Joel McIver gives the reader an insightful and loving story of three women linked together by one man. The novel, The Price of Forever, is about Alexis and Damon who together have reached a point in their relationship where they are planning to take it to the next level of marriage; however, before they can do that some baggage needs to be checked and it is Damon lugging them around. Damon has a beautiful daughter that he takes full resp onsibility for but finds he cannot avoid the baby mama drama. If that were all, Alexis would not have any issues dealing with it. Unfortunately, Damon also has an unbalanced pseudo ex-girlfriend for whom he feels responsible.
McIver weaves in and out of the past skillfully; although, there should be some visual indication to the reader that one is no longer in the present. The characters are likable but not enough to make me have a vested interest in what happens to them. In truth, I could empathize with Alexis and the other women because on some level Damon seems like the perfect guy. He is fine as all get out. If the cover does not convince you of Damonâ(tm)s hotness, then the description McIver sprinkles throughout the novel is enough to create a perfectly sculpted man in your head. Damon is giving, loving, gentle and just the right amount of rough neck. His flaws are so subtle that trouble is not noticed until it is too late. McIver does a great job of developing the char acters but does not do enough to make me lov e the characters or even like them that much.
Nevertheless, it was a good story. My only main issue was that a character was given a diagnosis of bipolar that seemed to come out of nowhere. I found that McIver did not properly layout the foundation for the introduction of the bipolar diagnosis. Sure, the chick was crazy (not in the clinical sense) but I know lots of crazy chicks that would not be characterized as bipolar. I though there were plenty of opportunities presented when McIver could have demonstrated the character going through the manic phase and then the depressive phase or vice versa. It would have been more believable if the character had been diagnosed with depression instead of the former.
Wanda M. Toby