Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Forever Mine by Erin Nicholas Blog Tour

Maya Goodwin doesn't believe in holding back. Ever. As a cop, she never hesitated to throw herself into harm's way to save someone. Even after an injury on the job forces her to retire, she's not afraid to keep risking it all to get the life she wants. With a new career teaching martial arts to kids already underway, she's looking forward to the future – and taking a chance on the unbelievably hot Dr. Alex Nolan.

Maya – daring and spontaneous – is the exact opposite of what Alex always thought he wanted. But when a nine-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up on his doorstep, Maya is the one who helps them hold it together. With love on the line, will the guy who's always played it safe be willing to take the biggest risk of all?

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Alex laughed. He liked Maya. The thought hit him directly in the gut.

Maya smiled brightly, and he admitted that he was intensely attracted too. Now fast attraction—that he’d experienced before. But it had been a long time since even that had happened.

“I’m Dr. Alex Nolan. I’m on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital. I’m on their website if you want to look me up.”

Maya suddenly frowned. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.”

“Of what?”

“Googling pediatricians and finding out who you are after the mall the other day,” Maya said.

Alex raised an eyebrow. “Wouldn’t that be a little creepy?”

“Probably,” she agreed. “Maybe that’s why I didn’t do it.”

He laughed. “Well, to further decrease the creep factor, I do have a kid,” he said. “A daughter. Charlotte. We call her Charli. She’ll be ten next month. She’s very into superheroes, GR, and swords, and I know nothing about any of that. I liked the demonstration at the mall and thought I’d come check out your studio.”

“So you’re wanting to sign her up,” Maya said with a nod. “Okay, not creepy at all.”

“Uh…” Alex knew this was going to sound strange. “Actually I want to take the class myself.”

Maya frowned. “These classes won’t teach you about superheroes exactly,” she said. “They are kind of a combination of stage fighting and martial arts and self-esteem workshops.”

“I know.” He’d been on the website. Which is how he’d found out more about the studio. And where he’d stared at Maya’s photo before going in to look up more about her on the internet. Which was how he found out that her classes had won some local awards, she’d been a brilliant cop—who had not, incidentally, been fired for beating someone up—and that she regularly blogged about superheroes and their fandom and the psychology of that fandom. He’d bookmarked her page immediately.

“And the things you do in class sounds like the perfect bonding activity for Charli and me. I’ll take the class and then go home and teach her.”

Maya looked puzzled. “Why not just bring her to class?”

“She…” He swallowed. Charli would love Maya. Hell, if she saw Maya with those pointy-weapon-things, she’d want to be Maya.

But Alex had only seen Maya twice, and he’d already witnessed her get hit with a Bo staff, punched in the ribs, and cut with some kind of sharp hand weapon. Which reminded him that she’d been bleeding.

He looked down, but the bleeding had already slowed or stopped. Which was what happened when a person with normal blood got cut. But Charli didn’t have normal blood. She didn’t bleed faster, but she would bleed longer—because of the genetic mutation he had passed on to her.

He’d told her mother that Charli should be able to try whatever she wanted. But he’d also told her he’d keep Charli safe. If Charli took classes here, he would have to fill Maya and her staff in on the hemophilia and precautions and treatment…

“She has some special needs,” he said, cringing a little as he said it, knowing that Maya might easily jump to conclusions that were not at all correct. But it didn’t matter what she thought. This was the right thing for Charli.

But Maya didn’t even blink. “Okay,” she said. “I understand. Maybe…” But she trailed off while watching him thoughtfully without completing the sentence.

“Maybe what?” he asked.

“Maybe I could teach you and your daughter a private Super You class.”

He was surprised at her offer, but more—he was tempted. Which meant he had to say no. The timing for meeting a gorgeous, intriguing woman couldn’t have been worse. “I think a class with lots of other people, especially kids, would be better.”


Maya was direct. He liked that. And he could return the favor. “Because you look just as good in workout pants as you do in leather.”

Her eyes widened in surprise just a beat before her smile widened. “And that’s a problem?”

“It is when I’m trying to give all of my extra time and attention to my daughter.”

She studied him for a moment. “Okay,” she finally said with a nod. “And once you see the class, if you change your mind, she’s always welcome.”

Alex relaxed. “Thanks.”

“You’re not going to feel funny taking a class with a bunch of kids?”

“I love kids,” he told her.

“What about the tights and cape?”

“Tights and cape?” Alex repeated.

“The costume,” she said with a nod.

“Thought the participants all helped create their own character,” he said, realizing she was messing with him.

“They do.”

“Well, there’s no way in hell I would create a character that would wear tights.”

Maya’s gaze wandered over him, head to toe, before she said, Too bad.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Maya is amazing. She's strong, brave, and stubborn. Not only does she not let the fact that she was "benched" from the police department get her down, she started an entirely new venture with friends and now teaches kids how to defend themselves, all while playing! Maya is attracted to Alex instantly – so instantly, that she keeps getting injured because she can't focus. I really liked Maya's spirit and her ability to see past what most can't – she was able to get to the bottom of Alex even when he didn't want her to.

Alex is somewhat annoying for me. He is what I would consider a non-risk taker, despite his condition. He has just met his daughter – a daughter he didn't know existed. That makes his situation stressful, which I understand, but I also really hated how he compartmentalized his life.

When it came right down to it, Alex was unwilling to alter his life for Maya and that broke my heart for her. I even shed a tear for her when things were at their worst.

I won't tell you everything that transpired, but despite their chemistry, Alex was kind of a dummy in this book. However, all ends well and I really wish we could have seen further into the future.

This is the second book in the series and a real treat. We get to see friends made in the first story, and it is Maya, the feisty ex-cop's turn to experience love and romance.

There is a lot to commend this book – it deals with a number of difficult issues, but also a couple of very simple ones. Alex has been compartmentalising his life and keeping safe, until he sees Maya and immediately recognises the attraction and the danger. He seemingly cannot forget her, nor release himself from the boundaries he has set. Maya refuses to be limited by her injury, and pushes herself to pain to feel alive. Somehow the chemistry between them demands that they take into account the views of the other... and it is fascinating watching on. Add in the superhero obsessed daughter, Charli, and a very enjoyable read is created.

A most entertaining and absorbing read, thank you Ms. Nicholas.

I just didn’t love this story. I liked the characters and the writing is great, but the story just didn’t flow well for me.

Maya Goodwin is an ex-cop turned martial arts, fitness, superhero teacher. Her goal in life is to help children build their self-esteem and fit in. Alex Nolan is a pediatrician who specializes in hemophilia research, a blood disease that both he and his daughter (whom he just recently found out about) suffer from. Hemophilia is a blood disorder that causes you to have extreme bleeding if injured. Alex spends the bulk of his time spending time with his 9-year-old daughter, getting to know her. He doesn’t have time for much else, but when Maya comes into his life he can’t help but make time.

I think the thing that kept this from being a great story for me is Maya’s job. It’s very confusing and I just didn’t find it realistic. I did really like both Maya’s and Alex’s characters though and the other characters are pretty great, too – especially Maya’s friends!

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Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they're shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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