Tanja reviews ‘Forever Is Now (Shooting Stars #1)’ by K.Vale (Published by Liquid Silver Books; September 8, 2013)
Why I read it: REVENGE is the keyword here. Just plain and simple I was drawn to that book because of a revenge plot pointed out in the blurb.
This book was offered to RGR in return of an honest review.
When Alex confronts ex-lover Chance, the sparks fly. But nine years has done nothing to lessen the intensity of the chemistry between them. Forever Is Now is the hot, new romance from author K. Vale you won’t be able to stop reading. Passion ignites the pages as Alex and Chance find that sometimes a second chance is all love needs!
If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of yours, hunt him down and make him sorry.
Alex Bremen is over Chance Ralan. Ever since his high school boyfriend ditched him nine years ago, Alex has barely thought of Chance at all. Sure, Alex attended a concert or two when his ex’s band, Armageddon Showdown, was in the area, but that was more curiosity than anything else. Who wouldn’t want to see firsthand how his once clean-cut boyfriend transformed into a pierced and tattooed heavy metal god?
But when Chance has the nerve to record a love song Alex wrote for him years ago, Alex crosses the country to confront him. Revenge becomes a dish best served sizzling hot. The two men lock horns, but find the chemistry between them has only intensified with time, and occasionally love needs to do some growing up before it can be done right.
Well ok, I have to confess I was disappointed that the revenge part was actually a short one in this book. Would have liked it better, if Alex didn´t give in so fast. I was also surprised that the main characters jumped into bed with each other rather fast. Thankfully, after the bed hoping, it was not just all good and forgotten between Alex and Chance and they had to work for their happy end.
Alex and Chance were high school sweethearts as the prolog tells us. Their relationship ends abrupt after a certain incident and Chance left Alex. I would have liked a little more about their relationship here, just to understand why they are mooning about each other years later. Anyway, fast forward nine years and Chance is a famous rock star, who recorded Alex´s song without his permission. Enter a seriously pissed Alex, who swears to take revenge for it. Alex is a documentary filmmaker and quite good at it. His newest job is to make a documentary about Chance and his band Armageddon Showdown.
This story has a few twists and turns, interesting secondary characters and an asshole of a manager. Both main characters had a lot of growing up to do, Chance more than Alex. Chance is so deeply in the closet and the counterpart of out and proud Alex. There were so many up and downs regarding Chance´s coming out. He was terrified about what other people will think and how that could influence the band. His way of thinking is comprehensible but nonetheless he behaved like an asshole toward Alex now and again. Not that Alex was better, mind you. His actions after Chance was outed left me speechless. Yep, I could see the coming out part miles away…and the irony on that figure of speech is not lost on me ;). Anyway, Alex was selfish, point. I seriously can understand Alex´s feelings about his loss, but the accusations he shot toward Chance were way over the top and uncalled for that situation.
Chance on the other hand had to face some truths and his actions afterward were so sweet and thoughtful…thumps up here :). I, for my part could have done without the additional drama…that was too much in such a short time and I rolled my eyes while reading it. Instead I would have liked to see more of Chance and Alex, get to know them as a couple.
Overall I liked this story. The pacing is good and the characters likeable, well most of the time at least ;).
6/10 pots of gold