Betting On Forever is complicated and emotional, but extremely engaging and sexy as well. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn’t be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen’s comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he’s hidden for years, stepping away from his computer screens and on-line world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss goodbye. Yet weeks later, he can’t keep the man out of his head.
After a split second decision with tragic results ends his twenty year police career at the same time his relationship falls apart, Sam Stein is drifting through life. At his best friend’s urging he agrees to a trip to Atlantic City to clear his head. What Sam doesn’t plan on is meeting Zach Cohen, whose sweet nature and honesty has him thinking maybe he could move forward, until Zach leaves him without explanation, reinforcing Sam’s belief that people can’t be trusted.
Well-meaning friends refuse to let Zach and Sam hide from each other, forcing them to realize their weekend is much more than a one night stand. Before that can happen, Zach must come to terms with his past and stand up for his own independence, while Sam has to learn to take a chance and believe in himself and people again. All bets are off when dreams become reality and forever doesn’t seem to be long enough.
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In the first book of this series, I was completely intrigued by Zach, a secondary character and friend to one of the main characters in that book. Zach was a bit geeky, he was observant, shy and shied away from the club scene and relationships. I commented in my review that there seemed to be much more to Zach than meets the eye and I wasn’t wrong. Betting On Forever is Zach’s story and it is complicated, emotional but extremely engaging and sexy as well.
Zach Cohen is an app writing genius who has made a fortune but he still lives and works out of the home he grew up in along with his mother. Right now there are warning bells going off in your brain, but no Zach isn’t some loser nerd he simply is a man who feels it’s his responsibility to take care of his mother because she’s never recovered from his father’s death when he was a young boy and to be honest Zach is hiding out from the world after a relationship that hurt him both physically and emotionally. Deciding to try and move on with his life Zach uses a conference in Atlantic City to become the new and improved Zach and have a weekend fling, but he gets much more than he expected when he meets Sam Stein.
Zach is one of those understated heroes that you can’t help but love and while he did have a weird co-dependent relationship with his mother you could tell it was because he was fearful of her depression and what it might lead her to do. I hate that he suffered through a bad relationship on his own and that he didn’t even feel he could tell his best friends about it thus taking on all the guilt internally. Watching him come alive at the conference both as a featured speaker and with Sam was a thing of beauty, but when he is forced to leave unexpectedly he returns to that same man he’s always been.
Sam is not without his own issues stemming from an incident that made him retire early from the police force. In Atlantic City with his best friend and a man he does private investigative work for he’s surprised by the spark he feels when he meets Zach but when he disappears old feelings resurface making him return to the bitter man he’s become since his relationship fell apart and he retired.
Both of these men had some issues that made trust almost impossible for them so getting past that hurdle was huge. I liked that they both made mistakes and they both went out of their way to rectify them and prove they were invested in the relationship. Watching them both let their guard down and sharing their secrets with one another showed they were ready to move on and let someone else share their load. It was quite beautiful to see them both let go of their past and move forward with one another.
While I loved the moments they spent one on one, it was fascinating to see Sam interact with Zach’s circle of friends and his mom and watch as Zach was enveloped into the lives of Sam’s best friend and his wife. There were some strange, funny and interesting moments as they all tried to figure out their place in each other’s lives.
Heartwarming yet incredibly sexy Betting On Forever is an excellent addition to The Breakfast Club series and another fantastic offering from author Felice Stevens.