Review: Love, Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by this author and I initially thought the blurb sounded like something I would enjoy. I found neither the plot nor the characters interesting once I started reading. Grammatically, it’s a sound story, I just didn’t find it interesting. For me, the best parts happened too late for a turnaround of my feelings.

Amy is a self employed graphic artist who’s run away from home. I say run away because her actions, especially towards her family, came across as juvenile. She’s in her mid to late 20s and is living on her own for the first time. After her heart surgery to repair some congenital defects, Amy wants independence. She moves 100 miles away from her family, home and medical providers to seek her independence. That made zero sense to me.

Mikhail is the middle brother in his adopted family. I didn’t read any of the other stories so I don’t know how he was represented if at all but in this – he’s a bit of a jerk. The underlying problem is that Mikhail is suffering from PTSD which isn’t getting any better. He’s also a firefighter and that has its own inherent issues because of the nature of the job.

These two neighbors get together after promising to be friends only, no benefits. And I hate to say this but I wished they’d just stayed friends because they’re both too messed up to involve other folks in their drama. And drama is what it was.

The pace for Amy and Mikhail’s story is slow. I found more enjoyment in the subplots between the brothers – Jack, Mikhail and Tina. Even the involvement of their mother in scenes as interesting and showed parts to their personality. There’s very little involvement of the Mikhail’s sisters in law.

Amy and a Mikhail get to know each other over mutual interest for their homes. She’d like to build a fence to keep her new dog in. He said that he and his brothers will build their shared fence. She wants a green house put together. He said he’ll help her with the assembly. She’d like a vegetable garden and a garden. He said he’ll provide labor if she can help him with designing a plan for flowers in his years. This is how these two get to know each other and could have probably been made interesting, but it wasn’t and was just flat.

I wish I could say the high point happened early enough for some real conflict, but nope. The high point didn’t happened until the last 12%, and by then I was already over Amy and Mikhail. Even the sexy times were lackluster. And get this – when Mikhail sees the surgery scars on Amy’s chest – he never asks what they were for. Is she alright now? You’re a firefighter for goodness sake. You’re former military. Use your brain – you don’t get scars like that because you cut your finger. I wished the author gave the audience a bit more credit with seeing these kinds of holes in the plot.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

*ARC provided via NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon

Love, Always and Forever
by Alexis Morgan
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept

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