I almost never watch a movie sequel. The followups are never as good as the first, because the characters have already told their story and resolved their conflicts. What usually results is a thinly veiled, flimsy excuse for the characters in the film to reunite, solve new conflicts and try to bring closure.
Book sequels are a different animal to me. Less a reason for characters to reunite, more of continuation of a story that was started. The next chapter, if you will, especially if there is great chemistry and opportunity for more story at the end of the previous novel. As is the case with Forever Starts Tonight, in which we revisit the relationship of Andre, Jace and Evan, I feel more like sitting down with good friends for coffee and catching up on what’s been going on in their lives since we last chatted.
Forever Starts Tonight is a novella length return to the M/M/F committed relationship that we first read about in Melt Into You. Evan is a successful photographer and happy in her relationship with her two main men, but she’s feeling the slightest longing for something more. Andre is feeling the same, especially when confronted by an ex girlfriend, the one he thought he could have married and had a family with, had he not chosen to explore his feelings and eventually end up in a poly-amorous relationship. Neither are interested in the vanilla family set up- husband and wife, 2.5 kids, white picket fence… but some part of each of them is looking toward the future and not finding any answers.
Sensing that his partners need a getaway– and a long serious discussion about this word FUTURE, Jace sweeps his partners away for an unforgettable ski weekend… foiled only by Evan’s little surprise, one she’s not sure if she’s happy or upset about, but one that will change the direction of their relationship forever. What happens to a couple of three when the words marriage and family and FOREVER start getting tossed around?
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed not only the steamy, heavy on the enjoyment, sexy scenes but also the storyline. The inner fight, specifically with Andre but also Evan as the memories of giving up a child for adoption was palpable. I wanted them all to win and wasn’t sure how things would work out, but the ending was, as usual, satisfying.
I’ve always enjoyed how much Roni’s characters seem real.. real people with real problems, real issues, real conflicts that I can relate to. I’ve also loved how her characters are so into each other… there is love and respect, especially within the roles of BDSM and how everyone plays their parts, but there’s also passion and pure lust, an almost uncontrollable desire between committed partners.
To me, that’s what romance is, and Roni weaves and crafts these experiences through words so well, it’s almost like these people actually exist.
Roni is one of my favorite authors and reading one of her novels is always a pleasurable experience!