Rochon takes us to sleepy, quaint Gauthier Louisiana, where everybody knows your name, where you come from and who you're sleeping with. When Professor Tamryn West descends upon the town on a quest for answers about her past and a diary that could give her tenure at Boston's Brimley University, the first person she meets is handsome, rugged Matthew Gauthier, the town's favorite son. He shows up on a Ducati and rescues her from a busted radiator, depositing her at her hotel.
Tamryn knows who Matthew is-- after all, she's been trying to reach him for the past six months. Matt, on the other hand, doesn't recognize the name of the new beauty in town and he's already in deep lust before he realizes that she wants information and details on the recent discovery of a stop on the historic Underground Railroad, which just happens to be located under his law firm, a Gauthier institution.
Despite his attraction, Matt can't share his past with Tamryn, can't let her find out about the ugly sins-- past and present-- of the Gauthiers. He's about to run for a Senate seat against a nasty, mud slinging opponent and any scandal could ruin his chances. As much as he wants to help Professor West secure her teaching position, achieve tenure and make history with a book about how her great-great-great grandmother made history by creating a school for blacks with Matthew's great-great-great grandmother, he can't let his secrets be known. It could destroy everything he's worked for.
Rochon has quickly risen to the ranks of one of my favorite Harlequin Kimani writers. Her stories are always varied and intriguing, with a story line I can sink my teeth into and passion that draws me in and keeps me turning pages. I'm a lover of history myself, so I also enjoyed the lessons via the tours -- the old library archives at Xavier University, the pockets of history around Gauthier, and Rosemead, where Adeline West was born and worked as a slave.
Since this is a Harlequin Romance, I can't pass up the opportunity to present Yours Forever as a passionate love story that takes place in a romantic little town among two strangers destined to be together. The attraction between Matt and Tamryn jumped off the page from the beginning, and though Tamryn initially resisted, it seemed like the wait was worth it. I liked watching the sparks grow into animal lust and that lust grow into a love that would make a man risk his career so the woman he cared for could have what she's always wanted.
And in return, she gave him what he's worked for his whole life.
Yours Forever is an enjoyable read, I hope you'll pick it up when it's out February 18th from Harlequin Kimani.