all the hearts and flowers; all the hand holding and breathless kisses. My writing is straight forward feel-good romance. When I sit down to read I want to feel something inside, so I try very hard to give that to my readers as well. When I write, I like to disappear into a story and decide when the first kiss happens, or when the story climaxes and how the happily ever after will take place. It’s fun to see how the voices in my head come to life on paper. I began writing as a creative outlet. Once the first book was finished, I realized there was much more waiting to come out.