“Danny Maine is a testament to endurance. Raised in a dysfunctional home to neglectful and abusive parents, Danny and his brother, Kyle, survived. Then, while Danny was in college, Kyle was killed in action in the Middle East. His brother's death, Danny's only caring quasi-parent, changes the trajectory of his life. After finishing graduate school, Danny enlists in the military. His heart is heavy and burning with the cold desire for vengeance. He wants nothing more than to destroy those responsible for taking his brother from him.
Now, Danny has returned home having been wounded in action. He's physically, mentally and emotionally battered. Danny has led men, engaged the enemy and killed many but none of it has repaired the damage to his heart. The violence wasn't an answer to the caged anger birthed by the death of his brother. But, Danny's trying to put it all behind him, his parents, Kyle's death, the killing, and the living of a half-life. He attempts to put as many physical and emotional miles behind him as possible. So he moves to Willow Falls, a small college town to teach and be near Callie, the woman Kyle loved, and was to have married. He considers her family and wants to be near should she need him.
Then, as if by providence, at the reception for new professors, Danny meets Dean Eliza. Danny and Eliza are attracted to each other like bees to honey. Yet Eliza has concerns about having a relationship with Danny. She is a widow with two college age daughters and is concerned with appearing to be a "cougar" as Danny is younger than her. In addition, Eliza is mindful of her role as Dean, a position for which she diligently worked. Danny has no such worries and sees in Eliza a future he never dreamed possible.
However, their pasts threaten to thwart their new found love before it is fully set. Misunderstandings and obstinate behaviors on all sides may be their undoing. Added to Danny and Eliza's stormy relationship is the danger. A danger from Danny's past has followed him to his new life.
Now and Forever 2: The Book of Danny will engage readers to champion those who have given so much for this country, for Danny to find relief from his deep emotional scars and hope that he and Eliza's love endures. Jean C. Joachim has written an adventurous story that combines the elements of romance with action. Now and Forever 2: The Book of Danny is more than a love story, it's a journey of survival, rebirth and triumphs. Romance lovers will be drawn to Danny and Eliza. New fans of Jean C. Joachim will be happy with their discovery.
Author of Yesterday's Daughter ”