Always and Forever by Hazel Gower

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SKU 978-1-77130-442-9

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Romance on the Go

Sabina's crush on Shaun, her father's friend and work colleague, began the first day she saw him. Because of a twelve year age gap, and Shaun's liking for skinny, tall, gorgeous blondes, Sabina knows that Shaun is way out of her league. But she can still yearn.

A man can only avoid his attraction to a woman for so long before he has to do something about it. Shaun has decided that five years is long enough...even if Sabina's the boss's daughter.

The chemistry between them is explosive, but can they both admit their feelings and get their happily ever after?



“You do realize you are starting to get pathetic.  I don’t know why you think he is so out of your league. ” Alice put her hands up before Sabina could butt in.  “I know there is a twelve-year age gap,  and your father thinks the sun shines out of his arse because he is next best engineer other than him,  but really I don’t see it.  You’ve had a crush on him since you first met him.  I think it’s odd that of all the places he could move to,  he just happened to move so close to you and your dad. ”


Alice wiggled her eyebrows at Sabina as they sat down to rest on the sand by the stairs off the beach. “Sabina,  you need to ask him out. What’s the worst that could happen?  He says no,  or you go on a date with him.  If you don’t want to ask him out,  you need to get over him.  How about I set you up with one of Scott’s friends? ”


Sabina didn’t want to get over Shaun. She sighed as she watched as Shaun smiled,  winked,  and walked her way.  “Oh no,  he’s coming this way.  What do I do? ” She searched frantically around for an exit that wouldn’t make it look like she was running,  but behind her were stairs and the rock face up to higher land,  and in front of her was the beach.


Alice gave her a wicked grin and patted her on the back.  “Be yourself.  I have to go.  I’m going out for dinner tonight with my fiancé.  You’ll be all right. ”


Sabina shook her head and gave Alice a pleading glance,  silently begging her not to leave.  The traitor nodded and walked away,  which left her staring up into amused emerald green eyes.


“Do you have somewhere to be too? ”


Sabina shook her head,  too scared to talk.


“Are you busy tonight? ”


Oh God,  what was happening?  Staring at Shaun, she knew this time she would have to answer.


“No. ”


Shaun raised his eyebrows at her and waited for her to continue.


 “I’m at home tonight,  every night actually.  Tonight,  though, I will soak in a bath and probably read some trashy romance novel while I imagine the hero is you. ” She groaned as she realized what she’d just told him.


He laughed.  “You think of me,  do you? ”


Sabina moaned and hid her face in her hands.  Slowly,  she peeked through her fingers to see him grinning down at her.  “Please forget I said that.  I’m so embarrassed. ”


He beamed down at her.  “I won’t forget.  It means I know I have a chance with you. ” He winked. “So you’re too busy to come to dinner with me tonight?  Or do you want to stay and read your book? ”


Sabina gulped.  “You want to go to dinner with me?  Alone? ”


He chuckled.  “Yes.  How about I pick you up at seven thirty? ” He reached for her hand to help her stand.


“Yes,  I would love to. ” She stumbled on the sand as Shaun pulled her up and fell against his chest.  Oh God,  his body was rock hard.  What she wouldn’t give right now to reach out and touch him with other parts of her body.  She felt her cheeks heat and she pulled away,  closing her eyes in embarrassment that her sweat-coated body had touched his.  

“Whoa there. Honey,  you okay?

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Written by undefined on 9th Apr 2014

This is a fast paced short story that has Sabina jumping in bed with Shaun and spending the weekend on the first date! Sabina is a naive virgin with self-confidence issues. Over and over it is stated on how well she cooks and how well liked she is as if to get the reader to agree as though those facts aren’t coming across through the story. Shaun is 12 years older and has been waiting for Sabina to grow up. However, while waiting he’s gotten the reputation for being a bit of a playboy. So, two characters that could be awesome but they almost fall flat due to the stresses of their character. (Telling the reader that Sabina is well liked or that Shaun has lots of different women.) Under it all though, this isn’t a bad story for those that like this type of story. A childhood crush on an older man leaves Sabina in a bit of a pickle as the man is also a friend of her father’s. Shaun has been attracted to Sabina since he first saw her in her school girl uniform 5 years ago. Now she’s grown up and he’s tired of waiting. Will the 12 years between them be a problem? Or, will the fact that Sabina’s father is Shaun’s boss?

Written by Angie on 10th Jun 2013

This was a sweet story of two people who liked each for a long time and what they overcame to get together. It was a great short read!!