Music critic Claire Abby is a single mom dreading her daughter’s departure for college and worried that turning forty will leave her career running on fumes. She’s floored when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story on 80s British rock legend Christopher Penman. She spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend.
In person, Christopher is everything Claire feared he’d be—charming, witty, and unwilling to address the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. Still, she contains her adolescent fantasies and manages to earn his trust, unearthing the truth and the devastating secret behind it. His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling and flirting. She knows she should maintain a professional distance. She knows she should focus on the story. She knows it would be best to simply walk away. But how can she say “no” to the man she could never forget?
I absolutely loved this book because our main character is an older more mature woman, which we don’t often see. Claire is a single mom struggling with relating to her daughter as she gets older when she is given a huge interview for a cover story for the rock band she had a huge crush on growing up. Christopher Penman is getting to release his second solo album. The first album was a flop and he’s hoping this one will be so much better and to start it off he wants to tell his story with an interview with Rolling Stones.
I enjoyed reading Claire struggle with staying professional even though she was secretly drooling all over Chris. When he takes an interest in her life more than her body, it’s evident that he wants to be in it for the long haul.
There is many twists and turns along the road and you can feel the love build in a slow believable way between the two characters.
The sequel to ‘Bring Me Back’.
Back together after a painful breakup, Christopher Penman and Claire Abby are looking only to their future. Christopher’s band is making a run at it after a long hiatus. Claire lands a magazine job she never dreamed she could get. Only a ring on Claire’s finger and a baby on the way could make things more complete, and Chris is determined they’ll have everything they ever wanted.
But when Claire’s dad starts behaving strangely, and her teenage daughter feels left out, Chris and Claire’s picture-perfect plans begin to unravel. A piece of devastating news casts doubt on whether they’ll have the life they envisioned. Through everything fate throws at them, Chris and Claire must find the good and hold on to it with both hands. They will have it all as long as they have each other, forever.
After Bring Me Home, Chris and Claire have made their relationship work. Now in Back Forever, we get to see what their life is life after most books end. The REAL part of life, not just the falling in love part of their life.
Claire’s daughter starts feeling left out since her mom has a new man in her life. Claire’s dad starts making them worry something is going on. Tragedy strikes, which was hard for me since it hit a little too close to home for me right now.
Can Chris and Claire make it through the rough water of life? Is Chris’ love strong enough to survive adding in a teenager and an unexpected tragedy?
I totally loved Chris and the way he expressed his love and support for Claire as she went through difficult situation after difficult situation. My heart wept for Claire and jumped with joy as we went through this roller coaster book. One emotion after the other just made me love the characters that much more.
Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. An early preoccupation with rock ‘n’ roll led her to spend her twenties working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. Much of her writing revolves around the world of backstage passes and band dynamics. When she isn’t creating fictional musicians, she’s listening to everything from to Duran Duran to Otis Redding with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.