In Forever Falls, single men are more scarce than a vegetarian at a Texas barbecue. That is, until Australian Ethan Hammersmith moves in. Only he didn’t come to America to find love—he’s searching for his father. But in this town, he might as well have a flashing sign above his head that says “available.” Thankfully, the distractingly adorable manager of the local diner is willing to give him cover.
Monroe Roberts is the town’s divorced misanthrope who gave up on “forever” after the love of her life skipped town with the yoga instructor. Now she’s trying to keep her struggling diner afloat…until a hot, single Australian guy strolls in. Suddenly Monroe’s restaurant is packed full of non-paying customers who are hoping that Ethan is today’s special.
With her business now in serious trouble, Monroe has the perfect plan to save them both. They just have to convince the whole town that they’re an item. But what should have been the perfect plan is about to become one big, hilarious boyfriend fiasco…
Ethan and Monroe
After discovering his mom lied to him all his life, Ethan packs up and leaves Australia in search of his father…Matthew Brewer. Ethan travels throughout the US before landing in Forever Falls. Forever Falls is everything a small town is known for, gossip and lack of available men to name a few. Add to it that Ethan is a ringer for Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor….the women of Forever Falls are swooning-except Monroe.
Monroe has lived her life in Forever Falls and can’t ever imagine living anywhere else. The only time Monroe left Forever Falls, is when she entered and won a National baking contest. Her ex husband tried to persuade her to move away from her family and out of Forever Falls, but her father got sick and she felt as though she needed to be there to help her sisters care for their dad. After catching her ex and cousin having an affair, Monroe vowed to NEVER put herself or her heart in the position to get broken again. Until Ethan…
I loved Ethan and Monroe! Their witty banter, chemistry, devotion to their families was endearing. Add the Australian accent and Thor costume…SWOON! Ethan’s journey to “find” himself was heart wrenching. I was glad that he came full circle in his journey, going back to Australia and making things right with his stepdad. I also enjoyed the haunted house and Thor’s “hammer”. Too funny! Ethan’s gentle nudging of Monroe to go after her dreams gave me all the feels. I truly enjoyed this novel! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Heroines and Super Heroes
Stefanie London’s Forever Starts Now is rife with warmth, humor, sarcasm (though definitely humorous) and of course romance. Though it does touch on some very sensitive and complex topics, it in no way glosses over them, only uses them to enhance the reader’s experience in the lives of the characters in small town America.
The push pull between Ethan and Monroe is heartwarming, especially as you see her flourish and grow emotionally through her tribulations with Ethan by her side. In turn, Monroe’s unfailing belief in Ethan provides him with the catalyst to pursue laying his demons to rest.
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Another Amazing Story from Stefanie London
I have come to the conclusion that Stefanie London cannot write a book I won’t love. “Forever Starts Now” is a wonderful story of two people trying to find themselves, and discovering each other and a love neither expected. Ethan and Monroe are both great characters, fully fleshed out. And while the trope of a fake relationship isn’t new, London manages to make it seem fresh and fun. This is a wonderful romance, with just the right amounts of sweetness, sexiness and heart. I highly recommend it.