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Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.
Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.
Do you know that feeling when you can’t connect to a character? Have you read a book where you felt like the author was telling you everything that was happening, but you never really felt it?
That was me when I finished Forever for Now.
I love short stories. I love the feeling of diving in and getting something fast and furious, passionate and rich with feeling, all at once like I’m smacked in the face with it, turned inside out and then left smiling. It’s like instant gratification. Quick in. Quick out. Fun and fulfilling…. But not this time.
It’s not that I didn’t like this book, I just didn’t feel it. I didn’t connect with anyone, especially Harrison and Leeland, and they are the main characters. I didn’t feel the longing, the sadness, and the love. I just didn’t feel.
I’m pretty sure this was my first Scotty Cade book, but it won’t be my last. I’ll try again because maybe this was a case of me and not the book. And just maybe, this will work for someone else.