Friday, September 23, 2016

Maybe Forever by Keyanna Butler

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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?


The whole premise to Maybe Forever written by Keyanna Butler was so different, so refreshing that I just had to read it.  Being the product of a young mother’s pregnancy I instantly connected with what Butler was trying to give her readers- a different kind of story of love, trust and struggles everything a true family goes through.  

One thing I can definitely say about Butler’s writing is that she delivers real, unique characters and relationships.  They aren’t perfect. Their story isn’t necessarily normal but their love is solid to the very core of it’s foundation.  In Maybe Forever she writes of many different loves.  Whether it’s love from a mother to child, a friend to a friend or a romantic love, Butler delivers a clear, positive description of people who belong together instantly connecting you to her story and causing you to root for the love between these characters.  

Although Butler delivered wonderful characters with a unique love that made my heart grow, her book was kind of hard to really get into at times.  I missed really being able to get inside these characters mindsets feeling their thoughts, emotions and connections. I felt like really diving into their innermost thoughts might have connected a reader more to the book, especially me.  I wanted to not just understand their emotion, but feel it to my very core.  I felt like Butler just missed that mark for me.  

Even with the my hesitation, I felt like overall Butler delivered a really great story. Something different, unique and would completely interest a reader.  Maybe Forever was honest, heartfelt and sweet something I feel readers looking for a lazy Sunday read would enjoy.

“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.”
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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.


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