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Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite
Gorgeous Eddy is reeling from a recent split with the no-good Andreas, who made a career out of being unfaithful during their entire relationship. She has kicked him to the curb and sold their apartment in Stockholm and has made the decision to move back to New York. Bookish lawyer, Henrik, split with his two-timing fiancée a year ago and hates coming home to an empty apartment, despite the fact that he now knows he hadn’t really been in love with her in the first place. He has rented the beach house on Niva Bay for the entire summer, the same rental he had the year before, and looks forward to celebrating Sankthansaften with his cousin and best buddy, Mads, his fiancée, Laney, and their baby daughter at the beach house. Shortly before they’re about to leave, Mads calls Henrik and asks if it’s okay that Laney has invited her cousin, Eddy, to come with them. Henrik remembers meeting Eddy briefly during the crisis that ensued during the birth of Mads’s baby and remembers thinking how beautiful – and how out of his league – she had been. He agrees to Eddy joining them, but when she arrives at the beach house, Henrik is once again bowled over by her looks and her easy-going demeanor. After countless shots of schnapps, and some innocent flirting between the two of them, the situation becomes charged with electricity when a half-drunk Eddy runs over to the edge of the beach, strips off her clothes and invites Henrik to join her. Abandoning all vestiges of common sense, he quickly takes off his clothes and jumps in after her. Needless to say, one thing leads to another, which inevitably leads to some incredible, explosive sex. However, the sex was the easy part. What follows afterwards is a lot more complicated…
Maybe Tomorrow is another sizzling romance in the Maybe series by Kim Golden. It has plenty of conflict and substance to keep even the most jaded of romance lovers rooting for the requisite Happily Ever After. Honest yet complicated is the best way to describe the romance between Eddy and Henrik. Golden’s protagonists are today’s modern couple. Both are somewhat jaded about the concept of love, thanks to bad experiences that have left them more than a little burned. Add to that the fact that Eddy is set to be going back to New York and you’ve got the makings of a modern-day relationship between two people who are clearly attracted to each other, like each other, and yet have to figure out how to make what seems to be an impossible relationship work. Golden does a great job building the sexual tension which, in turn, keeps the reader glued to the story as she puts both of her protagonists through their paces. Her prose is fluid, her dialogue natural, and she has a wonderful ability to perfectly capture the nuances that give a relationship life and substance. Long distance relationships require a lot of work as well as compromise by one of the parties involved. And let’s be real here. One doesn’t necessarily agree with all of Eddy's or Henrik’s choices throughout the book. Far from it. However, it’s this push and pull, this give and take, as well as the hurt or be hurt mentality that give the story its meat. Maybe Tomorrow teaches its readers that sex is easy – the relationship, the trust and the love require incredible amounts of work and commitment if there’s to be a Happily Ever After. If you’re looking for a realistic romance with substance, look no further.