Title: Maybe Forever
Author: Keyanna Butler
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 19
When Harper got pregnant at fourteen, her family abandoned her to be a single mother with no support system. She survived the only way she knew how—hard work and determination. Now she is a nurse in her early thirties, and her son Jamie is ready to embark on high school. Harper can finally say they’ve made it. She can’t take all the credit, though.
Dakota Daughtry isn’t family, but when he signed on to be a Big Brother to Jamie, he finally felt at home…
Joining the Big Brother community program was only meant to boost Dakota’s resume while working on his GED. Once he met Jamie and his mother Harper, he finally found a place where he belonged. Years later, Jamie is graduating the program, and his obligation to hang around is over, but he can’t make himself leave. Jamie is more like a son than a little brother now, and Harper…well, he’s been trying to deny his feelings for her all along.
Jamie is thrilled about the blossoming relationship between his mother and Dakota. His birth father Aiden, not so much…
Aiden doesn’t want Harper—he’s too focused on his career for that—but he doesn’t want Dakota to have her either, and he’s willing to play dirty to ruin Harper and Dakota’s chances at becoming a real family. But things get complicated when Aiden starts to develop actual feelings for Harper’s best friend, and a secret is revealed about Dakota’s past that could change everything…
Harper must choose…family or love? Or can she finally have both?
“So do we need to have the talk?”Jamie is standing in the doorway of Harper’s bedroom as she stands in front of the mirror, putting her final touches on her makeup.
“Jamie,” she says, half amused.
“I’m just saying it has been a long time since you’ve been out on an actual date.”
“Thanks for reminding me.”“Guys aren’t the same as they were fourteen years ago,” he continues, ignoring her.
“I think I’ll be okay, Jam.” Satisfied with her face, she walks over to her closet and pulls out two cardigans on hangers.
“Black or beige?”she asks.
“Black. Make sure he opens the car door for you and any other doors, for that matter.”
“It’s Dakota, Jamie,” Harper says. “Are you forgetting that?” She slips on the cardigan he chose and walks over to him.
“No,” he says.
“I know it’s Dakota.”
“So why are you so nervous? Have you changed your mind about how you feel about us?” she asks, her eyes narrowing slightly in concern.
“No, of course not. I love Dakota,” Jamie says.
“So what’s up?” Harper asks. Jamie shrugs.
“You’re my mom,” he says. “I’m supposed to do this whole overprotective teenage son role.”
“I thought it was my job to worry.” Jamie shakes his head. “Equal share.”
Maybe Forever was an amazing Debut novel from Keyanna Butler, I really enjoyed her writing style and dove right into the story.
The characters in this book were realistic and refreshing, their story vivid and well crafted. The story was written in such a way that it not only sucked you in, but also made you feel as if you were right in the middle of it, as if Harper was your best friend, and you could fully grasp all that was going on for her. Dakota and Aiden equally draw you in to the story, curious about them, their motives, and how things will turn out.
Let me just say this now, Harper has to be one of my favorite heroines in a recent book. She's sweet and funny, smart and fierce, true to herself and loyal to those she loves. She hasn't had it easy, but she's never let the past stop her either, she seems to take it all in stride and carry on. She's the heart of the book, but each additional character, small or large, has a part to play in the overall story and Keyanna shows us that with smooth transitions, beautiful prose, and amazingly written dialogue.
Maybe Forever is a romance, but its also so much more, and it will most definitely leaving you swooning, on an emotional high, and wondering how this could be a debut novel. I look forward to reading future works by Keyanna Butler, because she's got and endearing style that flows wonderfully while crafting stories that suck you in and stay with you long after you've read the last word.
Keyanna is a simple girl living in mostly fantasy worlds. She’s been writing since she was 13 years old, jotting down full length stories on construction paper and reading them to her childhood friends for entertainment. She’s a self-proclaimed dork extraordinaire and a library card carrying book nerd taking mental residence in the Wizarding World, coffee in an IV, collecting movie stubs like memories, and constantly contemplating what life would be like if she were one of the Avengers. Her hobbies include TV, sushi, Facebook, and incorporating movie quotes into everyday conversation.