Building Forever

Kelly Jensen
Building Forever
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
October 2018
Book 1 of This Time Forever Series
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.

Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he's a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn't writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything's just fine.

Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn't part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.

But when Simon's ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie's life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he's failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can't afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn't know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn't come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it's only together that they'll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they've been waiting for."

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Jan 03, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
Strong emotions, family and love are the heart of BUILDING FOREVER, a beautiful and bittersweet romance that is full of love and hope.

Charlie is a writer raising his teenage daughter by himself, after his wife's death. His crush on his new neighbor, Simon, is a distraction he can't afford if he wants to finish his new book. Simon has moved to Bethlehem to rebuild his career. He wasn't expecting the attraction he felt for his charming neighbor. But when their present start to look too much like the past, the possibility of a new relationship becomes a liability as they have to face their own demons.

It was a beautiful book. It is slow paced and was a little hard for me in the beginning. It also took me awhile to get in touch with the main character's emotions, but I got to a point, even without realizing when it happened, when I was so in love with them that I couldn't stop reading. One of the things that I loved the most about was the hardest moments Simon and Charlie had to face.

I loved Charlie's parenting self-doubts. It felt so realistic. I loved how much Olivia and Charlie love each other, it was impossible not to feel how much love there was between them. Charlie was a charming character. I'm sure most readers are going to love him. Another thing I liked about him was the constant guilt about certain events of his life. I can imagine how people under those circumstances would feel the same. It was so easy to care for him. Simon was also a great character. I think I liked him the most. There was some kind of hopelessness in him at times that made me care for him very quickly. It was interesting to see how different the situation was, compare to how Charlie was living, but how deeply it hurt him too.

As for the love story between them, it was adorable. I loved every interaction they had and how the emotions start to develop. As everything in the book, it felt realistic and that's the kind of romance I love to read. The doubts, the hope, life trying to interfere, everything was perfect about it, and seeing them fighting to get their happy ending was beautiful.

Overall it was a lovely read, so full of love and grief and with so much hope that made me so happy. Recommend it to readers who enjoy M/M romance.
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