What happens when two people who’ve given up on forever find it in each other…?
Single men are as scarce in Forever Falls as a vegetarian at a barbecue. That is, until Ethan Hammersmith moves in. After his fiancée gave him an ultimatum, he left Australia and never looked back. He isn’t in America to find a new girlfriend, though. He’s searching for the father he never knew. But now it’s like he has a flashing sign above his head that says “available.” Thankfully, the manager of the local diner is willing to give him cover—if only she weren’t so distractingly adorable.
Monroe Roberts, town misanthrope and divorcée, knocked “forever” permanently off her wish list ever since the love of her life skipped town with the cliché yoga instructor. And good riddance. She’s got this struggling diner to keep her busy, trying anything to boost sales…until a hot Australian strolls in and changes everything. Monroe’s restaurant is packed full of women who aren’t there to order food, unless Ethan is on the menu. This could sink her business faster than ever. So—light bulb—what if they pretend to be together?
It sounded like the perfect plan. It hilariously was not...
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.