When Forever Ended (Ele’s Review)

Title: When Forever Ended
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: November 30th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

At ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should’ve kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.

At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.

10% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For Depression.

(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)

Cara Dee has yet to disappoint with her work. The second book in the Camassia Cove series was different than the first, but not in a bad way. I expect some readers to have issues with it, and I admit I felt a little uncomfortable too. But in the end of the day, this was a very genuine story with a deep truth in it.

The main protagonists, William and Kelly, reunite after twenty four years of radio silence. The last time they saw each other was the most shameful moment of their lives. William is married with two kids, and Kelly has a son too. I loved the children, who played their part but never overtook the story.

William is currently fighting a severe bout of depression, which played a big part in this story. The self-hatred and the guilt are sucking the life out of him. I loved how the author handled William’s issues. She kept it real and treated it with respect until the very end.

The connection between the MCs is instant. Will and Kelly have to be with each other, there’s no way around it. All the lost time, only managed to make these feelings stronger.

“Finally. At last, at last, at last.

My best friend, the boy I’d been hopelessly head over heels with… The cocky guy who gave me a voice and said I was enough.

The love of my life.”

But there is a wife here…How I loved that Lissa didn’t turn out to be a bitch. She is a strong, compassionate woman, who’s always been there for Will. But she’s more like a caretaker than a wife these days. And she definitely didn’t deserve

being cheated on. There’s only one scene of cheating, but it’s there and it’s a hard limit for some readers.
Honestly, I felt more uncomfortable about the way it happened than the actual act itself.

But like I said, I felt that it was a long time coming and it became a catalyst for change. I just wish it had happend differently.

The writing is magnificent as always, and there are tons of feels. Overall, an enjoyable and very true story. Recommended!

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Mother, wife, teacher and READER. I read MM almost exclusively. My kindle is my best friend and the most important thing in my life after my son. My poor husband…

I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don’t have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended…

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