Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Forever: A Lobster Kind of Love by Jody Pardo and Jennifer Tocheny

Forever: A Lobster Kind of Love
By: Jody Pardo & Jennifer Tocheny

Cover Photography by Shelton Cole of SC Photo AZ

Male Cover Model: Craig Geirish
Female Cover Model: Jami Watts aka Jurnee Lane

Cover Design by Justin Temporando of Ready, Set, Edit

When a drunk truck driver claimed Lydia’s husband and son, her world shattered. The small town that once embraced her was now her personal hell. She made the decision to leave her hometown of Nazareth, Pennsylvania and move to Eastport, Maine, to start over in the last happy place she ever knew.

When the sea tried to claim Ryan, he was left a broken man. Starting over in a wheelchair was the last thing he expected to do. Ryan was born to be a lobster fisherman, not a buoy. When Lydia became his home care nurse, he never expected her to be the light at the end of his tunnel. 

Will their broken hearts survive a second chance or will they remain locked in their cages?

Lobsters mate for life. Lobster love is forever.
My Rating: B

My Review:
I'm always nervous when I agree to read and review a debut novel. Sometimes the gamble pays off and I have a fabulous read and sometimes I have to write that dreaded DNF letter that I hate. Luckily, this book was a great gamble. I really enjoyed this story.

Ryan is a lobster fisherman who ends up as a paraplegic after a boating accident. The story starts with him waking up after his accident and chronicles the next year and a half to two years of his life.

Lydia is a home health nurse whose husband and son were killed in a drunk driving accident. She's from Pennsylvania and not coping well, so she moves to Maine to start over and Ryan is her full-time job.

The book has a fairly slow start as Ryan and Lydia don't meet until about a quarter of the way into the book. But that works because it gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and the issues that they are each dealing with. And they both have pretty horrible and painful back stories, but that makes the payoff when they begin to settle together and have real fun more satisfying. I loved getting to see that development as they each moved back to happy again.

The book is chock-full of little gems that made me smile:
*Ryan's obsession with peanut butter
*Lydia's reading and little easter eggs of other author books
*the authors really integrated the lives of their cover models into their book and I loved that...both Craig's Rise to Alpha initiative and Watts Construction for Jami...I smiled every time I came across one of these gems
*and the Rise to Alpha needs its own focus. I loved how Craig modified Ryan's house. The visuals of all the bars and him using them were fabulous. 
*oh, and I really loved the little town and Lydia's landlord...such a sweet little lady. The town is fabulous in how they welcoming they are...although, that seemed at odds with the fact that Ryan just got home and didn't have a single person come by to check on him those first few days.

The book is told in alternating 1st person POV's, which I love. I really like this style because it gives the reader a chance to get to know both the main characters really well. Although be warned, if you're a writing nazi, there were a few problem tense issues (switching between present and past) in the writing...nothing major, but that first 15% of the book was a tiny bit rougher than the rest when you could see the authors finally settled into their groove. It does smooth out, so give the book a chance and keep reading.

Overall, this was an amazing debut novel for this author pairing. There were a few minor issues that just come from lack of experience, but the story was entertaining and engaging and way overshadowed those minor things. I think both these authors have a GREAT future in store. I definitely plan to keep my eye on what they are doing. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Author Jody Pardo
Twitter: @JodyPardo
Instagram: @AuthorJodyPardo
Email: AuthorJodyPardo@gmail.com

Author Jennifer Tocheny
Twitter: @tocheny1101
Email: tocheny1101@yahoo.com

Shelton Cole at SC Photo
Twitter: @SCPhotoAZ
Instagram: @SCPhotoAZ
Email: SCPhotoAZ@gmail.com

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Craig Gierish
Twitter: @RTA_Craig
Instagram: @RTA_Craig

 Jami Watts
Instagram: @JurneeLane

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Jody Pardo…
Born and raised in New York City, Jody is an only child of an English professor. After 9/11/2001 and a line of duty injury, she left her role as an EMT with FDNY-EMS for a quieter life. She pursued Bachelor's degrees in Molecular Biosciences and English. Her love of books and introduction to the Indie book world led to many wonderful friendships including Jennifer Tocheny and the drive to write and publish was ignited. Jody loves to travel and meet new people and has lived in four states and has visited 48 out of 50 US states.
Still a resident of New York City, Jody is an Executive Assistant at a design firm and single mom to her daughter Ariel Elizabeth and her two cats, Bullet and Oreo.

Jennifer Tocheny…
Jennifer is a resident of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where this book originates, and works full time as a home care nurse. Jennifer has been a LPN since 1998. She has always been an avid reader and enjoys book signings, flea markets, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and road trips. When this crazy idea was born one Saturday afternoon, Jenn switched gears from reader to writer.
Jenn has been married for 11 years to Chris Tocheny and they have a 6 year old son, Logan who loves moose.

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