WELCOME TO FOREVER                           ANNIE RAINS

Welcome to Forever by Annie RainsIn Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.
     Workaholic Kat Chandler principal of Seaside Elementary in Seaside, North Carolina loved her job.  Really she put in the 50+ hours to avoid being at home alone with her thoughts of what she had lost two years ago now.  You see her fiancĂ©e went missing in action and then his mother called to say they had found his body.  To this day she still doesn’t sleep in the master bedroom because she was in their bed when she got the news.  She just can’t.  She still wears her engagement ring, she just now started to get rid of his clothes, and forget counseling not happening.
     Her best friend as well as others have been trying to get her to date, to no avail.  On the first day back to school after summer she gets there early like 6 a.m. to check out things since there have been vandals all summer tagging the school when she is greeted by the man who just appears as she nears the office.  Turns out he’s the new grounds keeper.
     Little does she know at the time there is more to Micah Peterson.  Not only is he the grounds keeper with a pantie melting smile and a great ass.  Nope after the bell rings and he shows up in her office after going home, to get his son Ben ready for school, where he showers, and changes clothes, and wears no hat.  So she has no clue it’s him.  He tries to handle a situation that happens while Ben was on his way to class.  You see Ben has Cerebral Palsy so he doesn’t want him singled out or made to fill different.  When his voice is raised then cooled the both see things more clearly when she is given time to explain.  She sees it for what it is a concerned dad.
     She hasn’t dated since John nor does she want to especially NO MARINES.  He comes as a package deal whoever loves him has to love and accept Ben.  Can this work for them or will their hard and fast rules make them lonely in the end or will it free them up to more?  Or is it their fear holding them both in check with invisible chains.
     I absolutely loved this story.  It was such an endearing story of a father who found himself in a relationship with a woman he thought could be forever. They however were both Marines and when they found themselves pregnant he was the only one happy.  He believed his son Ben, who was born with Cerebral Palsy was a blessing.  The only mistake he made was falling in love and then marrying his mother.  When he found out she was pregnant.  For she was just like Micah’s father a gung-ho life all about Marines. 
     Right off the bat you will fall in love with Ben.  This shows the relationship between two fathers and sons. From the same family.  How choices make a difference in our children’s lives.  We see how deployment can shatter the lives of those that are left behind either through death or pressures of the unknown by leaving scars the ones we cannot see.  Have tissues handy there are moments but well worth it.  I give this 5++++ stars.
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