Maya Goodwin doesn’t believe in holding back. Ever. As a cop, she never hesitated to throw herself into harm’s way to save someone. Even after an injury on the job forces her to retire, she’s not afraid to keep risking it all to get the life she wants. With a new career teaching martial arts to kids already underway, she’s looking forward to the future – and taking a chance on the unbelievably hot Dr. Alex Nolan.
Maya – daring and spontaneous – is the exact opposite of what Alex always thought he wanted. But when a nine-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up on his doorstep, Maya is the one who helps them hold it together. With love on the line, will the guy who’s always played it safe be willing to take the biggest risk of all?
Review: I’m a big fan of Erin Nicholas and have enjoyed many of her series previously – The Bradfords, Counting on Love and Sapphire Falls to name a few, but I was blown away by Forever Mine in her Opposites Attract series. This is book two in the series and I will go back and read the first book, Completely Yours, to see what I missed. The series title is spot on!
Forever Mine has unlikely characters and plots but they work and work well. The characters have an enormous depth to them – not one or two of them, but all of them. As Nicholas reveals each character’s true self the story only got better. Take a geeky medical doctor, Alex, who’s a renown researcher of hemophilia, add a quirky injured ex-cop, Maya, who loves Galactic Renegades and costumes and is the owner of Active Imagination Martial Arts and Fitness Studio, his nine year old daughter, Charli who he just found out about two months ago who has hemophilia and loves anything concerning Galactic Renegades especially the character Piper plus her mom, Rachel, whom initially didn’t tell Alex about his daughter but is all in for making them a family unit now, put them together and it clicks!
When Alex and Maya initially meet their attraction and chemistry is combustible and it only gets hotter from there. Watching them try to have some sort of relationship while he picks her brain to bond with his daughter, Charli was heartwarming. Seeing how Alex isn’t sure a relationship would work for him now with Maya was heartbreaking. Watching how he and Charli’s mom, Rachel, are all in to let him have a relationship with his daughter was selfless but are there other motives too?
We are immersed in all things Renegade and it works. Their characters and the story lines are intertwined effortlessly and tugged at my emotions since there were highs and lows throughout. The relationships had a realness to them whether they were moving forward or taking a step back. There were aha moments, lots of love, loving and burn up the sheet moments along with injuries, diseases, laughter, tears, excitement, wariness, fear, anger, family and friends, teachable moments, empathy and caring. The characters learned from each other and listened to what the others were saying. There was nice closure with the epilogue that takes place three months after the story ends. There are enough loose ends that lets me hope that there will be more books in the Opposites Attract series.
Favorite Quote: The first time he’d kissed her had been spontaneous. And it had been enough to haunt his dreams afterward. It had given him just enough of a taste to make him a complete addict.
But it was nothing like this.