A victim of spousal infidelity, a cancer survivor, and a convicted criminal, Sara Sharma McDonald can’t catch a break.
Cast off back to her parent’s home, she has the chance to begin again and build a new life… as long as she stays within the limitations of her court-ordered ankle monitor.
Sara misses her life of wealth and privilege, and best friend (and victim), Joe. And husband, Paul? No, she never says she misses… or loves him.
First love, George? Sara thinks about him more than she does Paul. But her feelings for George are a jumbled mess because she also feels he used and betrayed her eighteen and a half years ago. This single thought helps lead her to consider marriage to Raj, a man who’s contacted Sara’s parents about the possibility of an arranged marriage.
This sort of blew my mind because I didn’t realize arranged marriages were a still a cultural tradition after a first marriage fails or for people in their forties. Live and learn.
To me, Sara is a good example of what happens when you live your life for others… and not in a self-sacrificing, altruistic way.
She married Paul, I’m sure, because he was wealthy, and it was expected. But she blames George for allowing it to happen.
Despite Paul’s ongoing and numerous affairs, she. Stays. He’s not husband enough to accompany Sara to her cancer treatments and through the illness but she. Stays.
Like several characters I’ve read about recently in other books, Sara gets fed up and lashes out. Unfortunately, it was during a well-attended party, and she was holding a knife.
Returning home, Sara not only feels like a failure but also a huge disappointment to her parents. She loves them dearly and knows they would do anything for her, but I also believe she underestimates them… especially her mom. Sara believes she can gauge their actions and already knows their responses… and they kept proving her wrong! HA!
The Sharmas have a soft spot for George Wright, but there have been conversations with Raj about a possible union. However, after Sara’s fever illness when her mom said, “George? Raj? All I want is for you to be happy,” she became the star of the story for me! She was simply telling her daughter in a few words that yes, tradition and culture are important but none of it matters if you aren’t happy.
Go, Mama Sharma!
I liked George and feel losing Sara the first time broke something inside him. He had familial obligations but still blames himself as much as she does. However, when trouble arrives, George looks out for Sara. He knew more about her situation than she did, but twenty years of guilt and shame makes him awkward when it comes to her. Of course, not as awkward as Sara diving to the ground or between cars to avoid being seen, but I guess awkward has levels. HA!
Raj? No. Just no. I felt a bit sorry for him until he told Sara the type of marriage they would have. He was dead to me after that. HA!
In the end, it’s Sara who must make things right. She considers the men in her life to be weak but to me, Sara was the weakest link, and it had nothing to do with adultery or cancer or crime. She jumps to conclusions and makes hasty decisions all in one thought and not based on what she wants but to appease others. Losing George the first time broke something inside Sara too and she spent nearly twenty years going through the motion and never taking the time to think things through before acting upon them.
Until it truly mattered—and then eighteen and a half years spilled out of her! Go, Sara!
George was amazing, and Raj redeemed himself in the end. Well, done gentlemen!
The Forever Night Stand is an enjoyable novella that proves being in your forties doesn’t make you wise, you should never say yes when you mean no, and parents are always smarter than us, regardless of age!
A two hour romance which starts with drama and mayhem!
Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.
The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.
Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!
George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. George was a Goth and used to be the love of Sara’s life – but she never knew it. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?
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2 thoughts on “#Review “The Forever Night Stand” by Bena Roberts”
Oh my! I think that I just need to delete my existing blurb and add what you wrote! You built excitement so well!!
Thank-you so much for the lovely review! I really appreciate it
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LOL! You’re welcome and Thank you! Easy to build excitement with Sara’s situation! 😁