Review: Then, Now, Always by Mona Shroff

46011124._sy475_Title: Then, Now, Always

Author: Mona Shroff

Publisher: HQN Books

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Print

Length:  384 Pages




She needs him. But does he want her?

Maya Rao has made her own dreams come true: she’s the owner of a bustling café and bakery in New York and the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter, Samantha. But when Samantha lands in legal trouble over a misdemeanor she didn’t commit, Maya is desperate. Desperate enough to call Samantha’s dad, Sam Hutcherson, whom Maya left abruptly many years ago, and who is now a successful lawyer. The problem? Sam doesn’t know he has a daughter.

Sam has put Maya firmly in his past, despite how shattered he was when she broke his heart. So he’s both dumbfounded and furious to find Maya outside his office asking for his help—with a picture of a girl who looks just like him. But as Sam reconnects with Maya, those old sparks begin to fly. Can he even picture a future with the woman who wrecked his past?


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Darn, that was hard to swallow. I really didn’t expect to dislike these characters so much. The spiel is exactly like the blurb indicated, so I expected there to be some sort of (white?) lie/secret involved, but when shirking from telling the truth was catching from one character to another, on top either obnoxious or judgmental or combo of the two?? I was so done!!

I actually love second chance trope, but the delivery of this one just didn’t sit well with me. And then there was the back and forth present/flashback between the two voices, Sam and Maya, that frankly put both MCs in (more) unflattering way for me (such as Sam hadn’t exactly been faithful in younger years than when he was older). And the death knell was the lack of what I consider “likable” supporting characters here. Well, to be fair there was one – their daughter’s “friend” – and Sam’s dad was sliiightly okay, but for the rest …boy, they were just extra annoying!!

Other (readers) might fare better but THEN, NOW, ALWAYS is barely okay for me. As it was, all I felt was relief to finish reading but couldn’t really care for either Sam or Maya and their HEA. Worry not, they found their happy beginning in the end. Hurrah for that.

Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.