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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  632 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Michael Carlucci, the hot, young musical genius behind the successful rock band, NinetySeven, knows that he’s found the woman for him. Diane Matthews is not just beautiful and smart, she’s got an infectious passion for everything in her life, from her three daughters to her new play. For him, the search is over. He knows they belong together.

For Diane, it’s not as simple.
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Dee Ernst (first published April 1st 2012)
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2.5 stars. This started out with so much promise. The writing is well done, nothing too challenging. I knew this wasn't going to be a five star but I hoped for a solid four.

It’s an interesting premise. Single, older, professor/aspiring playwright, mother of three teenage girls, meets handsome younger rock star and they start a relationship.

The problem with that premise is that it’s a helluva a lot of story. I’ve never dated Taylor Swift [this is, embarrassingly, my frame of reference for rock
This is my opinion. Just making notes as to why this book did not work for me.

There is too much detail in this book. I do not care about Diane's friend's house or when it was built. What did that have to do with the story???

The heroine's daughters in this book were typical annoying girls. Rachel the adult daughter was the most annoying of them all.

The heroine is 45 and a professor at a college. She is divorced with three daughters, two who are teens. She meets a musician, Michael or "Mickey" wh
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-2012-books
Dear Ms. Ernst,

Once upon a time, in a seedy bar, many years ago, I met a man, fell for him on the spot, married him, and decades later count myself lucky to have and hold him as my own. And yet, as I read your book, the wonderful A Different Kind of Forever, I found myself wondering, what if my life had turned out differently. What if I were divorced, trying to raise my kids as a single mom, loving my work, surrounded by great friends, but, romantically, sexually, alone? If I were, if I had that
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3.75 Stars

A Different Kind Of Forever is a story about a divorced mother of three facing the ups and downs that come with having a relationship with a man much younger than she is. I like the start of the relationship, it’s sweet and funny and had me hooked at the end of chapter two. Diane is almost twenty years older than Michael and that is the couples main issue throughout the book. Michael is completely fine with the age difference but
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars
Elise Marion
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first May/December romance featuring a younger man with an older woman. The theme is not as common as older man/younger woman, because for some reason society has decided to act favorably toward one of these and frown upon the other. I, for one, found the story to be refreshing and real. I didn't see anything wrong with the romance here between a forty-something and a twenty-something. It was a different kind of story than what I usually read but I was thoroughly engrossed, and was a ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ow many women have a fantasy about a hot younger rich man who finds you unbelievable attractive coming into your lives? If you do, this book, "A Different Kind of Forever" is for you.

I read Dee Ernt's other books, "A Slight Change of Plan" and "Better Off Without Him" and promptly got this one as well.

The story is about a divorcee, Diane Matthews, a college professor raising her three daughters. Still good friends with her ex but realizing that their marriage lacked passion she walked away years
Robyn Roze
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A May-December romance where the woman is much older than the man. Not used to that, are we? It's really too bad. We accept it the other way around but can't believe a younger man could really fall in love with an older woman. Why? We get better with age and youth is not without its problems, not to mention it's fleeting at best. In any relationship where a substantial age difference exists, there is a common dilemma that goes far beyond frame of reference and boomer versus gen-x pop culture. De ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked the dialog in this book between the main characters but also between the friends and family members. It felt real and comfortable. The hero might be a famous musician but this felt like a story between two normal people.

My only niggle was the HFN...I just now realized what a wrap everything up in a shiny bow epilogue addict I must be. I was fine with the ending but I would have loved to glimpse a few years in the future to see how the relationship is working.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. So refreshing to have a main character in her 40s that wasn't disfunctional, coming out of an abusive or unfaithful marriage. A woman that was strong and self confident, going through life's many changes. Making decisions based on her needs and that of her children. Coming into her own and finding love. Relatable and More Please!!!
Melissa Dinwiddie
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Nineteen years seems like an awfully big age difference (when I was in my 40s I went on a date or two with some guys in their 20s, and felt nothing in common with them), but hey, A Different Kind of Forever is a delicious fantasy. It skims over the vicious beatings I would imagine the older woman in such a relationship would get in the media, and how this might affect the relationship, let alone how her lover's fame might impact things. But hey, a girl can dream, can't she? Maybe a guy lik
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ebook
I picked this one up after seeing a positive review of it at Dear Author . This is an older woman/younger man story - Diane is 45, divorced and a mother of 3 teenage girls. Michael "Mickey Flynn" Carlucci is 26 and a rock star - singer/songwriter, keyboard and guitar player in the band NinetySeven. Michael was all but raised by his older sisters and in Diane he has found someone who finally compares favourably with them - his womanly ideal.

I could certainly understand their attraction to each o
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Different Kind of Forever is the story about two complicated people finding – and trying to hold on – to love.”

Diane Matthews, a divorced mother of three, is a smart, successful, and independent woman who likes the direction her life is headed. Everything she has ever wanted is finally falling into place; until a chance meeting with Michael Carlucci, a hot young musical genius behind a successful rock band. Neither can deny the growing attraction between them, but is it enough with all the de
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

Dee Ernst –A Different Kind of Forever

This is a story of an almost impossible love; if we are to believe today's headlines. A woman nearly 20 years the man senior, a socioeconomic difference that is astonishing, to add to the confusion Ms Ernst throws in Diane's one true love (or at least what Diane thought was her one love) .
This book is not written as a ‘fairy tale’ dream come true, younger man/older woman fantasy. This book is actually a deeper look into the practicalities of how one woul
Heather Boustead
A Different Kind of Forever
By Dee Ernst

Diane is on the verge of pulling her hair out as her teenage daughters have been obsessing over a radio give away for free tickets to the concert of NinetySeven, the famous boy band who are scheduled to end their tour in their home town. Soon Diane becomes the coolest mom ever to live as she runs into Michael Carlucci the songwriter and gorgeous youngest member of NinetySeven when Diane is taking a much needed lunch break and his dog comes bounding at her i
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Diane Matthews is a forty-five year old divorced mother of three. He life is filled with her work and family and she is very happy with that. That is until she meets Michael Flynn Carlucci a twenty-six year old member of a boy band. When they meet sparks fly and continue to do so throughout the book.

I really loved Michael. He was so sweet, thoughtful and giving that he was much more mature than most twenty-six year olds. He has been around the music scene since he was sixteen so there is not mu
Jennifer Theriot
What a refreshing take on second chance romance! I thoroughly enjoyed reading a story about an older protagonist. Books like this are few and far between....Diane Matthews is a forty something year old woman, with three daughters, divorced. Consumed with them and her career, there is little time, of course to think about herself and her needs, as so many women in this position also face. Romance? Sex? A meaningful relationship? Ain't happening...or IS it?
Quite by accident, Diane meets a MUCH you
Kate’s Book Spot
I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on DizzyC’s Little Book Blog.

I found this to be an easy and comfortable read but have to admit that while I enjoyed the book, it didn’t blow me away.

Diane was a lovely character, I got a feeling of homeliness from her and so I warmed to her pretty much straight away. An exciting encounter whilst trying to eat her sandwich for lunch led to a dreamy experience with a hot rock star called Michael – the two of them together were electric and I cou
Carol W
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diane, divorced, mum of 3, college lecturer and playwright, is not looking for love. She lost out to love 2 years ago when he refused to leave his wife.

Diane is facing a summer alone as the girls go to stay with their dad for the whole summer, but she has plenty to keep her busy with the garden and writing her play.

Having a quiet lunch in the park she is rudely interrupted by a large dog who steals her sandwich. A most unlikely magic moment happens when the owner of the dog, Michael, rock star,
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed this and given that I've been in a relationship with a much younger man for 7 years I'm probably qualified to comment that it's pretty accurate and funny.

The writing style was fast and easy, the characters well rounded and the secondary characters added nicely to the enjoyment.

I'm not sure what happened about 80% into the book but it felt like the author completely lost sight of the fact that she was writing a romance.
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Kendra Lola Kay
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
A different type of romance novel that what I am used to and it was refreshing and I might actually consider it to be a book worth reading again in the future.

While most romance novels are full of drama that might seem a bit far fetch in the common readers like, this one I could easily see being a real situation (minus the rock star male lead character).

The story revolves around a middle age woman who enters into a relationship with a much younger man; a man who could be considered her son due
Sue Jochens
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't particularly like the female lead in this novel and felt the male lead, some 19 years her junior was the more mature. Consequently, I kept wondering what Michael saw in Diane, and trying to find it myself. So you're wondering why 4 stars? It's because I keep thinking about the book and the characters and wondering how they are doing 10 years down the road. Is the age factor showing up or is Michael still ass over teakettle in love? What about Diane's daughters and how they really feel ...more
Diane is a divorce mother of three. She is a professor at a college. She meets Michael 'mike Lynn's who happens to be a rock start that her daughters are into. By accident she meets him told him about her kids love for his music and before you know it he is offering her tickets for them to see his band live. Right away Michael has an instant attraction to Diane. She feels the pull too but is concerned about the age difference he is 26 and she is 45. What happens next is the challenge and pitfall ...more
Cherry (_forevermint)
I read the first few lines of this book and thought the main character was a college student and suddenly she began aging with every line. I was left wondering, just how old is she exactly? And when I did find out, I was a little more than just surprised. But age was a central theme in book, and so was unconventional love. Love that isn't necessarily normal or what'd you would expect at all, but that makes it all the more exciting and interesting. It was fun watching Diane and Michael's relation ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book from a First Reads Giveaway. I really liked this book. It was a very easy read and all the characters really jumped off the pages and were easy to imagine in my head. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking how it would make a really good movie. There were parts in it that I didn't like but it was just because it didn't fit into the perfect romance story which after I thought about it I realized that that is what actually makes this book so great. It's one of those ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just exactly what I needed! A nice light read, but with a bit of substance. It was nice to read a typical romance that did not have the girl immediately declaring undying love! It was a nice change to have the heroine being the one to hesitate for a change. The development of the relationship with the main characters was very good, you learned about them as you would in a real life relationship.
I definitely liked the way Ernst intertwined the lives of the characters - creating reasonable tension
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unreal but dream worthy anyway. Who wouldn't want a famous rock star to fall in love with her? LOL... One that would hide away from the fans and all the groupies away just for you? One that's much younger but doesn't care about age one bit? He's a musical genius, she's holds a doctorate in literature and writes a fabulous screen play. He has an enormous gorgeous house and sail boat. She has a quaint comfy house and beautiful and bright daughters. He has amazing sisters she has an amazing ex husb ...more
Kristy & Kayla - My Person's Books
This was a sweet romance read. Diane is a 45 yr old divorcee with 3 daughters who are obsessed with winning tickets to a NinetySeven concert. After Diane has lunch in park and a dog comes towards her in sights for her sandwich she meets Michael and they hit it off. When an old flame comes back into Diane's life she starts second guessing where and who she should be with. I found this to be such a sweet romance read compared to most books out there.
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